Water Cooling - Quick Install/Leak Testing guide
Published: 10th August 2006 | Source: Overclock3d |Article by: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
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.
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!
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