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Ok so I've been itching on water cooling my system even though it's an old system. I have these parts in mind and actually have then in cart but haven't checked out.

XSPC RX360 (/w compression fitting 1/2 x 3/4) - $103
Swiftech mcp655 /w speed control - $77
EK Supreme HF full copper gold plated - $79
Heakiller GTX 295 - $99
Masterkleer 1/2 x 3/4 clear tubing - $17
Enzotech compression fitting 1/2 x 3/4 - $7 x 4
Koolance radiator mounting bracket /w quick release - $45

I got a couple of questions to ask.

1. I don't have a reservoir, how do I make a drain/fill port? What nozzle/adapter do I need?

2. Is there a cheaper way to mount my radiator? My 3d Aurora case is not too space happy... I don't think I will be able to mount it on top since the PSU in on top.

3. Do I need to buy any special coolant or additives? Distilled water + car coolant good enough?

4. With my clear tubing, how do I make the water GLOW?! What UV dye to use and will it not interfere with the color of the coolant?
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1. I don't have a reservoir, how do I make a drain/fill port? What nozzle/adapter do I need?
to add a fill line that works as a res, you need to add one of each of something like these pieces:

Y Piece
and
Through-Hole Piece

just punch a hole in the top of your case, put the through-hole piece through it, and connect the y piece into your loop.

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2. Is there a cheaper way to mount my radiator? My 3d Aurora case is not too space happy... I don't think I will be able to mount it on top since the PSU in on top.
the cheapest way would be to just mount the fans to it and set it near your case. technically, it doesnt even have to be attacked to anything. but dont move it a lot =)

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3. Do I need to buy any special coolant or additives? Distilled water + car coolant good enough?
people here will tell you DO NOT use color, which i agree with. all you need is distilled water and PT nuke.

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4. With my clear tubing, how do I make the water GLOW?! What UV dye to use and will it not interfere with the color of the coolant?
never use anything in your water other than PT nuke. want color? get colored tubing.
Edited by Skoobs - 4/8/11 at 2:54am
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1) I see how that will work, but how will I drain the line?

2) Well true , I'm just afraid it might fall from my desk or something. So no other cheaper brackets?

3 adn 4) Oh okay so no other additives other than that PT nuke?
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1. You can create a drain line using another T splitter, or just turn your case upside-down and let the water drain from the fillport.

2. Pretty much the cheapest way was said - just lay it on your desk. If you're paranoid, you can tie it down or something.

3/4. Just buy some distilled water and a silver kill coil. Easier than ptnuke imo
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Sorry my slow brain still can't imagine how to make a drain/fill port. I get what you're saying though, about having the fill port on top and just turning it upside down. I don't like the hassle of turning the case upside down. I read somewhere to make a drain line at the bottom of the loop. Does it matter where in the loops? before/after the pump? If I had that drain port at the bottom, I won't be able to use that as a fill port I guess?
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If you're going to put a drain line in, make sure it's at the lowest point of your loop so gravity can drain the water out without having to tilt your case around.

As for the fillport, you can drill a hole in the top of the case and thread a fillport in there. If you don't want to do that, you can easily put another T in and then use that as a fill line. Just make sure that the T feeds water to the pump so you're not running it dry.

Getting a res also makes things much much easier, like the swiftech microres. Or, for teh coolz, get a bay res. Little harder to bleed, but easier than no res at all.
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I guess the easiest way is to have a reservoir.

About the drain line. I was thinking of using a t line or splitter type at the bottom, and having one end of the splitter into a quick dick disconnect so it would be an easy drain. I have these quick disconnects in mind but I don't know which T-line or splitter to use to connect it to the loop.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=27447

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=25959
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Here's a photo I found here on the forum

Photo by WERMAD. just using it for reference



I read that it might restrict the flow. Is there a way to minimize that? Or will the regular T-line will be less restrictive?
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Here is my setup with my drain and fill ports.....

This is the top of my res. The hose on the right is my fill line that is coming in from a Danger Den fill port that I mounted in the top of the case....



This is the setup for the drain hose coming out of the res and going into a "Y" connector that splits the hose into the drain and the feed line for the pump....




At the end of the drain hose, I have a plug and it has a screw in it so I just unscrew it when I need to drain.
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