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For the purpose of my new cooling kit. I know i need to flush it before putting it together. Is distilled water the same as de-ionzed water. In other words is it going to be ok to use distilled water to do that pre-flush of the loop.
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No, the terms are different, although sometimes manufacturers will confuse the terms.

Distilled means it has been boiled and then condensed into a clean container. This will remove most particles from the water.

De-ionized usually means it has been run through a special filter that removes mineral ions. So it is not considered as "clean" as distilled, usually.
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No, the terms are different, although sometimes manufacturers will confuse the terms.

Distilled means it has been boiled and then condensed into a clean container. This will remove most particles from the water.

De-ionized usually means it has been run through a special filter that removes mineral ions. So it is not considered as "clean" as distilled, usually.
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As far as water cooling is concerned, however, there's no difference.
    
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thanks everyone now my only problem is that performance pc forgot to put my bottle of coolant in the shipment so can i run the loop on distilled water or wait for them to ship my coolant.
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As far as water cooling is concerned, however, there's no difference.

There is no difference in heat conduction, you are right. However, I would not use de-ionized water in a water cooling loop. The removal of not ALL impurities, but only mineral ions, makes de-i water a very aggressive solvent, meaning it will corrode your copper/brass/anything blocks faster than distilled. Of course it will stabilize after a while, but the initial fill might result in accelerated corrosion for a while. I've personally had very bad experience with de-ionized water when mixing silver and copper in a loop, so I'd stay with distilled/your coolant of choice.
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There is no difference in heat conduction, you are right. However, I would not use de-ionized water in a water cooling loop. The removal of not ALL impurities, but only mineral ions, makes de-i water a very aggressive solvent, meaning it will corrode your copper/brass/anything blocks faster than distilled. Of course it will stabilize after a while, but the initial fill might result in accelerated corrosion for a while. I've personally had very bad experience with de-ionized water when mixing silver and copper in a loop, so I'd stay with distilled/your coolant of choice.

Then use TecTaloy or a corrosion inhibitor .
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