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post #1 of 19
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Ok, my simple question to those that have watercooled longer than I, are there any procuations I need to take when taking my liquid cooled pc on a road trip.

Do you guys go as far as empty your loop?



I'm going on vacation and doin a 12 hour drive round trip. My first concern is shock and bumps, so i saved my foam my case first came in for this. My other concern are leaks cuased my knocking somehting loose.

Any anyone has tips that would be great.
post #2 of 19
your taking your water cooled pc on vacation with ya (lol), as long as everything is sealed up good as it should be and you have good clamps on your hoses youll be good to go, make sure if you have a rez that it has a good seal incase of different angles
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post #3 of 19
If your clamps are on correctly its nearly impossible for them to slide off.. When redoing my water cooling setup, it took alot of time to remove the tubes, they wouldnt budge =(

You could drain it if you are worried.. T-line or rez?
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post #4 of 19
Assuming you have a closed loop and don't spill anything then you should be fine. Also, if you have an external radiator then try keeping it close to your case so the tubing doesn't accidentally stretch and rip something out. That would be bad.

One more thing, make sure you top off your res so you don't get bubbles in your loop with all the moving around by the car.
    
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post #5 of 19
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nice points, and i should have posted a pic of my pc, cuz yeah it does have a external rad and lines. so thats another big worry, i don't want to dent the rad...

but yeah im taking it with me, because I have some CG work to do and I'd like to play a few games over the little break. I've taken my previous pc with me on trips but this is the first wc one so i didn't know if there were any isues I had to deal with to make it travel ready.

Thank god im not going by plane. I don't even know where to start if that was the situation..

I'll make sure to top off the res tonight though, thanks!
post #6 of 19
I think it's too risky. I would empty the system just to feel comfortable during the trip. You will stop every hour to see if your system is under the water or not
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post #7 of 19
Even if your system did get some coolant spilt on it, just don't start it up till its good and dry. I mean I would not dunk my rig in the bath tub but I have taken older mother boards and ran water over them to clean the layers of dust that accumilated over several years of some one not cleaning their case out. Never had one yet that didn't work perfectly afterwards.

I actually have quick disconnects and a smaller "road trip radiator" so I can grab my rig and go to a LAN if I want. HERE is a link for the quick disconnects. makes for a great external radiator set up. They never leak a drop after I unhook them and I think they cost me around $30-40 with shiping. They also don't interfer too much with the flow volume.
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post #9 of 19
I think if the tubing is secured well on the fittings, and the rad is mounted well to the case, then you should have no worries about taking it with you where ever you go. Just my only concern is weight, maybe a side panel on the cas being bent, and also something puncturing the rad. But if you secure it in the car, like strap it in the rear seat (lol) it should be fine...
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post #10 of 19
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well, I'm leaving tomorrow so maybe for the future I can look into quick disconnects. yeah im trying to find something to cover the rad so the fins do get dented, bent or punctured..

i got a pic of my pc attached now..

lol and to add to the list, i'll prolly have to lay it down on its side because the res hangs above the motherboard and would prolly put less stress if it was on its side..


ohhh pbasil1, I have got to finish that dang banner.. things got crazy around here and i had to stop for a while. shortly after this thanksgiving weekend I will have it done. Its up to you guys if you want it or not now..
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