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post #1161 of 6063
to the few posters above, i have a couple of points to address.
-the 620/920s are designed to be mounted in any orientation. straight from the horses mouth at Antec.
-shaking the radiator will get the air bubbles out and quiet the pump regardless of orientation, and is always a good first move when running it for the first time. not sure why they don't put it in their instructions.
-for those who have modded their Antecs by adding a reservior like the Swiftech Micro, orientation only matters during filling/maintenence of water. see photo below. after many tests, i have my reservoir directly in the middle of the flow, with the rad in/out at the highest point and pump in/out at the lowest point. and even though i looped the hoses for decorative purposes, the pump is handling it very well. when filling/maintaining, all i do it pull out the res and lift it to the highest point.. takes less than 10 minutes for a full water change this way.

since the photo was taken, i've gone from 1/4" ID tube to 3/8" ID tube...again, more for looks.

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what if I have it install on a FT02 which the motherboard is 90 degree? how would i place the radiator?

Hmm, that is a very weird design case. Is there any way to mount it to a Top fan position? Seems to me like mounting it to the back would put it fairly close to the processor. Which way does the air flow naturally? from back to front? I would definitely make sure any air going through the radiator blows out of the case, and positioned as far from the Processor as possible. I'm really stumped on that case, I've seen 180 degree cases, this is my 1st one I've seen in a 90 degree arrangement, really weird. tongue.gif
    
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to the few posters above, i have a couple of points to address.
-the 620/920s are designed to be mounted in any orientation. straight from the horses mouth at Antec.
-shaking the radiator will get the air bubbles out and quiet the pump regardless of orientation, and is always a good first move when running it for the first time. not sure why they don't put it in their instructions.
-for those who have modded their Antecs by adding a reservior like the Swiftech Micro, orientation only matters during filling/maintenence of water. see photo below. after many tests, i have my reservoir directly in the middle of the flow, with the rad in/out at the highest point and pump in/out at the lowest point. and even though i looped the hoses for decorative purposes, the pump is handling it very well. when filling/maintaining, all i do it pull out the res and lift it to the highest point.. takes less than 10 minutes for a full water change this way.
since the photo was taken, i've gone from 1/4" ID tube to 3/8" ID tube...again, more for looks.
PB4UGO-6.jpg

sorry for double-post, but this came while I was typing.

yes, they do say that, however I would say that for precautions, if the slightest bit of air is in the radiator, (Which in my case, there is) it's better to be safe than sorry, because, Air will always rise to the top of liquid, regardless. I am planning on adding a reservoir to my setup when I get the chance, but funding is short. Probably will buy a H20 620 as well for my GTX460. Still would have less money in it than building a custom water-cooled setup, as pricing it wielded $750USD for a custom setup. Probably make my own reservoir, why not? My whole project has been cheap power, not how much money I can sink into it. the most expensive thing in my build I was gonna get even w/o building the computer, which is my TV.
    
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sorry for double-post, but this came while I was typing.
yes, they do say that, however I would say that for precautions, if the slightest bit of air is in the radiator, (Which in my case, there is) it's better to be safe than sorry, because, Air will always rise to the top of liquid, regardless. I am planning on adding a reservoir to my setup when I get the chance, but funding is short. Probably will buy a H20 620 as well for my GTX460. Still would have less money in it than building a custom water-cooled setup, as pricing it wielded $750USD for a custom setup. Probably make my own reservoir, why not? My whole project has been cheap power, not how much money I can sink into it. the most expensive thing in my build I was gonna get even w/o building the computer, which is my TV.

that's the beauty of adding a res to the 620/920...the radiator is always 100% full once you shake it a bit, and the reservoir will then handle the expansion/loss/evap. so much easier to manage.
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my thoughts exactly. being a mediocre mechanic has taught me the wonders of a reservoir. So how did you fit the fittings to the H20 radiator? Did you have to cut them and tap and die them in? Same question with the Pump. If so, did you have to take the pump apart, and how did you do so? How warm do the hoses get, Cause I was thinking, I could probably cheap out and buy hoses from the local hardware store for ALOT less than I would pay online. What type of liquid comes in these kits?I'm currently sitting with nothing but time on my hands for my build, since the motherboard had to be RMA'ed rolleyes.gif Also, I need to check again, but the last time I had my Kuhler out of the box, I thought I saw a minor leak around the pivots on the pump. If it is leaking, it's from me moving the tubes around so much trying to figure out the problem with my computer.
    
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Hmm, that is a very weird design case. Is there any way to mount it to a Top fan position? Seems to me like mounting it to the back would put it fairly close to the processor. Which way does the air flow naturally? from back to front? I would definitely make sure any air going through the radiator blows out of the case, and positioned as far from the Processor as possible. I'm really stumped on that case, I've seen 180 degree cases, this is my 1st one I've seen in a 90 degree arrangement, really weird. tongue.gif

the ft02 has 3 180mm bottom mounted intake fans and one exhaust fan on top for positive pressure tongue.gif Im going to have to mounted on top since that the only place i can mount it smile.gif
I got clarified that it will work tho which im happy smile.gif
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my thoughts exactly. being a mediocre mechanic has taught me the wonders of a reservoir. So how did you fit the fittings to the H20 radiator? Did you have to cut them and tap and die them in? Same question with the Pump. If so, did you have to take the pump apart, and how did you do so? How warm do the hoses get, Cause I was thinking, I could probably cheap out and buy hoses from the local hardware store for ALOT less than I would pay online. What type of liquid comes in these kits?I'm currently sitting with nothing but time on my hands for my build, since the motherboard had to be RMA'ed rolleyes.gif Also, I need to check again, but the last time I had my Kuhler out of the box, I thought I saw a minor leak around the pivots on the pump. If it is leaking, it's from me moving the tubes around so much trying to figure out the problem with my computer.

gimme a min...response to every statement you just made is coming....don't be nervous, i just tend to take a while....
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i just have to say that i resorted to some unusual methods when modding my 620. because after all, it only cost me $60 when i bought it...i was willing to kill it just to mod it the way i wanted.

first...i took nothing apart. these are different than the Corsair units. switching out tubing on the 620 requires no disassembly of the pump or anything else for that matter.

i kept the original 1/4" barbs on the pump and radiator.

the tubing i bought was from Home Depot....Watts brand clear tubing in the plumbing section.

i originally bought 1/4" ID tubing...fit nice and snug, no problems there...

then i decided on bigger tubing, 3/8" ID (OD of the 1/4" tube is 3/8")...but instead of buying/fitting new barbs, i just snipped off the 1/4" tubing at the end of the stock barbs and fit the new tubing on...again, snug fit. tube over tube over barb, and no leaks. i didn't even use zipties, not that i'm bragging, i just think they're ugly.

the hoses are cool to the touch on heavy load....with the added water, that likely won't change. in fact, adding more water to a closed system won't improve you temps. my temps were already fine. that's not why i modded it. i just thought it would look cool.

as far as the liquid that comes in the kits, i think it's just a distilled/glycerine mix with anti-corrosive properties. right now, i'm just using distiller water.

i hope i covered everything.
Edited by PB4UGO - 11/15/11 at 11:23pm
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as far as the liquid that comes in the kits, i think it's just a distilled/glycerine mix with anti-corrosive properties. right now, i'm just using distiller water.
Sounds to me like you could use the Orange 10K mi Anti-freeze for a car, and can get that for like $7USD/gal ANYWHERE. pretty much the same thing, just not diluted. So the inlet/outlets on the pump have barbs on them under those hoses with just clips holding them in place? This is really interesting, and I may have to dabble in this myself. Wonder if they sell that kit liquid in blue, I'd have to check cause I'm trying to stick with a color scheme.

Was thinking this over cause I have had current issues with the North bridge dieing, and was thinking of maybe getting the Koolance North Bridge water block to go inline with it. Does your Reservoir have a pump built into it? I have a idea if it does, involving a spare Windshield wiper Reservoir pump I have floating around my house:D Wat? it's 12volt:rolleyes: This has definatly got the gears turning in my head, and I'm thinking with a current small job I just did, I could afford to do this.

*Edit* Had 1 more question. What did you add to your Distilled water to turn it blue? That would make my setup even more sexy:p
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