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Just wondering here guys, my PC sometimes doesnt get turned on for a couple of weeks due to not having as much time or i go away somewhere. How long would you say its safe to leave off for? Im gonna be using distilled with Silver Coil.
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Just wondering here guys, my PC sometimes doesnt get turned on for a couple of weeks due to not having as much time or i go away somewhere. How long would you say its safe to leave off for? Im gonna be using distilled with Silver Coil.
You know, I am really not sure. I do however have a solution. I know for a fact that my motherboard's BIOS has an auto turn on-alarm feature. If you set that, and also set auto off parameters, you can just have your system power up for an hour or so each day to keep things flowing, although I would think you can leave your system stagnant for at least a week or so and it still be fine.
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Here's a similar thread I remember from a while back.

Personally, I wouldn't worry about it too much. I don't know how well silver acts as a biocide in a dormant loop, but just keep an eye on it and unless you notice something a couple weeks to a month shouldn't matter.

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You know, I am really not sure. I do however have a solution. I know for a fact that my motherboard's BIOS has an auto turn on-alarm feature. If you set that, and also set auto off parameters, you can just have your system power up for an hour or so each day to keep things flowing, although I would think you can leave your system stagnant for at least a week or so and it still be fine.
You know... that's not a bad idea. You could even unplug the hard drives so it's not doing any useless I/O.
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Put water in a bottle with a kill coil and see how long it takes for the water get dirty and you can probably leave it in the tube without any flow for about that time minus 2-3 days.
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If you are only using a kill coil I wouldn't leave it off for more than a week or two at a time. I use PT nuke and I could leave it off for a month and never have to worry about any growth. The kill coil is meant to have the water flow past it, maybe if you used it long enough where it started to break down into the water you would be fine, but other than that I would be careful.
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You know... that's not a bad idea. You could even unplug the hard drives so it's not doing any useless I/O.
Ah, good point.
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Well i have a silver coil aswell as PT Nuke so i may aswell put the silver coil in the res aswell as a few drops of PT Nuke to minimise the risks .
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I've left mine dormant for a week with silver. Haven't spotted any issues yet.
 
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Once any spores or microbes in the loop are killed they should remain dead. I don't think your loop would be in danger of being contaminated unless you opened it. The silver ions should still be distributed throughout the coolant even though the loop is not running.

Keeping your rig in a dark place could also help since algae is photosynthetic and it is one of the main pests in loops. Put a blanket over your rig if you are leaving for vacation or something.
    
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Hmm, would UV lights help or is it the wrong spectrum?
 
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