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post #21 of 36
Seepage is more of a concern than leakage. If it leaks you generally know that pretty quickly, but if it's seeping (usually due to high pressure in the loop) then you might not notice until something fries. Honestly, I'd prefer air-cooling if I didn't fiddle with my computer so much but since I do the performance benefit of WC is worth the hassle.
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It's all about how you do it.

Do it slowly, properly and take your time, and you'll have no problems. I was careless when filling my loop and forgot that water rises when the pump is off, filled the res right up, turned it off and it overflowed onto my 5970.

Bad times. Learnt my lesson though, thankfully didn't kill the card. Also had a dodgy fitting which made the pipe pop off of the CPU during an initial test run which resulted in a large panic and water everywhere. I was quite unlucky, but lucky at the same time. You learn from these things!

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Yeh. The universe is binary: either it rewards great risk greatly, or punishes you then kicks you while you're down for good measure.
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post #26 of 36
Do it right the first time and you won't have to worry about leaks.

I think water cooling is just as "dangerous" as PC building in general. Heck, I've shorted stuff quite a few times and did other dumb things but I have yet to see my water cooling fail on me.
post #27 of 36
I run distilled water with a silver coil in my loop. I've had a leak before and nothing was damaged, you just have to make sure everything dries out good for a day or two. If you check around on some threads distilled water is the only way to go.
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post #28 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlideRulz View Post
I run distilled water with a silver coil in my loop.

Same here without any issues and the water stay's clear.
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post #29 of 36
Ever since ek pointed the false finger at distilled water for causing their nickel plating failure, I have seen a bunch of "is distilled water safe?" threads.

I use it and I have no issues with it. Its pretty much the most popular liquid to run as its cheap and in most cases, readily available.
post #30 of 36
Watercooling is very safe, there is very little risk of damage to components from leaking (assuming you aren't stupid)

Leaks really just don't happen without human error, in all my time on here I have only seen one proper leak where a guy didn't clamp his barbs... need I say more.

Personally, the worst leak I have had was when I forgot to put the O-ring in the pump, basically what happened there is I poured water in and it came straight out the bottom of my case where the pump was... no damage.


Other than that the only leaks I get are tiny amounts of water on a fitting every so often after I have just constructed a loop, and I could probably count the instances of that happening on one hand.



On top of that, far worse than liquid cooling, I left my PC running with the window open and it rained onto my motherboard (which was mounted horizontally) I found it about 3 hours after it had started getting wet and the GPU was whining very noisily still. I got the whole thing working within 5 hours and that whole computer is still running strong today, and this happened about 2-3 years ago now.


All you really need to know is:

Most coolants break down over time, which is a pain in the arse

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Distilled water has the best heat transfer coefficients going, in terms of performance, you will not surpass it.
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