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Proper Fillport and Drain Install?

post #1 of 4
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Hi Guys,

Recently received the last few odds and ends for my first custom waterloop. Have a question about setting my self up for success for a drain and refill in the future. Loop is as follows:

Monsoon Dual Bay Res with PWM MCP35 pump down to
Black Ice GTX 140mm (in the floor) up to
EKWB Bridge up to
GTS 120mm rad (rear exhaust) to
CPU block up to
GTS 280mm XFlow (in the roof) back down to Pump/Res

All going in Corsair Vengeance C70

Plan is to drill and mount the fill port in the front handle recess on top of the case and run a line into the top of the monsoon res.

Since the Black Ice rads do not feature a drain port, plan is to include a QD3 from the res to the lower rad. I bought an extra QD3 fitting to attach a length of tubing after disconnecting from the rad.

Logic is telling me though that this may simply be draining the res and running the pump dry while attempting to get the rest of the fluid out of the remaining rads - particularly the lowest rad. Obviously ive never done this before so some insight would be helpful.

Thanks!
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Hey we have the same reservoir smile.gif I really like mine but I wish I had the ability to run a fill port line like you are going to. I can't because I have a bay device just above the res (fan controller).

When filling or draining I find it necessary to open one or both ports on the top of the Monsoon unit.

Never drain the loop with the pump running. Simply open the drain and when it stops flowing out, open a port on the monsoon reservoir and the air pressure will cause much of the coolant to drain.

I would use a Y or T fitting on the black ice and have your QDC on one side with a ball valve in front of it just in case. When you want to drain you can hook your spare QDC to the dead end and then flip the ball valve open. Either way you are going to have to turn the case all around to get the system mostly drained, and fully draining it is going to be difficult (or it is for me anyway).

When I'm draining my loop I run some distilled through and then redrain it. I've had Blue UV in and easily got it back to clear this way after a few extra fill/drain sessions.
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Awesome, thanks a million. That answers all my questions.

Curious though what fan controller you are running.

Ive got a Lamptec FC6 sitting on top of my res and it looks like ive still got enough room to go into one of the top ports. If not, I suppose I could run into one of the higher rear ports but I'm not sure tou could get 100% fill going in that way.

Either way, its a sick res and looks amazing in person. I'm going Mayhem Pastel Green and it should look great.

Thanks again for the feedback.
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No problem man! You are gonna have fun doing the filling. Watching the coolant run *up* the tubing the first time is just awesome.

The controller I'm using is the Aquaero 6 and it has so many different wires connected to it I don't think it would be possible. At any rate I'm using 2 clear acrylic LED stop fittings on both the top ports of the Monsoon. Creates this wicked dual color effect having the Monsoon's LEDs on Red full blast and then the stop fittings are cascading down crystal blue. I didn't think it would look right but it turned out to perfectly fit the theme of the build, which was water on fire XD
I'm really new to watercoolong but I went all out and I'm seriously hooked. I would have got nowhere without a lot of help and advice from the community.
If you click on the build on the left in my sig you can see most of the components. There is a build log that I did as well but it's really out of date I got sick of taking bad pictures.
Edited by electro2u - 10/19/14 at 10:43pm
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