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My first waterloop maintenance! I need some help!

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So, about 8 months have passed since I put my rig on a watercooling loop. I've planned to get compressed air duster to blast out any dust and debris from the rads, as well as to give every interior surface a good dusting (my custom Demciflex fan filters have done a superb job of minimising dust buildup, I dust it about once a month and there's only ever an extremely fine, powdery layer on the surfaces at worst.) I'm also going to replace the water. I run pure distilled with a 99.9999% pure silver coil in the reservoir. The res is still cystal clear, no discolouration at the waterline either.

I'm thinking that I'm not going to bother dismantling the two GPU blocks and CPU block. I see some people complain of oxidation on the block's interior fins and surfaces, but this seems to be a problem that people who run dyes or other additives seem to experience. My average temps havn't risen, so I don't think there's anything growing in there that would need flushing.

Should this invasive dusting of rads and water replacement be sufficient enough for the 8-month-mark maintenance? I am willing to bet there is no oxidation of the blocks, but I can't be sure. And if there is, I feel that the trouble and risk of taking apart blocks that are not meant to be taken apart is just unnecessary risk, unless my temps started to skyrocket and I'd have to investigate. Anything more I should be doing? How about replacing the tubing and o-rings? Or should I leave them as they are since everything's running just fine?

Thanks!
Edited by lowfiwhiteguy - 9/16/12 at 3:25pm
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You won't fully know what needs to be replaced until the loop is disassembled. You might have plasticizer on the inside of your tubing and you might not.

Usually people rinse their blocks/reservoir/rads etc with white distilled vinegar. It's cheap, so you could have some on hand just in case. Make sure you rinse everything thoroughly afterward. If you used a small funnel and left some tubing on your GPU block, you could rinse it out without disassembling it.

Good luck!
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I know that's popular, but my chemistry mind tells me that even infinitely small quantities of vinegar left over after rinsing will definitely react with the copper blocks. And then I'd have to get into removing black oxidation from the blocks. Sounds like trouble. Hot distilled water should do just fine, worked for my initital build. I will remove the fittings and have a look inside the CPU block, at least, to see what's what. Thanks!
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