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I am doing a cpu loop on an i5 3570k and re using a thermaltake water 2.0 extreme AIO rad. As some people know this is an aluminum rad and I will be using a copper cpu block.
From what i hear these do not like to play nice together.

What's the best coolant i can get with strong anti-corrosive properties as well as have biocide in it. I am also looking for it to have an amber/orange-ish color to match the leds i have in the vulcan hack mac.

Any input appreciated. thanks!

As an afterthought what is the best way to flush out the whole loop and with what type of liquid, i already have a few gallons of distilled water. I have no doubt that there maybe still some residue in the rad and block from previous use...
Edited by XanderTheGoober - 10/21/14 at 11:41am
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For Alloy rads or other components Thermaltake make the bigwater coolant for their Alu systems but I would just use Alloy automotive coolant. It will contain everything you need but the colour may be the tricky part. You might be able to find some that is already close to what you want but where I live it is mostly all green.

For flushing just lots of ordinary tap water is fine as long as you follow it with some distilled.
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FWIW, Prestone Dex-Cool is orange.

edit:
That said, I should add that I suspect that no coolant is going to work but so well for very long towards making copper and aluminum play nice. If you do go that route you should plan on draining, inspecting and refilling with a fresh coolant mix pretty often, at least every few months, and prepare for the inevitable when the damage is so severe that your system will need replaced.

Better yet, I'd suggest changing that rad to copper or getting an aluminum cpu block you can probably find cheap from china so that you are not mixing metals.
Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 10/21/14 at 10:24pm
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I swear by Mayhems X1, it works great, has all the biocides/corrosion inhibitors/surfactants you'll need, negligible liquid temp differences when compared to pure water, dyes work great with it, and it has a really long run life. Just my two cents
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There are still systems being made with mixed alloy and copper components and with the right fluids there seems to be little danger. If the AIO systems can go 5 years on warranty without ever having a fluid change I'm sure a maintenance schedule similar to any other loop will be just fine.
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There are still systems being made with mixed alloy and copper components and with the right fluids there seems to be little danger. If the AIO systems can go 5 years on warranty without ever having a fluid change I'm sure a maintenance schedule similar to any other loop will be just fine.

Maybe with a ethylene glycol based coolant you could go that long, which is what most companies use to my knowledge, but most coolant's surfactants will break down after a couple years.
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