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post #11 of 23
Once you do your 24 hour leak test you should be good. I leave my PC on basically 24/7... Every once in a while I allow it to go to sleep . My MCP350 pump has been going strong almost 3 years now of being on constantly and never any leaks.
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post #12 of 23
I also leave my PC on 24/7 even when I'm out of the house.
Lifetime warranty on my EVGA water cooled graphics cards, pump dies, I doubt it will do any damage considering the thermal protections built into hardware these days. I'm certain I've read the cards would undervolt themselves automatically when they start to overheat and motherboards shut the whole computer off when CPUs overheat.

Did several days of leak testing until I was confident I had no leaks and wouldn't have slow leaks.

Buy quality parts. Have confidence in your own skill at building PCs. Lifetime warranties. No reason to be worried about leaving it running 24/7.

Even if my PC does bursts into flames, it will melt the tubing and put itself out... biggrin.gif

I am not worried...
Edited by Sidicas - 1/13/11 at 6:31pm
post #13 of 23
How do you guys do your leak testing? If I set it up outside my PC for it then I would have to completely dissemble it to install it in my PC again...
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post #14 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by TamaDrumz76 View Post
Once you do your 24 hour leak test you should be good.
Not always true. I've heard of angled fittings leaking after 6 months and plexi reses opening at the seams.
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How do you guys do your leak testing? If I set it up outside my PC for it then I would have to completely dissemble it to install it in my PC again...


Hmmm.. I didn't have to completely disassemble it..

I put it in the case, got all my tubing cut to size, yanked everything out again without disconnecting any fittings.

Did leak testing outside the case, dumped a whole res worth of water on the floor in <1 sec..

Realized I put the o-ring on the pump/res combo in the wrong spot..

Drained res, took apart pump/res combo and moved o-ring.

Went 24 hours with no leaks.. Moved everything back into the case, did 48 hours of leak testing powering pump by external PSU.

Moved PSU back into case and hooked everything up.

Good to go..
post #16 of 23
Leak test it extensively, always take care when moving things around in the case, always preflight fittings in the case before powering it on, get into a habit of pro active inspection and care and it should last a good long time. Plexi/thin (plastic) is leak prone, heavy acrylic less so, cheap stuff is cheap for a reason, and many time not suitable for high psi systems. Its a trust thing, but trust is a constant vigil not just blind neglect.

General rule treat it bad, and well... what goes around comes around! ;D
 
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post #17 of 23
Do you guys use clamps on 7/16" ID tubing over 1/2" barbs? I figured they were so tight on the barbs that I wouldn't need them?

post #18 of 23
Sometimes I leave mine on by accident for a week when I am traveling and it hasn't been an issue. I use the RPM line from my pump to my CPU fan header and set my bios to shut the system down if the fan stops so if my pump dies my system shuts down.
post #19 of 23
ALWAYS use clamps or fitting of some sort! ive seen people not using it and it went to hell.
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post #20 of 23
After leak testing for the time you desire (i recommend at least 1hr) then you should be fine as long as your fittings and clamps are secure. Also I leave mine on all the time with no issues.
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