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Old August 16, 2010, 10:08 AM
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Hi Guys,

This is a link to my previous setup I had.


Hardware is the same, I need help re-positioning the Res, where it is right now, it a lot harder taking the video card out. I was first thinking of putting the res in one of the drive bays, and using the fill-port hole on the HAF. It's not shown in the pic, but I had another piece of tubing attached to the bottom of the res, with the fill-port attached to that tubing for draining purposes.

Does that loop look right, including the way the cpu block is mounted and inlet/outlet. It's an Apogee GTZ
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Old August 16, 2010, 01:36 PM
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Can you put it right beside the pump? Just put something under it so that the pump inlet is even with the res port and then just use a very short piece of tubing?

I can't see anything wrong with the setup.
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Old August 20, 2010, 01:11 PM
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Perhaps you could place it on the 120mm fan using brackets?
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Old August 20, 2010, 01:20 PM
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Here is my similar setup in a Haf:
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Old August 20, 2010, 03:34 PM
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Yeah I would put it just above the pump like chris
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Old August 20, 2010, 04:29 PM
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Looks like you have room up top - that's where I put it in my Armor case and it worked great for me.
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Old August 29, 2010, 11:27 AM
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His rad is up top, I would get an ek res and do similar setup as Chris did. Or is there enough room in the drive bay ?
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Old August 30, 2010, 06:05 PM
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If you flip the rad around, it might work out better. Here's how I set mine up:


From the first pic, you can kind of see that the tube quite long and wraps around the fan. This allows a lot of excess tubing so the graphic card can be taken out easily. I actually recently changed my loop to this configuration because I had trouble taking out/adding graphic cards. The res is attached by one screw, through the motherboard. In fact, the threading on the screws that come with the reservoir match the threading in the motherboard, so no modification is required.

Also, the pump isn't attached in any way; it's free floating. This isolates the pump from everything so it's quite quiet. In addition, the pump can be bent towards you (out of page) which allows even more slack for the tube in front of the graphic card. This configuration only occupies the top 5.25 bay, leaving the 5 others completely free.

Edit: Just for reference, this was my old configuration: http://www.sfu.ca/~bkh2/Comp/P2150136.JPG
Notice how close the tube going from the res to pump is to the graphic card. This issue is also minimized by having a free floating pump.

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Old August 31, 2010, 05:30 AM
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what ChrisK posted - I think I stole his idea for my loop to. Well.. not "stole" so much "borrowed" and give him credit for inspiring the setup.
It's the cleanest I can think of, and makes it easy to watercool your GPU in the future.

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