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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-05-2020, 09:40 AM - Thread Starter
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9.) Planning Top Panel Tube Routes

I didn't have a set plan for how to route tubes on the pass through panel. I decided that I would do whatever is necessary to make it work, rather than to try to think carefully about how all the components are placed and their implications on the routing (well, I did SOME thinking to make sure it would be physically possible).

The first thing I noticed as a result of this reckless plan was that the reservoir outlets came out too close to the edge of the case. I planned to use 90-degree fittings so they just barely fit. But I wanted more clearance to make installation easier. So I cut out some small notches:

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I also needed to cut off some small pieces of plastic that are on the top panel cover, as they were hitting the reservoir outlet fittings:

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With that, I came up with this routing. It'll become more clear how it works when the bends are made.

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10.) Bending Tubes for Top Panel

Now that the routing has been decided, I can start making the bends.

The first one was trivial, as it wasn't a bend: 240mm radiator out --> long res inlet. I tried my best to figure out a way to make this connection other than the way I did below. But I couldn't make any bends that short that would work. The result is that this is the only route that isn't running along the "edges" of the panel (that'll make more sense in the pictures below).

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After that, I went and made all the other bends

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Long res outlet --> GPU inlet
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GPU outlet --> 240mm radiator inlet
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120mm radiator outlet --> short res inlet
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short res outlet --> CPU inlet
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CPU outlet --> 120mm radiator inlet
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With all the tubes in place, here are some pictures with the top panel on (plastic film still in place on the glass). As can be seen there is one tube that is higher than all the others, which is the CPU outlet to 120mm radiator inlet. That was the only way to make things work. I actually like it a lot.

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11.) Installing Cables and All Tubing

I ordered some custom cables for the build. I decided to go with a standard yellow/green color scheme, as that is something I haven't done. I was fortunate that most of the parts I needed for this build, I ordered before COVID-19. However, the cables were one of the last things I needed. As a result, it took around a month to arrive. But I can't complain, considering the situation.

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I then routed all the fan and LED cables and hooked everything up. I also took off the protective tape/film of the mirror pass through panel. I was lucky that there was only one screw up: a crack around the CPU inlet hole on the top panel side. However, when all the fittings and tubes are in place, it is not noticable. I wasn't willing to order a new piece and start over.

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Next, I installed the interior tubing. Not shown here is the same thing I did in my previous build, which is making aqua tubes (or whatever they are called) for the reservoirs. There are no products that I am aware of that work with Monsoon's end caps. So I attached a piece of acrylic tubing to the inside port of the end caps that correspond to the inlet. This allows me to fill the loop from the reservoirs.

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I ran Mayhem's Blitz Part 1 in the radiators at some point before this. I then ran Part 2 through the two loops (separately, to track leaks/issues better). Shown below is how I flushed out Part 2 from one of the loops. After draining most of Part 2 out, I filled up a bucket with distilled water. Using a pond pump, I circulate water through the loop, going through a filter first. The loop drains back into the bucket. I run this for a couple hours, drain, re-fill the bucket with clean water and repeat. It seems to work well and I haven't had issues in the past with previous builds.

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I should mention the way I drain the loop. The outlets from both reservoir/pumps are a T-fitting (basically; they're actually Monsoon light port fittings, with have two G 1/4 ports on either end). One end has the tube and the other (which faces down) is used to drain. I then usually pump a small amount of air through the loop to help get the rest of water out of the blocks/radiators. It isn't a perfect drain but it gets most of it out.

And with that, we're done! Refer to the second post of this thread to see final pictures and a video:

https://www.overclock.net/forum/1808...l#post28484462

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