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So its best to use distilled water+biocide then bam you're done with it? (not really done done with it... just done for now)

Yes, distilled water plus a biocide. Dyes will drop eventually...it's only a matter of time before they do.
    
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Just a side note, if you plan on buying an EK water block for your system (GPU/CPU) make sure that the part number has EN or you'll have nickle plating flowing through your loop real soon just like me. The other brands out there do not have the same plating issues, EKWB just used poor quality nickle tabs! If you don't count the nickle flakes in my loop the distilled water is as clean as the day I filled my loop using a .999 silver coils which does the same job as biocide. I guess the distilled water in my loop became conductive on the first day of operation with .999 silver coils! wink.gif
post #13 of 62
if you're using colored tubing then it's kinda nonsense to use colored coolant unless you are going for the bling with a UV lighting..

distilled + killcoil.
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iwe been wondering if Distiled water is really non conductive? been coming up with yes and no on my searches on google ETC? can someone confirm please?
It has a very high resistance. I work in a scientific lab with distilled water on tap. It flows through a machine that tests the purity before we use it. The machine checks it for purity by checking the electrical resistance. It always displays about 18 Mega Ohms resistance. I'm not sure how much water it is trying to flow through but that seems like a ton of electrical resistance to me.

Yes for the most part distilled water is non-conductive. I think a little bit of electricity can flow through it but virtually none.
    
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I also see them advertizing that is is "non conductive," isn't distilled water also non conductive?

The moment you will open the bottle of distilled it will become contaminated and will slowly build up conductivity.
Apart from coolants it does not contain any inhibitors.
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if you're using colored tubing then it's kinda nonsense to use colored coolant unless you are going for the bling with a UV lighting..
distilled + killcoil.

No, colored fluid is easier to see in the tubes; rather, you see the air voids easily. It's easy to find spills with a UV light; make sure you get it all out of where it wicked into the card slot etc.
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Yes for the most part distilled water is non-conductive. I think a little bit of electricity can flow through it but virtually none.

Water self-ionizes, so even DI water will gradually return to normal. The implication in class was that it needed to be fairly freshly drawn from the DI machine, so probably on the scale of hours or days. I found a link, so I'll have to read that to find out if that's the case or just lab superstition.

"Chemically pure water has an electrical conductivity of 0.055 µS·cm−1"
so 18.18181818 megaohms is what I would expect for electrodes placed 1cm apart.
Edited by JDA,ugosz - 11/16/11 at 5:22am
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post #18 of 62
For a little clarification. Distilled water and a little pt nuke or a silver coil are all you need. Auto coolant is NOT the way to go. At our temperatures it performes worse that pure water. The purpose of auto coolant is to raise the boiling point and lower the freezing point of water. Neither of those situations apply to us. A "coolant" sold for PC water cooling purposes is formulated (one hopes) to increase heat conduction into the fluid and out through the radiator all while keeping the funkies from growing in the loop.

Also, I have used PC chill clear in the past without any issues. It's cheap and doesn't foam easily. Never had any gunk build-up either.
post #19 of 62
Coolant can gunk your loop up and it costs more.....

Distilled water + a silver kill coil or PT_nuke is great.
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post #20 of 62
Demineralized/destilled water added H2o2 (hydrogen peroxide) thinned from 45% and not the 3.5% from supermarkets, but to about 3-3.5%.... silver coil is a nice add for longer terms wink.gif
and btw.. add potassium and nitrate and pour it into your potted plants and watch them grow like mutants!!!.. after you are done oc'ing your cpu of course smile.gif
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