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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-03-2020, 08:53 AM - Thread Starter
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First build questions

First build with water cooling, and I've reached somewhat of the final stage of assembly here but stuck with a few questions:

Due to the layout of the res/radiator the first tubing run is very short/tight 90 degree that soft tubing just can't support. To keep the tubing from kinking the only thing I could think of with the parts on hand is to extend out from the radiator using 2 90 degree rotaries. Is there a better way of doing this? This build has been so delayed due to parts availability etc. that if there is a better fitting to help here waiting for another part won't really matter.

Also regarding initial run/fill... I spent about 2 hours per radiator flushing and running distilled water through the individual blocks (except the GPU) so far. Is it recommends to run the system/drain a few times with distilled water before switching to a pre-mix fluid? My initial thought was to run the system with distilled water (pump only) for 24 hours, drain, run it again with distilled for 2-3 hours, drain and then switch to the fluid. I also have Mayhems Blitz Part 2 sitting here, but I am not really sure that is necessary for a brand new loop.
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Hi, nice parts.

Will your front panel fit with that current bend? Seems close from my house.

You could make this connection with a combination of fittings, I think. But, this would introduce a hand two nineties right off the pump outlet which is worst case scenario for these. It's doable but will adversely affect flow.
I would propose rotating pump/res 90* clock wise so fittings are facing you. See mine below - same concept.

for radiators, I simply flush mine with hot tap water for ~5 minutes when new. Then assemble everything using an inline filter before my cpu block to catch any debris and flush with ~1 gallon of distilled water. I run the system and drain the water slowly and top off res as I go through the water.

I think this would allow you a good path for flow:
pump/res - GPU/chipset (parallel) - cpu - top rad - bottom rad - pump res in

I think the chipset really likes parallel flow setup for temperatures. Serial flow resulted in higher temperatures for me.
This also lets you keep the iconic heatkiller cap which makes filling/bleeding MUCH easier, and removes the flow tube from visual.
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1. remove all connectors
2. mount B to the pump facing down, mount A to the B facing down.
3. mount C to radiator straight up, D not needed.
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Thank you for the reply,

Front panel just barely clears as is with a few mm of space. I can rotate the res and try some test runs to get a better feel for what that looks like... right now I'm using some cheap tubing just to figure out lengths while I wait for different tubing to arrive.

So the initial thought (which is why things are oriented as is) was:

Res - > Bottom Rad Inlet (according to HWLabs, there is a preferred direction on this rad) -> Bottom Rad Outlet -> Chipset -> GPU -> CPU -> Top Rad -> HK Top.

I had planned to try to use the Res inlet as the drain (Ball Valve + Male to Male extender), since the bottom Rad is not multiport. I also have 1 rotary splitter I suppose I could use to put the drain closer to the rad, though I can't quite visualize how that would fit right now.

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Quote: Originally Posted by whk0 View Post
1. remove all connectors
2. mount B to the pump facing down, mount A to the B facing down.
3. mount C to radiator straight up, D not needed.
This seems to just barely work depending exactly on how long the tubing cut is... though this tubing I'm using for testing is really thin so it seems to want to kink very easily. I'm hoping the new tubing is a little more workable.
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Add one of these before that 90 degree fitting coming off the pump. https://www.amazon.com/Touchaqua-Fem...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

Will give a cleaner tube run.

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I placed an order for a couple of different extender lengths (measuring seems to be that I need about 15-20mm) will have to wait until they are delivered.

I also tried to change the orientation of the Res, but this introduces a new problem depending on the fitting of not being able to close the side door... I have the fan mount kits for this tube so I could move it back against the side fans, but I'd rather not have to make such a big change, the wire management is already a nightmare due to fan controllers.

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Thank you for the reply,

Front panel just barely clears as is with a few mm of space. I can rotate the res and try some test runs to get a better feel for what that looks like... right now I'm using some cheap tubing just to figure out lengths while I wait for different tubing to arrive.

So the initial thought (which is why things are oriented as is) was:

Res - > Bottom Rad Inlet (according to HWLabs, there is a preferred direction on this rad) -> Bottom Rad Outlet -> Chipset -> GPU -> CPU -> Top Rad -> HK Top.

I had planned to try to use the Res inlet as the drain (Ball Valve + Male to Male extender), since the bottom Rad is not multiport. I also have 1 rotary splitter I suppose I could use to put the drain closer to the rad, though I can't quite visualize how that would fit right now.
The above suggestions are good. I don't like the misaligned hose and fittings personally - its your pc though. Flow order will not matter so you don't HAVE to go to bottom radiator right after the pump.

Hi, I will be interested to see your tubing run from radiator outlet to chipset.

You can add one of these 3 way splitter to radiator outlet with a male to male radial radial fitting. this would allow you to rotate your drain valve out of the way when not needed and make it less unsightly.
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The above suggestions are good. I don't like the misaligned hose and fittings personally - its your pc though. Flow order will not matter so you don't HAVE to go to bottom radiator right after the pump.

Hi, I will be interested to see your tubing run from radiator outlet to chipset.

You can add one of these 3 way splitter to radiator outlet with a male to male radial radial fitting. this would allow you to rotate your drain valve out of the way when not needed and make it less unsightly.
This is mockup of tubing until I get new tubing + extenders.
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You could just do away with the hard 90 and use a 45 which would give a better angle into the rad and also improve flow directly out of the pump.

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