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was gonna necro-post this thread, but decided to start my own: http://www.overclock.net/forums/posts/add/threadId/1546303

building my first water cooling loop. The above is one of the most recent "helpful" thread I could find. Thanks for all the input there OCN! smile.gif

Its amazing how everyone has their own opinions on this stuff and nothing seems definitive.

Some swear to only use killcoil and call it a day, in the correct water/coil ratio to ensure it's doing it's job, and to avoid anti-corrosives, as it will be too slow to notice. Others say, no way, that it will still grow algae and corrosion (with pics), and to just use mayhems x1, or another special combo additive like primochills liquid utopia...and then of course some say that stuff will enhance the corrosion or gunk up the loop....sheesh. I guess its the same as always, just give it a whirl and see what happens. lol.

I can see NineLives is having issues with PT Nuke and corrosion etc here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1586170/cpu-block-corrosion-pictures-included/30

And this is the first, or maybe second, thread I have run across that suggests killcoil is bad!!! oh my gosh, I'm so confused, lol. I was so close to grabbing a couple kill coils and calling it a day...but no, can't be that easy.

Ive chosen every part...except this. I have some distilled water from walmart, which I could mix with some x1 or coil.

I've got below parts and really dont want to destroy this stuff right off the bat.

Black Ice gtx 480
heatkiller iv pro ni
clear primoflex advanced lrt (wanted to go clear hard tubing, but not ready for that...maybe after 6 months or so)
swifttech mcp655
phobya balance 150 black nickel
and nickel plated brass koolance compression fittings


I'm just gonna call watercool and maybe hardware labs and switftech to see what they have to say about it. Leaning toward just mixing a tube of x1 with a gallon of distilled water. I can watch the loop and starting building the hard tubing setup in the meantime. After that I wanna be able to just leave it alone until it's yearly cleaning. I don't mind 12 month intervals, but 3 and 6 month is kind of annoying to do, as I've seen some post. My initial research suggested yearly cleaning was fine, but that's been blown out of the water by so many different experiences of users.


Just raising this up to see if anyone with years of experience has any additional input here. See a lot of 3 and 6 month water cooling user suggestions, which does not interest me, lol. I'll be one of those very shortly, looking for guru guidance here.
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I may not have the "years" of water cooling experience you ask for, but I'm fairly fluent in it and will give you my 2 cents anyway and you can choose what you do with it.

Kill coils aren't bad, theyre just a little out dated at this point because there are so many good biocides and premixed coolants now that water cooling is so main stream. Personally a piece of metal in my loop is just another thing I have to worry about so I prefer a good biocide or coolant.

I pretty much use EK's clear or UV coolant exclusively and never had an issue in it with any loop or components. One thing you have to keep in mind with horror stories from others is you don't know how they cleaned thier components. The best thing you can do besides a good biocide and coolant and is clean the components properly and thoroughly before you assemble the loop. A good offense is the best defense.
 
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Yep, roger that. I saw Ninelives didn't clean his loop for like 2 yr, so that's gonna have an impact on each persons experiences.

I think the pump came with the primochill Sys Prep, so I do plan on using that to flush any lose debris out of the system before the final fill.
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So yeah, didn't get a lot of response on this, but thanks for the input. Ended up going with Mayhems X1 biocide, no kill coil. Seems to be working very well so far. Started off with a course of SysPrep, then flushed it with the biocide. Took about 1 3/4 bottles when it was all said and done, in case someone else is thinking of doing the same.

I think the next step is to go with a second 980, and then add water cooling to both video cards in the process, plus hard lines! smile.gif Might look into doing that around Black Friday this year. May need an extra radiator for that though, in addition to push pull configurations. thumb.gif
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