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Looking to go water but i am just wondering what kind of upkeep am i looking at having this because i am assuming you don't just set some liquid in once and that's it.
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6 months to a year change fluid. Inspect tubing ,barbs ,blocks and etc.replace tubing and or o rings if needed
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I am a fan of the 5 month/ 6month inspection... before that, cleaning fans and removing buildup is sorta a daily thing... depending on pets/environment.

6 month inspection... when I fill a loop I will take a sample from the loop and leave it in a jug, that water sample is my visual control for what the microbial growth could potentially be in the loop... as it goes, nothing grows in that stagnant bottle, chances are, nothing in the loop.

Check fittings, remove fans from rad, clean it up, remove blocks, check for buildup, clean tim surfaces, oil fan bearings, correct anything that was off or annoying (a noisy fan for example), inspect pump/rad topper for cracks/lube as required, inspect o-rings, put it all back together, re-fill with new jug o' water, bleed, 24 hour leak test... and your back in business.

I like 6 months, and plan around it others... may go a year or more before messing with it... others who are not as clean as perhaps could of been... couple of weeks before the plant growth strikes them down.
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post #4 of 9
depends whether you have pets. My rads used to get clogged up pretty quickely
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I barely manage mine, I have better things to do than clean my fans out on a daily basis

Using distilled water kill coils & PT-nuke, there is very little you need to do assuming nothing goes wrong.

Mostly I just look at the reservoir every so often (and why wouldn't I, it looks so good) If you get a level drop or there's a green haze in the water that isn't due to your case lighting, you probably need to have a closer look.

That said, I probably change parts in my system every few months (3-4), which of course means a full coolant change, even so, it's rare I have issues (now, that is, I got a fair few more starting out but I didn't have any support on learning it, was purely from tinkering and buying)


Edit:

Should point out, having the PC on a desk instead of the floor kills the amount of dust you accumulate.

Sucking on the carpet is for hoovers
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post #6 of 9
Not much more effort than an air cooled PC once the initial setup is done.
Maybe top off the water once a year but other than that its just simple upkeep like any other PC.
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post #7 of 9
It depends on a lot of things...

If you're careful and do a very good job setting up your loop, it's very low maint..

But if you do a poor job cleaning out your rads like I apparently did (thought I did a good job), you're going to have to flush out all your fluid after the first couple months...

Then after that, you might start thinking about taking the whole thing apart to add another block to your loop and/or redoing the TIM on a GPU block..

I'm still trying to decide whether I should add my 1090T CPU to my SLI loop or not.. Hard to guess how loud the stock cooler would get in the summer time but the stock cooler revs up pretty darn high and can be quite noisy.
post #8 of 9
Very little upkeep is necessary. However, I've never had a loop together for more than a month or so just because I'm always changing something.
post #9 of 9
Depends if you use something like a H70 or a customer loop. H70 is sealed so it is no different than air, you just need to blow dust out of the fan and radiator periodically. Custom loop, like everyone else said, about once a month I do a visual just to make sure nothing is leaking, water still looks clear, and I don't need to top off my res. Blow dust bunnies out of the case, fans and radiators. Same as an air cooled just the addition of leak and level check.

I will warn you going under water is addictive and you will want to keep tinkering with it!
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