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I got watercooling about 8 months ago and haven't changed the water yet?
What will happen if I don't do it soon?
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I got watercooling about 8 months ago and haven't changed the water yet?
What will happen if I don't do it soon?
Not a great deal afaik. The cooling system will probably just become less effective over time. In my estimation, you don't really need to change the coolant much more than once every 10 to 12 months as part of general maintenance of the system in which you open up and clean the various elements of the system.

As long as your coolant is anti-algae, you should be OK up to 12 months imo.

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things could get cloudy and start growing....

how's it been working out for you though? I remember helping you

Like annoyed said, performance will decrease over time and it's best to every once in a while to clean it out, because you never know what you may find.
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things could get cloudy and start growing....

how's it been working out for you though? I remember helping you

Like annoyed said, performance will decrease over time and it's best to every once in a while to clean it out, because you never know what you may find.
Pretty much.

You're looking at decreased performance, algal growth, and a greater potential for corrosion.
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I'm not overclocking although my specs say so. The system has been running fine but 1 - 3 times a week I get a BSOD out of nowhere that says something like: Dumping memory...20%.... 100% and then the computer restarts.

It's not my RAM, I ran memtest for 3 hours without an error. The processor is @ about 30°C.

Thanks for checking in dr4agon
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Bump. What could be causing my BSODs?
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Bump. What could be causing my BSODs?
Any number of things.

For example; don't assume that because your RAM passed a three hour run of memtest, that it's not at fault. There is such as thing as a intermittent RAM error, which doesn't necessarily show up in a short RAM test like three hours. Try running memtest for 24 hours, or better still 72 hours. If it passes 72 hours, I'd feel more comfortable about ruling it out as the cause of the problem.

I don't use Vista, so I can't really offer much help with regards to it specifically. Sufficed to say though, that M$ has never produced a flawless OS and Vista is no break from this tradition.

If you were running XP, I'd suggest running a slew of registry fixing/cleaning applications, then running the sfc /scannow command from the run dialogue box with your OS disk in an optical drive. Vista has something similar so I'd recommend you give that (as well as registry fixing/cleaning software) a try, after more thoroughly determining that your RAM is not at fault.

Have a look here for sfc /scannow for Vista.

See here for a good system cleaning/repair program for Vista.

Good Luck.

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Bump. What could be causing my BSODs?
Oh yes !! Thats old water talking there !! You gotta change the water to prevent BSOD`s !
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I'm not overclocking although my specs say so. The system has been running fine but 1 - 3 times a week I get a BSOD out of nowhere that says something like: Dumping memory...20%.... 100% and then the computer restarts.

It's not my RAM, I ran memtest for 3 hours without an error. The processor is @ about 30°C.

Thanks for checking in dr4agon
Memtest is run based on Pass's, not time.

Run it for 10 passes and see if it finds any issues.

Also your on Vista, so that pretty much eliminates driver issues (compared to XP at least).
    
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I got watercooling about 8 months ago and haven't changed the water yet?
What will happen if I don't do it soon?
The algae will grow and the fish will prosper.
  
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