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So i want to redo my loop cause i got my new case in today ( Fractal design Define XL) ITS HUUUUGE! and awesome Even though it needs some minor modding.

So my questions regarding the loop are:

Can i clean the reservoir with just tap water?

How do i clean the rad? Cause i have dye in my loop atm. I read somewhere i can flush it with vinegar is that correct?

Do i need to clean the pump?If so how?

How do i clean the cpu block?

the loop is just a month old though.



As far as tubing, i just replace them with white ones.

Also Does it matter how you mount the pump (EK DCP 4.0) does it have a inlet/outlet, or can i just connect the reservoir on the top port on the pump? or would that reverse the loop, cause the pump pumps only up right?
Edited by Blackbirdx58 - 6/10/11 at 1:45pm
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Yes u can clean the res with tap... if u have buildup in it tho, that will be a problem.

Easiest way to clean a rad, is put tubing on the inlet and outlet.
Connect tubing to facuet.
Allow city water PSI @ 60PSI to blast though your radiator for about 1 minute.
Then fill with distilled, empty, fill with distilled again.. empty.

If you used a Premix...
1. Boil hot water.. tap is fine. let it sit out for 5 min so its not still boiling.
2. Wear gloves... the moment u put hot water in that rad, it will get HOT.
3. Shake.. do the la macarina with it for like 10 min.. and empty.
4. Repeat the faucet route.

The pump... this is a big problem here.
Depends on which vendor you selected. ie.. which company u bought the laing.
Koolance PMP-400 = DDC 3.25 allows after market top, and pump disassembly.
You can open that pump up to your hearts desire and clean it with a toothbrush.

Swiftech series pumps.. 35x 355 350.. u can not open up without voiding warrenty.
If its a swiftech pump, and u have an aftermarket top, well u voided warrenty, so it wont matter.. Open the pump up, use a toothbrush and clean it.

If its a 35x and u never opened it b4, DONT.
Gabe says u can use pinsol.... however i dont recommend that.
Just let it run with clean water for 10-15 min, unless u were using a premix.

If you were using a premix.. man.. there is noway to clean that pump without opening it, hence why u see me only recommending koolance branded pumps now.
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Yes u can clean the res with tap... if u have buildup in it tho, that will be a problem.

Easiest way to clean a rad, is put tubing on the inlet and outlet.
Connect tubing to facuet.
Allow city water PSI @ 60PSI to blast though your radiator for about 1 minute.
Then fill with distilled, empty, fill with distilled again.. empty.

If you used a Premix...
1. Boil hot water.. tap is fine. let it sit out for 5 min so its not still boiling.
2. Wear gloves... the moment u put hot water in that rad, it will get HOT.
3. Shake.. do the la macarina with it for like 10 min.. and empty.
4. Repeat the faucet route.

The pump... this is a big problem here.
Depends on which vendor you selected. ie.. which company u bought the laing.
Koolance PMP-400 = DDC 3.25 allows after market top, and pump disassembly.
You can open that pump up to your hearts desire and clean it with a toothbrush.

Swiftech series pumps.. 35x 355 350.. u can not open up without voiding warrenty.
If its a swiftech pump, and u have an aftermarket top, well u voided warrenty, so it wont matter.. Open the pump up, use a toothbrush and clean it.

If its a 35x and u never opened it b4, DONT.
Gabe says u can use pinsol.... however i dont recommend that.
Just let it run with clean water for 10-15 min, unless u were using a premix.

If you were using a premix.. man.. there is noway to clean that pump without opening it, hence why u see me only recommending koolance branded pumps now.
thank you, running tap water trough the rad doesn't that mess up my rad?

The pump is a EK DCP 4.0

the loop is not older than a month maybe even less, is it fine to just unplug the pump and run it in the new loop without cleaning it?


Edit : No premixes used!
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thank you, running tap water trough the rad doesn't that mess up my rad?

The pump is a EK DCP 4.0

the loop is not older than a month maybe even less, is it fine to just unplug the pump and run it in the new loop without cleaning it?
no it doesnt as long as u dont plug the rad.
Then you might experience your rad exploding @ the tubes from too much pressure.

But as long as you allow the water to flow though without restrictions, your fine.


as for the pump... just let it run on clear water for a bit... dont use any detergent as it might make a mess trying to get it out.
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Originally Posted by NaeKuh View Post
no it doesnt as long as u dont plug the rad.
Then you might experience your rad exploding @ the tubes from too much pressure.

But as long as you allow the water to flow though without restrictions, your fine.


as for the pump... just let it run on clear water for a bit... dont use any detergent as it might make a mess trying to get it out.
Thanks for clearing things up Also Does it matter how you mount the pump, like does it have a inlet/outlet, or can i just connect the reservoir on the top port off the pump? or would that reverse the loop, cause the pump pumps only up right?

How i got it now :

RES > PUMP LOWER PORT, TOP port to RAD

How i want my new loop :

RES > PUMP TOP PORT,LOWER port to RAD
Edited by Blackbirdx58 - 6/10/11 at 2:00pm
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flow in all systems are uniform.

Flow is what determines the carry potential of heat in your loop.

The only time pump loop order matters is location on the loop.
Ie.. what is it b4.... having pump b4 res = easy bleeding.
Having it elsewhere could give u some problems bleeding.

The other time it matters is when you need the head pressure for tubulence inside the block.
But we have been moving away from turbulence.
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Try to put the res as high in the case as possible. That way the air ends up camping in the res instead of your other components.
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