Water Cooling - Quick Install/Leak Testing guide

Finishing up and Emergencies

Article by: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Source: Overclock3d
Date: 10-08-2006


Away we go

After your leak-testing period you pretty safe to install everything. Be a little careful not to dislodge your connections, but you should have everything sealed up fine at this point.

Install the rest of the componenets in your case and away we go.

finsihed loop

Emergencies

Fingers crossed you'll have been very careful and not have any leaks. However: if you do have one during testing then stop immediately. If it's easy enough to fix without dissasembling the loop then do so. If not then drain the loop.

Draining the Loop

Draining the loop is easy enough to do. If like me you're too lazy or short on money to buy a drainage valve then you simply go down to the bottom of the loop and disconnect something. I usually use the pump inlet as this gets most of the gravity. Make sure you have a bucket and tissues handy as this can get messy. Once the loop is drained fully you can fix the leak. Always have a lot of tissues at hand as there's bound to be that little bit of water you missed!

Maintenance

Waterloops generally don't need a huge amount of maintenance. I tend to refresh my water and coolant every 4-6months especially if the water is cloudy. Generally if you have a decent anti-corrsive in there you should be good to go for a little while.

Points to remember

* Remember - PC components do not like water!! Try to keep it away from them. If you are unsure of whether the loop is leak-free to do then please test the loop extensively to ensure a leak and hassle free time.

* Use good clips. These are essential for watercooling. Tighten them fairly tight but not too much that you cut the walls of the tubing.

* Don't know?- ASK! There are plenty of people you can ask about watercooling, especially if you visit our Forum

* This is supposed to be fun - not a stressful experience. Just be careful and you should be fine!

Any questions on starting your own watercooling? check our Watercooling Forum

Good Places to Buy (UK)

Our friend over at SpecialTech stock a huge range of Alphacool and various other watercooling bits and bobs including Swiftech and XSPC

The Watercoolingshop stock a very large amount of hardware inclusing Danger Den, XSPC, Alphacool and Eddie Ek.

Kustom PC's stock smaller bore low flow systems such as AquaComputer

SCAN stock various watercooling bits and bobs

Discuss in our Forums HERE

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Overclock3D accepts no liability for damage caused to your components whilst following this guide. If followed correctly you should be fine.
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Most Recent Comments

19-09-2007, 13:56:49

woppy101
which would be the beter case for me to get out of these two i want to fit my watercooling setup inside with nothing on the outside i also dont want to dremel anything i have 240mm rad to fit in there but i also want to have the front bays open no door on the front
http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/shopping/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd2NhcnQ=
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-046-TT&groupid=701&catid=7&subcat=
or if anyone else has any sugestions many thanks
also i dont want to spend over £110

19-09-2007, 14:00:48

da2ca

which would be the beter case for me to get out of these two i want to fit my watercooling setup inside with nothing on the outside i also dont want to dremel anything i have 240mm rad to fit in there but i also want to have the front bays open no door on the front
http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/shopping/index.html?rb=0&action=c2hvd2NhcnQ=
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-046-TT&groupid=701&catid=7&subcat=
or if anyone else has any sugestions many thanks
also i dont want to spend over £110



First one is def to small; you will not fit a cooling system inside or even on a Kingston 1Gb Mini Secure Digital Card.
As for the Thermaltake that’s what i am planning on building a system in next week. Will let you know how it goes.

19-09-2007, 15:32:08

woppy101
kool let me know how it goes

19-09-2007, 15:58:29

da2ca

kool let me know how it goes



Will do.
Do you want to sort the ebuyer link out above as it takes you to a Kingston 1Gb Mini Secure Digital Card???
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