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Asetek Antarctica WaterChill CPU Cooling Kit Review

Former staff writer    -   April 25, 2004


Installation (Cont.)


Speaking of getting the air out of your system - you're gonna have to fill it with water! Do NOT use tap water. Normal tap water is FILLED with impurities that'll mess your temperatures and your system up. Shown below is a length of tubing, originally clear, that has been used in a system with tap water.



Nasty stuff eh? Alright, so instead of tap water, go out and buy yourself a bottle of distilled water. Its darn cheap, so don't forget this part. If you happen to know any scientists, your ideal solution is distilled, deionized water. That stuff is the purest of the pure. Its a bit more expensive, but wonderful for watercooling. Unfortunately, I don't know any scientists.

So, take your distilled water, and while your system is OFF, plug in that watercooling system. Pour water into the reservoir, and sort of shake it down the tubing to get it into, or at the very least close by to the pump. Pumps don't like sucking air, so use our good friend gravity to give it a head start. Once this is done, turn your system on. Your pump will flick on if you've done everything right, and start chugging that water like it ain't no thang, dropping your reservoir level very quickly (a feature I did NOT like in the overly-small Waterchill reservoir). Just keep filling that reservoir until you have a full system. It'll bubble like mad as the air gets pushed out of it. After you have a basically-filled system, fill the reservoir to about 3/4 to leave room for the top. Before closing the reservoir, put about 1/2 of that bottle of anti-algae fluid Asetek included into the system. Close the reservoir and proceed.

Next, take the various parts of your system and shake them around a bit (except for the pump) and rotate them, and so on, in order to get the majority of the air bubbles out. You'll especially find air in your radiator, so pay close attention to this. Once everything seems to be running smoothly, leave it be. I know you're excited to get it into your system, but don't do it yet. If any leaks are present, it'll take a while for them to show up, and a little patience is MUCH better then a fried motherboard and CPU.

Next up is installing the heatsink retention system. I don't think I mentioned it before, so in case you didn't notice from the two compared block tops earlier, this system is installed via the 4 holes around the CPU bracket. If you don't have the holes, well, you're a bit out of luck.



To install the system, it goes Screw-Washer-Mobo-Washer-Rod. They just screw together, and its not all that hard to do in actuality, pretty straight forward. Here's the look.

 


Its pretty key to pay attention that those plastic washers aren't going to crush any tiny important pieces. I had to trim 2 or 3 of mine to get them to fit perfectly. Just pay attention and you'll be A-OK.



After this, put your thermal paste on however you normally do it, and slide the waterblock through the holes and down onto your CPU die.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Closer Look (Continued)
  4. Closer Look (Continued)
  5. Installation
  6. Installation (Continued)
  7. Installation (Continued)
  8. Testing
  9. Testing (Continued) & Conclusion
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