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Should I have my whole loop all set up inside my computer and all waterblocks installed and then turn on the pump with the computer off? Or should I assemble the loop outside the computer and leak test there? If I do it outside the computer, how do I get all the water out of the loop so I can take it apart and re-assemble it inside my case? Also, do I have to clean my radiator and waterblocks or is that not neccessary? I will use fluidxp+ and I have a thermochill pa120.3
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Over a long period of time (over a year), you may want to change the fluid depending on it's condition, but I imagine the fluidxp will last considerably longer.

I leak test with the components in the case, just not "installed". I don't affix the blocks to the mobo or anything, just let it hang. I cover what I can in plastic + a towel, and run for 24 hrs. May not be the best approach, but it hasn't failed me yet
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Just assemble and fill the loop inside the case, but with no components inside the case. Or if the components are already in the case, just assemble the loop in the case, but dont hook it up. Try to lay it on the bottom of the case if you can if all the other parts are in the case. The kick on the pump and let it run for ~24 hrs. ZIf no leaks, then all is well.


As for fluid changing/cleaning. I would do this about once a year at minimum. Fluidxp should last a few yrs. but i find it better to do it about every 9 months-1 yr.


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Should I have my whole loop all set up inside my computer and all waterblocks installed and then turn on the pump with the computer off? Or should I assemble the loop outside the computer and leak test there? If I do it outside the computer, how do I get all the water out of the loop so I can take it apart and re-assemble it inside my case? Also, do I have to clean my radiator and waterblocks or is that not neccessary? I will use fluidxp+ and I have a thermochill pa120.3
Do it out side of your case. Just use distilled water in it for your leak test, you will have to drain it all out to re-install in your case. I know it may seem pointless to do it out side of your case, but it is more a test of your parts then testing the unions. In other words you are checking to make sure your pump seal and o-rings in the WB's and the rad are not leaking anywhere.You still have to check your tubing unions when you re-install back in your case.Let it run at least 24 hours to be safe, if any thing is going to fail it probably will by then..
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How do I drain it?
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How do I drain it?
Take one of the tubes off and pick up the rest of it and let the water run out into a pan or bucket or something. You might want to get one of these DD drain ports and plumb it into the lowest tube in your loop with a tee...Danger Den :: Misc. Hardware :: Fillports and T-Lines :: Brass Fillport
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Thank you everyone!

One more thing that keeps bothering me is if I have to clean out my waterblocks or radiator?
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Thank you everyone!

One more thing that keeps bothering me is if I have to clean out my waterblocks or radiator?
I forgot to tell you that.Sorry..Put 90 distilled water and 10% white vinegar in the rad and let it sit overnight, rinse it well 2 or 3 times with distilled water or untill you can barely smell vinegar in it..The WB's if you feel comfortable taking apart you should do so to make sure there are no small metal shavings or such in them..If you would rather not take them apart just rinse them out with a garden hose, try to make as much pressure with the hose as possible..Dont go to a car wash and do it just use a garden hose, that will do...Then pour a little of the 10% vinegar 90% distilled water solution through them let set just for a couple of minutes and rinse well 2 or 3 times with distilled water....
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