With encourgement from you guys, I've decided to just got for it.. worst that could happen is well, nevermind that!
First of all, I really appreciate any help you guys offer me as I'm a complete liquid cooling newb, I don't want to break anything.. but I'm not stupid either, and I learn quickly, with that said I will go over the guides you suggested. I've updated my system specs, couldn't fit all the cpu cooling info, but hope it's ok.. below are some pics:
I know it's dusty, I've cleaned it out many times:
in it's fully working condition (before failed 4870x2 and high temps)
now (using a 8600 gt waiting on the gtx 590)
(some more views of the back of the res)
Now with that out of the way, I should note that my sidepanel is basically broken, and a few bits in my case have snapped off.. I'm not sure if I should get another case or not, and without all the original manuals I'm not sure about rewiring and seating everything, a long with tiding it up.. (i've never actually built a system before, just mucked about with it) But in either case, I guess I'll be needing a shopping list.. which i hope you guys can help me out with. I think I'd be wanting to get clear tubing now, but no idea on which diameteres or anything.. I have a bit of cash to spend, so a new block seems fine to me, will it fit the current back plate fitting or will I need to take my mobo off and rescrew a new one? I also wouldn't mind upgrading some of my components.. if there's something you see that could be improved on, please let me know.. of course within reasonable pricing.
As for my plan, I plan to cover my mobo with a plastic cover, disconnect the CPU block unscrew the res and slide it forward enough for me to disconnect the 2 pumps connected to it out the front, I then plan to tilt it slightly and let gravity do it's thing, and hopefully liquid should come out the front into a conveniently placed bucket
after that's done I'll disconnect the tubing from the rad and cpu block obviously with a bucket in place incase water comes spraying out in some sort of weird fashion, then as par the cleaning components, I'm not really sure what kind of steps I should take as there's so many different methods.. hopefully I'll buy the Rasa water block and wont be needing to clean the water block out. So I'd be very greatful if someone could put together a list of things I need to grab, and some steps to cleaning all the parts or if there's a guide somewhere that I've missed.. If someone is charging for private help I'd be interested in hearing some rates as well assuming this is asking too much. Again, really appreciate any help. thanks
EDIT: Maybe I should ditch this water cooling system, and grab a H70 instead? I want to push my sytem to 4.0 or 4,2Edited by SwiftFoX - 2/15/11 at 12:45am