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That's what it's looking like, should be easy enough.
I'm curious to see how the finished product will look. I keep wanting to use my FT02BW again but I have sworn off bay reservoirs. I couldn't think of a way to install a pump and reservoir and still have the system look great.
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Alright, I'm getting ready to order most of the parts in the next couple of days (the GPU block isn't in stock) so I can lay it out and see what fittings and how much tubing I'm gonna need.

Couple questions for you guys first though. If I get a 110MM (or maybe the 150, I need to measure) can I run it sideways? I've looked into it a bit and some people say it's fine if the loop is totally full and some say it isn't.
What is the best way to fill the loop? Do I need a fill port or is that not needed because of the reservoir?

Thanks for the help so far guys.
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I'm curious to see how the finished product will look. I keep wanting to use my FT02BW again but I have sworn off bay reservoirs. I couldn't think of a way to install a pump and reservoir and still have the system look great.

I'll be sure to post pics. biggrin.gif
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Alright, I'm getting ready to order most of the parts in the next couple of days (the GPU block isn't in stock) so I can lay it out and see what fittings and how much tubing I'm gonna need.

Couple questions for you guys first though. If I get a 110MM (or maybe the 150, I need to measure) can I run it sideways? I've looked into it a bit and some people say it's fine if the loop is totally full and some say it isn't.
What is the best way to fill the loop? Do I need a fill port or is that not needed because of the reservoir?

Thanks for the help so far guys.
I'll be sure to post pics. biggrin.gif

A 10foot pack of tubing should be enough.

Don't know about running a reservoir sideways but I have seen it done before, When you connect your loop make sure the pump is right after the reservoir and sitting lower than the res, then take the top cap off your reservoir and fill it until it's almost full, then turn on your pump until it's empty then fill and repeat again until your loop is full, make sure to jump the 12V to the ground on the mobo ATX connector so you can run the pump without powering up your computer and don't run your pump dry.

once it's full run it for a while and tilt the case around to move out any air pockets that may be stuck in the rads etc. and check for leaks while you're at it.
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A 10foot pack of tubing should be enough.

Don't know about running a reservoir sideways but I have seen it done before, When you connect your loop make sure the pump is right after the reservoir and sitting lower than the res, then take the top cap off your reservoir and fill it until it's almost full, then turn on your pump until it's empty then fill and repeat again until your loop is full, make sure to jump the 12V to the ground on the mobo ATX connector so you can run the pump without powering up your computer and don't run your pump dry.

once it's full run it for a while and tilt the case around to move out any air pockets that may be stuck in the rads etc. and check for leaks while you're at it.

Sounds good. Can I just run the pump off a 120V wall plug to molex adapter or will that fry it? That seems easier than jumping the power supply. Also do I want the entire loop totally full or is some air good?
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Sounds good. Can I just run the pump off a 120V wall plug to molex adapter or will that fry it? That seems easier than jumping the power supply. Also do I want the entire loop totally full or is some air good?

no! absolutely not that will definitely kill it. Molex plugs put out only 12V, if you do that you'll feed you pump 10x the voltage it needs.

Seriously building a Watercooled computer is not easy but it's not too hard either.

If you don't want to use a wire to jump the connector just buy one of these plugs for $2 and plug that into the end of the cable, It will jump it for you without having to worry about getting the wrong wires.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5141/psu-218/FrozenCPU_24-pin_Power_Supply_Jump_Start_Connector.html

You wat to get rid of air bubbles from the tubes completely but it doesn't matter if the res is not completely full, as long as both the inlet and outlet of the res are underwater
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no! absolutely not that will definitely kill it. Molex plugs put out only 12V, if you do that you'll feed you pump 10x the voltage it needs.

Seriously building a Watercooled computer is not easy but it's not too hard either.

If you don't want to use a wire to jump the connector just buy one of these plugs for $2 and plug that into the end of the cable, It will jump it for you without having to worry about getting the wrong wires.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5141/psu-218/FrozenCPU_24-pin_Power_Supply_Jump_Start_Connector.html

You wat to get rid of air bubbles from the tubes completely but it doesn't matter if the res is not completely full, as long as both the inlet and outlet of the res are underwater

You're a life saver.

So I was looking at the block again today and I noticed the inlet and outlet are on the same side of the card. Do I need to purchase some kind of adapter that goes on it to make it so they are on the side of the card? Also what would be a good one on the off chance I manage to get another 7970 Lightning and crossfire them? My motherboard does have a single slot between my cards BTW.

Thanks.
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You're a life saver.

So I was looking at the block again today and I noticed the inlet and outlet are on the same side of the card. Do I need to purchase some kind of adapter that goes on it to make it so they are on the side of the card? Also what would be a good one on the off chance I manage to get another 7970 Lightning and crossfire them? My motherboard does have a single slot between my cards BTW.

Thanks.

Don't worry about that. It comes with an EK FC Link Adaptor which you can screw on to the card and it puts the inlet and outlet pointing straight up on the top which you can either connect fittings to or an EK SLI Bridge.
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Alright, so I'm gonna be getting rid of my Lightning in favor of a couple of reference 7970s. What blocks would be best for those? I'm thinking these when they get back in stock. Is there a better CPU block to get instead now? I would still like to run the chip "naked" as I delidded it last week.

What would be the right way to link two of these blocks up? This is my motherboard and it has two PCIe x1 slots between the two x16 slots so it can't be like the picture they have.
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AFAIK the only block that will work is the EK one made specifically for the Lightning. Reference blocks will not work.
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AFAIK the only block that will work is the EK one made specifically for the Lightning. Reference blocks will not work.

Yup. That's why I sold the Lightning. I'm gonna get a couple of Diamond reference 7970s instead. thumb.gif
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