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Hey all, you might remember me from a while back when I built my loop.

I have to ship my PC to Australia soon and I am going to drain it all out before I do in case there are any accidents during transit.

I did not incorporate a drain valve into my loop (although I will be doing when I set it back up, for sure!) so I was wondering what you reckon the safest way to drain it all would be?

Here is a picture, I am sure you can figure out what each component is (has my old 5850 in it but like that matters):

http://postimage.org/image/1iu97jmqs/

I was thinking of removing as many components as I can and tipping the PC onto its front and opening the reservoir top. Reckon this would be the best way to proceed? If not, I would love to hear your suggestions.
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post #2 of 12
since you dont have a drain line then the safest way is by using a suction pump by hand.
    
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post #3 of 12
I always tip my reservoir upside down (EK 225 tube). Its a PITA but it always works.

I need to add a drain valve.
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post #4 of 12
Here is what i was looking for, this should be pretty safe and easy.

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/904872-easiest-way-drain-your-loop.html
    
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post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Oupavoc;11924009 
since you dont have a drain line then the safest way is by using a suction pump by hand.

Yup. Or unmounting the block, and pulling the hose off the barb over a bucket/bowl.
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post #6 of 12
Hi. smile.gif

I would pull a tube from the lowest part of the loop and empty onto a small bucket.

Hopefully, there is enough play in the tubing to allow the section in question to be pulled to the perimeter of the case.

Have some towels ready, and maybe drape a towel over the components in the case.

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[edit] From your pic, I would un-mount the block and use that segment to drain the loop.
Edited by Syrillian - 1/7/11 at 7:56am
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post #7 of 12
Take off the block from the CPU and get the tube going into the pump and res and drain via that if possible take out the Mobo and GPU HDD's can stay if you trust your self , once youve got the pipe off tip the pc until mostly drained and youve cleared all the res then link back together put back in the components and ship away
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post #8 of 12
Safest way is really to use a suction pump. You can remove the water in the res through the fillport using the suction pump then work your way down removing tubing and water as you go. This way you shouldn't have a single drop fall out of place.
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I'd take the block off and take one of the hoses off, probably the one coming from the res first. It shouldn't be too difficult and as long as you are careful, it should be fine.
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Ah, I didn't think about removing the CPU block and doing it that way! That's an excellent idea and I will do that. When the water from the radiator is out, I'll remove the radiator from the case with the tubes still connected (easily done) then remove the tubing from there to get the rest of it out. It should go fine, all being well.

I'll remove as many components as I can first - I am shipping the contents in their boxes anyway to distribute the weight between a few shipping boxes. My PC is pretty heavy and I should imagine that if I packed it all in one, the bottom of the box would probably fall out and obviously I don't want that.
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