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Old March 12, 2008, 07:25 PM
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Whats the best fluid to use for watercooling...

1. Distilled water
2. Nonconductive-becomes conductive when it comes into contact with dust or impurities so if it leaked it would still wreck components in my case.
3. Performance blends-i.e. fluid XP

Also how many times have you guys had leaks? I'm going to be careful with clamps etc.
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Old March 12, 2008, 07:31 PM
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The only leak I've ever had was related to the crap TT waterblock I started with (acrylic tops with the metal barbs screwed into them bite!!! :) ). I had one crack while I was gone for the weekend (took out a 1950pro), and the replacement was found to be cracked when I swapped it out for my current apogee block (hadn't leaked yet, but wouldn't have been long).
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Old March 12, 2008, 07:41 PM
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One leak too on my first built, with a cracked barb. But since then I have built about a dozen WC rigs and never had a leak again. For fluid I use the Swiftech one with distilled water.
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Old March 12, 2008, 07:45 PM
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mmm I'm getting the GT block so thats good. Its the cpu block leaks that would do the most damage. Anyway here's what I'm getting. Below are prices at NCIX I price-matched at DC for 184 total. I was hoping i could just dump some distilled water in the loop-oh well better get the swiftech stuff.

"Vortex solution"
Swiftech APOGEE GT S478/LGA775/S754/S940/S939/AM2 3/8IN & 1/2IN &1/4IN Barbs $44.99
Swiftech 7/16IN ID Vinyl Tubing 10 Feet $9.79
Swiftech 1/2IN Od Chrome Plated Fittings 1/4 Bspp (Set of Two) $5.20
Swiftech MCB-120 Radbox Revision 2 Black $19.99
Swiftech MCR220-QP-RES Quiet Power Dual 120MM Water Cooling Radiator & Integrated Reservoir
Swiftech MCP655 12V Industrial Water Cooling Pump 1/2IN Barbs $74.99 (adjustable speed)
Fans 2 x NFP-12

I know the rad is not the best out there but its good value and saves setting up a reservoir. Ill replace it later on if I need to. On a budget and want to get started with folding.
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Don't worry about the rad, you'll be happy...
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Your temps will be great!!

I just use Distilled water, because I am constantly changing my loop. It's dirt cheap
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Distilled water is just fine. Add a few drops of PT Nuke or use some Swiftech Hydrx to make sure that you don't have any issues with algae growth, both are pretty dirt cheap themselves.
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Yeah so far I'm too lazy to go out and buy Biocide, and it is working out ok. In time I am waiting on ordering some of the Black/UV Blue dye bombs, to add to my loop, and with that would get some biocide.

On a side note, I heard somewhere that a drop or 2 of bleach works just the same....Is this correct?
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I'm using distilled water with a bit of 99% isopropyl alcohol, and it's been working fine. (I had highlighter ink in the loop as well for some color but the alcohol has made it fade out... :/)
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Interesting, highlighter ink. Haha. How long have you had your loop together?
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2 x 128GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD RAID0 :)
Acheiva Shimian Q270 Lite 2560x1440

Benq W500 Pojector.

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