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I'm getting a new motherboard and CPU so I'm going to need a new waterblock... (actually I only need a new lucite top for my TDX water block, but replacing it is essentially like replacing an entire water block...)

My system is setup like this:

Pump --> Radiator --> CPU --> T-Line --> Fillport and back to pump

As you can see I don't have an actual reservoir but instead I use my fill-port line as my reservoir.

How do I install my new waterblock? Do I need to drain the entire system? If so, how? ...and if I do need to drain the system, do I need to clean it before adding new coolant? (I'd like to try a different coolant mixture this time)

Thanks for any help!
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You can just pinch the tubing on either side of the block and cut it out...Hemostats make good clamps if you have a couple..You'll spill a few drops so watch it...I would just cut it off by the rad and add a T into your lowest line with a foot or so of tubing on it for a drain..I put a Fil-Port on the end of my drain line but you can plug it with anything...It makes it easy to flush your loop...Just un-cork your T-Line and it will all drain out you might have to tilt it around some to get it all out...

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PC in OFF position (no pump running) take water block off CPU and put it is a big pot/bucket, while in pot take off hoses from the CPU block and let water drain into pot. After that turn on computer for a short periiod to let pump push out remaining water. Make sure to clean off the old AS5 grease, then apply new AS5. Then apply new block outside of case, re-attach hoses, and test outside the case for leaks. No leakes re-attached to cpu and your done...

What new CPU, and MOBO you getting? TOP 2 CPU blocks I would say is D-Tek FuZion , and Stinger V8

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After that turn on computer for a short periiod to let pump push out remaining water
urm... very bad idea... DO NOT turn your pc on without and form of cooling on the cpu... jump start your psu instead.
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I wouldn't do either the water will run right through a pump when its turned off... No need to risk running your pump dry just tilt your case a little if you need to get it all out....
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Originally Posted by ira-k View Post
You can just pinch the tubing on either side of the block and cut it out...Hemostats make good clamps if you have a couple..You'll spill a few drops so watch it...I would just cut it off by the rad and add a T into your lowest line with a foot or so of tubing on it for a drain..I put a Fil-Port on the end of my drain line but you can plug it with anything...It makes it easy to flush your loop...Just un-cork your T-Line and it will all drain out you might have to tilt it around some to get it all out...
I'm a little confused (sorry!)...

Are you saying that instead of pinching the tube (eg. I have worm-drive clamps) that you would remove the tube from the radiator and then remove my existing t-line and install a new t-line between the pump and the radiator?

Moving tubes around in my system is kind of a big pain because my fittings are all 1/2" but my tubing is 7/16" (or something like that). It was REALLY hard to make the tubing fit onto the fittings...

Here is a picture of my setup: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jklimek...7600092358720/
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I'm a little confused (sorry!)...

Are you saying that instead of pinching the tube (eg. I have worm-drive clamps) that you would remove the tube from the radiator and then remove my existing t-line and install a new t-line between the pump and the radiator?

Moving tubes around in my system is kind of a big pain because my fittings are all 1/2" but my tubing is 7/16" (or something like that). It was REALLY hard to make the tubing fit onto the fittings...

Here is a picture of my setup: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jklimek...7600092358720/
Hey that would be easy to drain just flip your T-Line over in a bucket and take the cpu block off and cut into it a little and let it all drain into the bucket then cut your block on off...With 7/16" I always have to cut it off anyway...
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Ok, so I'll remove the fill-port from my case and then flip the T-line so instead of the fill-port going UP it will go DOWN.

After that I'll run the pump (just the PSU, not the PC) on/off every few seconds to get the water to run into a bucket (from the T-Line/fillport).

Now that the line is empty I can remove the tubing from my water-block and install my new one.

What do you mean by "cut into it"?

Also, can I flush the system somehow (eg. clean the lines) since I'm changing coolant mixtures? (...or is that even neccessary?)

Sorry for so many questions and my confusion, and thanks a ton for the help!
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Originally Posted by sofakng View Post
Ok, so I'll remove the fill-port from my case and then flip the T-line so instead of the fill-port going UP it will go DOWN.

After that I'll run the pump (just the PSU, not the PC) on/off every few seconds to get the water to run into a bucket (from the T-Line/fillport).

Now that the line is empty I can remove the tubing from my water-block and install my new one.

What do you mean by "cut into it"?

Also, can I flush the system somehow (eg. clean the lines) since I'm changing coolant mixtures? (...or is that even neccessary?)

Sorry for so many questions and my confusion, and thanks a ton for the help!

Right just flip it down into a bucket and take the plug out most of it will drain...Then you could flip it back up and fill it and let it run a little while and do it all over again...Do that 3 or 4 times and it should be pretty well flushed out...When you change coolant you should flush well in case they re-act with each other..

Don't turn you pump on at all you could run it dry and ruin it...There is no need the water will just run right through it when its turned off anyway...You may need to tilt your case a little to get it all out....

When you take off your block hold it up high and out of the way and just cut into the tubing under a barb that will let it suck in more air and it will finish draining into your bucket...
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Ahhh, I gotcha.

Hopefully I don't need to cut my tubing... (eg. hopefully I can unscrew the worm-drive clamps and pry the tubing off the fittings, but I might need to just cut them...)
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