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so earlier i made a post about trying distilled water. with a 720 RASA 360.

so im pretty excited. im running a 1055t @4ghz with 1.50 v and idling@ 29c.

i havent checked load yet.

so lets do a price check..

standard pc coolant around $12.00 - close to @40 prolly.

my distilled water running @the temps below a $ 1.54 for a gallon people!

so no MATTER IF YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THIS SO OFTEN! it pays for itself:)

thanks zeeg.
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Actually you only have to change the water every 6-12 months. 12 being on the long end and 6 being what people usually do.
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exactly and i have more than enough for the next filling..well if distilled water stays good as long as i keep the cap on.
for $1.54!!!! lol
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Don't forget to add the silver coil in the tube for the loop. But yes distilled water has always been cheap. I have no need to buy special mixed coolants.Those are the ones that causes the most problems in the long run. Thanks
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I change my water when I need to take my loop apart for some other reason, that's almost always within 6 months anyway so distilled isn't even an inconvenience for me.
Plus, dyes separate out over time so this keeps my blocks, pump and tubing cleaner.

Edit: And silver isn't necessary if you've got a drop or two of copper II sulfate (PT nuke) in your loop. I honestly feel I'd get away without silver and biocide if I wanted to but it's a little bit of insurance and doesn't harm anything (except the plant-life) anyway.
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don't forget a kill coil for $9.00...but thats a one time cost thumb.gif
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I think the majority of people use distilled, its mainly people who are new to watercooling that see the coolants when planning thier first loop and think they need it, and after becoming more experienced realise that they dont. The only caution I would personally add is that if using a kill coil try to avoid adding biocide as well, I used both initally and my res developed small cracks, a google search suggested it was the mixing of the two, since then I have only used distilled and coil and had no problems. It could of been a faulty res tube but better safe than sorry.
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Awesome guys thanks for your inputs.
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1.54?...you've been taken. Wal-mart distilled here is under a buck and actually tested out really well..thumb.gif
http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/03/22/distilled-water-shootout-water-purity/

waterquality02.jpg?w=614&h=721

distilledtestingresults3.png?w=614

Conductivity is just a measure of purity and it becomes ionized really quick once it comes into contact with the metal parts. It won't stay non-conductive for long, but definitely no need to waste your money on expensive water, anything that uses "Distillation" as a filtration process is going to be more than good enough.thumb.gif

Even the reverse osmosis purification waters tested out well enough, but the drinking waters with minerals added I would avoid. Tapwater also isn't the most pure, and pretty variable between areas to avoid if you can.
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Actually you only have to change the water every 6-12 months. 12 being on the long end and 6 being what people usually do.

12 isn't even mandatory, depending on your setup. My spare PC's loop is at 18 months and looks like the day I put it together. I still haven't gotten around to taking the loop apart to add the GPU block I picked up for it, but when I do I expect everything to be just fine.
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Edit: And silver isn't necessary if you've got a drop or two of copper II sulfate (PT nuke) in your loop. I honestly feel I'd get away without silver and biocide if I wanted to but it's a little bit of insurance and doesn't harm anything (except the plant-life) anyway.

I ran straight distilled in a loop for about 14 months, with zero growth and no issues. Only reason I changed the water was I needed to drain the loop to redo my tubing route. Originally, I didn't have any biocide onhand and figured I'd get to it later, but then after seeing no signs of problems I left it til I actually needed to do something about it.
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