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I’m new to water cooling so I decided to go with a pre-made Gigabyte Galaxy II water cooler rather than try to build my own. I’m very happy with the performance and other than the slight vibration of the pump I hardly notice it.

My question is what kind of maintenance do I need to perform to prevent leakage? How often should I inspect or replace the hoses? I thought about putting some type of silicone caulk around where the hoses connect. Is this a good idea? Because my case has the power supply on bottom I’m a little worried. Thanks in advance for any advice
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I flush and drain mine every 3-4 months some go longer I'm just kind of freaky about keeping it clean..I tell how I do it in this PDF...Hope you enjoy WC'ing its a lot of fun once you get started....
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I have the Gigabyte Galaxy II kit as well, although my loop has a lot of other stuff in it now. My tubing got real dirty after about 3 months because gigabyte's coolant doesn't come with any algae prevention stuff. I would get some of that PT Nuke that everyone on here swears by. I didn't have any problems with leaking at all. One thing to watch with that kit is that the tubing does not fit well onto 1/2 fittings(i thought it did). Also 1/2" ID tubing is too lose on the Gigabyte fittings and can cause leaks, so i would stick with Gigabyte's tubing for the parts of the loop with Gigabyte parts.

I keep hearing that this pump is loud but mine's been running 24/7 for about 6 months now and I can't hear anything.
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post #4 of 12
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Thanks everyone for the help. I've been looking at lots of threads on the topic since I found this forum. I ordered PT Nuke to avoid algae and the like. I thought about getting non conductive coolant but I'm not sure if it would agree with my pump.
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Originally Posted by russell_314 View Post
Thanks everyone for the help. I've been looking at lots of threads on the topic since I found this forum. I ordered PT Nuke to avoid algae and the like. I thought about getting non conductive coolant but I'm not sure if it would agree with my pump.
save yourself the $20 and pick up a gallon of distilled water from the grocery store. It's so good I drink it myself , contrary to what most people drink, its not bad for you, tastes better to me, and I have (and had) 0 teeth problems lol. Anyways the distilled water is NON-Conductive since it's pure water.

Pros:
You get More fluid
Cheaper price
Lasts longer
Easy to replace.
Buy it locally.
You can drink the rest? (not with pt nuke mind you)
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I did not know this about distilled water. When you say non conductive does this mean if a hose breaks spilling water all over my motherboard and power supply I won't need a new system?
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post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by russell_314 View Post
I did not know this about distilled water. When you say non conductive does this mean if a hose breaks spilling water all over my motherboard and power supply I won't need a new system?
just turn everything off, dry it up, and you should be fine. It's not like the other "non conductive fluids" will be any better. It's just a gimmick.
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Oh okay, since my power supply is on the bottom I was expecting a spectacular display of sparks and fire if one of the hoses leaked.
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post #9 of 12
well just be sure to clamp everything and leak test it for 24 hours prior. don't worry, you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by dr4gon View Post
save yourself the $20 and pick up a gallon of distilled water from the grocery store. It's so good I drink it myself , contrary to what most people drink, its not bad for you, tastes better to me, and I have (and had) 0 teeth problems lol. Anyways the distilled water is NON-Conductive since it's pure water.

Pros:
You get More fluid
Cheaper price
Lasts longer
Easy to replace.
Buy it locally.
You can drink the rest? (not with pt nuke mind you)
Only for a limited period of time ... then it becomes harmful.
http://chetday.com/distilledwater.htm
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