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I've just set up my first custom water cooling loop and i used deionized water instead of distilled water due to the unavailabilty of distilled water. I've read various different things on the internet and was unable to arrive at a conclusion. So I thought it best to ask the guys here at OCN.

P.S- I'm using a kill coil with deionized water.
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post #2 of 34
Distilled water is best. Deionized water is just that. - ions removed. There are still suspended solids in deionized water.
But the there are many people that just use plain tap water successfully. And distilled or deionized will shortly pick up copper ions and ions from other stuff (chromium, plastics, etc) in the loop anyway.

And as for kill coils, they don't provide anti corrosion, lubrication nor buffering (pH control).

Personally, distilled plus 5% antifreeze.
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I'm from India and so far I've had a very difficult time getting my hands on the components. Moreover, I can't get distilled water here. I know a shop selling Thermaltake red liquid coolant. It's much more expense than distilled water but if it is better than deionized water then I'll purchase it.

This is the available coolant- http://mdcomputers.in/index.php?route=product/product&path=76&product_id=5168
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post #4 of 34
Save you money and just use the deionized.

It's hard to believe that you can't get distilled water though. It's available in any food store in the USA. It's also used in car batteries.
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post #5 of 34
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I live in India and I've tried in so many places which say they sell distilled water but when I check it out, the label says that it is deionized water. So apart from deionized water and a kill coil I should get antifreeze?
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post #6 of 34
Just use pre-mixed automotive coolant
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Originally Posted by PunkX 1 View Post

I live in India and I've tried in so many places which say they sell distilled water but when I check it out, the label says that it is deionized water. So apart from deionized water and a kill coil I should get antifreeze?

Dont they sell it at the pump, or a shop that specializes in car batteries? Those need distilled water too.
    
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post #8 of 34
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Okay so like at a petrol pump where to stop to fill up on gas?
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post #9 of 34
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Just use pre-mixed automotive coolant
Can you actually use that?
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Yeah, I know a place I go to get demineralized water. I use the same water in the water jackets of engines. So I just added about 5% antifreeze I see no issues system runs great.
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