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I think I've got my loop order figured out for the most part but I'm still having trouble deciding on how I'm going to make this whole thing convenient when I need to perform maintenance or drain the loop. Would you guys mind looking at what I have planned and let me know of the best looking or most elegant way I could implement a drain to my two loops.

I'm thinking I'd like to use quick disconnects on my CPU so I can easily mount/remount the CPU. I would also like to be able to drain my loops using a tube I could connect when needed. Is that even a good idea and what parts would I need?

There seems to be so many options to complete this task so I'm hoping someone could point me in the right direction. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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I would put a quick disconnect on the rad on the bottom in the picture on the right. It's easiest to drain when its in the lowest possible spot. Plus the rad is safe to get wet if you accidently drop a few drops of water on it when pulling the quick disconnect.

As for your CPU, I change my CPU all the time without removing the tubing. Just take the cooler off clean the base, and switch cpu's, then reapply TIM, and remount the CPU block.
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first of all, if you insist on doing dual loops at least give your GPUs two of the radiators because they will put out a lot more heat than your CPU will tongue.gif I'll always go for a single loop but that's just my €0.02

you'll want a drain point on the lowest part of your loop. What I did was put a T-piece near the top of my loop connected to a fillport, and a Y piece between my reservoir and pump with the lower end connected to a drainport. Open both ports and it'll drain the entire system in just a few seconds smile.gif the fillport isn't really used for filling, but mainly for letting the air pressure the water out when opening both the fill and drainport

in your case you could mount a T piece directly to the bottom (360) radiator (with a bitspower connector in between) , then connect a separate piece of tubing to the side of the T piece that you close off with one of those clamps/corks/drainports/whatever. When you want to drain the loop you hang that piece of tubing out the case so it becomes to lowest point, then open it. You'll probably still have to move/tilt the case around a bit to get all the water out of the bottom radiator though

edit: you can *probably* also put one of those Koolance QDC fittings on the side of a T-piece. I used one of those dice-shaped Enzotech connectors that come in 90 degrees (L-Piece), 3-way (T-piece) and 4-way style. The Y piece is a Alphacool rotary but that hasn't got enough space for a QDC fitting probably
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