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I am preparing to put the loop I have been testing into my system and I had a couple questions:

1) Does the reservoir need to be placed at the highest point in the loop if I intend to be able to bleed the air refill the system from the reservoir? This makes sense to me, but I had never read this anywhere.

2) When replacing the coolant, how do you drain the system without the coolant going everywhere? Do You really have to take the whole loop out (un-mount all the waterblocks in order to remove it before draining the loop?

3) I will be going on vacation for a month, which means my system would just be sitting there. I will be using MCT-5 coolant (from Danger Den), do I need to drain the loop before I leave and clean it out (with rubbing alcohol) before I leave in order to avoid corrosion?

Thanks in advance for the advice, it helps to have people that have done this all before - I'll post pics when I've got it all running - it'll be a sweet set-up (no UV though).
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I am preparing to put the loop I have been testing into my system and I had a couple questions:

1) Does the reservoir need to be placed at the highest point in the loop if I intend to be able to bleed the air refill the system from the reservoir? This makes sense to me, but I had never read this anywhere.

2) When replacing the coolant, how do you drain the system without the coolant going everywhere? Do You really have to take the whole loop out (un-mount all the waterblocks in order to remove it before draining the loop?

3) I will be going on vacation for a month, which means my system would just be sitting there. I will be using MCT-5 coolant (from Danger Den), do I need to drain the loop before I leave and clean it out (with rubbing alcohol) before I leave in order to avoid corrosion?

Thanks in advance for the advice, it helps to have people that have done this all before - I'll post pics when I've got it all running - it'll be a sweet set-up (no UV though).
1- yes for general use..

2-I use one of these Danger Den fil-ports for a drain, T it into the lowest line in your loop... Danger Den :: Misc. Hardware :: Fillports and T-Lines :: Brass Fillport


3- No need to drain your loop, it will be fine.....EDIT: If your pump is in the lowest part of your loop this isn't really a concern, but make sure your pump has not lost it's prime before restarting after it has set unused for long periods of time..
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1. your res doesn't have to be at the highest point, but it would help

2. you can cut the tubing at the lowest point, turn your computer upside down, plumb in a drain... there are a number of ways to drain your loop

3. you can leave your computer alone for quite some time w/o draining it
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