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I took apart my loop today to put in a new pump (MCP350), and notice something I hadn't seen before. Some light green crap around multiple edges of my X2O 750 pump/res. I've been draining the loop every 2-3 months, so that shouldn't be the issue. I run a silver kill coil with distilled water, so I do not understand where this could have come from. There are 2 possibilities, those being a used radiator I just added to my loop 2 months ago when I last drained it, or because something could have transferred from my fingers to the water via touching the inside of tubing, or a barb. I should also mention that the water in the loop was quite warm because I didn't have enough thermal paste on my CPU, which gave me 5-10C higher temps, and made the res feel a few degrees hotter too. I'm not sure if this issue could have been caused due to anything listed above, or if a silver kill coil isn't enough to stop algae. Any suggestions? I'd be open to over killing my system, meaning a silver kill coil + some kind of algaecide , but I wouldn't know what to use.

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post #2 of 7
Try just rinsing out your blocks... It could be alge, but tbh it just looks like gunk... The gree stuff around the fittings could also be a slight calcium build up that came from the rad... Either way, just give everything a good wash to see... A silver coil should be plenty even for quite large loops smile.gif
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post #3 of 7
if you have copper blocks or a copper rad then when you disconnected everything it might have started to "rust" when coopper corrodes it turns an greeny turqoise color like that, and from the looks of it its coming from your nickle plated copper fittings and what not
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post #4 of 7
i think its algea,
possibly your fitting is leaking, check it before you fry your computer

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post #5 of 7
Did you use vinegar when you initially cleaned your radiators? That really looks like copper corrosion.
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Did you use vinegar when you initially cleaned your radiators? That really looks like copper corrosion.

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Don't even bother on commenting anymore, I've given up on water cooling. XSPC is very unreliable as I've come to find out, and I can't deal with it anymore, especially since well over half of my stuff is from XSPC and I've already spent a ton of money replacing stuff on it, let alone what I'd have to replace to fix it all. Going to have a huge sale on water cooling parts soon if I'm happy with my good ol' thermalright ultra 120 extreme's temps.
    
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