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post #1 of 12
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ok i am building a water cooling set up, and i am kinda of cluess. i know you need Biocide and distilled water and that about it. oh where do you find distilled water anymore i cant seem to find it.
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You don't have to use any of that if you don't want. A lot of coolant comes pre-mixed, and they have coolant, such as Feser One, that performs better than distilled water AND is non-conductive.

Ira-K has an EXCELLENT formula if you want' to have a DIY coolant, though.
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You can get distilled water at the super market. it is $2-$3 a gallon (I think) I use distilled, some PT nuke, UV dye and soap (surfactant). Fesser One gives the same (maybe 1C-2C better) cooling than distilled, but distilled is better than everything else. I don't bother with branded coolant as I am always messing with something or other and do not want to dump $10 down the drain every time I flush the loop. That, and it doesn't do much better than water anyhow.



edit: Oh yeah, technically distilled does not conduct electricity, but once it is flowing, it will invariably pick up solvents and slowly becomre more conductive. I usually leak test my loop and check for leaks often. (hence the UV dye)
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i work at super market nad we dont carry it anymore and have looked at all the ones by me there like 6 of them and one distilled water but i ll look again
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I used distilled water, pentosin G11, an ounce or so of anti freeze (to kill algae), and some highlighter ink for color.
post #6 of 12
I bought mine at Stop & Shop, but I think you have a whole other set of chains out there. I would also try Walmart or Target or one of the big pharmacies.
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ya i work at safeway/carrs. i cant stand wallmart but if have to go there i will.
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wally world has a gallon jug of distilled water for ~0.70 (before taxes) so pretty cheap.
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ok... thanks
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post #10 of 12
it's purple, look for it

every grocery store I've been too has it. Ozarka also has one that's more expensive if you can't find a "store" brand

so, pentosin in a 1:9 mixture, glycerin in a 1:40 mixture, couple drops of pt nuke, drop of dish soap, and distilled water and your all set!
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