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post #11 of 38
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wrong size tubing... lol
1. The tube wasn't leaking. Water was bubbling up from where the fitting screws in. The other one was fine as well.

2. Shouldn't the clamp solve the problem? The tubing called for by the GPU and the tubing called for by the rasa kit are 1/16" difference.
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post #12 of 38
damn, wish i could help you but i don't nowhere near houston ha.

Anyways, when you put the tubing, make sure its all the way in then put the clamp on then tighten it as hard as you can
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post #13 of 38
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Then you either need to tighten the barb more or either the barb or block are badly out of spec. I had no issues with leaks with Rasa kit (cpu). The tubing was so tight I could barely get it on. I feel for you though man!

I just installed a custom wc loop in my rig, the compression fittings leaked a abit that i put on my rad. i had to tighten them abit more with a wrench to get them to stop. make sure all barbs, fittings are tight.
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post #15 of 38
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So, my first attempt at putting together a water cooling system was a pretty epic failure.

After I finally figured out how to mount the rad on my case (HAF 932)..which wasn't that complicated...and finally managed to get everything attached, I ended up with leaks at about half of the connections. I managed to fix most, but no matter what, I could not seem to fix the leak on one of the GPU (Powercolor LCS 6990 with the waterblock) connections. I even took that connection apart, rescrewed everything in, cut a new piece of tubing, clamped it and it still leaked (it looked like it was leaking from where it screws in, not from the tubing). Side note: leak is a bit of an understatement.
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1. The tube wasn't leaking. Water was bubbling up from where the fitting screws in. The other one was fine as well.

2. Shouldn't the clamp solve the problem? The tubing called for by the GPU and the tubing called for by the rasa kit are 1/16" difference.

The PowerColor LCS 6990 uses an EK waterblock. If you installed the barbs on the top side (back of the card), you have to use the threaded extenders (I assume it comes with it). If you screw barbs into the extenders that have threads that are too long, it bottoms out without sealing against the o-rings. It looks like it threaded all the way in, but it doesn't, so it leaks at the fitting. You may need to install the EK spacers or barbs with shorter threads into the extenders. If I'm not mistaken, some EK barbs are slightly too long on the threads and will leak when screwed in from the top with the extenders.

These are the EK spacers


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post #16 of 38
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Thanks guys.

For ****s, I gave it one more try before bed (even though I have to wake up in 5 hours). Aaand...15 minutes running now with no leaks. Used a wrench on the gpu barbs as suggested earlier in this thread.

So, my offer is on hold. I promise this "success" was unexpected -- I've been banging my head against walls for 3 days trying to figure out *** to do.

Side question: Some of my connections are unclamped (weren't enough of the size I needed included). For the barbs that come with the Rasa kit and the 7/16 tubing, what clamps should I buy? I'm not going to power everything up until I've fully clamped everything, even if no leaks.
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post #17 of 38
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Noobish question:

How do I know that the setup is actually working? I filled it up, let the tubes suck the water in, filled it back up, repeat til tubes were full of water and reservoir was mostly full.

Now the reservoir water seems almost completely still. I had expected -- probably wrongly -- a bubbling almost like boiling water (from the action of the pump pushing water and the reservoir receiving water back. Was that an incorrect expectation? Should it be pretty much still?
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post #18 of 38
It won't necessarily "bubble", but should somewhat "shimmer". With a large enough res, and placement of inlet and outlet, the top of the res may not see much movement.
 
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post #19 of 38
My reservoir has a slight shimmer to it, but you have to look closely to notice any movement. (during the bleeding process, it was much more turbulent as air pockets were being displaced with water)
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My reservoir has a slight shimmer to it, but you have to look closely to notice any movement. (during the bleeding process, it was much more turbulent as air pockets were being displaced with water)
Thanks mongoloid & angry. Mine has a very slight ripple at the top, as if someone had previously shaken the case and the water was just about fully settled. Think that's right. Using the rasa 750 rx360 kit.

Left it running all night with no leaks. Leaving it running while I'm at work today. If no leaks, I'll finish putting the system together and make sure I didn't actually break/snap/shock/short circuit my components!
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