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hey guys. i got a xspc kit coming in the mail (hopefully monday). this will be my first venture into the liquid side of cooling. anyway, i plan on buying disstilled water from the grocery store and using that as coolant.

what i want to know: is it absolutely necessary to put additives into the coolant? like non corrosion additive, or biocidal?

can i get by with just distilled water with no additives? will it ruin my gear?

all help is greatly appreciated.
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You want biocide to prohibit algae growth....don't run without one form or another of it for an extended time.

*In theory if you had black opaque tubing and a reservoir that was black-you could run without it as no light would get to the water to permit algae growth. Still better to be safe than a culture farm.
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post #3 of 13
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You want biocide to prohibit algae growth....don't run without one form or another of it for an extended time.

*In theory if you had black opaque tubing and a reservoir that was black-you could run without it as no light would get to the water to permit algae growth. Still better to be safe than a culture farm.
Define "extended".

Btw, going offtopic a bit...
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Yeah you need some. Get pt nuke or a silver coil.
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hey guys. i got a xspc kit coming in the mail (hopefully monday). this will be my first venture into the liquid side of cooling. anyway, i plan on buying disstilled water from the grocery store and using that as coolant.

what i want to know: is it absolutely necessary to put additives into the coolant? like non corrosion additive, or biocidal?

can i get by with just distilled water with no additives? will it ruin my gear?

all help is greatly appreciated.
I would recommended getting a specialized non-conductive coolant, or using mineral oil, since distilled water can become conductive again over time, and if you have an accident, it will short out your computer.
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i ordered my RS240kit with a killcoil.
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I would recommended getting a specialized non-conductive coolant, or using mineral oil, since distilled water can become conductive again over time, and if you have an accident, it will short out your computer.
wont mineral oil put more strain on the pump though? it has a higher viscosity
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wont mineral oil put more strain on the pump though? it has a higher viscosity
Exactly. It also won't perform as well thermally. I would never recommend that you do that. Instead, I would use plain distilled water. Almost all leaks happen when you first install your loop, and if you are doing it correctly these should be caught during leak testing (while your computer is off). Once you have the loop setup your chance of a leak is quite low.
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I would recommended getting a specialized non-conductive coolant, or using mineral oil, since distilled water can become conductive again over time, and if you have an accident, it will short out your computer.
?
sure you could use mineral oil if you wanna dunk the whole computer in it or wanna have a really really pretty much impossible time cleaning your gear when the time comes... but really not nearly as great as distilled water...
like the majority suggests distilled+pt/silver is the best
non-conductive coolant? just like distilled water it will become conductive in time
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?
sure you could use mineral oil if you wanna dunk the whole computer in it or wanna have a really really pretty much impossible time cleaning your gear when the time comes... but really not nearly as great as distilled water...
like the majority suggests distilled+pt/silver is the best
non-conductive coolant? just like distilled water it will become conductive in time
when you say pt/silver, do you mean 1 or the other? or both? pt = pt nuke? also the silver you mention is that one of those things that goes inside one of the tubes? i saw one on frozencpu. it said it was .999 fine silver. i never knew silver could kill bacteria/algea
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