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1- buy qdc set, connect to in/out ports on gpu. Now you can simply pop the gpu block in and out of the loop without draining. Draining to swap gpu blocks is very pedestrian. There's many shortcuts to swapping blocks. I can swap blocks in 2-3 minutes without draining nor refilling.

2- you still use a kill coil?

What's your qdc recommendation? Koolance?
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1- buy qdc set, connect to in/out ports on gpu. Now you can simply pop the gpu block in and out of the loop without draining. Draining to swap gpu blocks is very pedestrian. There's many shortcuts to swapping blocks. I can swap blocks in 2-3 minutes without draining nor refilling.

2- you still use a kill coil?

do you mind linking a good qdc, tsm? thanks.

yah, the coil has been there since i built the loop. like 2 years ago. i'll take it out.
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Not TSM, but the best QDCs atm are the QD3/QD4 (if you can fit the latter) from Koolance. Just get the nickel finish versions.
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Not TSM, but the best QDCs atm are the QD3/QD4 (if you can fit the latter) from Koolance. Just get the nickel finish versions.

thanks, geggeg. i'll check them out.
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What's your qdc recommendation? Koolance?

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do you mind linking a good qdc, tsm? thanks.

yah, the coil has been there since i built the loop. like 2 years ago. i'll take it out.


Use a coolant vs a coil?


I use koolance because they've been making pc specific qdc the longest so they generally have it down. Though they are far from perfect mind you. The plating gets stripped over time, they can clog too, and they are expensive, though wc as a hobby is expensive so it goes with the territory as they say.


Basically for connecting gpus, you need a set of two each, male and female thus 4 total. **One matched set are compression and one set matched set are G1/4 (screw into gpu ports). And also if you are enterprising another matched set that you use with a length of tubing for those days when you need the block/s out of the loop for longer. This is where the extra set comes in, as you use it to "complete" your loop so it can run w/o your gpu. For ex. testing an air card or repair/rma/etc whatever may arise.

When picking qdc out go slow and make sure you have matching sets, ie. male/female loopside and male/female gpu side, then whether you want direct fitting on gpu side or not, and finally your tubing size. Triple check, as you do not want to order the wrongs ones because shipping and returns are hard to negotiate with wc vendors.


**I prefer shorter/closer connections when using qdc, but you are free to use compressions completely with a length of tubing. Choice is good, but that is rather redundant imo.

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anyway to test the gpu in another system? i think i asked you that before. yah, i think its time to stop the madness and go green. lol

anyway, got my block installed on my second 290.



now the hard part. Installing. got to drain and all that.

Do I have to get rid of the silver coil since this block is copper? Thanks.
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Oh forgot there's a secret to filling for speed. I do this all the time with my quads. Filling a quad blocked array creates not only massive amounts of bubbles, but very very tiny bubbles as well. The kind of bubbles that get stuck in rads leaving pockets of air behind. I avoid this by pre-filling my blocks. It's a lil or a lot crazy depending on how daring/experienced you are I suppose. I also use coolant which reduces the chances of liquid death. I'll try to explain it using the pic of my sons rig.




The 90deg top fitting, is what I use for filling. The bottom fitting I twist so it points away from block. After block is removed I stand it up against sink with the fitting that is pointing away from gpu, now pointed at sink. Loosen this fitting a few turns so air can escape. You can bag (and tape it) this fitting end to catch the water blow out so it liquid doesn't get on your block. Backplates are great while doing this. Now the other end, you fill slowly. A syringe helps too, another must have in a loop tool box. When I do this with quads, I fill a lil bit, blow into fill fitting to push water thru the array, fill some more, blow again, rinse repeat. When the block is filled, water and air will come out the other side obviously. Now screw that tight thru the baggy. This side is done for now until you are ready to remove the baggy and wipe dry the fitting. Back to the fill side, I also pre-fill the qdc and then screw that on carefully to not spill that liquid all over my work. And that's how I pre-fill my gpu block. This saves me a few hours during bubble removal time which is about how long it takes to wait for the super tiny bubbles to dissipate.

I'll be doing this again thurs as I will be testing another lightning then. I'll try to take pics of the process then. Remember to use paper towels and keep dry, prevent drips at all times.
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Use a coolant vs a coil?


I use koolance because they've been making pc specific qdc the longest so they generally have it down. Though they are far from perfect mind you. The plating gets stripped over time, they can clog too, and they are expensive, though wc as a hobby is expensive so it goes with the territory as they say.


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When picking qdc out go slow and make sure you have matching sets, ie. male/female loopside and male/female gpu side, then whether you want direct fitting on gpu side or not, and finally your tubing size. Triple check, as you do not want to order the wrongs ones because shipping and returns are hard to negotiate with wc vendors.


**I prefer shorter/closer connections when using qdc, but you are free to use compressions completely with a length of tubing. Choice is good, but that is rather redundant imo.

G1/4 vs Compression to gpu block:
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Went to Koolance site and found some. about $50 for a pair (4pcs) excluding shipping. local company is based in Washington state. i may have to invest on those.
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yep that's my PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182262

All I can figure is that my 290 (254w stock) is pulling more than 300w and my 3470 (77w stock) about 115w when both are OC'd. So that's at least 415w just from those two components, leaving about 91w to go for the rest of the system.


Also my math is this 92% efficiency X 550w = 506w

I think you are right, that's an awful big load for a 550w psu. Even if it can handle it, which it should be able to, do you want to run it at that for any length of time? They do degrade over time especially if they carry a big load. I have a 660w platinum with my 290 and it's just about right but if I was to need a new PSU I would get a 850w at least maybe 1000w because I will at some point be adding another card and I am always upgrading.
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Done. Ordered a Gigabyte GTX 970 Windforce OC.

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