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Hey there, just a little post you guys might find interesting.

I've fallen out of the computer world for a while now and my rig has just been running. I couldn't care less anymore as long as it works. I've used Scottish Highlands tapwater for 4 years non stop, no flushes, no rebuilds nothing. Please excuse the misplaced flow plate on the CPU block. It makes no difference anyway. Trust me.

Here's the results:





As we can clearly see, nothing has happened except a small build up of algae on the GPU block and a slight bit of discolouration. This is 4 YEARS NON STOP operation on tap water. I think we can safely put to bed any myths about short term effects on using quality hard tap water.
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post #2 of 26
I used tap water in one of my loops, 3 months it all turned green... but the water in my area is actually skimmed off ponds.... its gross, we dont even give it to our pets to drink.
post #3 of 26
I also run tap water with no issues and my pc sits near a window also!
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post #4 of 26
Just wondering what kind of speed you are running your pump at. I suspect that more flow speeds up corrosion, but have yet to find any research/evidence on that.
post #5 of 26
This very interesting, so using distilled water would be even better yet... hmmm. How big of a loop do you have? how many waterblocks, rads and what kind of tubing?
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Heh, well here in Las Vegas you wouldn't dare do that. Water straight out of the tap will have little floaties swirling around in it and after about 5 minutes sitting there, will have sand sitting in the bottom of the glass. I would never put something in my loop that I won't put in my body. Granted I drink the stuff after it's gone through no less than a refrigerator filter, but I still wouldn't use that in my loop.
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post #7 of 26
Here in West Texas coming out of the tap you would get half water and half caliche. So if you have good tap water where you are from then go for it. Unfortunately I don't think most of us that live in dry places have that.
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post #8 of 26
I had used tap water mixed with anti freeze, ant frreze that car uses.

with 5% of full concentrate anti freeze mixed with water.
My computer had ran for 2 years without anything blocked up or rusted.
Obviously means zero biological growth and zero corrisoin.

However due to having such a low ammount of antifreeze existing a little bit of tube colour has changed.

However when mixture is increace to 10-20% anti freeze at full concentrate. I was seeing a piece of new tube kept at new conditions while beeing used for approximatly 6 months.

I don't change my water at all either, I only change it when I need to upgrade or do tune my loop

I had used plan tap water with nothing else those once. This had made my copper cpu block rust and the fittings was filled with a white coating.
At that time only a 280mm alloy radiator was installed, pump and a copper waterblock
post #9 of 26
Your sort of contradicting yourself with "nothing has happened except a small build up of alga". You have growth and that is bad. Granted you got 4 years of no maintenance but you still got baddies in the loop.

If someone can't afford distilled water or a good coolant with biocide considering what an average custom loop costs then that is sort of lazy imo. Why even risk it...
 
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post #10 of 26
Distilled water is so cheap at the super market, don't know why anyone wouldn't use it.
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