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I'm throwing together bits and pieces over time to try and build my "Dream Machine", and i recently found liquid cooling to be a bit cheaper than i originally thought. So now i'm t rying to get all my facts straight.

Is there a better liquid to use than water?

I know that like, liquid helium isn't an option, but some other really friggin cold liquid?

Any answers o_O?
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Water is the best liquid by far in terms of specific heat capacity (well, mercury is better, but GL pumping that around your loop with its toxicity and various other problems ).
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post #3 of 29
distilled water the end
Water is one of the best choices for liquid cooling applications due to its high heat capacity and thermal conductivity. It is also compatible with copper, which is one of the best heat transfer materials to use for your fluid path. Water used for cooling comes from different sources. Tap water, for example, comes from a publicly owned water treatment facility or a well. The benefit to using facility or tap water is that it is readily available and inexpensive. However, what is important to note about facility water or tap water is that it is likely untreated and is therefore likely to contain impurities. These impurities could cause corrosion in the liquid cooling loop and/or clog fluid channels. Therefore, using good quality water is recommended in order to minimize corrosion and optimize thermal performance.
Edited by Worple - 10/12/11 at 9:39am
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post #4 of 29
distilled water, killcoil in your res. Stay away from the other options.
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for water cooling you want distilled water. id suggest ekoolant, it already has biocide and anti corrosion additives in it so its ready to be added to the loops. dont get the colored stuff as it will eventually clog your blocks and cause cooling problems, if you want color get colored tubing.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14...l=g30c337s1547
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/70...tl=g30c337s887
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13...l=g30c337s1473
    
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post #6 of 29
distilled water, few drops of radiator fluid optional.
    
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post #7 of 29
If you can't find distilled in Walmart, look in the baby section
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Distilled + Kill Coil will be the optimal solution. Also inexpensive (kill coil is $5ish, or you could goto a local jeweler and try to get some silver from them).
 
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post #9 of 29
as i stated before, ekoolant. already has the biocide additives in it, so there is no need for a kill coil, and also has the anti corrosion additives so theres no worries of mixing alloys.

http://www.crazypc.com/products/ek-e...000-clear.html

    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by microfister View Post
as i stated before, ekoolant. already has the biocide additives in it, so there is no need for a kill coil, and also has the anti corrosion additives so theres no worries of mixing alloys.
Like everyone else said, Distilled water and Kill Coil. 5 dollars for a kill coil that last forever and distilled water is super cheap and easily attainable at like every grocery store.
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