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hey guys. i got my rasa 750 kit in the mail today. i read the directions and watched a few video on you tube. im almost ready to begin installation.

I do have a few questions thought:

first, what would be the ideal way to set up the loop? pump/res-block-radiator-pump/res?? any advice on this is greatly appreciated

also, ive heard everything should be test for leaks first. how do i go about this? do i have to set everything up outside the machine first? or can i hook everything up and just unplug the power to devices except for the loop and flip it on?

also, the reseviour, there is a big black screw on top which looks like a filling point. is this correct? if so the i would assume the black screw stays on top as far as orientation of the pump/res.


any other advice you guys can give me is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 14
setup your loop anyway you want, it doesn't matter because your pump is inside the res.

if your res and pump were seperate, you want your res feeding the pump.
but other then that, it doesn't matter.

to leak test just setup the loop inside the computer, but only power up the pump, nothing else, so unhook all power connections and then power the pump with your psu and the little adapter that came with the kit.

yes the black screw cap is the fillport, just fill that up, then turn on your pump, then turn it off when it sucks up most of the water, then fill it back up, and repeat until the loop is full.

after you can shake and move the setup around to get bubbles out once it is filled, and fill the res back up if needed.
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setup your loop anyway you want, it doesn't matter because your pump is inside the res.

if your res and pump were seperate, you want your res feeding the pump.
but other then that, it doesn't matter.

to leak test just setup the loop inside the computer, but only power up the pump, nothing else, so unhook all power connections and then power the pump with your psu and the little adapter that came with the kit.

yes the black screw cap is the fillport, just fill that up, then turn on your pump, then turn it off when it sucks up most of the water, then fill it back up, and repeat until the loop is full.

after you can shake and move the setup around to get bubbles out once it is filled, and fill the res back up if needed.
ok thanx for the tips. im using distilled water. i take it because everything else will be unplugged if i get a spill its not a big deal right? all i gotta do is let it dry over night if i get a spill?

thanx for the help.

is there any performance difference in putting the radiator before the block, or putting the radiator after the block?

also how long should i let it run after i got it filled up right.
Edited by AliceInChains - 1/3/11 at 3:06pm
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There is no performance difference to be had from different radiator placements. The only thing you need to make sure is that the water is flowing into the IN port on the CPU block and out the outlet. If you do it the other way around your performance will be significantly hindered. Flow direction does not matter for the radiator.

As for leak testing I generally let it run for about an hour before I boot up, however if you are unsure feel free to test for longer as there really isn't a con to being patient.
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There is no performance difference to be had from different radiator placements. The only thing you need to make sure is that the water is flowing into the IN port on the CPU block and out the outlet. If you do it the other way around your performance will be significantly hindered. Flow direction does not matter for the radiator.

As for leak testing I generally let it run for about an hour before I boot up, however if you are unsure feel free to test for longer as there really isn't a con to being patient.
ok, thanx alot. im definately going to be patient with this. normally i work quickly while following directions precisely. However seeing how there is water involved im going to go slow while following directions precisely. Then check, and recheck everything. I took everything out of my computer: hard drives video cards dvd drives. All i left in is what is necessary for the leak test: motherboard, cpu, psu, and the loops.

thanx again for all ur help. when im done ill post back and let you know how it went. Im really excited, as this is my first venture into water cooling.
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ok, thanx alot. im definately going to be patient with this. normally i work quickly while following directions precisely. However seeing how there is water involved im going to go slow while following directions precisely. Then check, and recheck everything. I took everything out of my computer: hard drives video cards dvd drives. All i left in is what is necessary for the leak test: motherboard, cpu, psu, and the loops.

thanx again for all ur help. when im done ill post back and let you know how it went. Im really excited, as this is my first venture into water cooling.
well good luck with setup your loop.
you will have fun.
post #7 of 14
If this is your first loop, I'd definitely recommend setting it up outside the case for leak testing purposes...

On my XSPC Dual Bay Pump/Res I put the o-ring between the pump and the pump's mounting bracket instead of between the pump's mounting bracket and the res.. The XSPC instructions wasn't really clear where the o-ring was supposed to go, but made it clear that it was needed.

Turned it on and the pump dumped the entire contents of the res onto the floor within a second. It pretty much pushed all the water out of the res through a little gap between the pump and the reservoir divider..

I was very glad I didn't have it inside the case...

Can't say that'll happen to you, in fact it probably doesn't even apply to the Rasa kit... But be careful..
Edited by Sidicas - 1/3/11 at 7:37pm
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well it took me three hours, but the loop is set up and no leaks. yay. i still gotta put all the rest of my hardware back in there though and redo cable management.
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well it took me three hours, but the loop is set up and no leaks. yay. i still gotta put all the rest of my hardware back in there though and redo cable management.
pics or it didn't happen.
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pics or it didn't happen.
^^ This

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