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is it better to use water or mineral water in a water cooling system?
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A final yet important consideration to make is liquid coolant type. Theoretically, you could fill your water cooling system with anything, but some fluids work much better than others. First of all, do not use tap water. Tap water has minerals, bacteria, and algae in it which will corrode and cloud your water cooling system, possibly causing a catastrophic failure. Another alternative is de-ionized water. De-ionized or non-conductive water may seem desirable initially, because it is a poor electrical conductor, and therefore will not cause much damage if a leak occurs. However, water is an excellent solvent, and so if de-ionized water is put into a water cooling system, it will corrode the water blocks to get its ions back. Therefore, de-ionized water is not something we recommend, either.
A good choice is distilled water, because it is relatively cheap yet pure enough to use in a water cooling system. Distilled water will not deposit harmful minerals in your system, nor will it cause algal blooms because there are no living organisms present. It will not, however, corrode your water blocks because it is not de-ionized. There are various additives which may be added to the coolant in your system. Water wetter is great for increasing the cooling capacity of your system by altering the properties of water and making it even more thermally capacitive. Water wetter will also help reduce corrosion in your water cooling system. Other additives, such as UV-reactive dyes, may be added for aesthetic reasons.

distilled water.

source: http://www.xoxide.com/water-cooling.html
Edited by Smykster - 5/5/11 at 9:34am
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+1 to distilled water
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Originally Posted by Smykster;13391657 
distilled water.

always distilled water.
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distilled water is the best because it removes all the minerals and impurities water water
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yes, distilled water, or better yet, the radiator fluid in cars
   
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distilled or deionised water
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Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains;13391686 
distilled or deionised water

This, deionised was easier to find for me. Add a killcoil to either and your all set... Make sure you flush out the components first.
 
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Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains;13391686 
distilled or deionised water

No, stay away from deionized water, it will corode your blocks as it will be attempting to gain back its ions.
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As above :L
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