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+Rep to those of you giving me some solid information. Could still use more though.

Questions: How do you flush out the parts before setups; hot water, distilled, or something else? Do you take apart the block and clean it before use? If so what methods do you guys use for a good pre use clean?

Using google to search at the moment, but appreciate anything added.
Edited by Gnomepatrol - 1/30/11 at 4:53pm
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Hot tap, or hot distilled for the initial few rinses finished with hot distilled for the final rinse, or two. Shake the rad/block in between to help dislodge debris. Some will point to the use of a dilute vinegar solution. If you choose that route, do not let the vinegar sit in the block/rad for too long and always complete a final rise with distilled. Install your system and run it with straight distilled for a day, or so. Flush the system, examine the contents of the flush and go from there. Maintenance is tricky as there are those who have not regularly maintained their systems for years with no apparent ill effects. A good rule of thumb is once, or twice a year. A more regular maintenace schedule will not hurt.
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Hot tap, or hot distilled for the initial few rinses finished with hot distilled for the final rinse, or two. Shake the rad/block in between to help dislodge debris. Some will point to the use of a dilute vinegar solution. If you choose that route, do not let the vinegar sit in the block/rad for too long and always complete a final rise with distilled. Install your system and run it with straight distilled for a day, or so. Flush the system, examine the contents of the flush and go from there.

Ohh another question came up. So i should test the loop outside of the system for a 24 hour period? Or does it need to be tested longer?
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Yep exactly what i was thinking except im going to mod my case so that the back rad is outside the case with a fan pulling and a 120 mm fan guard. Then when i add the gpu or i would add a 120 to the front.

Would the pump in the kit be enough to add a gpu block and another 120mm rad too?
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Here is a pic of the kit
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So iIshould test the loop outside of the system for a 24 hour period? Or does it need to be tested longer?
Depends on how brave and assured you are of your work . Test your loop inside the system by first disconnecting power to your motherboard and peripherals before jumping the PSU. A few hours of pumping (minutes, usually) will reveal typical points of failure. Tissue, towels, a keen eye and a fast finger on the PSU power switch are your tools here. Tubing softens and oftentimes collapses over time, but this is not as much of a concern if you are careful not to kink your tubing and to orient your lines so that they do not rotate their fittings off the port hubs.
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I suggest use a kit, for such a small case your going to need something like a XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 Kit, you can always run the rad outside of your case. and maintaining your cooler is SO easy.. even a cave man can do it!! haha
    
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Depends on how brave and assured you are of your work . Test your loop inside the system by first disconnecting power to your motherboard and peripherals before jumping the PSU. A few hours of pumping (minutes, usually) will reveal typical points of failure. Tissue, towels, a keen eye and a fast finger on the PSU power switch are your tools here. Tubing softens and oftentimes collapses over time, but this is not as much of a concern if you are careful not to kink your tubing and to orient your lines so that they do not rotate their fittings off the port hubs.
So the lines if twisted a bit can actually twist off the fittings? Did not know that.
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Poorly oriented tubing can twist the fittings off the port hubs, causing leaks and anger!
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