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post #1 of 15
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Hey guys so i have most of the parts for my loop rad fittings cpu block pump res.
I seen somewhere not to use tap water to clean ur parts.
I have a few gallons of distilled water and distilled white vinegar.
Would that be the best way to clean and prep my system.
post #2 of 15
You should probably flush the radiators out for a good half hour with warm tap water, this is best done with the rads outside of the case.
Also for your loop did you include the needed parts for a drain port? This will make maintenance now and in the future easier. otherwise you will have to remove a fitting to drain the loop and likely spill all over the place.
Mayhems has their Blitz kit that flushes out the system before adding your coolant but the last time I used it it was very bubbly, so the drain will also help here. I ended up flushing out the blitz about 5 times with distilled water before filling in my coolant the first time. After like the 3rd revamp of my loop i included a cut off valve that will allow me to reverse the direction of flow from the res without the use of a pump. for example if i have my bottom rad right below the res and the drain after that, I could leave the drain open and flush that section really nice, but it would never touch the rest of the loop. So I put a cutoff valve there so the water would be force through the rest of the loop while filling from a distilled water jug for an efficient flush.
otherwise i would have to fill, seal, run, drain and repeat several times and this got boring fast, not to mention how much time i wasted letting the system run for 5 minutes here, and there.

Hopefully I didn't go off on too much of a tangent but in a nutshell, flush rads only with warm water, assemble loop and either flush with distilled water or blitz kit, and include a drain.
Take this advice with a grain of salt though as I am not the most experienced water cooler ever and I am sure someone will come along soon and add in some more advice. thumb.gif
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. i havent build my loop in the pc i just have everything in boxes planning on how it will be i do have a ball valve/barb/ and hose for the drain. I just was wondering did i have to clean everything with the distilled water. or if the mail and only thing was the rad
post #4 of 15
I cleaned the rads for my loop with a mix of 3/4 distilled water and 1/4 distilled vinegar, then with pure distilled water to make sure I got all the vinegar out of them, but using warm tap water would probably do the trick too! I don't know if one or the other would work better lol and other than flushing the rads, I don't think there's much else prep wise you can do.
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post #5 of 15
Everyone has theyr own way of cleaning the rads in a way.
I do this:

1. Connect to shower and I flush rads with warm water for about 15-20 min ( carefull with the pressure so you dont break your radiator ofc )

2. Rince 2 times with distiled water

3. I use this: https://mayhems.co.uk/cleaning/mayhems-blitz-cleaning-system/ and follow instuctions and you are set
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you guys for all the input i just rinsed out the rad with tap water and then about a gal of distilled water.

Another question. As i was laying out the parts i wanted to see can i put my ball valve at the bottom of my rad i had a 90 fitting i can use
post #7 of 15
You can out that valve where ever you want. But my advice is to put it in a place so that gravity will drain the loop for you = as low as you can and in a way that you only have to tilt your computer 2-3 times to get most of the fluid out.
post #8 of 15
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Would this be fine
post #9 of 15
hello all,
I'm very interested in this post as I am also about to build my first loop. The water cooling parts should be here next week sent from ekwb.

I dare ask a question as Steelkid might also be interested.
For my loop I am planning putting a 360 rad top of all and a train at the most lowest part of the loop between the pump and the GPU or at one port of the pump/res (I'm going with top inlet there). My question is, as there will be a water block at least between every port of the rad and the drain valve (GPU before the rad inlet and CPU/pump after the rad outlet) would the rad still drain properly or would it keep a lot of water/coolant after draining?

Thank you for your help.
post #10 of 15
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Would this be fine Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

For this to work you would need a T fitting. I would place the T fitting so the passthrough portion of the fitting is going up and down/side to side and the perpendicular side is the one that goes into the rad.
We are talking about your drain right? If so you will likely need a male to male fitting, (rotary fitting for ease of use).
I can get pictures of my loop when I get home if you wish.

EDIT: here is a picture of after I got done revamping it the last time.

You can see the cutoff valve right above the bottom radiator. unfortunately the drain I have setup is tucked behind the HDD cage cover so you can't see it in my picture, but you get a good idea of how I have my stuff routed.
Edited by XanderTheGoober - 4/21/17 at 7:07am
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