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Old April 4, 2014, 02:21 PM
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Still early days, but hardware is slowly trickling in for a new WC loop inside (maybe) a new (to me) case. Might be a while between updates, but as always I'll update this first thread with links to posts with any new images.

Not even sure how I'm going to do the loop until after I get the case in hand, and from there decide if I really want to pull out the rotary tool.... If not, the loop will still end up being a little bit more than simply bolting a rad onto the case and velcroing the pump to the side. :)
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Old April 4, 2014, 02:45 PM
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Just a few pics to start.....


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Nobody does packaging on fans like Noctua... now if only we could convince them to get rid of their signature colours.... :) For a relatively simple 92mm fan, the installed cable is kept short but they ship with an extension, a splitter, a voltage reducer for slower speeds, and vibration reducing mounts.

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I've got two of these EK HF Supremes and they just keep swapping between builds.... :)

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Seeing one of these model rads in a build is really what got me thinking about a new loop. The extra ports would open up a whole new set of install possibilities, and I wanted to give one a try. You can't see it from the pics, but there are 6 ports in total. Which led to this.........

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This is my proof of concept.... I wanted to try making a closed loop out of standard WC components (left the cpu block out just for the test) and was hoping that the extra ports on these rads would allow me to bleed the loop without having a res in place. I'm happy to report that it did seem to work, and now it's just a matter of seeing if I need to use the mini-res or if I'd be able to put the plug back onto the rad once it's completely bled.

Anywise... that's it for now, still have a few pieces that need to arrive before I can really start planning out the loop.
Thanks for looking.
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Old April 4, 2014, 04:26 PM
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Yes TOP IT OFF WITH an a neat quick level sight also with clear tubing
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Old April 4, 2014, 04:30 PM
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Yes TOP IT OFF WITH an a neat quick level sight also with clear tubing
Yeah, I've got a fill port on order, but unfortunately it looks like it's backordered..... may have to see what I can find at princess auto.... ;)
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This might offer some idea on building/filling a closed loop system:
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Old April 4, 2014, 06:59 PM
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Thanks, I hadn't considered an AC refill connector that might be something I can look at when I go to PA.

The loop as it stands is easy enough to fill so long as I have access to the upper ports of the rad once the loop is built. Bleeding only seems to require run time (including topping up) with the upper port on the pump inlet side either open or with one of the mini-res tubing installed. My main concern now is whether or not I should come up with a plug for the top of the tubing or if I should just fill / bleed and then plug it to make it a true closed/sealed loop. I'm leaning towards having the visible tubing so that I've got an indication if the loop starts losing fluid.

Chance are, no matter how I decide to install a loop in this case I'll end up trying to make removable in one "piece" just as an AIO would be. As such I should be able to fill/bleed it outside of the case prior to installation.
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Yeah, I've got a fill port on order, but unfortunately it looks like it's backordered..... may have to see what I can find at princess auto.... ;)
I'll have a look at my waterparts bins but IIRC I should have 3 Black BP 1/2 kicking, again IIRC there new. If so I'll shoot you a PM and fire them in the snail mail.
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I'll have a look at my waterparts bins but IIRC I should have 3 Black BP 1/2 kicking, again IIRC there new. If so I'll shoot you a PM and fire them in the snail mail.
That would be great! Thanks for looking.
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Still early days but testing out another idea I'm playing with, it's still pretty rough looking but seems to be functional at least.... :)

The house is full of 120mm fan guards, but of course not a single 92mm to be found, and stocks of 92mm fan guards are getting pretty slim online. With that in mind (and of course keeping with the idea that coming up with unconventional solutions is half the fun.... :) ) how about cutting a 120 guard down to 92mm hole size and then using lockwire to secure it to the fan?

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It's not pretty yet, but seems to work fine. I used one of Mnpctech's templates ( Mnpctech's Guide to Tools For Case Modding. ) to make a jig on a piece of wood and then lockwired from there. Planning to paint the whole thing black, and the guard side lockwire joint needs bit of work, but I'm thinking I may end up going with this.
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6-8 twists per inch, as per AC 43.13-1B?
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