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Cleaning time. Yeah :wheee: ..... Looking for some advice on flushing. Thanks

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Hello Guys/Girls

It's almost time to clean my loop again, already 6 months later... damn, time flies.

Well, anyway. I've searched the internet for answers but I couldn't find it...
Is it possible to clean the loop in any way without taking it apart? I know Mayhems has the Blitz Pro cleaning kit that has some stuff that is used to flush the loop with. But to be honest, I find it somewhat expensive and I can hardly believe there isn't some cheap(er) way to do it.

I don't really mind the time it will cost me to clean everything by hand... it's more that I am not willing to replace the thermal pads between my fullcover block and my GPU. Fujipoly Ultra Extreme are rather expensive, especially since I had to let it deliver to me from the USA (living in the Netherlands here).


Loop consists of:
  • Two rad's (UT60 and XTC140, full copper and copper/brass. Will be cleaning these by hand (shaking like a pro with 1/5 vinegar 4/5 distilled water. Then letting it rest for ~60 minutes or so. Rinse and repeat if needed
  • EK Supremacy copper plexi cpu block
  • EK Fullcover 290x nickel acetal (Best to avoid acids with Nickel, so I've read)
  • D5 with EK top/res combo
  • Fittings: mostly nickel plated BP, and a few EK PSC
  • PrimoFlex Advanced LRT tubing, clear

Been using distilled water with corrosion blocker and dead-water.

Any tips would be appreciated big time.

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ok well if all I am doing is flushing the system to make sure there is no growth, all I do Is fill the system with Listerine, and let it run for 15min and flush with water a few times, and then refill with what I use as a liquid for my loop. no disassembly of the loop required.

I do have a koolance water filter on my loop I pull that out about every 6 to 8 months and clean it so I do not have to take my blocks apart ever.

I do have pics of one of my systems, that went without the filter for 3 years, and I had to take the blocks apart to clean the gunk out.

the other two systems have been running the same amount of time but they have a koolance filter on the loop, and I do not need remove the blocks to open them up and clean the blocks out on those systems, because there is no gunk in the blocks to clean out the filter catches it all before that happens.
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ok well if all I am doing is flushing the system to make sure there is no growth, all I do Is fill the system with Listerine, and let it run for 15min and flush with water a few times, and then refill with what I use as a liquid for my loop. no disassembly of the loop required.

I do have a koolance water filter on my loop I pull that out about every 6 to 8 months and clean it so I do not have to take my blocks apart ever.

I do have pics of one of my systems, that went without the filter for 3 years, and I had to take the blocks apart to clean the gunk out.

the other two systems have been running the same amount of time but they have a koolance filter on the loop, and I do not need remove the blocks to open them up and clean the blocks out on those systems, because there is no gunk in the blocks to clean out the filter catches it all before that happens.

Thanks for the quick reply... but sadly not really what I'm looking for.

Listerine contains acid and alcohol.... combine that with acrylic parts? Nah, I'd rather keep them intact. tongue.gif
You know alcohol and acrylic don't mix well, do you? It tends to crack and thus fail prematurely.

About the filters. Yeah, those will probably help somewhat. But that was not what I was asking. I want to clean the loop, not prevent the need for cleaning. But thanks anyway for thinking with me.

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I use antifreeze in my loop, so my loops are built to withstand that chemical, antifreeze and acrylic do not play well either, but I have had no issues with the bitspower reservoirs, as I think they coat them with a chemical resistant coating.
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I just built my system so I can't help you with cleaning, but I saw this Mayhem video on cleaning a water cooled system. Check it out. I have also seen videos where people used vinegar.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOR7SFYbcZ8
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I use antifreeze in my loop, so my loops are built to withstand that chemical, antifreeze and acrylic do not play well either, but I have had no issues with the bitspower reservoirs, as I think they coat them with a chemical resistant coating.

You have an radiator outside?
Reminds me of a friend of mine who used to have a rad box (9x 120mm) outside with quick disconnects to use for the the extreme winter OC sessions.

But, I am not talking about the res. I mean my EK Supremacy Evo block. EK themselves say not to use acid or alcohol to clean. Just warm soapy water.
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I just built my system so I can't help you with cleaning, but I saw this Mayhem video on cleaning a water cooled system. Check it out. I have also seen videos where people used vinegar.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOR7SFYbcZ8

Congrats on finishing your first loop. Watch yourself though, once you start you can never go back.

But... do you even read posts? biggrin.gif
If you read back, I did mention the Blitz stuff from Mayhems... but I am looking for something cheaper.
    
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yea, i don't buy acrylic parts, or blocks with acrylic. acetal, and other plastics seem to be fine, there are a lot of parts made for people like me.
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It's always easier to properly strip and clean a loop than it seems in my experience. All the pieces are easy to slap back together. Id's nothing like initially putting it together.

You will never be able to put anything in the loop that will approach a proper clean. Even in my rigid loop I get small amounts of gunk to remove.
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You have an radiator outside?
Reminds me of a friend of mine who used to have a rad box (9x 120mm) outside with quick disconnects to use for the the extreme winter OC sessions.

But, I am not talking about the res. I mean my EK Supremacy Evo block. EK themselves say not to use acid or alcohol to clean. Just warm soapy water.
Congrats on finishing your first loop. Watch yourself though, once you start you can never go back.

But... do you even read posts? biggrin.gif
If you read back, I did mention the Blitz stuff from Mayhems... but I am looking for something cheaper.

My bad. I blew right past that statement about Mayhems. Then try vinegar and water.

Btw, I am already liking water cooling after I saw how much my temps have dropped. My plan is to build a strictly gaming rig and use this rig only for my photography work. I will probably revert it back to air cool and move the WC parts to the new build.
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yea, i don't buy acrylic parts, or blocks with acrylic. acetal, and other plastics seem to be fine, there are a lot of parts made for people like me.

That post is not very helpful. I am in this situation, leaving the reason why out of it. If you must know, I like the look of the acrylic top.

Sure, I am glad you bought what you think you needed (and probably do), but not everyone wants the same stuff.
I just asked for a way to clean it... tongue.gif
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It's always easier to properly strip and clean a loop than it seems in my experience. All the pieces are easy to slap back together. Id's nothing like initially putting it together.

You will never be able to put anything in the loop that will approach a proper clean. Even in my rigid loop I get small amounts of gunk to remove.

True..
And I agree on you. I even posted it in my OP.
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I don't really mind the time it will cost me to clean everything by hand... it's more that I am not willing to replace the thermal pads between my fullcover block and my GPU.
Those are Fujipoly Ultra Extreme pads. And I'd rather not replace them because they are pricey. biggrin.gif

Hmm.. ah well. I will just skip cleaning the GPU block then. The rest is no problem. Gonna flush the rad(s) with vinegar/distilled mixture(1 on 5) and take the cpu block apart.
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My bad. I blew right past that statement about Mayhems. Then try vinegar and water.

Btw, I am already liking water cooling after I saw how much my temps have dropped. My plan is to build a strictly gaming rig and use this rig only for my photography work. I will probably revert it back to air cool and move the WC parts to the new build.

Hehe, yeah it's addicting. Watch yourself there. biggrin.gif

Yeah... not gonna run vinegar through my system. Nickel plated stuff wont be happy with me if I do that. Would make it kinda worse then the probably not even so dirty loop I have now.



Got my goodies in through postal delivery today: some new clear Advanced LRT, 2 new Black Sparkle barbs (Love that color) and some dye... to try it out for the first time (will probably gonna regret it later, but yeah... you only live once right?). Will wait till tomorrow if there come any more tips...
Else it will be just flushing the gpu block, cleaning cpu block by hand and shaking the rad(s) like a pro with above stated mixture.

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6700k viii hero Sapphire r9 290 tri-x OC g.skill 3000 16gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar Black Sata-3 64MB 840 evo DVD R/W Combo Alphacool 360 ut60 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC R9-290X - Acetal+Nickel (Rev.2.0) EK-FC R9-290X Backplate - Black EK-FC R9-290X Reinforcer - Black Fittings and adapters 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Ek supremacy EVO ek 420 radiator ek revo d5 Bitspower acrylic tubing 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 pro BenQ XL2730Z Ducky One DKON1508S Corsair HX850i 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Primo Mionix Castor Razer Goliathus Edifier C3X 
AudioOther
Asus xonar dx Xbox one gamepad 
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