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buy retail coolant will avoid any problem such as algae or whatever it is.
more expensive the coolant is, less often maintenance is needed
Ignorance.

You would be perfectly fine using distilled water, kill coil, and a few drops of pt nuke.
     
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Maintenance is relatively low once you get everything worked out. I personally have added and taken out stuff so often it ends up being every two to three months. In reality you don't really have to do anything to it for a few months. Also do NOT use coolant... That alone will eventually start to break down causing gunked up blocks which will require cleaning.
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post #13 of 29
Coolant isn't great, agreed, it corrodes the copper or some shiz like that.

Just distilled water is fine.
post #14 of 29
Every 6 months or so (probably closer to a year) I drain the loop and get all the dust out of the rad. It can be a pain but in my opinion it's worth it. Run distilled water and you will have no drama's cleaning your loop.
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Every 6 months or so (probably closer to a year) I drain the loop and get all the dust out of the rad. It can be a pain but in my opinion it's worth it. Run distilled water and you will have no drama's cleaning your loop.
I feel like it's more fun then anything else. Not sure if that's just me??
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It is all down to how well you stick it together in the first place,do it right and maintenance is minimal.
I would really struggle to return to air cooling with the multiple fan noises and occasionally worrying temperatures until silicon is a thing of the past and pc's dont get hot anymore.
With that in mind whatever issues watercooling may throw at me,i will persevere for the triple win of:
increased overclocking capability,
a computer thats quieter than a netbook,
being able to max out games with no fan noise ramping up as the games put the cards under load.
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It is all down to how well you stick it together in the first place,do it right and maintenance is minimal.
I would really struggle to return to air cooling with the multiple fan noises and occasionally worrying temperatures until silicon is a thing of the past and pc's dont get hot anymore.
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increased overclocking capability,
a computer thats quieter than a netbook,
being able to max out games with no fan noise ramping up as the games put the cards under load.
Mine actually got louder when I went under watercooling. But then again I did throw three 3000RPM Scythe Ultra Kaze on my radiator.
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It's kind of funny how you have >800 rep and your location is waterville yet you are asking such an elementary question about watercooling.

the reason is he is the master chief


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haha
im using a chiller so it is a little loud but the noise is all outside
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So long as you ensure you incorporate a drain valve into the loop from the start, it's really easy to drain and refill the loop. Personally I use quick disconnect valves, they allow you to disconnect the lower part of the loop without any leakage to easily get the water out of there.

This has to be done every 6-8 months or so however only takes an hour or so.

Water cooling is expensive, but a hell of a ride. Could t recommend it more, so long as you have the cash.
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