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Hi everyone,

So i'm planning a build of a new extreme gaming rig.. after reading the thread about the poor guy who's H100 leaked over his GPU and corsairs reluctance to come to the party I've re-envisioned my build and now I think I've made a new superior beast biggrin.gif ... HOWEVER.. I have a slight predicament.

This build is called "Vader".. yes for Darth Vader, Dark lord of the Sith (I'm a star wars fanatic).. but it also belies the color scheme I'm going for which is glossy and matte blacks with red. Now the case for this build is the Coolermaster Haf X.. Thing looks totally badass and really gets the scheme of the build going. I want to watercool as I'm intending of OC'ing the Core I7 to near melting point so I've now decided on a custom loop with a large 400mm push/pull radiator config (HAF X has a topmount 400mm position designed for this).

Want I'd like to do now is get some really great looking UV-Red lighting going.. namely the cooling fluid (quick 2sec google search gave me PrimoChill Ice Water Coolant - UV red). But I was wondering if there are any tubes that could give a nice glow under UV light?.. I want the red to kinda symbolize Vaders sith lightsaber and the red lights on his suit.

Hoping someone from the community could help me out, maybe offer another view point that perhaps I havent' considered yet?.

Thanks very much in advance and look forward to showing off my build!
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First off stay away from those coolants. Only thing anyone will reccomend to you is Mayhems, and they do have a UV Red X1:

http://www.mayhems.co.uk/shop2/x1-coolants/x1-pre-mix-1ltr.html

Also sold in the US by I think performance pcs.

As for tubing if you go that way, the only thing I'd reccomend is Feser. Primochill's tubing has had a bit of a bad rep lately because of plasticizer in the tubing leeching and clouding the tubing.
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Check out Feser UV red tubing and UV dye. Should give you a nice bright effect.

Feser UV red tubing :

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/fetuftacuvho3.html

Feser UV red dye:

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/feviacuvdyer.html

All youll need to do is pick up some distilled water and add as much dye to your liking and you should be good to go! Might cast a slight pink shade.

Feser seems to be some good stuff as well for UV. Check out this users comparison between Mayhems and Feser. I would stay away from Primochill right now because they are having some issues.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1142513/mayhems-uv-green-dye-vs-feser-one-uv-green-56k-warning-added-additional-mayhems-colors-dyes/0_20
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First off stay away from those coolants. Only thing anyone will reccomend to you is Mayhems, and they do have a UV Red X1:
http://www.mayhems.co.uk/shop2/x1-coolants/x1-pre-mix-1ltr.html
Also sold in the US by I think performance pcs.
As for tubing if you go that way, the only thing I'd reccomend is Feser. Primochill's tubing has had a bit of a bad rep lately because of plasticizer in the tubing leeching and clouding the tubing.

Oh wow awesome thanks for the reply mate!..

This is the kinda info and stuff I'm after as I had no idea about the issue's with primochill.. suprised actually as I've read several good things and seen it used on youtube vids. I'll research Mayhems straight away!, Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by hammerforged View Post

Check out Feser UV red tubing and UV dye. Should give you a nice bright effect.
Feser UV red tubing :
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/fetuftacuvho3.html
Feser UV red dye:
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/feviacuvdyer.html
All youll need to do is pick up some distilled water and add as much dye to your liking and you should be good to go! Might cast a slight pink shade.
Feser seems to be some good stuff as well for UV. Check out this users comparison between Mayhems and Feser. I would stay away from Primochill right now because they are having some issues.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1142513/mayhems-uv-green-dye-vs-feser-one-uv-green-56k-warning-added-additional-mayhems-colors-dyes/0_20

Will do mate thanks very much.. one thing I am concerned about is I want the fluid to be non-conductive.. just incase of a leak that I dont catch straight away (say with daily case inspection).. couldn't see it mentioned on the mayhems but may just not be seeing it. Have seen mineral oil used (as well as systems submerged!!) maybe that might be a good coolant to use?.. would need a good biocide and anti corrosion agent tho I imagine.
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Don't bother with mineral oil. It doesn't cool as well and iirc will put way to much pressure on the pump. When you're done assembling your loop regardless you should power the pump only and put paper towels under every WC component and leak test for 24 hours to make sure your fittings and everything is secured tightly. After that you shouldn't need to worry about leaks barring something catastrophic (case falls, world ends that kind of thing). Stay away from feser coolant, I've seen more than a few threads with complaints about it gunking up blocks (which is a hassle to clean). The reason why I (and others) reccomend mayhems is because to date no reviews or threads have been posted about it gunking up the loop or otherwise.
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Will do mate thanks very much.. one thing I am concerned about is I want the fluid to be non-conductive.. just incase of a leak that I dont catch straight away (say with daily case inspection).. couldn't see it mentioned on the mayhems but may just not be seeing it. Have seen mineral oil used (as well as systems submerged!!) maybe that might be a good coolant to use?.. would need a good biocide and anti corrosion agent tho I imagine.

No go on mineral oil. Cant dissipate heat near as well as water and Im sure it would probably burn up the water cooling pump and have some other side effects. The best coolant your can use is distilled water with as few additives as possible. I understand the concern for leaks. Thats always something in the back of every ones minds. The best thing you can do is make sure you have everything set up right before you put power to the components. Run the pump only and leak check for a good amount of time. Once you can verify there are not leaks then no leaks should arise unless some external factor causes one. The biggest thing is just spending money on quality components and doing everything right the first time.
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thanks for the replies so far. looking forward to reading more. am curious about how to run just the pump to fill the system. I've seen a utube tutorial using swiftek gear where he bridged a red and black pin on a 12 pin molex?.. think it was to get the mobo/psu/fans to start but not energize the cpu/gpu etc etc. would this procedure be the same across the board of pumps or totally different?.. also would this procedure be included in the instructions?.
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You need to bridge the red and black on your 24pin mobo connector. Youtube it to be safe it's very easy. After that make sure nothing is plugged into your psu besides your pump.
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