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I just got all my water cooling parts and I'm not quite sure how to go about cleaning them. A guide at Petra's Tech says to use a Q-Tip and isopropyl alcohol on the waterblock, but the manual says do not use alcohol.
Any suggestion?
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I would say alcohol, or at least rinse everything with distilled water.
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I'll leave you my cleaning PDF, I mostly use 10% white vinegar, I do use a little alcohol to, I just wouldn't use it on plexi or rubber gaskets.
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IF the waterblock is new I would just open and inspect and leave it be...the rad is a different animal...especially the Thermochill rads. The Blackice and Swifty rads seem pretty much free of scudge but I have had to tripl wash Thermochills to de-smeg them.

I would not do anything to the pump...it'll be ready to go.
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no no no no no...

alcohol shoud NEVER EVER EVER Touch acrylic or Rubber Oring.

It will dry the acrylic and CRACK it in the future. Same to the Oring.

Cleaning rads i use this method which is MUCH SAFER and better then vinegar! (well hardware wise, not toxic wise)




However, new rads, should only be flushed with hot water.. Not BOILING... but hot, very hot water...

Old and used rads should be flushed with that super cleaner..
Edited by NaeKuh - 12/13/08 at 8:33pm
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still amazes me everytime i watch that video.
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post #8 of 18
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Thanks CyberDruid, love the music in the background

Would you recommend anything specific for any of these parts? (all new)

XSPC 5.25" Bay Reservoir - Black
Laing D4/MCP650 pump
D-TEK FuZion v2 Universal CPU Waterblock
MCR320-QP Edition Radiator

Do you think water filtered water is just as good as distilled? I can go to the store if I have to, but it's kind of a pain. (Think winter, Chicago, no car)
'cause I was an idiot and only bought one gallon when I was there last...
Edited by Valicious - 12/14/08 at 10:12am
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Cleaning rads i use this method which is MUCH SAFER and better then vinegar!
Whats not safe about 10% white vinegar and 90% distilled?
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post #10 of 18
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Whats not safe about 10% white vinegar and 90% distilled?
improper / insufficient / over rincing...

the vinegar will speed up oxidation inside your rad if you dont properly rince it out, and you'll be back at one.

heh... drop a penny in vinegar, and dont give it a rince, let it sit out, and you'll understand what i mean.

Imagine by some chance you got a patch of vinegar stuck inside your rad chamber somewhere.. that patch will oxidize...

EDIT: wait 10% distilled vinegar + another 90% water?? or just 10% distilled vinegar solution alone?

If your diluting the vingar another 90%?? thats not really going to do anything...
Edited by NaeKuh - 12/14/08 at 10:40am
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