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Do you have to replace coolant in water cooling systems?

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Is having a water colling system liek having a fish tank cause you have to change the water out every few months? And if so how often and how difficult is it? Also, is the coolant expensive?
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no one really uses coolant maybe feser.

distilled water every 4-6 months change it. clean out parts and redo
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- It is inevitable that you will have to add coolant (how often depends on the system itself)

-I am not to sure about flushing the system. I know that I used to just for the heck of it about every three months.

-Cost depends on what coolant you use. I used to use 70/30 Distilled water and a cooling agent. Cost about $10 and made a gallon of coolant that had a shelf life of 1 year.

Come to think of it...The coolant was more to turn the water UV blue
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 3/15/11 at 10:58am
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Originally Posted by k0rnh0li0;12742009 
no one really uses coolant maybe feser.

distilled water every 4-6 months change it. clean out parts and redo

If you're using biocide+distilled you don't need to change coolant anywhere near that often. One of the folks on this board had been using the same load of distilled for I believe 2 years, only topping off. Odds are you'll change hardware and need to alter your loop before the distilled really needs changed anyway.

Besides a gallon of distilled costs less than $1USD, and a KillCoil will last the rest of your life and only costs $5+shipping.
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If you use dyes or colored coolant it is reccomended to flush it every 3 months.And while flushing you should also take apart all the blocks and clean the gunk out of them.Or they will eventually be clogged and not work so great.

With distilled/kill coil its is not necessary maybe once a year.
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Originally Posted by solar0987;12742060 
If you use dyes or colored coolant it is reccomended to flush it every 3 months.And while flushing you should also take apart all the blocks and clean the gunk out of them.Or they will eventually be clogged and not work so great.

With distilled/kill coil its is not necessary maybe once a year.

And the reason they clog is cause of teh dye? So ifI dont use dye no clogs? Also, is water cooling better at colling then lets say a h70 or h50? I use a zalman and it works ok but would liek to see 20's. I now see upper 30s idling.
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Originally Posted by mrpep;12742101 
And the reason they clog is cause of teh dye? So ifI dont use dye no clogs? Also, is water cooling better at colling then lets say a h70 or h50? I use a zalman and it works ok but would liek to see 20's. I now see upper 30s idling.

Yes the dyes break down and leave gunk in blocks/rads/pumps.
I would recommend on NOT using dyes, use colored tubing distilled water and a kill coil. yes no dyes no clogs biggrin.gif
h50-70 is ok in best of terms nothing compared to a actual loop.
And even with a loop you cant expect awesome idle temps, its based on your ambient temps how hot is it in your house.The load temps are where it wins/counts.
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Yeah i fergot to factor in the biocide and kill coil. I personally would just use kill. Idk still having my doubts about pt nuke cause they ward off EK PRODUCTS.
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