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Looking at doing a water cooling build but I'm worried if the thing leaks that it will damage everything.

But i really want to do one
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Looking at doing a water cooling build but I'm worried if the thing leaks that it will damage everything.

But i really want to do one

The best thing to do it build your loop outside your computer first and leak test everything outside your computer. If everything looks good then drain it and build it in your computer fill it, and only run the pump only for 12-24 hours using paper towels to detect any leaks. I have done 3 water cooling systems and a lot of components swaps and never had a leak if you take your time.

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You will never have a leak if you do it correctly. Doing everything correctly isn't that hard either. I'd direct you to go check out our watercooling stickies. But now for my advice: go with barbs and clamps over compression fitting for your first build, get quality barbs, read the stickies, don't be scared it's easy and well worth it in the end. Goodluck
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Leaks? Never heard of them. tongue.gif

Seriously though, the only time I had a leak is when I forgot to tighten one of fittings. That's why you do leak test. Keep in mind, water does not damage electronics, water+electricity does.

Choice of fittings also helps. Rotaries are more prone to leaks from what I read, even though I have a bunch of angled rotaries in my build (too many TBH) and none of them leaks. Does not mean this cannot happen, so again test everything.
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