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Hello,
My Kandalf LCS is coming 2morrow and would like a good way to check for leaks. Would you install the mobo and then test it leaving everything else out?
or install it, test it then install then put it on the cpu etc around the water cooling?
Im sorry if this is a stupid question, just want to make sure I do it correctly
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I hooked up my entire watercooling loop to test for leaks before building my computer at all and then installed them onto my mobo/cards after 24hrs.

I wouldn't expect much better cooling with the built in LCS system than the BT =/
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Your best bet would be to dry fit all components in the case as you intend to install them and cut the tubing to fit.
Then with the water cooling system complete and filled, run it outside of the case for 12-24 hrs to insure against
leeks/component failure. If you have an extra power supply just use a paper clip cut into a U shape to jump the green
wire to any black wire:

  
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In Sorry

you will most likely get higher temperatures with that thermaltake system than your BT

first thing you should do is buy a new block

for low flow I would reccomend the Apogee GT
    
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I usually just throw in the CPU & Motherboard, install the loop in the case, and then test for leaks running only the pump on a hot-wired PSU.

If you setup the loop outside of the case, it's pointless to leak test because you have to take it apart again to put it inside the case.

If you have a leak while your pump is the only thing running, no problem. Hell, you can go soak your video card in water if you'd like right now, it doesn't have power running to it, so it will be just fine. (Well, maybe the bios would reset or something, but you get the idea).
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post #6 of 22
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yeah thats what I thought, why check for leaks then take it apart and set it back up inside the case.
Should I test for 24 hours?
What do you recommend?
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post #7 of 22
Take out the videocard, and other PCI cards, hotwire the PSU, no system power attached (take out 12v cpu,mobo power connectors)
Edit: put some toilet paper on the bottom of the case to see if everything is dry....
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yeah thats what I thought, why check for leaks then take it apart and set it back up inside the case.
Should I test for 24 hours?
What do you recommend?
I would recommend a minimum of 12 hours, but if this is your first loop, go for 24 hours.

Do what RuSo said as well, take out all things not needed. If you're cooling the CPU though, attach the block to the CPU, and any other block where they need to be. You can spring a leak from a weirdly angled connector being forced open over time, so might as well be safe.
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post #9 of 22
I leak test out of the case for 24 hours just as Dyad suggested to check for component failure then install in the case with just the pump running to leak test and bleed...Outside of the case just use distilled water then when you put it in the case go ahead and fill it with your coolant...
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Your best bet would be to dry fit all components in the case as you intend to install them and cut the tubing to fit.
Then with the water cooling system complete and filled, run it outside of the case for 12-24 hrs to insure against
leeks/component failure. If you have an extra power supply just use a paper clip cut into a U shape to jump the green
wire to any black wire:

I have to do this in a few days myself. My question is, when putting paperclip in, should I be weary of getting electrocuted? Lol..
    
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