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post #1 of 16
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is shorter or longer better? tube length? as this will be my first water cooled system i want to get it right. so please any suggestions would be helpful. iv got the case thats in my sig (well with have tomorrow) and the cooling system that comes with it which is this one, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133193 right now im only water cooling the cpu for now hopefully the memory and gpu next maybe even the chipset.

the rest of my stuff doesn't come till friday so again any suggestions would be most appreciated thanks.
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post #2 of 16
Shorter the better. But in reality the differences would be negligible unless you go overboard.
post #3 of 16
The shortest length that you can achieve with no kinks will be allow the highest flow-rate.

So Shorter=better, this is not always the case, but generally correct (with any water movement system)

I've never built any WC systems, but I did build pool circulatory systems. Not the same can of beans, so take what I say with a grain of salt . Hopefully someone with better WC experience will comment.

EDIT: on a small system such as WC computers, length shouldn't be an issue unless your going LONG!
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post #4 of 16
Tube length doesn't really matter much until you start getting into absurd lengths. For a CPU only loop it's not even a thought unless you plan on the rad being across the room. Grab a 10' pack for about 20 bucks and you're good to go.
post #5 of 16
Shorter is better. You want your loop to be tight, clean, and the shortest you can give without kinks is best. Always have enough slack though for things like pulling out your res if you need to fill (assuming a res/pump combo like teh XSPC one), or installing ram..etc.
    
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post #6 of 16
The answers above are spot on.
Large diameter tubing 1/2" or 3/8" internal offer low restriction, and total tubing lengths of up to 2 or 3 meters (6-10 feet) will not offer any trouble to a decent pump.
Anything smaller will provide much more restriction, and should only be used in very short lengths.
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post #7 of 16
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so you want them short but still with enough slack so you don't get kinks to were it connects to stuff, or if i need to pull it out to refill.

so now is there a specific place the tubes go i mean for flow wise, or do i just connect it and it knows which tubes to flow to parts and then back. how do i know if i have the flow going right or is it pretty self explanitory? hope i explained that right.
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post #8 of 16
it starts at the pump. You figure out where the pump is pumping water OUT, and then u go from there, tracing your loop.

on the CPU block, there are also labels taht read "in/out", 1 for each hole. The rad is either other, so tehre's no specific in/outlet for the RAD.

Other than that, it's pretty straight forward if you take your time
    
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post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by vcrazy View Post
it starts at the pump.
I would say it starts at the res, but otherwise I agree with you.

Res > pump inlet > nearest component > next nearest component etc.

It doesn't matter which port you use for inlet / outlet on rads and res.

GPU full cover blocks (if you are using them) will usually have 4 ports, you need to use two that don't line up as the inlet / outlet and blank the rest, unless you are going for a parallel setup. See below:


(I know you are not going to need this right now, but it is here for future reference)

The only thing you have to watch for is that some CPU blocks have a specific in and out port. They would usually point this out in the instructions, but if in doubt we can help.
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post #10 of 16
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So now when i start to water cool something else in the cpu then into the other part im cool and that out goes to the rad?
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