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Hello everyone, I need to clean my rads and GPU blocks, its been almost 2 years and about a year ago I noticed some build up to the point today that I could not handle seeing it like that anymore, I'm changing all the tubing, because it was so bad I could see a thin thing peeling off from it.

So I got white vinegar, alcohol, but will that be enough to clean inside the rad, and the GPU blocks? How much should I use? I have seen people talking about 10% vinegar 90 water, I think it's so bad that makes me want to use 100 vinegar. Is that bad? Should I use bleach?

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Hello everyone, I need to clean my rads and GPU blocks, its been almost 2 years and about a year ago I noticed some build up to the point today that I could not handle seeing it like that anymore, I'm changing all the tubing, because it was so bad I could see a thin thing peeling off from it.

So I got white vinegar, alcohol, but will that be enough to clean inside the rad, and the GPU blocks? How much should I use? I have seen people talking about 10% vinegar 90 water, I think it's so bad that makes me want to use 100 vinegar. Is that bad? Should I use bleach?

Thanks...
White vinegar and hot (not boiling) water, 50/50 mix (doesn't have to be exact) and shake. You may need to let it sit or repeat several times. Don't leave copper in the vinegar solution for too long though (aka not overnight) as you can damage it. Do not use alcohol, especially on acrylic tops as it can cause cracking.

Edit: Taking the blocks apart and using a toothbrush can be very effective too, if you're comfortable with doing that I'd suggest it too. Use the brush with your solution and it will work wonders. No need for alcohiol or bleach though.
Edited by SaltwaterCooled - 3/15/11 at 8:31am
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About the gpu I have a Danger Den 8800GTS, should I just remove the screws, clean, put back on?

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About the gpu I have a Danger Den 8800GTS, should I just remove the screws, clean, put back on?

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Yup, just be careful with the O-ring when you take the top off. Not sure if it will void your DD warranty, if that's a concern you should look it up, but otherwise there's nothing too tricky about taking it apart. Try to remember the torque when you take it off, so that when you put it back together you don't overtighted the top. Overtightening can crack the acrylic. Also, like changing a tire, work in a star pattern, loosen one screw, then the one diagonal from it etc, instead of going around the perimeter in order- it keeps the stress more even across the top.
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