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How often should i replace my watercooling tubing.
I built my loop back in april for the first time, and im finally getting a waterblock for my graphics card. When I install it i will drain loop and replace water, but should I also replace the tubing (i would prefer not to)... How often should it be replaced?
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Should only need to replace it if it's developing an issue i.e. plasticizing. Otherwise a fluid swap should be your only real regular maintenance.
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i replace mine every 6 months to a year....of course i run dyes that stain and i like 2 switch up my fluid color between green and orange...(i have a halloween/acid/beetle juice theme build)
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Thanks guys +rep
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Should only need to replace it if it's developing an issue i.e. plasticizing. Otherwise a fluid swap should be your only real regular maintenance.

Another question guys, how do I know if it is plasticizing, will I notice while draining/refilling or will it be obvious enough by looking in the reservoir?
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If you use a good quality brand of tubing, the plasticizing will not be an issue. However, that is taking into account no dyes nor special fungi solvents are placed into the loop.

I've been using both ClearFlex-60 and Superthane Clear Polyurethane Tubing (PUR, not the ester type). The Superthane has been going strong in my loop nearly 24/7 since 2003. Just keep up on the twice per year loop flushings. thumb.gif
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If the tubing starts to plasticize, clear and translucent tubing will start to sort of "cloud-up". If you are using an opaque tubing, such as black or silver, you will see an extremely thick and even buildup of a white/greenish substance on the inside of the tube. Primochill PRO tubing is extremely notorious for this, as well as some types of XSPC. Tygon has much less of an issue. I think the most popular tubing on OCN that doesn't have this "cloud-up" effect is Durelene sold at Sidewinder computers.
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