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I am considering draining my loop soon and either just refilling it or moving everything to a bigger case, since it's been close to a year since I put this together and I've been thinking about getting a new case. This is how my setup is now:

CM 690 II Advanced
XSPC Dual Bay Res
Switftech 220 rad
XSPC Rasa Block

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Basically, it's a simple loop: The res sits in the top two 5.25 bays and can be pulled out far enough to fill it and then some; I don't know if i can pull it out far enough to access the outlet/inlet from the front of the case (without taking off the side panel of the case). The outlet of the bay goes to the radiator above; then the outlet of the radiator goes to the CPU and the outlet of the CPU goes back to the inlet of the bay. Simple loop.

I've never drained a loop before, so I am a bit cautious and want to make sure I don't screw something up.

So, what do the experts recommend for draining this set up? Any tips/pointers? Which "part" of the loop to drain from, etc?
Edited by Tomiger - 6/9/11 at 9:04pm
 
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post #2 of 11
Since it looks like there is long enough tubing going to it, I'd dismount the CPU block and hang it in a bucket sitting beside the case, then disconnect the tubing from it and let the system drain into the bucket.
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Ahh yeahh, I was so preoccupied with the res I didn't realize the extra tubing to the block haha, thanks!
 
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post #4 of 11
Thats exactly what I would do and how I used to drain my loop.
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post #5 of 11
Include a new drain hose when you put everything back together. It will make everything easier in the future.

Here is mine.

Just cycle the pump till it's all out.

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post #6 of 11
At least you don't have a lot of water to deal with.
My system has just over half a gallon in it!

Take the time to open up your CPU block and give it a good cleaning too.

Bump your overclock up a bit too, no water cooled i7 should be running at less than 4 Ghz tongue.gif
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post #7 of 11
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Haha yeah I've been meaning to play around with it some but I got caught up in using my computer instead of messing around with it haha; however, I overclock for performance increase in applications, specifically video editing/rendering. The 0.2Ghz increase to 4Ghz won't give me much more besides a bigger number and I have been pressed with deadlines lately, so I didn't have the time to be running stress tests and what not to go over 4Ghz (on the bright side, our video is premiering this month, so it was worth it).

But I would like to do it eventually. Thanks for the advice though guys.
Edited by Tomiger - 6/9/11 at 9:36pm
 
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post #8 of 11
My loop goes pump outlet>rad inlet, I unplug the rad inlet and let the pump cycle the water through.
Next time I do it I'll buy some quick-disconnects and make it so I don't spill water everywhere everytime I do it.
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Originally Posted by aerieth;13817655 
Include a new drain hose when you put everything back together. It will make everything easier in the future.

Here is mine.

Just cycle the pump till it's all out.

Maybe not a good idea to let your pump run dry.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by aerieth;13817655 
Just cycle the pump till it's all out.

Great advice.
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