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I have a small question about tubing color when it comes to water cooling.

I'm going with distilled water with Petra's PT_nuke additive for a coolant. I want something that looks a little better than just clear tubing with clear water. My question is what would be the ideal 1/2" x 3/4" tubing brand and color? Is there any color tubing that's clear and has a frosted over effect? I apologize if that sounds like a stupid question. Would a solid color tubing look better?

Here are the water cooling parts parts I'm going to be using:

- EK Supremacy Copper Plexi WaterBlock
- EK FC7950 Copper Acetal WaterBlock
- Phobya Extreme 200mm Radiator
- EK CoolStream 240 XT Series 240mm Radiator
- EK CoolStream 120 XT Series 120mm Radiator
- Phobya DC12-400 12V Pump

All the parts will be in a white Corair 600T Case

Any solutions would be helpful. Something red would be great. How's Petra's Long Life Red? Is it any good compared to PT_nuke? If it is I'll just go with that and clear tubing.
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I used to use blue Primochill tubing, but recently switched to clear Durelene tubing with Mayhem blue dye and a couple drops of Mayhem Biocide.

While I didn't have ANY issues with Primochill (even after running it 10 months before doing a major tear down), many others have, so I changed over just in case.

In my Folding rig, I went with a solid white XSPC tubing and a Silver Kill Coil.

I have to say, that I do like the look of the clear tubing with dye better ... you can visually verify the water flow and if you have any bubbles.

If you want a "wild effect", you can also look at some of the other Mayhem dyes, like Aurora, which you can change the colors.
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I've been hearing mixed responses from a lot of people and from what I've heard, distilled water is the best coolant. While I would love a red accent to the inside, my number one priority is performance.

I'll probably go with a transparent tubing. My question is if there is a tubing with a frost effect on it (kind of like the EK Supremacy). I might just go with a red UV tubing though.
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That's unfortunate. How does distilled water look in clear tubing anyways?

Also, how is Petra's Long Life Red? Does it perform well enough to be a substitute for PT_nuke?
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post #6 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron953 View Post

That's unfortunate. How does distilled water look in clear tubing anyways?

It looks ... clear. ... that's why I added Mayhem blue dye.




With the dye approach, you can mix different colors, like blue and yellow to make green (but they also have green) or any shade of color you want. Also, the more dye you add, the darker the color you get. So if you only add a few drops of blue, you will get a real light shade of blue. If you had a lot of it, it will get darker.
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 10/27/12 at 1:18pm
post #7 of 12
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Quote:
It looks ... clear.

I definitely walked into that one. It was a pretty stupid question.

As for the dye, is there any difference in performance? Or would it just be a good idea to replace the solution every few months?
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post #8 of 12
Usually between dye and plain distilled, there is max 2-3C difference. You won't notice much with Mayhems, it's very concentrated.
Liquid should be replaced approximately every 6 months.
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Thanks, PowerMonkey. That was really helpful! I'll probably use Mayhem's Red Dye and replace the coolant 3 times a year.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Powermonkey500 View Post

Usually between dye and plain distilled, there is max 2-3C difference. You won't notice much with Mayhems, it's very concentrated.
Liquid should be replaced approximately every 6 months.

What he said.

I made a bunch of changes to my loop on this past "tear down", so I really can't give you and quantitative numbers, but the 2-3C number seems about what most people cite.

I used to run Primoflex tubing with FluidXP+ coolant and 6 fans on my 2 RX360 radiators, with 1 MCP655 pump cooling an EK Supreme HF CPU block and 2 EVGA GTX 580 Hydro Copper 2 video cards (3GB versions) in a serial loop. I ran that way for the better part of 10 months.

This past tear down, I switch to Durelene tubing, distilled water, Mayhem blue dye, Mayhem Biocide. I added a 2nd MCP655 pump and an EK-Dual Top to combine them. I also changed my loop over so that while I am running the CPU and 2 GPU's on the same loop, I converted the cooling link between the 2 video cards over to "parallel cooling". I also added 6 more Gentle Typhoon AP-14 (1450 RPM) fans, so now my RX360 radiators (I have 2 of them ... until next week when I will add a 3rd, and 6 more fans), have 6 fans each on them ... 3 pushing, and 3 pulling the air through it.

Now, having said all that, my GPU temps (with 24.4C ambient air temps) when folding have gone down from 67C and 73C on the 2 video cards to 41C and 43C. The temps on my i7 965 (first generation i7, which always runs hot as heck) now runs at 70C ... down from about 76C.

So while adding dye may up your temps a BIT, it shouldn't be all that bad. Flow is the name of the game. And while I had great luck with FluidXP+ coolant and ran it for 10 months ... it cost me $33 a bottle and my 2 radiator loop took 2 bottles, when I go to 3 radiators, I know I'd have to get a 3rd. Spending $99 every 10-12 months, as opposed to $1.49 at Rite Aid for a GALLON of distilled water, and $9 for a bottle of concentrated dye ... is so much more cost effective ... even if I change the water every 2-3 months.
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