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What method do you use to drain your loop?

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I will have to replace my coolant soon as i have new stuff coming in... i was just wondering what is the best way to drain your loop without the aid of quick disconnects?

I have plenty of slack, which i did purposely just for this occasion... to just take my res out slightly and tilt it at an angle to drain...

My question is will this method drain mostly all of the water or will i have to do something else?

Here is the latest picture of my rig i could find... only difference now is that i have a waterblock for my 580






Will it work?
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I mount my pump on the bottom of my case and put a drain/fill port right out of the bottom of the case.
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My res sits in a 5.25 bay at the front and my tubes are long enough to pull it out a little. So I pull it out and screw an extra barb with a short length of tube attached to the top of my res and then turn the whole computer over. It takes a while as air doesn't readily enter the tube so some shaking is involved but it works for me.
 
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i attched a T-peice and a tap to my pump outlet as it drains the RAD as well.. I also use a syringe with some pipe on to suck water out.

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post #5 of 7
I use a qdc connected to the res
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Originally Posted by badatgames18 View Post
I will have to replace my coolant soon as i have new stuff coming in... i was just wondering what is the best way to drain your loop without the aid of quick disconnects?

I have plenty of slack, which i did purposely just for this occasion... to just take my res out slightly and tilt it at an angle to drain...

My question is will this method drain mostly all of the water or will i have to do something else?

Here is the latest picture of my rig i could find... only difference now is that i have a waterblock for my 580


Will it work?

Well, yes it will work. The problem you have is no great place to tap your loop from what I can tell. What I mean is if you disconnect anything, you have water running out of your tube and out of whatever it was connected too.

Based on the pics you posted, it looks like your best approach would be to tip your case on the front so the top mounted rad is vertical with the ports at the top most point. Hopefully that will cause the little air in your loop to go to the top of the rad and you can pull one of those long runs off. Then use a AA battery or other item to plug your tube you just pulled off. Use some scrap tube on the barb you just pulled that hose off and gently tip your case back normal. This should get the water in the rad to start to drain out.

Grab that tube with the battery in the end and put it in the same sink or bucket and pull the battery out, now it will also drain and you should be good.
post #7 of 7
I get as much water out of the reservoir as possible, seal up the entire loop and remove the whole thing (rad, pump, GPU, res, CPU block) from the case and place it in another room far away from my motherboard, PSU, etc. I then seal up the gpu in a ziploc bag and carefully start draining the water from the components.
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