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What is your guys oppinion on the order WC components should go in. I'm about to put together my Loop and I want to make sure I do it right.

So far I'm thinking,

Res>Pump>Rad>CPU>Res
    
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post #2 of 8
The order doesnt matter since the temps will level out no matter which way you set it up. The only thing that matters is that you put the pump below the res.
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The order doesnt matter since the temps will level out no matter which way you set it up. The only thing that matters is that you put the pump below the res.
this.

but i think ppl would like to place the cpu block after the rad since rad cools the water and you'd want the cpu to receive it first....
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Loop order does not matter. I would recommend that the pump be at the lowest point and the res at the highest point.
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post #5 of 8
I'd say go with what you think would look the best. there ain't no big difference wether its res-pump-rad-cpu or res-pump-cpu-rad.

Besides... if you are like many other watercoolers you are about as mouch into looks as you are into performance right?
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post #6 of 8
typically you want to see the pump right after the res, and below the water level (you don't want to pump air with it). I prefer a rad right after my pump (just because the pump inherently add some heat to the liquid) but it really doesn't matter a whole lot because after the system has run a bit the temps reach an equilibrium and don't have that much effect. The best way to reduce temperature is lower ambients + more rad (of course eventually diminishing returns cancels everything out anyway
    
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post #7 of 8
What ever configuration lets you use the least amount of hose. More hose will affect things more than the order will.

Though I would go Res/Pump/CPU/Rad just because I would want the water cooled the most for the pump. The pumps are ussually temp rated with a max of around 60° and even though the water temp will likely be much lower than that...60° is the max; not the norm. If I can keep water temp under 50° as far as the pump is concerned I am happy. This also seems to end up always being the setup that will allow for the least ammount of hose and for bleeding puposes you really want to have your res right before your pump.
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post #8 of 8
Yes, the pump at the lowest point to always keep it free of bubbles, always primed, never run it upside down and never run it dry.


AND ... place a Y-tee fitting near the pump outlet with a tube and end plug. This will allow you to drain and refill the loop when a flush is needed.






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