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post #1 of 11
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I am redoing my watercooling loop and ive got this awesome idea for a res, uv cathode in the res and uv coolant! so what i want to know is just how bad are dyes/coolants compared to distilled water?

At first i did not beleive the "myths" but since opening my old blocks I am, well, shocked . so is there some way to fulfill my dream without destroying my shiny new blocks? And which are the least destructive dyes/coolants?

Also some pics of why i shouldnt be doing this would be nice.
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Ive never owned a loop, but if you keep your tubes clean won't it work just fine? I heard over time they can build up some sort of residue on the tubing that will restrict flow, but I'm really not 100% positive, just throwing in my 2 cents.
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Here is a link to my Dye post.
I would stay away from them..
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l#post12302497
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post #4 of 11
Go with a UV reactive tubing and a UV reactive res if you want to do this. Also I'd suggest against submerging the cathode.
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post #5 of 11
get coloured tubing..

NEVER USE dyes'' they gunk up your loop
    
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Ugh.. Trust me, you don't want another thing that could mess up your loop.. Too many things can go wrong already.. Use only distilled water with a biocide of some sort..

Do you look forward to spending hours of extra quality time with a toothbrush every month cleaning out your blocks to get your temps back on track? Didn't think so...
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Never use dies or additives. Only use colored tubing + distilled water + silver coil
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Ugh.. Trust me, you don't want another thing that could mess up your loop.. Too many things can go wrong already.. Use only distilled water with a biocide of some sort..

Do you look forward to spending hours of extra quality time with a toothbrush every month cleaning out your blocks to get your temps back on track? Didn't think so...
^ This. I remember cursing at myself for using the pretty UV green dye as I was scrubbing my old Swiftech wb with vinegar and a toothbrush for hours. UV tubing is low maintenance, and can still give the same bling effect.
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How cool is this


Despite having seen the nasty effects of coolant first hand I really wana get this set up. So which is better coolant or dye? And does anyone know of better makes?
Edited by VeryChilled - 3/2/11 at 8:29am
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post #10 of 11
Here's an idea..
If you really want to have your fancy glowing fluid..

Buy a reservoir, a pump, and a whole lot of clear tubing.. Run the clear tubing all over the place and then loop it back into the res.. No radiators or waterblocks...

Now you've got your fancy glowing fluid flowing around and you're not messing up any blocks.. I'm sure you could probably run it likes that for many years..

If you want to water cool stuff, do it right make another loop and make it low profile and discrete so that nobody will ever know that the goop isn't actually going through your blocks / radiator...

It'll be our little secret..
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