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The putting-together of all the components of the system shouldn’t cause you any big trouble. The first thing to take care of is the tubes and the threaded fittings – the tube is always trying to turn around with the fitting, and after a couple of such rotations the tube goes all twisted circles and figure-of-eights. To avoid this, hold the tube with one hand and tighten the fitting with another. Not very convenient, you know.

The second thing to care about is the nozzles on the reservoir. It’s easy to cut a slice or two of the skin from your own fingers with the rather sharp bottom edge of the Reserator when tightening the threaded fittings. To protect the integrator, the manufacturer might have lifted up the bottom edge of the ribs above the nozzles, or smooth it out.

Otherwise, the assembly should go on effortlessly: connect all the components in the convenient order…

…and mount the water block on the central processor.

The system is filled with water and powered on. You hear a gurgle for a couple of seconds as the water is filling all of the system components, then silence. The flag is quivering in the water stream indicator; it means the system is working normally. It’s time to test it.

Well, no. Let us first attach the water block of the graphics processor. I shut the system down and clinch one tube with special clamps enclosed with Zalman’s Reserator 1 – they will prevent any leakages. Then I cut the tube up between the clamps, take the graphics card, mount the water block on it – this is very easily done – and attach the ends of the cut tube to the nozzles of the water block:

Then I remove the clamps and turn the system on. It is now really ready for my tests.

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