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Hi i was wondering, does the liquid, that we use in computers, for liquid cooling damage hardware if theres leekadge. or are they made from special liquid that dosent damage hardware ?


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Liquid cooling usually consists primarily of water. Water conducts electricity. Electricity conducted amongst live PC hardware can cause short circuits. Short circuiting leads to hardware damage.
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post #3 of 11
All types of coolant can damage parts if not treated or spotted early.

That is why it is best to leak test ~24 hours before using your computer. If there is a leak and it does go onto any parts, simply wipe it off and let it dry. isopropyl alcohol does wonders getting water that crept into tight crevices.
post #4 of 11
No such thing as a non conductive liquid that can be used in a water cooling loop. Once it goes through the metal blocks it will have ions.
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Hi i was wondering, does the liquid, that we use in computers, for liquid cooling damage hardware if theres leekadge. or are they made from special liquid that dosent damage hardware ?


Thanks alot in advance guys

As others have said, if you get a leak you tend to ruin at least one part. What you do to avoid this, is put your pc together, then, only plug your pump into your PSU. Turn the PSU on by "jumping it" with a paperclip (just google it). Then let it sit for 24 hours (most people put tissue or toilet paper all over the case to make it easier to spot leaks). If it doesn't leak for 24 hours, and you did a good job putting it together, you're fine.
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post #6 of 11
There are other fluids besides water you can use in a liquid cooling loop. 3M makes some engineered fluids that are dielectrics & while the thermal conductivity is not as good as water leaks cause no problems. You can also use R134a in a phase change loop and by changing the process using latent heat you blow past anything water can do. Lots of other advantages as well like the system is now isothermal and everything shrinks and R134a is also a dielectric so again a leak will not harm any of the electronics.
post #7 of 11
You should be using Distilled Water - it's the best coolant out there for water cooling setups at the moment.

Assuming you are, if you do get a leak, you just leave the wet components for a day or two at room temperature to dry out. When leak testing, you jumper the PSU which means the PC will not be operating when you are leak testing.
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post #8 of 11
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There are other fluids besides water you can use in a liquid cooling loop. 3M makes some engineered fluids that are dielectrics & while the thermal conductivity is not as good as water leaks cause no problems. You can also use R134a in a phase change loop and by changing the process using latent heat you blow past anything water can do. Lots of other advantages as well like the system is now isothermal and everything shrinks and R134a is also a dielectric so again a leak will not harm any of the electronics.

WARNING: Not for beginners.
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generally a leak will **** up your hardware
 
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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by fat_italian_stallion;11701712 
generally a leak will **** up your hardware

Fortunately, the one small coolant leak I had was only a few drops that fell onto and caught by the top most RAM heatspreader. Woot for heatspreaders. 90* motherboard mounting FTW!
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