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I been looking at all these predone closed loop coolers such as the corsair hydro series, kuhler h20s, etc. Most if not all use copper base and a aluminum radiator. Isn't these the ingredients for galvanic corrosion? If I integrate this into a custom loop, what additives do I add to prevent corrosion?
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The closed loop systems are filled with a fluid that has corrosion inhibitors to drastically slow galvanic corrosion. It still takes place, just much much slower than if it had no corrosion inhibitors. Being completely sealed from outside contaminants also helps slow the process. I'd advise against integrating a closed loop system into a custom loop.

If you plan on doing a custom loop at any point in the future but want to start off with something small, you could get a starter kit, like the XSPC Raystorm kit. Or there is also the Swiftech H220, aka Coolermaster Glacer 240L. It is an expandable system that allows you to add more radiators and blocks without having to completely disassemble other closed loops systems like you would with one of the Corsair Hydro Series systems
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I probably might not add this to my cpu loop but I have a Antec H20 just doing nothing and the NZXT GPU brackets looks promising so I probably run another loop just for my GPU seprate. As for the cpu loop, I never worried about corrosion but I believe my radiator is aluminum and my cpu block is copper. I know the fins are aluminum but are the parts of the radiator that the water touches aluminum? It's only been running for a month or so and I was wondering how to prevent corrosion. I heard anti-freeze can help but I heard it will also gunk up pumps.
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Not sure I have an answer for you on the corrosion inhibitor. I've never really looked into anything for that since I've never had to worry about it.
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