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post #11 of 23
considering all your gear is new I would just half fill the blocks with distilled give thm a shake tip them out see if anything comes out thats all I did with my raysorm and gpu block
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After a year of service yea I take my blocks apart and clean them with a toothbrush and Ketchup. Replace the tubing if its getting hard and flush my rads if I think I need too
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post #13 of 23
I have attatched ira-k's (legend) cleaning PDF. It is a few years old but all the info should still be relavent
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I managed to get some distilled vinegar today, is this the stuff I should use?

Distilled Barley Malt Vinegar,Acidity 5%
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post #15 of 23
I strongly suggest that you don't use Vinegar if you have nickel blocks, even if its distilled vinegar, it can damage your nickel block very badly, especially if it's an EK Nickel Block from the past generation. If you don't respect that, your water might turn blue, then you notice that something is wrong

Doing a 25% vinegar and 75% HOT distilled water is a very good method for cleaning a loop without nickel. Your copper blocks are gonna be very clean along with your rads and other components.

For the first time cleaning, I recommend 100% HOT distilled water. I boil the water until its hot on my finger, I never get the water to boil. I bleed the loop with this hot distilled water, run for 15-20 minutes. Then I drain the loop, bleed again with 100% normal temperature distilled water, flush another time. And if necessary or you're too paranoid, you can bleed again and flush Again.

Then add your distilled water in your loop and let bleed for 12-24 hours and check for leaking.

Always bleed your Loop during a long period and leave the reservoir cap open a little bit to let the air vent outside the Reservoir until your loop is completly bleeded.


Good Luck
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I strongly suggest that you don't use Vinegar if you have nickel blocks, even if its distilled vinegar, it can damage your nickel block very badly, especially if it's an EK Nickel Block from the past generation. If you don't respect that, your water might turn blue, then you notice that something is wrong

Doing a 25% vinegar and 75% HOT distilled water is a very good method for cleaning a loop without nickel. Your copper blocks are gonna be very clean along with your rads and other components.

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Then add your distilled water in your loop and let bleed for 12-24 hours and check for leaking.

Always bleed your Loop during a long period and leave the reservoir cap open a little bit to let the air vent outside the Reservoir until your loop is completly bleeded.


Good Luck
I have the Koolance CPU-370 and VID-NX580 blocks, both have nickel plating, my res is the Koolance RP-452X2 Dual 5.25in, this is made from acetal with 2 D5 pumps and I have HW Labs Black Ice Xtreme rads, I'm using Bitspower matt black fittings I think these are nickel plated too.

Perhaps I'll just use the vinegar to flush the rads and use distilled water for everything else
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I'd go distilled on the rads to start unless there is lots of crap coming out
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It's always been tiny paint flecks that have come out of my Black Ice Rads (GTX and SRs).
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Thats the 3rd time I have heard that
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It's always been tiny paint flecks that have come out of my Black Ice Rads (GTX and SRs).
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Over the weekend I'll be putting together the first stages of my cooling loop (see the first part of my build log for components). Before I start cleaning everything I have a few questions.
  1. I've read a couple of water cooling guides on this forum that suggest thoroughly cleaning every component that's in the loop which I agree is a very sensible thing to do. However, one guide suggests taking apart and stripping down the blocks and scrubbing out the inside with a toothbrush, is this really necessary and would it void the warranty on the blocks?

    I flush all the parts with water and vinegar. I don't think it's necessary to dissemble the blocks.
  2. Another question, I have a Koolance drive bay reservoir that takes 2 pumps, should I flush this through with the pumps fitted to the reservoir or should I clean the pumps separately?

    Well, I use a small bit of tubing and hook everything up outside the case, including the pump. I then run the loop for about 20-30 minutes to clean everything out and make sure there aren't any glaring issues...like missing o-rings, etc.
  3. To what extent should I go with my cleaning/flushing regime?

    I clean and flush about every 6 months or so. I don't know, really...I just do it every now and then, to be honest
  4. I also would like some advice on using this product Sys Clean, do you think it's worth using for cleaning out the whole loop or should I just use distilled water?

    I don't know what that is...I just use distilled + kill coil + 1 drop of pt nuke. I've not had any issues at all, so...
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