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Hi am from the UK and totally new to water cooling and will be building my very first water cooling system I have some questions so please all the help is appreciated some are really noob questions

Water: I have heard distilled water is the way to go is this correct ? also what is this silver coil and pt nuke ? do I need them both or just one ? and what are the benfits of this ? and are there any disadvantages of using liquid cooling or any other sort of water coolant ?

Tube: Whats the best size tube so it does not kink also is it true the thicker the wall of the tube is the batter ?

Fittings: Are compression fittings the best ?

Thermal Compound Can any thermal compound be used I mean it doesn't have to be a special one for the water block does it ?
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water: distilled is the way to go and as long as your not mixing metals (IE do not buy parts where aluminum contacts water) all you need is a kill coil

tube: i usually get 7/16" ID tubing and i put it on high flow barbs, fits so snug clamps aren't required but i still use them for extra safety.... and the thicker the wall the tighter it can bend

fittings: yes because they are a barb and a clamp in one... IMHO they are more of a hassle/expensive than they are worth

TIM: any TIM you want... i vote for AS5 since i have had the best experience with it... ive tried using mx2, mx3, ic7, and some CM stuff and i always go back to AS5... i was really hoping IC7 was going to make me switch but i was still getting slightly better temps with as5 and it was easier to apply
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You'll struggle to find distilled water in the UK at a reasonable price but deionised is easy to get hold of from Halfords or Wilkinsons.

PT Nuke and/or kill coil are used to stop algae growing in your loop. I use both but one or the other is OK.

I only use 3/8"ID, 1/2" OD so am not the best to comment on the bending properties of other sizes. It works for me but I avoid sharp curves when designing a loop.

Fittings depend on your preference. I like the look of compression fittings others like barbs with some form of clip to hold it in place, both work well.

You don't need a special TIM but I would recommend Prolimatech PK1 as it gives me good consistent results.
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