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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-03-2019, 04:32 PM - Thread Starter
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First Time n00b Setup Thoughts

I'm waiting for my last few parts to arrive before I can start installing the watercooling. My initial configuration will be an Eisbaer Extreme Solo 280 radiator/pump/reservoir external unit and an EK-Velocity CPU water block. This is not the pre-filled Eisbaer AIO, but just the radiator/pump/reservoir unit which ships dry. I have 13/10 flex tubing with Alphacool quick-connects bulkhead-mounted on the back of the case between the outside/radiator and inside/CPU block. The Eisbaer radiator unit will sit vertical on top of the case directly above the CPU. (like the creepy monolith in 2001 haha)



First I need to flush the Eisbaer radiator, but since the radiator/pump/reservoir is a single unit I'll probably need to run the pump to flush it, instead of manually filling/shaking/draining. I need to look at whether I can use a bench power supply to power the motor 12V molex connection for the flushing, with the PWM cable unconnected. Will VPP755 just run at max speed if there's no PWM connection? I was thinking of perhaps hooking the Eisbaer unit up to a big bucket of distilled water using bulkhead connectors on the wall of the bucket, and letting flushed debris settle to the bottom of the bucket as it cycles.


When flushing is done I'll go to putting things together and filling. Inside the Eisbaer housing the pump/reservoir is mounted below the radiator. The Eisbaer Extreme uses the Alphacool NexXxos ST30 280 radiator, so I should be able to pop the top cover off of the Eisbaer shell and access the end port of the radiator to let out air at the very top of the water column, but only when the pump isn't running. I was planning to fill by gravity and test-run the loop before mounting the CPU block so I can wiggle the block around a bit and try to tap out air bubbles.



Having never done this before my plan makes sense in my head, but....we shall see.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-04-2019, 02:32 PM - Thread Starter
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After several days of trying I finally got registered on the Alphacool forum so I could ask about the large springs inside the quick-connects. They say they're "stainless steel", but haven't yet specified an alloy. Not quite what I was expecting, but my boating friend suggests that's probably OK to mix with copper and brass fittings.

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the mixed metals shouldn't be an issue with quality coolant (mayhems x1)

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It looks like the mailman broke down. My packages that were supposed to be delivered today have been in Honolulu since Wednesday and have made no further progress. :/

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It looks like the mailman broke down. My packages that were supposed to be delivered today have been in Honolulu since Wednesday and have made no further progress. :/
waiting is just the worst.

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waiting is just the worst.

By the time I get to work on my parts it's going to be about a month since I placed the first order.

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By the time I get to work on my parts it's going to be about a month since I placed the first order.

What parts you need ?


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What parts you need ?

I needed the bulkhead fittings, both for the flushing idea and for the final setup. The postman finally delivered all my Black Friday goodies today, and now I just have to count he days until the weekend.

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I don't know anything about Eisbaer but quality radiators today really don't need flushing. You can do it for a peace of mind I guess but shouldn't be necessary.

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its radiators that need flushing, not reservoirs.

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