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post #1 of 9
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Hey guys,

I recently built my water cooling set up about 3 months ago and will delid my 3770k this week. I am wondering if I should bother with cleaning since I am using distilled water + silver coil + antimicrobial drop. Should a simple flush and replacing the distilled water and a new silver coil do the trick?
post #2 of 9
You probably don't need to clean the rig, as long has you cleaned out the radiators/blocks with distilled water and distilled white vinegar. If not replacing the fluid would be a good idea.
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Do you just flush the system with distilled white vinegar? Do I mix it in with the water? That would be a bit costly for a gallon or so of it.
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Do you just flush the system with distilled white vinegar? Do I mix it in with the water? That would be a bit costly for a gallon or so of it.

Think he means before you hooked everything up. You'd mix the vinegar with the distilled water. I just used hot distilled water.
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Well, you really shouldn't use silver kill coils and a liquid based biocide. Annoying side effects can occur, depending on the situation.


Anyways, If you have just distilled water and a biocide all you need to do is put about a drop of the liquid biocide in every month or so. It's a good idea to drain your loop every 6 months, then flush it with distilled water and maybe a bit of cleaning agent., then refill it with some fresh coolant. That's not always a necessity, but it's generally a good idea. (Unless you're using a high end/expensive coolant such as Mayhems pastel. Then the price of coolant becomes a factor)

It's a good idea to disassemble your loop, and clean it every 12 to 18 months. This is assuming problems don't occur, if your flowrates drop and something might be clogged of course you need to disassemble it to clean it, that's a given. If, however, no problems occur in a year through a year and a half, which is much more likely, it's still a good idea to disassemble it and give the waterblocks a good cleaning.

People who complain about not going to liquid cooling because of the maintenance over exaggerate it. There really isn't that much maintenance, unless you do something stupid and mess up your loop. But that usually doesn't happen when people do their homework.


Anways, I guess to sum up the answer to your question. Drain your loop every 6 months and refill it. Then every year or every year and a half disassemble your blocks and give em a good cleaning.
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Originally Posted by camborambo View Post

Do you just flush the system with distilled white vinegar? Do I mix it in with the water? That would be a bit costly for a gallon or so of it.

What I mean is, flush all the blocks with distilled white vinegar, than flush with distilled water, then add whatever fluid you want +kill coil or PT Nuke if fluid requires it.
post #7 of 9
Can I join in with a question?

I think I might not have cleaned my components good enough.. Im seeing some brownish goo in the high points of the tubes and the reservoir after about 6 months of running.
I use distilled and some random adjective, thinking about changing to silver kill coil..

but first I need to clean out the system.. would you think I could use hot destilled water + vinegar? and what ration ?

Since I got quite a few parts: CPU, GPU 120rad and 240 rad + a 9x120(1080) radiator coming tomorrow, would I be able to make a batch of distilled / vinegar and reuse it for all components (if it dosnt turn too cloudy) ? or should I use clean batch for every component ?

Can the tubes be cleaned too? or should I order a fresh length?

the CPU and GPU block is copper, 120 rad is copper and brass threads, the 240 and 1080 rad is brass.
 
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post #8 of 9
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Hey gambi,

I just finished flushing out my system I avoided doing the vineger method because I found some folks on here ruining some parts.

I took each part out and rinsed them with hot water them distilled water. I checked my blocks and they were still clean of goo. I used distilled water with a silver coil. I added dead water and it seemed to do the trick. I'm running two rads, gpu and cpu blocks.

Some suggested to use ketchup and lime soap to clean your water block if they are really bad. I'm sure there are more experts who can help on ocn.
post #9 of 9
I see.. sounds like a good method! that way I wont waste too much distilled water smile.gif

I dont think my build up is too bad yet.. so dont think I will be needing anything too serious to get it all clean.
why cant I seam to find any silver coils in Denmark? I would love to change to silver coil.. sounds so much simpler!

Guess I will just have to order from Germany or something..
 
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