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like the title says should i go with a premixed liquid like from primochill or go with just distilled water?
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Distilled water will more than likely give you better cooling performance... Been answered here all over the place lol
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Start with water, experiment with other stuff later. Distilled water is cheap and effective, and you'll probably never regret it even if a premix ends up better for you in the end. After all, would you care more if you spilled a bunch of $0.99/gallon distilled water, or a bunch of $15/liter premix?
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It depends. A coolant will be less harmful to the rig in the event of a leak. Distilled can lose it's non-conductivity pretty quickly, specially if it''s been sitting after being opened.
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Any non conductive liquid will become conductive over time. In the best of situations, the metal components release particles (probably on the atomic level) that will degrade the non conductive aspects. Dust, contaminants in the components and tubing etc will all contribute.

Lots of articles out there for you to read and decide for yourself. Personally, I would never trust it. Using something like that breeds complacency and will lead to bad habits. If you are going to play with fire, leave the chance of getting burnt in for full protection.
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Feser, Primochill, Mayhems ect ect "ALL" become conductive very quickly in a loop. The only liquids out there that do not are 3M liquids and there are several versions of these from The very popular 3m Fluorinert to the newly developed 3m Novec. http://www.mgchemicals.com/products/cleaners/3m-fluids/

Please don't be fooled by advertising rubbish and hype.

Fluorinert is £30 per kilo = 1/2 ltr (price dependant on which version you go for and expands and contracts as heat is picked up and released)
Novec is £90 per kilo = 3/4 Ltr (price dependant on which version you go for)

The down side to these is there are not as good at carrying heat away from the cpu.
Edited by Mayhem - 12/12/12 at 2:47am
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