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I have an i7-2700k under a 2x140mm silverarrow thats very cool and quiet, and even when I had 7950 CF, in a HAF912 with a few extra fans and no side panels, the 7950CF might of hit near 70C but mostly is 62-65C @50 fan

WCing looks so cool though, but how much time does it take once u get used to it, to take apart, clean, take apart when u need to replace parts, etc ? And how often should u clean a loop?, what about if its CPU+CF/SLi
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It really depends on how complicated or how simple you want to hook things up. It might take a few hours to take apart a full system for cleaning. I would recommend cleaning it out every 6 months for maintenance and if you're really lazy then at least once a year. Make a plan of how you will drain the system and how you will set it up for operation. However you setup it up will determine how difficult it is to take it apart. I.E. using zipties, quick disconnects, or metal clamps with slotted screws.
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About 2h for a dual GPU loop if you know what you are doing i'd say ?

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It's definitely more of a commitment than air cooling which just needs s simple can of duster every now and then. i'd say the majority of time sink is in the planning stages. finding all the right parts to fit your rig and making sure everything will play well together before ordering it all. Plus the time you'll have to spend familiarizing yourself with what products are considered higher quality as well as all the lingo that goes with water cooling. Actual day to day maintenance is minimal. Some people change out their fluids and tubing more often than others but for the most part count on emptying the system at minimum once per year. disassembly is pretty easy once the system has been drained. Depending on how the system is laid out and how big your case is you may find it harder to work on other things in the case like fan connections or your ram so again, planning is a must. Another aspect that takes time which air cooling doesn't require is leak checking. When you build a system or reassemble one you need to run the loop without the rest of the PC turned on to make sure nothing will leak and fry your stuff. expect to let it run for several hours before you can be confident in turning the rest of the system back on.

in return you will be able to get insane performance out of your rig.

Beware, it's very addicting. If you've ever had a tattoo you will know the feeling.
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first time doing it takes alot of time if you dont plan accordingly. with the correct kind of room in a case, as well as optional extras like quick disconnects(pricey but allows you to remove a block for a loop easily) can in the future speed up loop building speed. loop cleaning probably is dependent on how dirty the space your computer thrives in and choice of tubing/coolant/exposure to certain lighting. low end tubing will leech plasticizers overtime. different types of coolants can settle in parts(assuming you're not running pure distilled water) and UV lighting can affect bacterial growth.


I really want to say quick disconnects save the most time during maintenance in the end, as it doesn't require to breakdown your entire loop(or a large portion of it) in the end, but is usually one of the most optional pieces most starting loops do not have(due to high price)
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About 2h for a dual GPU loop if you know what you are doing i'd say ?

It took me somewhere between 3-5 hours for taking it apart and cleaning on my setup. I had CPU, GPU, and NB all hooked up with 4x120mm and 2x120mm radiator along with a micro-res and fans. Not really fun taking it all apart for cleaning. The fans are the worst to clean as they build up a lot of dust so get some kind of dust filter if you can. The best thing to do is make sure you have a plan on how to drain the system easily. I always took the tubing off of where the pump is to drain it. Some people have made much better plans for draining than I did. If you want to make it easy to take apart make sure you plan way ahead.
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I don't know where this concept of draining and cleaning your loop every so often comes from. I'll generally take blocks apart and clean them if I'm tearing the loop down anyway to change it about, but for me there are only three reasons to take apart a loop just to clean it:

  1. Marked drop in performance even after dusting the rads
  2. Floaters in the res
  3. I'm really bored.

Other than that, I blow my rads out about once a month (damn dog hair gets everywhere) and that's it.

If you set things up right in the first place a loop can last years before needing any cleaning. One of my loops has been running for about two years without any issues, the other is passing the 18 month mark. Many other forum members, like Bitemarks, have had similar experiences. Martinm210 even took some pictures of one of his loops at 22 months and it looks as clean as the day it was installed:

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The one thing no one has really said anything about is tubing your intial build can take a long time if you go the route of acrylic tubes. It takes a lot of planning and is very time consuming to set up
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lol, i don't know how many first timers are going to be using acrylic. i don't even use acrylic. i like to change things too much tongue.gif
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