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Hey guys around 10 months ago i put together my first watercooling build i never added in a drain line as it was my first build i sort of forgot these things i have attached 2 photos that show my setup and would like some help on what would be the easiest / most effective way to drain this loop

I attempted to drain it around 3 months ago but it was a disaster i couldn't get all the water out of the loop and it just sat in the 480 radiators i tried tipping it upside down and all and disconnected the tubing from the pump and tried the video card but yeah i was clueless to be honest is there some effective way to drain this or cycle the water ?

I used distilled water with a few drops of liquid utopia



post #2 of 9
I'm no expert, far from it.

Can you remove GPU from the Mobo while it's still attached to the loop and is that safe to do?
Edited by LeviathanVI - 8/4/16 at 6:15am
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post #3 of 9
If so, you can remove the gpu then twist and turn it to get the fluid out.
With the rads, unmount them and turn them.

With cycling the water, you can get a nice little tap fitting for the lowest point on your loop, undo the tap so it's a slow drizzle, set it in a bowl then pour your fluid in your res. It might take time and patience, but it will eventually replace all the water in your loop. You can use your pump to push it through, without damaging the pump by letting it go dry. That's why you use a tap and not just free flow. If you don't get a tap fitting, don't use your pump just let it push through on it's own... It will definitely take longer though.

It all depends what you're draining for, I suppose. If I were you I'd install a T fitting and tap now at the lowest point of the loop so that it's easier to drain in the future.

Like I said, I'm no expert so use your best judgement on this.
Edited by LeviathanVI - 8/4/16 at 7:00am
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post #4 of 9
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Thanks for the reply will take it into consideration just gonna wait and see if any experts have a better suggestion
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post #7 of 9
Just based on the 3 pics...

I would probably loosen the bottom rad, move it slightly so it is positioned above a bucket, unscrew a plug on this rad, let water drizzle out. After a minute or 2 open top of reservoir so water actually starts running. Once no more water comes out, Close top of reservoir, uncouple bottom rad and put a plug one one tube, and a valve on another. Then use the valve to drain the system completely, moving system so all the water comes out.
    
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post #8 of 9
Put the rig in the bath and pull a tube off at the lowest point. Job done.
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How did the draining go in the end?
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