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After emptying my water cooling rig to install a new reservoir, I realized that I was basically out of distilled water. Right now there is a huge snow storm out, and I REALLY don't want to go out and buy more water if I don't have too. However, there is a huge abundance of snow outside. Like 8 to 10 inches. What do you guys think about collecting this snow, melting it, and using it to cool my PC? The whole point of using distilled water is that distilled water is extremely pure, i.e. there are no minerals in it that could build up inside the loop (not to mention it's lack of conductivity). Would melted snow work for this as well?

Now I know that, in order for the ice crystals to form into snow flakes, there must be some speck of dust for the ice to begin forming on (if I remember correctly from like junior high science). Will this make the water so impure that it's not usable?


Thanks again guys... I realize this is a strange question
Edited by om3n - 2/5/11 at 3:46pm
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post #2 of 31
you could boil it and filter it is might be fine... but lol i thought it was gonna be a mega oc attempt thread
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no, not a good idea to stick snow water or rain water in your loop.




I too was thinking this thread was going to be about some extreme cooling... you could use snow in a slush box... and with lots of snow outside, you could go all day
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no, not a good idea to stick snow water or rain water in your loop.
Not disagreeing, but mind explaining why? I'm completely oblivious to water cooling.
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snow is really dirty, if you were to use it in your loop it would corrode it use tap water since its less harmful
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snow is really dirty, if you were to use it in your loop it would corrode it use tap water since its less harmful
No, don't. It would depend on your area but it can be just as bad as snow.
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Not disagreeing, but mind explaining why? I'm completely oblivious to water cooling.
You will find that rain drops and snow form around car exhaust and other pollutants in the atmosphere... Its just dirty.



If you need a temporary fix, boil the snow water and hope for the best. But once the snow clears, run to walmart and grab a gallon of distilled for less than a dollar.
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If you are stuck indoors, and bored, just make your own distilled water out of snow.
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I too was thinking this thread was going to be about some extreme cooling... you could use snow in a slush box... and with lots of snow outside, you could go all day
I was thinking this exact same thing. One big slush box.
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No, don't. It would depend on your area but it can be just as bad as snow.
I am in south east Michigan, and we have among the cleanest tap water in the nation. Would using that be a bad idea? It comes from the great lakes.
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