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Ok, my watercooling loop is up and running following a successful leak test. My signature rig is updated with details and I will be posting photos as soon as I receive another 120mm case fan that Watercooling UK forgot to send me to complete the stuff I ordered!

I have a few questions, if I may:


1. What is the best way to drain a loop that uses a reservoir (Swiftech Micro Rev2.0)?
Can I get some specialised equipment to make life easier or do I just use good, old nature (gravity)?

2. To place some of the tubing (particularly on the pump), I had to dip the end in very hot water prior to attempting it. To remove the tubing is impossible despite my sheer man power attempting it!
In the end, I had to use a knife to slit the tubing from the barbs and just remove it as such and cut out a new piece of tubing for that part of the loop (I made a mistake or two whilst putting it all together, due to my own stupidity, I admit ). Is there a better way of removing 7/16" ID tubing from 1/2" barbs without having to slit it and "start over" (on that piece of tubing)?

3. Naturally my CPU cooler has no fan (EK Supreme HF Full Copper water block) and so there is no fan connected to the CPU_FAN connector on my motherboard. On boot-up this causes my computer to throw up a POST error saying something like "CPU Fan not detected!" and asking me to press F1 to resume boot-up. Is there a way to disable this check entirely so I don't have to press F1 every time I boot-up?
This is laziness on my part, hehe. I don't want to connect one of my radiator fans to it, though I physically could. I like how all my fans are routed behind the motherboard on to power splitters and I'd like to keep it this way. Maybe I can trick the motherboard into thinking there's something on CPU_FAN?


Thanks, that is all for now. I can't think of anything else as I'm happy with how my loop is running!
As I said, photos will be posted soon when I receive the tenth Xigmatek 120mm case fan and complete the build.
    
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Ok, my watercooling loop is up and running following a successful leak test. My signature rig is updated with details and I will be posting photos as soon as I receive another 120mm case fan that Watercooling UK forgot to send me to complete the stuff I ordered!

I have a few questions, if I may:


1. What is the best way to drain a loop that uses a reservoir (Swiftech Micro Rev2.0)?
Can I get some specialised equipment to make life easier or do I just use good, old nature (gravity)?

2. To place some of the tubing (particularly on the pump), I had to dip the end in very hot water prior to attempting it. To remove the tubing is impossible despite my sheer man power attempting it!
In the end, I had to use a knife to slit the tubing from the barbs and just remove it as such and cut out a new piece of tubing for that part of the loop (I made a mistake or two whilst putting it all together, due to my own stupidity, I admit ). Is there a better way of removing 7/16" ID tubing from 1/2" barbs without having to slit it and "start over" (on that piece of tubing)?

3. Naturally my CPU cooler has no fan (EK Supreme HF Full Copper water block) and so there is no fan connected to the CPU_FAN connector on my motherboard. On boot-up this causes my computer to throw up a POST error saying something like "CPU Fan not detected!" and asking me to press F1 to resume boot-up. Is there a way to disable this check entirely so I don't have to press F1 every time I boot-up?
This is laziness on my part, hehe. I don't want to connect one of my radiator fans to it, though I physically could. I like how all my fans are routed behind the motherboard on to power splitters and I'd like to keep it this way. Maybe I can trick the motherboard into thinking there's something on CPU_FAN?


Thanks, that is all for now. I can't think of anything else as I'm happy with how my loop is running!
As I said, photos will be posted soon when I receive the tenth Xigmatek 120mm case fan and complete the build.
Use gravity.

Not sure if there is a way to get it off without cutting it. that's why i went 1/2 ID tubing.

U have to go into bios and in some tab, there are settings about fan speed and etc. u have to disable them all. or just disable cpu fan or else it will stop at every boot up for precautionary issues
    
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What pump are you using? Normally they have a sensor wire which connects to the CPU fan header. Not only will this stop the error on bootup but can act as a safety if the pump fails.

Edit, just noticed your pump....it defo has a sensor wire, you may have to lengthen it.
Edited by jmcmtank - 3/20/11 at 2:53pm
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1. Gravity is the cheapest, simplest and surest method your disposal, although it can be a pain to pick the case up. You can invest in a drain line, a T piece from the lowest point of your loop leading to a blanked off tube, if you want, but how often are you going to drain your loop?

2. Not really, once it is on it is a pain to remove. As you pull the tubing it actually shrinks in diameter on the barb, making it tighter. You can, with a bit of patience, push the tubing off the barb, but it takes some time and working.

3. Asus bios has a tab called "Hardware monitoring", find the "CPU fans speed" and set to ignored. Alternatively, if your pump came with a yellow RPM sensing lead, you can plug this into the CPU fan header on the board. This will ensure that your pump is always running on startup.

Edit: Sorry, my reply would have been faster if my puppy hadn't chosen that moment to go mental.
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You can use gravity + this http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=23416

Go to BIOS --> Power Tab --> Hardware Monitor --> Fan Speed Monitor --> CPU Fan --> Ignore
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Awesome replies guys, +rep to all, thank you. Gravity it is, then!
In relation to my second question, I will keep slitting the tubing to remove it and thus to drain, I would slit the one at the bottom of the loop (the inlet/outlet to/from the pump).

As for the CPU fan thing, thanks - I forgot that. I will do it as soon as I finish an e-mail and reboot!
    
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