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So, I just setup my loop (part of it anyway) and I'm leak testing it. I have a photon 170 res/pump combo, hooked up to a 280mm rad, and then CPU block, and then back to pump.

PUMP is making some really annoying noise, though it has lessened over the last 10 minutes. Also, the water level is only half filled in the photon res, how high should it be while running? This thing took 2/3rds of a 1000ml bottle of fluid. ***? Is this normal? I'm scared I did something wrong!

It's been running for roughly 15 minutes, and the water level seems steady, but my loop got shortened by 2 components, silly me only bought 8 fittings instead of 10, so my 2nd rad and GPU aren't in the loop. How much fluid will I need when everything is hooked up?

I've got to do smaller test runs on fittings and rads separately cuz of the compression fitting mix-up. Plus I'm planning a rebuild as soon as my new case comes in.
    
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As long as water is constantly being fed through your pump, you should be ok. If at anypoint, it is not sucking in water (res would have to be empty in your case), turn it off immediately. My loop is somewhat similar to yours. I've got a gpu block, 360mm rad, bay yes and cpu block and I took over a ltr. I didn't measure but I would guess 1250ml

I'd let the pump run, tilt the case a bit. When the res started to dry up, I would turn it off, fill it up about 75% and then rinse and repeat. I've only done one loop so other w/c enthusiasts will probably have better suggestions/tips but that's all I can say. Just make sure you don't run your pump dry!

More then likely, it's just little air bubbles etc.
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Thanks so much for your quick reply. The noise has cut down immensely, within the last 5 minutes, and the pump is running steadily, lotsa air bubbles coming up into the rez though. I can't believe how much fluid it took! I'm going to have to buy extra for the 2 extra components. :/

My friend said I should go with clear tubing, and not colored, cuz it's easier to see problems that way. Is this necessary?
    
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Not sure, but I did the same. That being said, my water went a bit cloudy after about 2 months. Even though I used distilled water and a biocide/anti corrosive additive. Apparently it's normal but I mainly did it for the same reasons your friend listed. That and I didnt want to spend extra on tubing (planning on doing copper tubing later on).

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If you're comfortable with this, leave the top open and/or leave one of the fitting holes open so air can escape.

Depending on the loop, it takes time to get those air out.
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Yeah, I really can't leave it open. If for some reason it'd tip over while I'm sleeping, my wife would kill me, as it'd ruin her table. That being said, it's been going since about 8pm and the bubbles have stopped, and there is 0 noise. The tubes are getting slightly warm, and so is the one rad.

How long should I leak test this thing for? It's all being moved in about a week or two, and nothing is even hooked up yet. I'm really just testing the blocks and 5 hours, no leaks. Would that be good enough, and I can change the fittings to the GPU and other rad? Or keep letting this one go?
    
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