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Hey OCN! I ordered a cheapo CoolIt ECO II liquid cooler from Tiger Direct for $19.99. I couldnt pass up that deal, ignoring the negative reviews, so i got it. I think it is pretty ugly with the standard tubes it comes with. I was wondering if it is as simple as popping the tubes off the cpu block and draining the liquid out, then buy new tubing that i like (suited for watercooling of course) and filling the radiator backup then putting the new tubes on! Is it that easy or am I missing something.

Also, voiding the warranty doesn't matter to me since it was only 20 bucks! thumb.gif
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In theory, yes. You might as well as a cheap res as well since it will help with temps some more and make filling it actually feasible.
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The coolant needs a corrosion inhibitor due to the radiator being aluminum, and a biocide. I just used premix antifreeze since it's close to what they are filled with originally, being mostly ethylene glycol. Other than that, it's that easy. As far as refilling, I just removed the cold plate, and poured the antifreeze into the cavity, it flowed through the block and into the radiator. My modded antec 620 has almost zero air in it.
Edited by AddictedGamer93 - 6/29/13 at 10:38pm
    
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Originally Posted by 100cotton View Post

In theory, yes. You might as well as a cheap res as well since it will help with temps some more and make filling it actually feasible.


If i had a cheap res, then wouldnt i need to buy a pump too? The CoolIt is pretty weak, i dont think it'd be able to push out anough pressure to have coolant travel very far...
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Originally Posted by AddictedGamer93 View Post

The coolant needs a corrosion inhibitor due to the radiator being aluminum, and a biocide. I just used premix antifreeze since it's close to what they are filled with originally, being mostly ethylene glycol. Other than that, it's that easy. As far as refilling, I just removed the cold plate, and poured the antifreeze into the cavity, it flowed through the block and into the radiator. My modded antec 620 has almost zero air in it.

I am a total noob to liquid cooling... So I would purchase new tubing, as well as coolant, AND some sort of corrosion blocker? And then remove the old tubes, fill the radiator up, put on new tubes, and then i would be good to go? Or am I missing something? What is a cold plate? blinksmiley.gif

Sorry for the questions, total novice here!
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