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Hi there,

Is the Distilled Water conductive or not ?

Will it destroy pc parts in case of leaking ?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 36
Distilled water is not conductive.
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No Distilled water is not conductive, its is Pure water, which means it has no impurities, it is most commonly used in most WC loops
    
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but as soon as it leaks it will no longer be pure water. Unless your case is in a clean room

So for all intents and purposes...yes, water is conductive. However, that is why you leak test. Plus a lot of water coolers have a leak at some point. the hardware is ussually OK if you let it dry out.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 7/18/11 at 4:06pm
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I work in a science lab and we have distilled de-ionized water on tap and it is tested 24/7 by an apparatus it runs through. It stays at a constant 18 Mega Ohms. So it has a very very low conductivity.

But as mentioned above, it will not stay pure very long when exposed to the world.

I went to a scientific conference 2 years ago and listened to a speech from a guy trying to solve the molecular structure of a calcium binding protein in its non calcium bound state. They tried for years and could not do it. Calcium is so abundant in the environment, very soluble in water, and that protein has such a high affinity for calcium that it always managed to find a random stray atom of calcium to bind to in the water.
    
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Lets get to the point directly ..

What will happen in case of ...
distilled water leaking while the pc is working and you were away from yr pc for 2-3 hours ?
Edited by alayoubi - 7/18/11 at 3:51pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by alayoubi;14261599 
Lets get to the point directly ..

What will happen in case of ...
distilled water leaking while the pc is working and you were away from yr pc for 2-3 hours ?

Your PC will shutdown and hardware may or may not be OK...from what I've heard it is about a 50/50 shot. I've only had one leak and I came to find about 80% of my coolant in the case, on the desk, or soaking the carpet. My hardware was fine after I dried it out.

Water cooling is a bit of an adventure in that respects. Sometimes I wonder if that is not what makes it so fun.
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So i understand that distilled water its not safe.

What is the safest coolant to use in a water cooling or something 0% worry about it ??
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Quote:
Originally Posted by alayoubi;14261696 
So i understand that distilled water its not safe.

What is the safest coolant to use in a water cooling ??

water

heh I THINK there are some 100% nonconductive liquids out there, but they are very expensive and don't transport heat as well as water. So you'll probably be better off getting really good air cooling temp wise...and cost wise

Water will be the base of 99.9% of the coolant out there
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 7/18/11 at 4:05pm
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