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At present, he is only cooling the CPU. The GPU I am sure will be coming within... a week.
     
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The GPU is still the most risky component in the V2000, but not because of gravity. Since it's inverted, a leak from the tube-barb or barb-block unions will not just simply drip onto the bottom of the case, it'll drip onto the PCB of the card itself. Make SURE those connections are the most secure.
Education rocks!

I will be most mindful when (if? ) I add a GPU block to the loop. I suppose I ought to just include that in the budget anyway, since this is not a project that's taking off soon (more like unfolding over the next few months, hopefully by the hellish summer).

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Education rocks!

I will be most mindful when (if? ) I add a GPU block to the loop. I suppose I ought to just include that in the budget anyway, since this is not a project that's taking off soon (more like unfolding over the next few months, hopefully by the hellish summer).

Thanks again.
You'll find it irresistable (the gpu block i mean ).

Anyways, the Swiftech MCW-60 works wonderfully on 4870s.
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Thread update: The CPU block, water pump, radiator, and fans have arrived safe and sound.

The hard part now begins: Growing a budget to acquire the rest of the parts for the planned system. That means tubes, 1/2" ID barbs, suitable clamps, and most likely a GPU block as well.

But here's a question for the pros: Let's say all the parts are here. What are the best prep steps to take prior to actual installation and running them in the computer? Leak testing is a must, of course, but what about cleaning parts? What are the tried and true methods to make sure your parts are in the best possible condition prior to preliminary testing?

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I'm pretty sure that you should open up the blocks and clean any gunk out.
I don't remember for sure though.
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Mix up a solution of 90% distilled water and 10% distilled vinegar. Soak your blocks in those for a couple minutes and then rinse very thoroughly (repeatedly). You don't want the vinegar solution to eat away your copper blocks.

Do the same for your radiator as well. Fill it up with the solution and shake it around quite a bit (fingers over the barb holes) and rinse it out. Repeat this a few times and then give it the same thorough rinsing process.
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And if I recall right, you might want to get a hose that is slightly smaller than your barbs. Soak the ends in hot water to make the tube expand, then put on the barbs and clamp down. When the tube shrinks again, there is no way you will have a leak. (This is based on threads I have read. I lack the personal experience.)

afzsom: While acid is bad for copper, a 90/10 split of vinegar would be only 0.100 M acetic acid. This gives it a pH of 3.4, which should not be too terribly dangerous; that said, rinsing is still a good idea.
     
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Question: Is it a bad idea to run a topless CPU with water cooling? Is it a pointless exercise?
I used to run my Opty and 3800 Venice with the top off all the time, just build up the edges around the core with black tape or a little neoprene, or whatever, just so it helps even out the pressure of the CPU block on the core. I still have my s/939 rig, I love them..

I'll leave you a couple of set up linkls and my cleaning and set-up PDF. Just take your time cleaning and setting up and you'll do fine.

..FAQ: Planning and Installing Your Liquid Cooling System

..Assembling your Custom Watercooling Setup

..Water Cooling - In English

..How To: Prep and Fit a GPU Block

Shrouds are always a good thing to use, I wont run a rad with out them anymore.

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