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post #11 of 19
I am guessing that the valve is for a drain so you will need to buy a 3-way Y or T fitting for the drain.

Don't make the mistake I did with the drain line. I ran it off an unused port on my reservoir so I wouldn't have to use a T or Y fitting and it does not drain well from that location even though it is the lowest point in the loop.
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The Rad is going in the bottom of the case I was thinking of running the drain off of there. Fitting hose Fitting then drain valve.
post #13 of 19
I don't think the RX360 has extra ports on it. I think it just has the 2...

Where you thinking it had extra ports on it? If not could you explain it a little better?

Since the radiator is on the bottom you can put the drain tube at the highest point in the system. Then you simply turn the system upside down and drain it.
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Thanks for pointing that out Givmedew ... i'll have to buy a T or maybe I will get this a EK Coolstream XTX360.

I'll go with a drain port at the bottom. The 900D is a big case to be flipping over to drain the loop.
Edited by Hurtz - 7/13/13 at 11:28am
post #15 of 19
Oh yeh didn't think about the fact it was a 900D smile.gif
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post #16 of 19
Maybe pick up a couple 90 and 45 degree rotary adapter fittings (I like Bitspower the best). These things can be life savers!

Also, as others mentioned, the dual pumps are really not necessary...I understand redundancy, but, man, you are putting an extra $200 (pump and pump top) into something you don't really need. The pumps can easily last years as long as you don't run them dry. I'd spend that extra $200 on getting blocks for my GPU(s) or just save it.

Also, why the red res if you are using red coolant? I like clear res to show off my colored fluent smile.gif
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post #17 of 19
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I already have my cart updated with a clear res. Still on the fence about the dual pumps too as the price is going up on what I originally had budgeted for myself.

I need help on fittings too.
Should I buy a couple of elbow fittings and what about QDC's, where do they come in usefull
post #18 of 19
Dual D5 pumps are unnecessary for your loop. You have to look at your loop and plan out where you can use elbow fittings, QDCs are useful if you want to disconnect something with a filled loop thats all up to you to decide if you want them or not. You most likely dont need the QDCs.
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Using no spill QDCs at the bottom of the loop and then buying an extra QDC to connect to the disconnected QDC is a great way to make a drain. The extra QDC does not need to be valved (no spill) but it does need to be compatible with the other QDCs. You don't really need ones that say no spill as long as they are valved a few drops of water are no big deal if you are expecting them and have a paper towel ready. Personally I use the high end QDCs made for soda dispensers and they don't really spill more than just a drop of water each side. If they do not say NO SPILL... then you need to confirm that they are valved... if you use non valved QDCs and you disconnect them water is going to come out.

But good valved QDCs are expensive and therefore are a waste unless you are running an external radiator then they are a must.

You really don't need that 2nd D5. If your D5 fails then as soon as your CPU hits thermal protection the system will shut off. No big deal so why waste $200 on something that will not give you any performance. Also using a PWM D5 the D5 will probably last a whole heck of a lot longer by running it at a low RPM when the system is not under load. I can't see a properly configured PWM D5 failing in a 5 year period and probably not in a 10yr period.

Just don't shut off thermal protection.
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