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Best way to clean out rads and blocks

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I haven't purchased any water cooling parts yet, but I am wondering what is the best way to clean out all my parts.
The only thing that I am really considering is how clean I can get it, I don't really mind about how long the process takes or how difficult it is.

I was suggested here on teh forumz to clean out rads by filling them with a 1 part vinegar to 8 parts distilled water solution and then shaking it for a few minutes, then flushing it out with distilled water. I was also suggested to clean blocks by opening them and using a toothbrush with a ketchup-vinegear solution on the block's interior, followed by flushing it out with distilled water.

My friend suggested that I buy some chlorine pool cleaner and running it through to clean it. Is this a better idea?
post #2 of 14
I'm not sure if that would damage the copper or the pipes, I probably wouldn't recommend it.

Go with the tried and tested method imo

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I'm not sure if that would damage the copper or the pipes, I probably wouldn't recommend it.

Go with the tried and tested method imo

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So what do you suggest I do?
post #4 of 14
Diluted vinegar is the standard recommendation.

Personally I just blast the hell out of parts with tap water then rinse it off.

I wouldn't bother with too much with the block, dismantle is and rinse it maybe, but the rad is what really needs cleaning.
    
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post #5 of 14
Vinegar and flushing the loop.
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I will do that then

Any suggestions on how I should go about doing routine cleaning
(or should I just do the same thing)
post #7 of 14
What I did seemed to work pretty well.

For the blocks, I just rinsed with distilled and called it good.

For rads, I first filled partly with hot tap water and shook like mad. Filled fully with hot tap water and let sit for about 15 min and drained. Filled with vinegar and let sit for about 30 min. Rinsed a couple times with distilled to kill off the vinegar.

Surprisingly my 120mm BlackIce rad had a hell of a lot more junk in it than my 360 EK.
 
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This is how MIAHALLEN cleans out his rads/blocks.

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Just try to clean one item at a time out, when he did his cleaning flux and such went from his rad into his CPU block and it got stuck in the pins.

EDIT: Try to keep the water pressure low.
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To be honest, if you treat it properly you'll be fine with Flushing your new loop when you first get it, using PT Nuke and Killer coils in your res and you'll be golden.

You should probably just replace your Distilled water every 8 - 12 months depending if you see it getting funky.

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This is how MIAHALLEN cleans out his rads/blocks.

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Just try to clean one item at a time out, when he did his cleaning flux and such went from his rad into his CPU block and it got stuck in the pins.

EDIT: Try to keep the water pressure low.
i was with him until i saw the water blocks in there too... they are just gonna collect all the junk from the rads. BTW i just use hot tap water and shake the radiators then pour them into a clear glass so i can see whats coming out then i stop when the water in the glass is clear of gunk.
    
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