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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-27-2019, 08:23 PM - Thread Starter
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New to Forum and water cooling--looking for some quick advice!

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The attached photo is an actual picture of my system as it stands now---I think the tubing is in the correct order in the picture, can someone please confirm?

Also, the inlet and outlet on the pump/res combo on the are going to have to be turned about 90 degrees, where they are facing the PCI brackets, because my 2080 Ti Strix card is pushing right up against the fittings as it sits right now (vertical mounted GPU) .that is why I am having the OUTLET routed to the "back" port on the radiator first, so it doesn't have to cross over the reservoir, is it fine to go to that port on the radiator first, instead of the port facing closest to the side window of the case? The rad is a EK Performance 360, if that matters?

I think it is, I just would like some re-assurance from folks who actually know what the hell they are doing.

Lastly, could someone advise me on how to setup a drain loop (I think that is the name, lol) in this system? I have watched numerous videos online, and they all have a T -splitter that is tied directly into I believe the outlet of a res and then the other end is capped off--I am lost on how in the world I can do a drain loop in my particular setup, is it even possible? Could you please show me what parts I would need?

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Order looks fine. I'd personally try to shoot for the attached for a cleaner tubing run but it'd likely need some angled fittings and/or moving the pump higher with your described setup. I've personally never bothered with a drain setup so no comment there.
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Hi,
Unless you flip the case upside down it will never drain because the radiator ports are on top not the bottom.

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Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Unless you flip the case upside down it will never drain because the radiator ports are on top not the bottom.
That is pretty accurate. At least, it wont drain fully.

For a drain port, I would come off of your res outlet with a 3 block splitter then on the port that points down a male to male fitting > ball valve > cap. Then when you want to drain, you remove the cap, hook up another tube on a barb then open up the ball valve.
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Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
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Unless you flip the case upside down it will never drain because the radiator ports are on top not the bottom.
yep, that is what i figured...what if i hooked a tube up to the top fill port of the res and just blow super hard into the tube (no homo), would that be enough pressure to move the fluid from the bottom of the rad to the drain port?
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Well, i finished running the tubes, filling it and it is running great with no leaks---I didn't do the drain loop because my local microcenter didn't have the right fittings and I was too inpatient to wait for shipping. I hope to god I don't regret that decision when i drain the loop in the next 6 months to a year--I know its probably going to be a pain in the ass and no one could answer my question about if I blow into the top fill port with a hose attached, if it would force the fluid in the bottom of the rad into the res

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If you blow into a tube it will evacuate some of the liquid but not all. Air is compressible and you will never reach the PSI capacity with your lungs to move all the liquid. On the contrary, an air compressor would probably damage your radiator if you tried that.

Its not a horrible thing unless you go to change fluid color. Then you will have color mixture for a long while until you take the rad out and drain/clean it.

As to the drain port. I planned one into my loop because...how else you gonna drain it without splashing water on everything? I had a simple one at first made out of a barb fitting, a tube and a stop plug. Now I have a hard plumbed drain with a ball valve and it is very professional. It took me about a year before I upgraded to that drain style though.
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Hi,
Soft tubing I just leave the tubing to and from the pump a little longer so I can remove the pump and pour out the fluid
My front rad is the same as yours so yeah just flip the case on it's narrow back and the rad is on top

You can also remove the pump tubing and blow in either one of them and the other into a bowl...

Otherwise put the rad on top of the case not the front then gravity is your friend

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Quote: Originally Posted by OneFunGenesis View Post
If you blow into a tube it will evacuate some of the liquid but not all. Air is compressible and you will never reach the PSI capacity with your lungs to move all the liquid. On the contrary, an air compressor would probably damage your radiator if you tried that.

Its not a horrible thing unless you go to change fluid color. Then you will have color mixture for a long while until you take the rad out and drain/clean it.

As to the drain port. I planned one into my loop because...how else you gonna drain it without splashing water on everything? I had a simple one at first made out of a barb fitting, a tube and a stop plug. Now I have a hard plumbed drain with a ball valve and it is very professional. It took me about a year before I upgraded to that drain style though.
yeah, I did plan to have one--but my microcenter didnt' have the proper fittings, so I said screw it and just finished the tubing because I was excited to see if there was a difference in my 360 AIO....there is no difference in temps, but I guess people don't necessarily do custom loops on CPUs nowadays for performance gains...I guess its about looks and system quietness.

Also this pump/res combo only has two ports on it----one inlet and one outlet, so I couldn't just use an extra port for a dedicated drain loop unless I buy the EKWB Multiport top--which is what I am going to do whenever I decide to drain the system. I have no idea how to setup the multiport top--but I guess I'll figure that out when the time comes.
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Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
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Soft tubing I just leave the tubing to and from the pump a little longer so I can remove the pump and pour out the fluid
My front rad is the same as yours so yeah just flip the case on it's narrow back and the rad is on top

You can also remove the pump tubing and blow in either one of them and the other into a bowl...

Otherwise put the rad on top of the case not the front then gravity is your friend

so, you are saying to just remove ONE of the tubes on the pump/res combo (either the inlet or outlet) and blow through the other end of it? I have seen jayztwocents do it before, so it must be okay, right? lol
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