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any advice for best coolant?

thought we could try and get a chat about the best water production to water cooling

And if anyone has any ideas for other liquids that are better to conduct heat so please tell smile.gif
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post #3 of 93
Water. Distilled water to be exact. Plus your choice of a fungicide, either a strip of pure silver or various chemical concoctions such as either of these three:
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/sikibyia.html
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/peptpcobi1.html
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/peptcobi1.html
You can't really get any better than pure, clean water for absorbing the heat from your components and have it carried to your radiator(s) to be cooled back down and then recirculated.
If you want a nice color then use a nice colored tubing. Not dyes.

(Thanks for posting. You reminded me to order a pair of silver coils for my two builds.)
Edited by kzinti1 - 3/23/13 at 4:33am
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not trying to say it is the best, but using car anti freeze works great and is low maintenance. Water is toxic so nothing can grow and can take any temp you toss its way. No need for silver coil or any of that bull, plus antifreeze comes in more then one color.

I have used antifreeze on every watercooling build I have ever done with great results. Only thing that sucks is getting the stuff on your hands
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Distilled water really is the best and the cheapest. You can pick a gallon of it at a grocery store or hardware store for $5 or so.
I ran Fesser 1 for 6 months and wanted to try distilled water. It dropped my temps by 5c under load over Fesser 1. I also talked my friend into trying it over his coolant ( not sure what brand he was using) with the same result.
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post #6 of 93
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Water, purified water or distilled water do we know is good to use.

Does anyone have any suggestions for exotic fluids that could have been better / fun to try out
I'm new to watercooling but when I start something then I have to have the best of the best no matter what the price is
post #7 of 93
I can vouch for EK-EKoolant. It has everything you need - corrosion inhibitors, biocide yet it's very light. We couldn't measure visible performance difference between distilled water and EKoolant, every time the results were in line with statistical error. I would take those claims about 5°C temperature drops using water over coolant with the grain of salt.
    
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Mayhems Pastel is a great coolant, premixed with biocide and anti-corrosive/scale inhibitor.
it doesn't clog blocks and lubricate the pumps, so it helps a little for extend the pump life.
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I can vouch for EK-EKoolant. It has everything you need - corrosion inhibitors, biocide yet it's very light. We couldn't measure visible performance difference between distilled water and EKoolant, every time the results were in line with statistical error. I would take those claims about 5°C temperature drops using water over coolant with the grain of salt.

Of course,you would vouch for your own product Niko....
However,you are correct in taking a 5c hit in temps being suspect,not seen that with a standard dye. I have not measured much(if any) difference between dye and water.
Only that stuff that Mayhem peddles is detrimental to temps,Aurora and Pastel to be specific.
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Mayhems Pastel is a great coolant, premixed with biocide and anti-corrosive/scale inhibitor.
it doesn't clog blocks and lubricate the pumps, so it helps a little for extend the pump life.

Rubbish.

Temps are 3c higher than water and has no lubing effect on pumps that water doesn't already provide.
If any thing,pump life will be decreased due to the particulates in the fluid.



OP,Water is best,antifreeze isn't close and can damage o rings,avoid.
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Of course,you would vouch for your own product Niko....
However,you are correct in taking a 5c hit in temps being suspect,not seen that with a standard dye. I have not measured much(if any) difference between dye and water.
Only that stuff that Mayhem peddles is detrimental to temps,Aurora and Pastel to be specific.
Rubbish.

Temps are 3c higher than water and has no lubing effect on pumps that water doesn't already provide.
If any thing,pump life will be decreased due to the particulates in the fluid.



OP,Water is best,antifreeze isn't close and can damage o rings,avoid.

Highly debatable
Cars have o rings, yet I know people who have 200k on their car with original pump/o-ring
I had my MCW60 since the 8800gt days, still has original o-ring in perfect condition. Opened it a few weeks ago when I redid my loop to accommodate different radiators and cpu block. O-ring is fine.

Water is nice, I'm just someone who will use the same coolant for 1+ years without changing it out. Didnt want to worry about anything growing, does not destroy o-ring mostly a myth. Plus I have a few jugs in the garage, beats driving to the store for water.

As for OP I would still go Water + dead water or kill coil, buying coolant online is a huge ripoff for the most part. Though I guess some people will do everything in their power to drop down another c if they can.
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