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Replacing a liquid cooling system. What do I need to know?


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#1 aceatc

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 12:22 PM

I got a liquid cooling system installed when I bought my pre-build pc. I was thinking of switching it out for a cpu fan since I'd rather not have to buy and change the cooling liquids every 6 months sine I'm not the best with computers.

 

What do I need to know about my computer before buying a cpu fan? Do I need to look up what cpu and mother board I have before looking at getting a cpu fan to replace my liquid cooling system? As you can tell I'm not a computer wiz.

 

Thanks for any advice on moving forward.

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 12:28 PM

Modern closed loop water coolers do not need to have the coolant changed. Is this a closed loop water cooling system?

 

Edit: What CPU does the computer have? 


Edited by JohnC_21, 30 January 2017 - 12:29 PM.


#3 aceatc

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 12:53 PM

Honestly I'm not sure what kind of cooling system it is. Is there a way I can look this up?

 

My cpu is a i5-6600K 3.5Ghz.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:04 PM

There should be a model number of the cooling system. Look at the CPU pump. If you don't see any clamps on the hoses I would have to assume it's closed loop. Who built the PC? They should be able to tell you if it's closed loop. Did you get a detailed invoice with the computer?

 

http://www.avadirect.com/forum/Message/11473-Liquid-Cooling-System-Maintenance/

 

This guide is NOT FOR CLOSED LOOP SYSTEMS! If you have a
closed loop system such as Corsair Hydro series, or the Thermaltake Water
series, or any other closed loop systems, these units are not designed to be
open and maintained by anyone other than the manufacturer. Do not attempt to
open these units and utilize the steps outlined in this guide, as it will
likely result in the damage of the loop, leaks and therefore damage to the
entire system.

 



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:18 PM

I bought my pc from iBUYPOWER. I might be able to retrieve the invoice...

 

The hoses just go directly from the fan to the back of the CPU. I don't think I see any clamps. I'll look into that invoice.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:24 PM

I am pretty sure Ibuypower only uses closed loop systems. Contact them if it's not on the invoice.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:48 PM

Okay I figured out what cooling system I have from the invoice.

 

Asetek 550LC 120mm Liquid CPU Cooler. Is that a closed loop cooling system?



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:52 PM

Yes.

 

http://www.asetek.com/media/1175/550lc_data_sheet.pdf

 

It's an OEM unit for companies like Ibuypower and other system builders.

 

http://www.asetek.com/desktop/oem-cpu-coolers/510lc/


Edited by JohnC_21, 30 January 2017 - 01:56 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2017 - 01:55 PM

Okay. We figured that out. But, what do you mean I don't need to change the coolant in the system. How do you know when it goes bad? I've had it for about 7 months. Surely it can't last very long without changing the coolant or some kind of maintenance.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 02:01 PM

The coolant is made to last until the pump goes. 

 

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3094724/long-closed-loop-coolers.html

 

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3241560/long-water-inside-cpu-water-cooler.html



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 02:05 PM

Alright then. The coolant should last as long as the computer does. Well that's a relief. I was under the impression these systems required constant maintenance and replenishment.

 

Thanks for your help JohnC.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 02:12 PM

No problem. These units are maintenance free. Just keep an ear out in case you hear noises coming from the pump which means the bearings are going but I have no doubt the unit will last as long as the life of the computer.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 10:52 PM

I have had my Eco Cool It system for going on 4 years with no problems at all.


Help Requests: If there is no reply after 3 days I remove the thread from my answer list. For further help PM me.


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Posted 23 April 2018 - 09:19 AM

Try to check some things here https://gadgets-reviews.com/review/181-how-to-cool-a-gaming-pc-selecting-a-cooling-system.html

And on the https://www.tomshardware.com






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