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That time of year - cleaning my wc loop

post #1 of 6
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Hi chaps

I built my first w/c rig last year and I need to clean it now that a year has passed and I haven't maintained it at all for 12 months. I was wondering, do you suggest draining the system and then just cycling distilled water through the loop a couple of times, or should I take the rig apart and clean each bit of gear (rads, blocks etc). Would the latter offer a better clean than the former?

I have time to do the latter, but I would prefer the former as it's less hassle.

Thanks for any ideas/tips.
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post #2 of 6
I guess it depends on the state of the blocks and the coolant that you used. When it comes to the time I have to do some cleaning, I would much prefer to just replace the coolant and run some distilled water through it for a while.
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post #3 of 6
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Yeah, my feelings too. I guess I wouldn't really know about the state of the blocks until I took the whole thing apart. Not unless I saw huge deposits coagulating in the res that is. Thanks.
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post #4 of 6
I actually just went through this myself this week. I didn't notice how gunky my gpu block was until I drained the system. I took everything apart, scrubbed my blocks with a tooth brush+distilled water, cleaned my rads out with boiling water+vinegar and currently in the process of retubing. I'm just ocd when it comes to being clean I guess.
post #5 of 6
If you are using coolant - I would drain the loop and take every block apart and scrub.
If you are using distilled water/kill coil - no maintence required...

I used distilled water and took my loop apart after 1.5 years. Waste of time, everything was spotless. I know what coolant can do to your gear so I would deff take it apart.
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post #6 of 6
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I'm using distilled water so hopefully it won't have done much to the parts. I'm replacing you cards and blocks anyway so their condition will give me an indication as to the rest of the loop. Thanks guys.
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