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Hi

Are there any maintence FAQs or guides around in regards to liquid cooling? I've got a pre-built kit and I'm not all that confident with it when I've changed CPUs and stuff, I worried it will come apart. I'm just wondering how people maintain them, like how often do you change coolant, can you use it after you've drained it, how do you drain it?, etc.

Thanks
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Quick google search found these:

maintenance:

http://fredrik.hubbe.net/silence/wat...intenance.html

info on watercooling (didnt read, dont know if its usefull) :

http://www.xoxide.com/water-cooling.html

hope that helps
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no copper parts, the first guide says. lol, n00b.
second guide: "If the water moves too quickly, it won’t have adequate time to soak up the heat from the water block." this is also not true.

anyway, twice every year you should drain it completely, clean all the parts and tubing, and then pour in new coolant. (distilled water, with some anti-algea stuff and if you want some UV dye)

for a good guide wait 'till ira-K gets here.
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Originally Posted by ChielScape View Post
no copper parts, the first guide says. lol, n00b.
second guide: "If the water moves too quickly, it won’t have adequate time to soak up the heat from the water block." this is also not true.

anyway, twice every year you should drain it completely, clean all the parts and tubing, and then pour in new coolant. (distilled water, with some anti-algea stuff and if you want some UV dye)

for a good guide wait 'till ira-K gets here.
lol, yes... I am a complete n00b at water cooling. not even going to deny it.

Was just trying to be helpfull
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post #5 of 17
I've always been curious about water cooling.
Mixing water and elctricity seems risky to me
No seriously, has anyone ever had a leak or messed up during maintence?
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lol, yes... I am a complete n00b at water cooling. not even going to deny it.

Was just trying to be helpfull
i meant the one who wrote the guide.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by mithrandir View Post
I've always been curious about water cooling.
Mixing water and elctricity seems risky to me
No seriously, has anyone ever had a leak or messed up during maintence?
my dad doesnt like it either, but i'll probably have it my way anyhow.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by ChielScape View Post
If the water moves too quickly, it won’t have adequate time to soak up the heat from the water block.
****... who wrote that!? tell that to my eheim 1262...

i normally dismantle my WC systems 1 a year... and clean/inspect...
i flush and refill the loop every 3 months...

i normally use a non-corrosive coil cleaner on the rad... and i actually use Gunk radiator flush...
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Hi

Are there any maintence FAQs or guides around in regards to liquid cooling? I've got a pre-built kit and I'm not all that confident with it when I've changed CPUs and stuff, I worried it will come apart. I'm just wondering how people maintain them, like how often do you change coolant, can you use it after you've drained it, how do you drain it?, etc.

Thanks
General Maintenance...
Turn off system and unplug PSU.
Remove tube from fitting at lowest point in your system.
Drain water into bucket.
Reattach tubing.
Fill your loop with 90% distilled water and 10% white vinegar.
Run for 1 hr.
Flush loop again and refill with 100% distilled water.
Flush loop again and refill with 100% distilled water once more.
Refill loop with fresh coolant.

Full Maintenance...
Turn off system and unplug PSU.
Remove tube from fitting at lowest point in your system.
Drain water into bucket.
Dismantle loop.
Open up blocks and pumps to clean.
Soak your tubing in 90% distilled water and 10% white vinegar.
Flush using pump and tubing with water/vinegar.
Flush your radiator 100% distilled water.
Re-assemble loop.
Flush loop again with 100% distilled water once more.
Refill loop with fresh coolant.

Thermaltake stuff uses just water with some additives. No point in reusing it.
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as always, duckie comes in with the best advice.
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