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Hi everyone,
this is my first wc system:





and heres the thing, I want to add backplates for my video cards, but how am I gonna add it?
I mean I have to take my vid cards out to add the plates, but in order to do so I have to break the loop
and I have no idea how to break the loop, with coolant inside.

So can someone teach me how to disassemble the loop without leaking the coolant?
post #2 of 8
I am guessing you dont have a drain?

I am not sure how you would drain it (I have no experience) but it looks like you would need to dis-assemble the loop to add them as there isnt much headroom just to remove the blocks off the gpu's.

I would also recommend that you add a drain into the loop when you re-build it.

Not sure about re-using the coolant but I would assume that providing the container you drain it into is clean and rinsed with distilled etc you should have no problems.
post #3 of 8
If you have an unused port on the top of your res (hard to tell from pics) you can stick a piece of tubing in there and siphon out most of the liquid. That's how I've been doing it since I started water cooling. Even though my UT60 has a drain port, I forgot to buy some extra fittings and a drain nozzle rolleyes.gif
   
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post #4 of 8
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Thx for the replies, so all I need now is a drain right?
Can you show me what a drain looks like? I can't find it on EK online store, and those threads I viewed before building my WC didn't say anything about drains I think.
post #5 of 8
Here's the first one I could find.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14595/ex-tub-1034/Bitspower_G14_Mini_Valve_-_Black_Sparkle_BP-MVV-BK.html?tl=g30c101s460


Here's a picture of a loop that uses a T-line + a drain valve. It's probably the most common and easiest method to drain a loop.

   
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Assuming you have a port available, you can buy a laboratory squeeze bottle. They are easy to find in hobby shops, PC specialty shops, Amazon.com...just too many places to list. You can use the bottle opposite of filling. Squeeze the bottle, stick the end into the top of the reservoir and down into the coolant, then release slowly as the bottle siphons the coolant out. Of course you will need another container to then squeeze the coolant into in order to keep the process going.

If the bottle tube tip is too short, you can slide a some tubing, small ID rubber tubing over it to get the desired length.

Best to have a drain built in though.
post #7 of 8
To drain the loop just put a bowl underneath the graphics cards and undo the stop plug on the spare bottom port. Only a very small ammount of water will come out at first and then it will stop.
Then you need to open the port on the top of your pump. That will let air into the system and water will flow out of the GPU port again.

That will remove all the fluid above you GPU's so you can disconnect them.

Drain ports are not absolutely necessary at all. I have never used one.
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post #8 of 8
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Thank you all, I guess I'll just do it the way Jakusonfire suggests, seems the simplest.
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