DangerDen Custom Water Cooling Kit ReviewFormer staff writer -
When building a water cooling system there really is no wrong or right place to start, because it's just a closed loop and it all ties in together. When your hooking all the hoses up, don't put on any hose clamps or nylon zip ties yet. It's best to put these on at the very end because if you mess up and hook up the wrong hose on the wrong part then you'll have a harder time fixing the problem if you have already clamped the hose. If you know without a doubt that your not going to mess up, feel free to go ahead and clamp them down.
I decided to start at the pump (water exit) and work my way from there back around to the pump (water entry). I cut off about a foot of tubing that will connect to the waterblock from the pump (water exit). Depending on if you have a small case or a large full tower case, you should cut yours so that there is enough slack to reach the pump while it's sitting on the bottom of your case. If your not going to install the pump inside of your case, obviously the hose needs to be a bit longer, and you may even have to buy some extra hose.
The barb fittings on the water block makes it virtually leak proof. I have ran a water cooler for a few days without any hose clips around the barb fittings and it never did leak. Ofcourse, I didn't have that water cooler hooked up to my PC at the time, I'm not that brave :) However, it did prove a point that these barb fittings do a very good job at preventing leaks and with a water cooler that has hose clamps on it, it's a sure thing it will never leak.
Once I clamped the hoses with the provided nylon fittings that came in my water cooling kit, I then cut off more tubing that will connect from the water block to the Geforce 4 water block. You know the drill, just slide your tubing over the barb fittings and secure the hose clamps. Now, if you buy a chipset cooler, you'd do things a little differently. It would make a little better sense to go from the Pump -> Video card -> Chipset -> CPU. That would use a lot less hose and not to mention a lot easier to work with than if you went from the Pump -> CPU -> Chipset -> Video card. However if you use the first scenario, the water that would be flowing thru the CPU water block would be hotter than the water flowing thru the video card water block. It's best to have the CPU first, in any case.
Before we go hooking up the hose to the radiator we need to install the 120mm case fan on it. The difficulty of installing the fan on this radiator was no where near the difficulty I had installing the fan on the Iceberg radiator. It was actually more of the opposite. The screws went in to the radiator with ease, and the fan holes lined up perfectly. Make sure you install the fan so that air is pulled through the radiator instead of having the air pushed through.
In my water cooling kit I received four fittings for the reservoir. Two of the four were just plain fittings and the other two was elbow fittings. I went with the elbow fittings because I thought the pipe would be a little easier to work with at that angle instead of sticking straight out. You'll have to screw the fittings on yourself, since they have no idea which fittings you want to use. All of the fittings did have teflon tape already on them, so all you have to do is screw them on the threaded holes of the clear reservoir.
Finally, from the reservoir the hose connects back to where we started, the pump. This is where I ran in to my first and only problem. The fitting that is on the pump was a lot bigger, I'm guessing 1/2" OD, than the hose. So, I had to go to Home Depot at 11PM at night to find a 3/8" to 1/2" adapter and also a 1/2" piece of pipe. This is what I came up with:
Either DangerDen forgot to include the fittings or you just have to buy them yourself.. I don't know.
Low and Behold, a DangerDen custom water cooling kit assembled.
Now, all we have to do is fill it with water and run a leak test. To fill it up with water, just unscrew the red cap on the clear reservoir and water in to it. Don't use ordinary tap water, instead use distilled water.