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Starting my first watercooling project on my 360 ( yes I know waste of money blah blah, but I have an expensive PC that I dont want to do any "first time" anythings on).

Im using the Alphacool DC-LT Plexi top and Res Pump.

and a XSPC 120mm Rad.

and tygon tubing.

After reading and watching so much on Water-cooling How-to's Im up to try it, but I'm a bit scared to mess things up.
I heard that you should use boiling distilled water to clean out the first-use-Rad ? also that its easier to use just plain boiled tap water first 3-5 times then use Distilled on the final rinse.

BUT I'm using UV reactive coolant I highly doubt that I should use THIS to CLEAN my rad with...only got 1L and it was expensive (in my perspective for a "liquid")

Can I do the above method; Boil tap/filtered water > rinse/shake Rad 3-4 times > use Distilled final rinse > prep with EK Coolant. ?


Also just something I'm thinking of doing but I hear that running pumps dry is suicidal. but the DC-LT is more like a turbine that just pushs water one way, would this pump actually be harmed if run dry?
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Filtered water is kinda OK. You need to know first what all was filtered.

Distilled water or RO is best to rinse your parts out.

As for cleaning the RAD and blocks, distilled white vinegar works great.
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With my XSPC RX480, I just ran hot bathtub water with a few squirts of dish soap through it for 15 minutes with the pump on full blast. Then rinsed it with reverse osmosis water.

BTW in regards to coolant, I just switched to X1 concentrate. It ends up being $7 for a liter, which is about half of what pre-made coolant costs. I didn't like the idea of it costing $25 to fill my loop.
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Safest by the book way would be to buy some distilled water from the store, should be $0.99/G
Rinse, shake, swivel, tilt, turn and clean your rad with only distilled water multiple times
You won't need to boil or do anything special, if you use the distilled water you'll be avoiding any of the other issues you might possibly have to worry about.

In a PC setup, after doing this and adding a biocides/silver kill coil to the distilled water in the loop it would be as clean as it can get smile.gif

Best of luck to ya!thumb.gif

( http://voices.yahoo.com/stop-drinking-unfiltered-tap-water-1832030.html fun read... if thats whats in unfiltered tap water, imagine leaving it inside your blocks and radiators, boiled or not smile.gif )
  
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Wait but guys my main problem is that I will NOT be using Distiled water in the final setup.
I have a gallon of Distilled water I was going to boil and CLEAN with but for the final PREP, like filling and final placements, will be done with EK Coolant, My main question was if this was fine.
Because I was using two DIFFERENT liquids in my build. should I worry that the coolant may get contaminated by the Distilled Water that may still be present in the Rad after the rinse cycles?
and RO and Distilled Water, the same?
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EK coolant is probably 99% distilled water anyways.

RO = reverse osmosis. Has a change of being less pure depending on the health of the filters.
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Originally Posted by HyeVltg3 View Post

Wait but guys my main problem is that I will NOT be using Distiled water in the final setup.
I have a gallon of Distilled water I was going to boil and CLEAN with but for the final PREP, like filling and final placements, will be done with EK Coolant, My main question was if this was fine.
Because I was using two DIFFERENT liquids in my build. should I worry that the coolant may get contaminated by the Distilled Water that may still be present in the Rad after the rinse cycles?
and RO and Distilled Water, the same?

woops biggrin.gif
Anyhow, you can't contaminate something with distilled water! I'm still bit confused, you are going to use coolant AND distilled water in the loop? Or you are just worried if you clean it with distilled water it might "contaminate" the coolant you put in the loop?

The only thing you need to worry about is not boiling the distilled water, because you are going to actually contaminate the distilled water with whatever pot you boil it in and with the microscopic dirt and dust flying in the air that we cant see thumb.gif
  
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Originally Posted by INCREDIBLEHULK View Post

Or you are just worried if you clean it with distilled water it might "contaminate" the coolant you put in the loop?
This!
My plan was to CLEAN with Distilled water because I dont trust or know about any other super-clean liquid that you can clean copper with.
BUT!
After the cleaning I will be filling my setup with coolant ONLY.
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Originally Posted by INCREDIBLEHULK View Post

The only thing you need to worry about is not boiling the distilled water, because you are going to actually contaminate the distilled water with whatever pot you boil it in and with the microscopic dirt and dust flying in the air that we cant see thumb.gif

You have no idea how long I looked at all my pots...couldnt trust them to be 100% clean so I assumed no matter what it would get comtaminated.


So thank you for clearing that up.
I can rinse the Rad with distilled water till I'm sure all the little dirt bits are gone (read a lot and saw this one video on Youtube about this guys new Rad having all this black and white gunk in it, vid was called Prepping Rad)
Then after its "dried" for a day, I'll be using Coolant to leak test my setup =D
ORRRRRR
Can I leak test with Distilled water??
Yay.

Thanks all.
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Yea you can leak test with distilled water.

You shouldnt have a problem running distilled and then draining it for the coolant.
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Alright awesome. Thank you
Got all my answers I hope.

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