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My first simple water cooling setup is finally arriving but before I start to set everything up...do you only clean out the radiator before first time use? Do you have to clean the water blocks as well? I've read different information in terms of what to use while cleaning your equipment...such as vinegar, isopropyl, or distilled water. I'd like to know what a majority of users do when either starting up or maintaining their water cooling. As for the equipment currently being shipped...

-MCR-QP320 (Radiator/Reservoir)
-Apogee Drive II (CPU Block/Pump)
-4x Lok-Seal Compression Fittings
-4x Lok-Seal Swivel Elbow
-LRT Tubing
-Silver KillCoil
-Threaded Funnel

...I just hope I'm not missing anything. Just cooling the CPU at the moment.
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This is just me but I wouldn't clean anything. I'd put it in and go. They wouldn't sell parts that aren't at optimum performance already. Unless there's already crappy TIM on the blocks..
    
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post #3 of 24
Rinse with distilled water in case any small particle or packaging debris adhered to the parts. Plus a quick rinse/flush never hurts. I always flush the rad for first time use though.
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Rinse the rad with hot water and empty over a paper towel,if there is any debris it should be obvious,keep rinsing till its gone,install then fill.
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I just picked up a cheap home filter system and ran the radiator with distilled and a pump for 12 hours or so, flipped the radiator input/output for another 12 hours, and inspected the reservoir and blocks for any stray acetal or other leftovers. The rads were filthy and after flushing 4 of the them, the filter had all sorts of green debris (flux) and other junk in the filter itself and mostly covering the bottom of the filter container. I picked out one or two small pieces of acetal from inside my res and pulled out a small chunk of metal from one of the threads of my blocks.

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This is just me but I wouldn't clean anything. I'd put it in and go. They wouldn't sell parts that aren't at optimum performance already. Unless there's already crappy TIM on the blocks..
The _only_ radiator that I would feel comfortable not cleaning out before using would be Aquacomputer's AMS rads. I've never even heard of any other radiator coming clean from the factory/reseller. Blocks shouldn't be an issue.
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I just picked up a cheap home filter system and ran the radiator with distilled and a pump for 12 hours or so, flipped the radiator input/output for another 12 hours, and inspected the reservoir and blocks for any stray acetal or other leftovers. The rads were filthy and after flushing 4 of the them, the filter had all sorts of green debris (flux) and other junk in the filter itself and mostly covering the bottom of the filter container. I picked out one or two small pieces of acetal from inside my res and pulled out a small chunk of metal from one of the threads of my blocks.

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This is just me but I wouldn't clean anything. I'd put it in and go. They wouldn't sell parts that aren't at optimum performance already. Unless there's already crappy TIM on the blocks..
The _only_ radiator that I would feel comfortable not cleaning out before using would be Aquacomputer's AMS rads. I've never even heard of any other radiator coming clean from the factory/reseller. Blocks shouldn't be an issue.

Agreed. press tooled tubing and o-ringed,modular construction dispenses with the solder, and common debris associated with traditional rads.

Blocks,however,i disagree,machine swarf is common,especially the cross cut pin style bases. Its good practice to open and inspect,if you dont want to compromised the watertight warranty then tap the block face down on white paper and see what falls out.
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This is just me but I wouldn't clean anything. I'd put it in and go. They wouldn't sell parts that aren't at optimum performance already. Unless there's already crappy TIM on the blocks..

You'll be surprised.

Back in the day when the Fuzion V1 was the king of water blocks it was advised to strip it and remove the flash from the rubber seal before first time use.

I'd advise running distilled water through everything and give it a shake. Just to be sure there is no debris, like already stated.
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if you dont want to compromised the watertight warranty then tap the block face down on white paper and see what falls out.
That's why I mentioned that I pulled out a small metal chunk from the block threads, but then said "shouldn't" be an issue, instead of "won't". It's kind of silly that opening the block voids the warranty, but that's the way it is.
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if you dont want to compromised the watertight warranty then tap the block face down on white paper and see what falls out.
That's why I mentioned that I pulled out a small metal chunk from the block threads, but then said "shouldn't" be an issue, instead of "won't". It's kind of silly that opening the block voids the warranty, but that's the way it is.

It only voids the watertight warranty,workmanship and material warranties are un affected...usually.

I had poly peanuts stuck in one block i had,wasnt impressed so i open all blocks now.
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Thanks for the information guys. So far it seems that a good rinsing is recommended. I'll give the block a good tap to see if any debris falls out and flush out the radiator with distilled water (considering it's what I'll be filling it up with in the first place).
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