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Hi, I am planning to transition my build to a micro-atx build and if so I would end up ditching my custom loop.


question is, I know people have switched the radiators on their H100/80 coolers, what size of tubing/fittings do I need and what other stuff do I need to make it happen? and is there any tutorials out there somewhere that I am missing on how to switch the radiators on these AIO watercoolers. a link would be much appreciated.
Edited by Sazz - 1/11/14 at 10:32pm
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I take it you already have radiators you want to use? Why not simplify the problem and just buy a swifttech pump block? All an AIO cooler is is a prefilled resovoirless loop with a pump block and gas impervious tubing.

If you cut it up you're removing the prefilled bit anyway, so why not start with just the parts you want?
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I take it you already have radiators you want to use? Why not simplify the problem and just buy a swifttech pump block? All an AIO cooler is is a prefilled resovoirless loop with a pump block and gas impervious tubing.

If you cut it up you're removing the prefilled bit anyway, so why not start with just the parts you want?


I am trying to get the cost down to a minimum, the cost of a used H80i+EK XTX+fittings and tubing would be almost equal to a Swiftech Apogee Drive II w/ pump alone.
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I say get a cheaper radiator, like an xt45, and save up for a decent pump/block combo. Trying to save money by cutting corners generally isn't the best idea when dealing with watercooling. I've seen it go wrong far too many times.
Or skip the idea of a block/pump and get a cheap CPU block and a ddc-1t pump from bmaverick for $35
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I say get a cheaper radiator, like an xt45, and save up for a decent pump/block combo. Trying to save money by cutting corners generally isn't the best idea when dealing with watercooling. I've seen it go wrong far too many times.
Or skip the idea of a block/pump and get a cheap CPU block and a ddc-1t pump from bmaverick for $35


again, there's a reason why this is my option. I am transitioning my build into a micro-atx build and there is simply no space for all of that that's why my only option is AIO's but I wanna improve their performance and the simplest way to do it is changing their mediocre radiators.
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except it's not particularly simple. AIOs live on how well they are sealed. With no air, and no opportunity for air to enter the system, corrosion goes way down, and what corrosion there is turns into an effective antibacterial agent. If you break that up things get complicated quickly. The reason AIOs are 'mediocre' is because there is a cupric oxide layer. They just run a bit warmer. On the bright side they are designed to do it. If you just can't be stoped swiffttech sells pvc tubing they use for their AIO systems seperately.
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except it's not particularly simple. AIOs live on how well they are sealed. With no air, and no opportunity for air to enter the system, corrosion goes way down, and what corrosion there is turns into an effective antibacterial agent. If you break that up things get complicated quickly. The reason AIOs are 'mediocre' is because there is a cupric oxide layer. They just run a bit warmer. On the bright side they are designed to do it. If you just can't be stoped swiffttech sells pvc tubing they use for their AIO systems seperately.



When it comes to making it have a complete seal w/ no air inside, I can do that. I just want to know what size of tubing and fittings should I use (fittings I would use on the radiator side). using swiftech apgoee w/ a cheap radiator would'nt be that much better, specially 35X pump is known to have high failure rate (I had one that failed after 1month and a friend of mine had one that failed for just over a month) so I really despise 35X pumps right now that the apogee drive II uses. so apogee drive II is not an option for me.
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Were you running the 35x at full speed in a low restriction loop?
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Were you running the 35x at full speed in a low restriction loop?


nope, I actually ran at at 50% speed all the time coz when I ran at full speed the temps are actually higher. and yeah my loop had low restriction, w/ 2 rads, XSPC CPU and GPU block.
And at 100% the pump is pretty hot that's why I refrain from running at 100%.
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nope, I actually ran at at 50% speed all the time coz when I ran at full speed the temps are actually higher. and yeah my loop had low restriction, w/ 2 rads, XSPC CPU and GPU block.
And at 100% the pump is pretty hot that's why I refrain from running at 100%.
Yeah, I knew they run hot at full speed. That's just the most common reason they burn out. Just asking as I'm curious as to why you had two burn out on you(well one of hours plus your friend's) is all
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