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Hi guys, so i want to clean all the parts before i install. Whats the best way? Im going to boil some water and let it cool down a little, pour into the rad, shake it and drain it. I will do that a couple fo times. Ive heard not to use vinegar.

As for the CPU waterblock, fittings and res/pump. What should i do here? Let them soak in distilled water for 10mins or so?

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You should use vinegar...it'll loosen more flux. (white distilled...not wine vinegar)

10%...or 1/2 cup vinegar to 4-1/2 cups boiled water. (or 1 cup vinegar to 9 cups boiled water, but you're not flushing multiple rads so no need for that much solution)
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I just got a big gallon or so bottle of distilled, and tubed it up and pumped it round for a bit, then poored it out and did it a couple of times. Its a good way to leak test the blocks too. not sure if xpsc do a flush at the factory.
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Hi guys, so i want to clean all the parts before i install. Whats the best way? Im going to boil some water and let it cool down a little, pour into the rad, shake it and drain it. I will do that a couple fo times. Ive heard not to use vinegar.

As for the CPU waterblock, fittings and res/pump. What should i do here? Let them soak in distilled water for 10mins or so?

Thanks
i always use Everclear...it's 200 proof alcohol. if it is illegal where you live then 100 proof vodka works also (but not as well).

for the block, i usually pull it apart and soak everything in a glass of everclear (or vodka).

for hoses and such, flush it with distilled water. if there is bacteria growing in the hoses, then get rid of them and get new hoses cause you will just unsterilize everything you just sterilized.

CAUTION: be sure to flush everything with distilled water that has been in contact with the alcohol. it can deteriate your hoses.
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Ok, so to flush the rad do i need to pump the water and vinegar through it or can i just pour it in, put the stopper on and then shake.

Do i really have to take the cpu waterblock apart? Im assuming vinegar and boiled distilled for that too? Just soak it?
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Ok, so to flush the rad do i need to pump the water and vinegar through it or can i just pour it in, put the stopper on and then shake.

Do i really have to take the cpu waterblock apart? Im assuming vinegar and boiled distilled for that too? Just soak it?
wait, is this a new kit or are you cleaning it?

cuz if it's new then you can just run some distilled water through the loop for a few minutes, drain it and then run some more again until you don't see residue floating in your, resivoir
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Its new but would like to know for future cleaning too

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I used distilled vinegar and boiled water in the exact amounts I stated earlier.

Filled rad, capped it off, shook it and let it sit for 2 minutes.
Then I drained it and let hot tap water flow through it for 2 minutes.
Then I gave it a final rinse with distilled water.

*and these were brand new rads...the amount flux that came out was disturbing.
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So for the rad, fill it up with 4 cups of boiled water to 1/2cup of white vinegar, shake, leave it for a few minutes then drain. Then fill with distilled water a few times.
The water block and fittings...leave them to soak in 4 cups of boiled water to 1/2cup of white vinegar for 10mins. I dont know whether to take the water block apart or not.

Saw this video, dont know if thats the right way really? Tap water...?

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post #10 of 16
The blocks I wouldn't worry about.

Just distilled water is fine...there should be ZERO flux in blocks to begin with...maybe some loose flakes of copper or dust. Don't use vinegar on brand new blocks, only rads. Same for the fittings, just distilled water is fine.

And the rads: fill, cap, shake for 20 seconds, let sit a minute or two (no more), drain, fill with hot tap, cap, shake, drain, fill with distilled water, cap, shake, drain. That should do it.
Edited by Mongol - 8/10/11 at 7:38am
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