Hey Lifehacker, It has come time to flush out my PC water cooling, and it’s also in need of some modifying. I’ve bought some fittings that should help my flow and get rid of some ridiculous loops I’ve created. But my question is this. How am I going to be able to do this? How am I going to get rid of ALL the water? Do I need to pull all the hardware out? And because the tubes go outside the case does that add to the degree of difficulty? Thanks, Cool Loops
Dear Cool Loops,
Being a console gamer, I’m not an authority when it comes to PC watercooling systems. From what I can glean online, most PC cooling enthusiasts recommend draining the whole system and cleaning it every six months or so. This is a fairly complicated process that involves removing each component cooling block and disconnecting/draining the hoses.
There are plenty of informative video demonstrations on YouTube — you can check out two examples here and here. You should also be able to pick up some tips from our beginner’s guide to water-cooling which includes links to the best enthusiast and specialist sites on this topic.
We’re going to throw this question open to our readers — are there any foolproof steps Cool Loops can take to effectively drain his system? Share your routine in the comments section below.
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