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I'm about to order the parts for my first water cooling loop but is my loop design ok?

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Radiator: Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 420
CPU Block: EK-Supreme HF - Acetal + Nickel EN
GPU Block: EK-FC680 GTX -Acetal + Ni EN
Backplate: EK-FC680 GTX Backplate - Black
Pump: Swiftech MCP35X
Reservoir: Swiftech MCP35X-RES Rev.2
Heatsink: Swiftech MCP35X Heat Sink
Fan controller: Lamptron FC9
Radiator fans: 6x NZXT FN-140RB White/black (Push/Pull)
Fittings:
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4x EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Black Nickel
4x EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black Nickel
4xScrew-in seal cap G1/4 Inch black nickel
Temperature sensor G1/4 - Black Nickel
Tubing: 5m Primochill tubing PrimoFlex Pro 19/13 (1/2"ID) White
Phobya HeGrease Extreme
Mayhems Biocide 10ml

I was thinking that I could use the fill port as a drain port also. I'll just attach a fitting, some tubing and then tilt the pump+res combo to drain it.

edit: the loop goes res->pump->rad->cpu->gpu->res
Edited by MADworld - 5/11/12 at 2:53pm
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supposedly loop flow has little affect overall; especially for simple loops. I personally went res>pump>gpu>radiator>cpu>res. the gpu is the hottest item in the loop so I decided go radiator after GPU. you can see my avatar for how it looks. i ended up with just over 4ft of tubing, even though I ordered TWEVLE feet; so I'd say 5m is overkil, 2m should be fine.
    
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supposedly loop flow has little affect overall; especially for simple loops. I personally went res>pump>gpu>radiator>cpu>res. the gpu is the hottest item in the loop so I decided go radiator after GPU. you can see my avatar for how it looks. i ended up with just over 4ft of tubing, even though I ordered TWEVLE feet; so I'd say 5m is overkil, 2m should be fine.
Yeah about the tubing, I decided to get enough for one tube change to avoid shipping costs + a little extra in case I mess up when cutting.

The order of my loop is as pictured because I feel It's the cleanest choice. I guess I could go res>pump>rad>gpu>cpu for better gpu temps but I think they'll be good anyway.

I'm more concerned about filling, bleeding air, draining the loop and such. Any thoughts on this?
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That reservoir should be fairly easy to fill and bleed, since the inlet is near the top, and the air has time to escape from the water before being sucked into the pump.

For draining, some sort of T-line is the usual preferred method.
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That reservoir should be fairly easy to fill and bleed, since the inlet is near the top, and the air has time to escape from the water before being sucked into the pump.
For draining, some sort of T-line is the usual preferred method.

OK thanks, two things less to worry about. smile.gif

Where in the loop should I put the T-line for draining, between the GPU>RES or somewhere else?

Also doesn't a T-line cause stagnant water, or is that not a problem?
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With the pump as the lowest point, you shouldn't need a T-line to drain really... Unmount the pump, move it over a bucket, remove the tube off the outlet, open the res fillport and watch the water flow.
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post #7 of 24
T-line for drainage should always be near the bottom, if not at the very bottom of your loop.

Of course, you could always move your pump into a bucket/bowl and disconnect the tubing, but it's less elegant.

And yes, stagnant water usually isn't really an issue.
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With the pump as the lowest point, you shouldn't need a T-line to drain really... Unmount the pump, move it over a bucket, remove the tube off the outlet, open the res fillport and watch the water flow.
Could it cause damage to the tubing if I remove it every time I need to drain? Would it be enough to remove the plug on the fill port and tilt it?
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T-line for drainage should always be near the bottom, if not at the very bottom of your loop.
Of course, you could always move your pump into a bucket/bowl and disconnect the tubing, but it's less elegant.
And yes, stagnant water usually isn't really an issue.
Yeah I think a T-line sounds like a functional and elegant solution. That way I don't need to take part anything to drain, it feels safer.

Could I use this? L-piece - G1/4 screw-in - 2x inner- 1x outer thread - black nickel
Should I attach it to the RES inlet or the pump outlet?
post #10 of 24
The only thing I will say about your loop is that it should run the opposite way, meaning that have the pump run directly to the GPU > CPU > Rad > Reservoir/pump. The more water flow you have going to the GPU and CPU will help a little with temps mainly because the water flow drops the more blocks you have the water go through. It may not really make a noticeable difference but that's just what I would do in that position. smile.gif
 
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