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post #1 of 6
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Here's a quickie for you gurus out there:

Before I start diving into my watercooling build, I've gone over every watercooling thread I could and then repeated to make sure I don't miss any important steps before I assemble. I will fill/shake/flush my rads with a 10% vinegar solution and rinse out with hot water before I install, and I wondered:

Should I disassemble my blocks or flush them out with vinegar solution as well before I install them, or would simply running some hot distilled through them be enough?

How many of you gents actually disassemble the blocks before you install them?
(all parts are brand new...I will definitely flush the tubing before I install)

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 6
I don't believe in disassembling blocks to clean them when they are brand new. A simple flush of hot distilled should be fine for them. The more you disassemble something, the more likely it is to leak at the gaskets that seal it. But, you are right on track for the rest of your components. A rad flush is always recommended, your most likely to see a lot of little particles coming out with the water. If you really want to track what comes out of the radiator when you flush it, place a clean white paper towel in a strainer and pour the flush water in the strainer. The paper towel in the strainer will trap the bits and pieces coming out of the radiator, you'll be surprised what comes out of a brand new radiator.
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post #3 of 6
Flushing any new loop is a must and it looks like you've got that down,but as far as disassembling the blocks before use I wouldnt recommend it. I say this not because it would cause any harm of course, but I think its just a waste of time since a good flush with vinegar and hot distilled water will be more than sufficient to get all the extra gunk in the rad.
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post #4 of 6
If they were used, I would say yes use distilled vinegar and water to clean the blocks.

Since they're new, distilled water is only needed (like PulkPull suggested). But you can run hot tap or boiling water first and then give it a few more rinses with distilled water.
post #5 of 6
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Thanks fellas. I keep reading about how there may or may not be a little rogue copper in new blocks. I didn't plan on disassembling, I was hoping a simple flush with hot tap or near boiling distilled would be enough to purge the blocks before an install.

post #6 of 6
I agree that dis assembly is not necessary. I just got a new EK Supreme HF and flushed it out. I gathered the water back to check for anything and found nothing. I have done the same with two different heatkiller blocks and a full cover gpu block and have yet to find anything in the rinse. I still do it to be safe, but I think taking them apart is potentially more harmful than useful.
I have found filings in rad flushes, but never found anything in blocks. Better safe than sorry though.
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