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I know theres videos for it, but they tell me to leave it on for 12 hours set up in my pc. But if it does leak, it leaks all over the pc. Whats the point of it. If it does leak i can just say, woops there goes my 6990 And i also have another question, i want to water cool with a xspc 750 rx360, and cool a 2500k and a sapphire 6990 so this is what im getting:
- xspc ras 750 rx 360
- http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php? main_page=product_info&cPath=207_160_878_880&products_id=17132
- zalman water coolant

Is there anything extra i need, anything lol
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post #2 of 16
Well, the best bet is to build it without your components in the case (which I didn't follow that advice). I simply got it all hooked up, jumped the power supply, wired up some fans to the molex and the pump as well, and left it running. The distilled shouldn't cause any damage to your components if they're not being powered. They'll just get wet, which causes you to let them dry, and then move on. Hope that helps!
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post #3 of 16
a lot of the videos Iv'e watched use the absorbant kitchen towel underneath the tubes make sure everthing is unpluged from psu besides the cooling system b4 jumping it, a couple of layers of kitchen towel over gfx should soak up any small leaks.
Also seen others set it up connect all tubing then take it out s a complete system and bleed and leak test on a bench but they had a big enough case and some1 else helping so they didn't pull on tubing while putting back in.
just the 2 ways Iv'e seen it done
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post #4 of 16
Build your loop, connect pump to psu, jumper psu, maintain an eye for the first minutes-hour, use tissue paper to wrap the tubing at the barbs.

Getting a few drops of water on any of your components won't hurt them, fresh distiller water is non-conductive and even then it won't matter as you're testing just the loop at the beginning
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post #5 of 16
Set up the loop in empty case jump run the psu (i would suggest out side of the case just to be safe) and run it for a day/night. Put tissue in logical leak locations and on the botom of the case. Keep an eye on it for 20 min, after that free to go to sleep.
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post #6 of 16
I usually put paper everywhere to check if there is water dripping from something. Then after 5 min I get bored and plug in the PSU. Also, dont get some crappy "special coolant" just buy distilled water
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post #7 of 16
Set up your loop, have only the fans and pump connected to PSU, then jump it maybe stick a wrag or paper towels to catch water (which isnt likely) I usually watch for about 30 minutes while im rocking the case around getting air out. If it doesnt leak after 30 minutes of wiggling the case around i see no reason it would ever leak. Done that for my last 4 loops over the last 2+ years never had a leak. As long as you cut your tubes nice and seat them fully on barb with a clamp you should have no problems.
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I just hooked mine up and let it run. That's all I did.
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just build it properly and you wont have to worry.
     
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post #10 of 16
in all honesty, you're (most likely) never going to find a piece of tubing, that's brand new, that has a rupture or a hole in it. If you have a leak, it'll probably be at a fitting/barb or a connection spot, or your pump.

that being said, I always kept paper towels underneath wherever a barb or a hose connection was.

and using 7/16" tubing over 1/2" barbs will almost always guarantee a leak-free seal. in my 3+ years of water cooling experience.
    
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