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Old June 4, 2013, 09:35 AM
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Default Tips and tricks for a first timer?

Just ordered my system from Daz and wanted to know if anybody had any little tips or tricks for setting up my water cooling system (from prepping to filling). Any common mistakes to avoid?

I've done a lot of research and watched a lot of videos, but I'm sure the true gems will come from the wc community.

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Old June 4, 2013, 09:40 AM
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Draw out a diagram of the system before installing and tilt the thing every way you can until all air is out. Usually takes a day or so to get rid of all the bubbles. Use distilled water and leak test for 24 hours before firing it up.

Also dont skimp on parts, this is a long term investment. Ive been running the same H20 system for 10 years with only changes in water blocks as new platforms come out.

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Old June 4, 2013, 10:35 AM
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As the Ass above me said, plan your tubing route. The first time I set up my first loop, I only had an idea of what I wanted to do.... The route was pretty bad, but worked until I upgraded my system last summer.

When it comes to plumbing the system, make sure to give yourself some slack when measuring the tubing. This will help when making tricky turns. The last thing you want in your loop is a nasty kink.

I'm sure others will have more to add, but that's my two cents worth..


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Old June 4, 2013, 11:05 AM
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I'm sure you've read it before but leak test your system for 12-24 hours before powering up that precious hardware!
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Old June 4, 2013, 11:13 AM
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one of these is a time save and clean job get a syringe with a catheter tip

build loop that is self bleeding and have the pump @ lowest point and rez @ highest point of loop
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Old June 4, 2013, 02:28 PM
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Any carpenter (or explosive expert w/ det cord) would remind you to measure twice and cut once. :)
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Old June 4, 2013, 02:56 PM
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Any carpenter (or explosive expert w/ det cord) would remind you to measure twice and cut once. :)
That they would.

Hot water is your friend when getting those pesky tubes on a tight fitting.
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Buy a tube cutter, it will save you alot of hassle. $20 investment will save you so much time. It will really cut down on your tubing mis-measurements. Buy more fittings than you think you will need... you might find yourself compromising when an angled fitting or adapter would've done the job. If you can't carve up your case, then get creative within your imposed confinement.
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Lastly: Whatever you budget for the build, it is always fated to go over :)
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Old June 10, 2013, 07:08 PM
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Lastly: Whatever you budget for the build, it is always fated to go over :)
By at least $100, too
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