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Maintenance of a Loop

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For my next build I'm considering stepping into some entry-level watercooling for CPUs such as an XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 Watercooling kit. However, I'm hestitant to venture into water cooling because I've heard it requires a lot of maintenance compared to air cooling. I prefer to not have to maintain a PC for 6-12 months. I'd like to know what sort of maintenance water cooling requires, and how often?

Secondly, what costs are associated with watercooling beyond the basics of a kit?
Edited by SkillzKillz - 1/18/12 at 4:41pm
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post #2 of 3
Use Koolance liquid and change it once a year.
End of story. thumb.gif

oh, it does help to blast the dust out of your radiator once a month or so with compressed air tongue.gif
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You don't have to maintain your loop much provided you rinsed and cleaned everything before putting it in your loop and used biocide. Loops are pretty clean actually if you didn't pour toilet water in it while filling. At first I changed the water every 6 months but the water always came out clean and eventually a year before changing the water and it still came out clean. You'll only need a teardown if you notice gunk building in your res/blocks.

There aren't any additional cost besides the initial kit unless you start upgrading and adding more blocks, then you'll need more fittings, tubing, radiators (if the blocks you're adding dump more heat). For cleaning you can read a bit on it over herethumb.gif
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