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Hey guys, I was talking to my dad about water cooling my computer and I was telling him about how you use Distilled water as the coolant. Well he is a car guy and asked "why don't you just used automotive anti-freeze, it prevents corrosion of all types of metals and nothing grows in it, also you don't need to replace it for 5 years"

I didn't know why, all I could think was maybe water is harder to heat up thus can carry more heat (energy) away.
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People have used it, you have to dilute the heck out of it. Its still cheaper to use just distilled water with additives.
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People have used it, you have to dilute the heck out of it. Its still cheaper to use just distilled water with additives.

Why do you have to dilute it?
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I use it, and have used it for years. Just dont put too much of the antifreeze stuff in it, since it is less effective than the destilled water.

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I mean, you need to blend antifreeze from the car with destilled water. The water pickup heat better, so the mix will be with a lot of water, and a little antifreeze.

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post #6 of 8
Anti-freeze is meant to keep the water from freezing and prevent corrosion in a car. It doesn't absorb heat very well, that's why you need to mix it with water...even in a car.
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"Anti-freeze" is used in cars because of its very high boiling point. Computer components should never be reaching the temperatures that are realized in an engine. Anti-freeze also sucks when it comes to removing heat, that's why you want water, it's FAR superior. Yes, anti-freeze is terrible at removing heat. It only exists because water alone is corrosive and boils too easily.

As far as using it in a computer - anti-freeze is not designed to kill bacteria. No bacteria can withstand the temperatures and pressures of an engine's cooling system. The engine IS the biocide. On the other hand, a computer normally runs in the range of human body temperatures or only slightly higher - this is perfect for algae and bacteria to thrive. You need specialized coolant for these purposes and this is why computer coolant is specifically formulated.

In summary - don't use anti-freeze - you're gonna need to change it too often.
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Try to find an auto coolant that doesn't contain anti freeze, i'm not sure whats available to you but here in Australia some Toyota coolant doesn't and that works very well.
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