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I just used distilled water and lots of shaking, two rinses and it was clear, got all of the sand like flux out.
    
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post #12 of 19
10% vinegar solution (1 cup distilled white vinegar to 9 cups boiling hot water)

Fill radiator. Cap. Shake it for a minute. Let stand for 3-4 minutes. Drain.

Flush with hot water.

Final rinse with distilled.
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Originally Posted by mongoloid;13047751 
10% vinegar solution (1 cup distilled white vinegar to 9 cups boiling hot water)

Fill radiator. Cap. Shake it for a minute. Let stand for 3-4 minutes. Drain.

Flush with hot water.

Final rinse with distilled.

Will go with this solution. But are distilled white vinegar the same thing as white vinegar ?

Thanks.
    
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I just got my 480 radiator in, and I was looking at all the things I need to do to properly prepare my WC setup. Anyway, is there anything I should do after flushing my radiator, maintenance wise for my loop? I'm cooling a CPU + GPU - do I need to flush those along with the pump/res?

Also, let's say I flush the rad out now, and then next week have the loop put together. Anything wrong with waiting a week after the flush?
 
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post #15 of 19
I'm not 100% positive, but I don't think there would be any harm in waiting a while after the flush, because the point of the flush is to get out flux leftover form soldering/welding during the radiator's manufacturing.

I hope that helped!
    
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post #16 of 19
I'm lazy and just let my household water pressure and hot water heater do the work. Run it like this on medium/hot both directions for about 30 minutes and do a final rinse with distilled and call it good.

Just be careful with the household pressure (Can be upwards of 80psi and potentially damaging if improperly used). If you block the outlet port you could potentially damage the rad from all the pressure that's possible, but as long as it's flowing without restriction on the ports, you should be ok. Respect the pressure and you'll be fine though.
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So with all that being said, do I need to flush my water blocks as well? I already installed my GPU block on my video card, so it'll be sort of hard to do that, but if I have to I'll find a way.
 
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post #18 of 19
You should, but not if they have already been installed. There isn't any flux in blocks, but sometimes there are shavings of copper or acetal or stainless that's loose inside. Fortunately, the cpu blocks also serve dual purpose as a strainer for any debris floating in a system. Next time you clean the loop, you'll find what you missed in the cpu block..biggrin.gif
    
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Save your pump, take your blocks apart before you put your loop together. It takes what 5 min?
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