Originally Posted by jassilamba
@Unicr0nhunter, It might be easier to just remove the fan right above the fill port, that might give you just enough space to put in a 90 degree barb fitting, and then fill in the res. Little advice with the Photon res, it fills better if the res is at an angle, so just raise one side of the case a bit. If you dont tilt the res, the flow channel gets blocked and fluid stops flowing.
I thought about that, and it's a possibility if need be, but I'm pretty sure removing the fan would be a PITA.
Anywho, the way I was looking at it, I really think that if I could just get a hose fit onto the top of that res, I should be able to fill up pretty much the entire loop including the res by pouring into the fill port that I'm going to add to one of the top rad ports at the rear of the case (fill port 'A' in my example above). I think that should let me fill up the top rad and flow down through the GPUs to completely fill the lower rad and flow back up through the res just as long as the cap is off the fill port to the top of the res (fill port 'B') to let the air escape.
However, if I can't get a hose to fit in the top of that res it's going to be airlocked above that trio of inlet / outlet ports so I'll have to figure something else out. Perhaps I'll be able to get enough water up into the res by tilting the case.
That, or I have a tiny right-angle ratcheting screwdriver that should let me get to that top fill port even if there's only 15-20mm of clearance there. Might be a little tricky snaking in a hose from a squeeze bottle to fill it that way, but I think I'll only have to fill up the res that way, and then the rest of my loop I can fill up through the fill ports in the top.
Actually, after thinking about it, I think if I were to JUST crack the seal on that res' top fill port fitting to let the air escape and I could just fill the loop up with the through that top rad port (port 'A') just until the res is completely full before closing the res fill port back up, then fill the rest of the loop incl the top rad all the way up.
Also, if I install the fill port into the top port of the outlet chamber of that top rad, as opposed to the inlet where water would be shooting straight up into the rad from where the inlet tube is attached underneath it, I'm thinking that with the back of the case propped up slightly higher than the front that I might be able to leave the fill port (A) open while I cycle the pump and since that would be the highest place in my loop it would hopefully be the place where most of the air bubbles would wind up and I could just keep filling it there as needed.
I can't wait to get the case and everything else I'll need to try it out. Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 10/10/13 at 6:58am