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As you may know, I am planning on giving most of the parts in this system to my dad next March and am getting a new CPU, MOBO, RAM, and video card. However, I was thinking for Christmas I would get a new case, CPU cooling and the XFI I wanted to also get come March since these things will not be outdated by then and they would free up some of my budget to get a nicer GPU (hopefully an Nvidia G71! )

On to my question, if I got a custom water cooling setup now and put it on my current CPU and MOBO and etc. How hard would it be to disassemble it and transfer it to my new system? (with new water blocks obviously) Will it be difficult to get the water OUT of the system without spilling? Someone with experience with H20 cooling please give me some advice.
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post #2 of 13
Nah, removal of coolant from a system installed in a case is easy.
Just use a 2 or 3oz syringe with a piece of tubing over the end to extract the coolant from the res tank...
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I just tilt the case and undo the lowest connection, let the coolent run out into a container. Once its mostly empty, blow in one end to force the remaining water out the other.

Filling a system is much harder than emptying it.
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Hah! Really?
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Yeah, it is. I cleaned out my waterblock, the Storm, without entirely draining my system, all I did was hold the block higher than the rest of the setup, then pulled the tubes off, let the water drain from the block, put stoppers in the tubes, cleaned, re-assembled, then filled a bit again. It's much harder to fill than to drain, because you need all the air out.
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Here's the link from when I bled my setup. It's real easy if you have an air compressor. Just blow into one hole and the water pours out the other one. I used an empty milk jug to catch the water.
    
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Good idea Trans, I was wondering how I would get a big enough container since cups were too small but milk jugs! Excellent! (reps for you) so then I have no worries about getting my Zalman RESERATOR 1 Plus now. Wicked.

EDIT/// In a review I just read, they said that the connections on the Zalman Reserator 1 Plus I am getting are so tight, the guy couldn't pull the hoses out afterwards and had to CUT the hose because he wanted to shorten it! Also, Zalman's site says you can disconnect a hose without draining the system since the connections have valves that only flow in 1 direction! SWEET!
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post #8 of 13
You can use a compressor. I use a pair of lungs. They have enough capacity for this.
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Thanks Goldenpi but I already figured out that Zalman made it easy for me, I don't even have to empty it at all! I can disconnect whichever tubes I need and all the water stays in the res. You disconnect the OUT barb, let the pump run for a bit and voila. (I probably will just empty it just because I will have to take out my blocks too and probably even order new ones for S939/G71).
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post #10 of 13
Do a custom system not the Zalman. You can get much better parts for alot cheaper. Take a look in the "cost of custom setup" thread and you'll see that a really nice setup cost about the same and the temps will be alot better. It's more fun to do a custom anyways
    
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