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First Custom Loop - Couple of points unsure on.


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Hi,

 

Got a 500D SE last year, added the Corsair RGB LED Lighting PRO Expansion Kit and extra LL120 fans to bring them up to six. Both of those are currently connected to the CoPro for the 2 lighting channels.

 

I've decided to do an upgrade and I'm going to try my first custom loop using Corsair Hydro X and I've been reading posts, articles and videos to get a clear understanding of putting it together but there's a couple of questiions I've not been able to find answers for.

 

I'll have the XC7 CPU block, XG7 2080 Ti FE GPU block and the new revision of the XD5 pump/resevoir and I've seen that these are daisy chained together for one lighting channel, the issue is that I have the fans in lighting channel 1 of the CoPro and the lighting strips in lighting channel 2. I haven't got a NoPro for extra lighting channels. Can I daisy chain the 3 Hydro X devices with the lighting strips on one channel?

 

If not, the new mobo I've ordered is the Asus Crosshair Hero VIII which shows in the iCue compatible list, from the video I saw analogue RGB headers are supported on the board but digital aRGB are not. Can the Corsair lighting strips connect to an analogue RGB header on the board and be controlled in iCue?

 

My other question is to do with draining. I've ordered an XF ball valve and figuring out where that should go. The XD5 will be at the lowest point of the loop and I'm planning on using the inlet on the top and the outlet at the bottom. Can the XF ball valve be connected to the unused inlet at the bottom of the pump for draining?

 

Thanks in advance.

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1) Yes you can "daisy chain" the Corsair CPU, GPU, and Pump/Res. Better still, they will remain as separate devices in the CUE UI each with individual assignable effects or sequenced. No reason not to do this.

 

2) Theoretically you could offload one of the current RGB channels to the MB with the help of a third party adapter. The strips would be the obvious choice because of how Aura/Armory Crate works with LEDs. You would be rather disappointed to connect the fans or blocks to it. Never connect Corsair RGB to a standard 12v RGB header. It is a 5v system.

 

3) Given the expense of putting any full water cooling set-up together, you might look for a Lighting Node Pro. They come free in certain fan kits or with the strip kit, neither of which you need right now. However, because of their abundance in those packages, they tend to show up in the 3rd party marketplace at a low cost. I think $20 USD is reasonable, but I haven't looked around this week. Supply and demand gets funny around the holidays. This would be the good place for the new CPU/GPU/XD5 chain.

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1) Yes you can "daisy chain" the Corsair CPU, GPU, and Pump/Res. Better still, they will remain as separate devices in the CUE UI each with individual assignable effects or sequenced. No reason not to do this.

 

2) Theoretically you could offload one of the current RGB channels to the MB with the help of a third party adapter. The strips would be the obvious choice because of how Aura/Armory Crate works with LEDs. You would be rather disappointed to connect the fans or blocks to it. Never connect Corsair RGB to a standard 12v RGB header. It is a 5v system.

 

3) Given the expense of putting any full water cooling set-up together, you might look for a Lighting Node Pro. They come free in certain fan kits or with the strip kit, neither of which you need right now. However, because of their abundance in those packages, they tend to show up in the 3rd party marketplace at a low cost. I think $20 USD is reasonable, but I haven't looked around this week. Supply and demand gets funny around the holidays. This would be the good place for the new CPU/GPU/XD5 chain.

 

Brilliant, thanks for the detailed reply. Looks like daisy chaining with the lighting strips will be the way forward.

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one thing you can add that would have made that draining a lot easier : install a T fitting somewhere in the highest part of the loop, to open and let air in, to allow the water to drain down.

Some rads have plugs on both sides but i am not sure the slim corsair ones have them (original HWlabs don't).

 

It's a real time saver, and it also helps when filling the loop.

When you fill the reservoir with the vent open, it will get water up to the reservoir level, saving you a few start/stop/fill cycles.

Just, don't forget to plug the vent before starting the pump :p

 

Edit: an example from my toy, view of the top radiator's outlet.

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