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My first attempt to water cooling. I'm not sure if installing a H100i counts. Any suggestions on how to up keep my setup? When does the O'rings need to be replaced, liquid, drain and fill, etc..

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Fittingsngs: Bitspower
Tubing: PrimoFlex Advanced LRT
Liquid: Primochill Pure performance (Clear)
GPU Block: EVGA Hydro Copper
Pump: D5 Swiftech w/mod kit
Rez: 150 Bitspower
Radiator: XSPC AX240

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Edited by WiLd FyeR - 6/25/13 at 11:31am
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Well for the graphics card loop (as the H100i does not to be maintained) the o'rings should not need to be changed for a for a few years as bitspower probably use quite high quality ones and then you should do regular maintenance every 6-12 moths I think which means draining the loop. cleaning components and then filling with new fluid.
 
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I see, REP+. Good info

When you mean clean the components, do I open up the CPU/GPU block and clean it up or do I just run hot water through the blocks?
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If you can see lots of stuff inside the block then I would open it up and then give it a clean but if not then just flushing it with water is fine
 
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I see, REP+. Good info

When you mean clean the components, do I open up the CPU/GPU block and clean it up or do I just run hot water through the blocks?


Hot water and vinegar works most of the time occasionally if you use some low quality liquids/additives/dye bombs you'll get waterblocks so gunked up you need to open them up and clean em, but typical maintenance doesn't require such.



Just incase you're like me and are wondering if the acidity of vinegar will corrode your waterblocks, it won't. I asked about it a while ago, and got some interesting information, basically it's less corrosive to copper than water is so it's perfectly safe to use, especially since you're probably going to water it down with hot water.


Primochill also makes a system cleaner, but I had some bad experiences with their premixed fluids and tend to stray from their products, but that's just my opinion.
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