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while i respect your preference, it has been proven that the order in which the loop is assembled doesn't matter (assuming the same lengths of tubing are used).

Good to know.
post #52 of 140
I'll be interested to see how the RP452 goes with an extra res attached. It could make an awkward balancing act getting air out of both reservoirs.
I would especially avoid opening the front ports on the built in res if the water level in the tube res is much higher.
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Make sure you pull the front off that RP452 and put that acrylic blocker in place. I did not during my initial build and it was a major pain to have to tear my whole rig down to add it later. It is already difficult to fill, drain, and bleed the 452 adding another res to the equation is going to make things even more difficult. After my own test I feel like the best orientation for adding a second res would be to attach it between P1 out, and P2 in essentially replacing the 90 degree elbow with another res.

Another tip I have is if you haven't already purchased rads, purchase ones with multiple ports. If you plan ahead and use one of the extra top facing ports you can very quickly and easily fill and bleed the system. I did this on my second build with the 452 and it made the whole fill process very easy. Using the built in "fill" ports on the 452 you will have to tip the case on it's back and in some cases pulse the pumps to fill it. Not the easiest or safest things to do in a built system. That top fill port was the single best thing I ever did for my 452 loop. Just hook up a a funnel to the top and fill the whole thing in one go. If you can also work in a bottom facing fill port, or drain plug even better. I use the fill ports on it now to just top off the water level with a syringe. I'm using Alphacool UT60s and I can highly recommend them.

Good luck on your build.
post #54 of 140
Putting a reservoir in between pumps is a bad idea, especially a big tube res. What happens is the water is pumped from pump 1 into the res and unless it is completely full to the top with no air at all then the air is compressed and some of your pump power is wasted before the water enters the second pump. That is why the second res in the 452 has the bypass blocker unit for serial operation, even that tiny res will rob some pumping power. The bigger the air pocket in the reservoir the more of a sponge for pump power it is
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would everything be easier if i use the tube res as fill port and simply have the tubing using both ports on the bottom? this way i have an easy fill situation as well as being able to keep the tube res in the loop... i will also be able to make sure the tube res is full for aesthetic appeal by completely topping it off... only thing is extra tubing in loop which also looks kinda awkward in this scenario... hmmm
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Get building the thing! wink.gif

Subbed! Looks good!

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so guys i need to figure out the video card thing how is this going to be tested? i don't have any other cards or old comp parts so only options to me are take the risk and build the whole thing w/o testing or trying to set up some exterior fans and blow on the card briefly while i check everything to be ok.

last night i experimented with some loop orders and variations on front bay layout as well as fans on the front and decided against them... first off with fans on front my rads would have to be oriented different directions which then messed up the loop order quite a bit, also my roomates preferred the look of the solid panels to the mesh fan bays by caselabs....

wasnt able to take pics and hook up the rads due to lack of right screw size for the rads+fans+small drop in mount which was jsut big enough to make the screws not catch... so after work heading to hardware store to buy right screws and then ill set it all up with rads+fans and take some pics as well as final drawing of loop order and see what you guys think.

i also decided that the tube res will be a fill port and that the dual bay res and pumps will be running in serial...

also are there any tips on rinsing out rads, res and tubing? i only have coolant and dont have distilled water... is that an issue?
can i use reg tap water and just run that through the tubing and rads? or should i make a stop to the grocery?
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I rinse my rads with a mix of vinegar and distilled water first then run tapwater through everything. Your final rinse should be with distilled water.
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so i dont need to set up the pump outside? can i just pour in via tube and rinse out all the components that way?
also do the bloacks on gpus and cpu need to be rinsed as well?
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ok here are the rads in place with fans... think it looks quite nice and quite full! but that was my goal i wanted to fill this thing to its actual capacity.... not gonna mess with fittins yet till i set up the mobo and **** which i guess im gonna try and do now... this is the part im most scared of so wish me luck and give me any tips pls... still not sure how to proceed with testing tho... those gpus i just do not know what to do... i wont install the block on the cpu i guess and ill hook up the ram and ssd... ill instal the gpus but probably wont try to power anything on until i here from one of you guys... let me know how you guys think it looks and if there are any drastic issues i should know about! also let me know if that distance between psu and rad on bot is ok!!!








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