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Old 27th September, 2002, 02:09 PM
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Maze 3 Watrer Block

I've just received my Maze 3, Eheim pump and hose from www.tekheads.co.uk and have a couple of questions regarding the water block.

Firstly, It came with nylon fixings. are these OK of should I buy metal ones from a hardware store?

Secondly, the block has the clear plastic top (as ordered) Should I use teflon tape to help prevent leakage or will it be fine as it is?

Sorry to ask stupid questions, I just want to be sure before I start.

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Old 27th September, 2002, 02:26 PM
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It should have a black rubber ring in a groove under the top, it WONT leak with that pump its under guarantee. Plastic fittings are just fine they may alter flow slightly but whether they beat the brass fittings or not im not so sure.
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Old 27th September, 2002, 03:14 PM
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If you mean the nylon hose clamps... I got rid of those and just use two very tight wire ties per connection and they're much tighter.

I have a Maze3 with the clear top and brass fittings... it doesn't leak. Just make sure you tighten the retaining nuts evenly and as tight as you can by hand. My springs are almost entirely smooshed.

Keep an eye out for leakage, some have reported the top cracks, or seeps, but mine is doing fine after 5 months. I think maybe some people may have either overtightened the nuts, or they don't have them on equally tight, maybe. Anyway, DD came out with a copper top, which adds weight, but doesn't cool any better.

The clear top is great for determining if you're getting any coolant actually circulating, you can see the disturbances in the flow. Looks cool, too.
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Old 27th September, 2002, 04:14 PM
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Thanks guys.

I was a little concerned about fitting the block. There arnt any instructions! I know they have to be tightened down equally but would like to see it written down in black an white so I can follow it.

I was talking about Nylon bolts that go through the block and motherboard. They look OK but should I substitute them for metal bolts.

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Old 27th September, 2002, 06:15 PM
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DangerDen Maze3 Instructions

As for the nylon bolts, I used them with no issues. I've removed it once to replace the CPU, and they still work fine.

I used some Lock-Tite on the threads (just a drop) where they nuts secure the bolts to the motherboard so they don't spin when you tighten the block down. Works very well.

I think they have some metal bolts for the full copper Maze3's but I have no problems with the nylon ones.
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Old 27th September, 2002, 07:17 PM
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Thanks for the link and info Orbit

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Old 27th September, 2002, 07:52 PM
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You're quite welcome, Enigma!
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At any rate, keep us posted on your progress, and your temps when you're done. I usually get around mid-30's CPU temps unless I'm gaming really hard for a few hours. I've hit as high as 41. Nowhere near meltdown, so this thing must work
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Old 27th September, 2002, 10:04 PM
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Just one last question before I begin

The top of the pump has a 3/8" connector. Is it OK to use this or can I buy a 1/2" one?

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Old 27th September, 2002, 10:17 PM
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I don't know about that...sorry. I used the ones that came with my Eheim 1048, and the 3/8th's silicon tubing stretches over it, as well as the 1/2" fittings on my radiator. My block is 3/8th's also.
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I use metal hardware to hold my block down, nylon threads are too easy to strip . . .
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