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I am strongly considering watercooling my next build, which will happen within weeks.

There is something that scares me a bit, I wounder if a correctly engineered and installed WC system should be safe enough to just trust it with no monitoring.

Anyone here ever have a pump fail?


Is watercooling as safe as air as long as the cooling fluid is monitored to be sure of no junk building up in it?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vinyl_Lives;13072289 
I am strongly considering watercooling my next build, which will happen within weeks.

There is something that scares me a bit, I wounder if a correctly engineered and installed WC system should be safe enough to just trust it with no monitoring.

Anyone here ever have a pump fail?


Is watercooling as safe as air as long as the cooling fluid is monitored to be sure of no junk building up in it?

It's as safe as the builder makes it, (quality parts don't fail as often) if you're worried you can always do the 24 run without the power on in the computer, just the pump and fans.

I leave my computer on 24/7 for BOINC, watercooled.
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Water cooling is safe.
You just have to leak test.
Or as safe as you make it.....
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It's safe in the same way you run your water in your home and don't wonder if the pipes are leaking... that said...

I have not had a pump fail but I do use CoreTemp with overheat protection enabled to shut down if the temps go beyond (in my case 54c). If that were to fail than there is always the thermal limit of the cpu itself which "should" catch it... Some pumps have PWM cables and correctly installed into a mobo cpu header, if the rpm bottoms out, should also shut the machine down.

Cooling fluid, lots of debate, I like distilled water and a silver (kill) coil. I check this periodically from the res (for any critter buildup) and also keep a closed container sample of water that has been in the loop nearby as a sorta control sample. If one gets junk/gunk buildup, pull/flush/clean/install and your back in business. Just be as clean as possible on the initial installation and you "could" in theory make it two or more years on the same h20.
 
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I turn my pc off if Im going to be out and about for hours or going out of town. Ive had a pump go out on a prebuilt kit and the cpu block's top cracked. Luckily no leakage. I uave had a swiftech 655B stop working. I guess the previous owner tugged on the wires or something. The solder popped off on one of the wires and made a bad connection or it may have fallen off its self.
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Where does one find the silver coils?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vinyl_Lives;13072837 
Where does one find the silver coils?

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_381_384&products_id=28871

That, or just about any jeweler will be able to hook you up with some high grade silver bit to toss into the drink.
http://www.ccsilver.com/silver/fines.html
 
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post #8 of 40
Water cooling is as safe as you make it as it have been said.
dont be to cheap on parts and always leak test the whole loop at least 12hours with being int he room and can keep an eye on it, put taper towels around the tube were it ends to more easily see if anything leaks,
always run the system without anything more connected to the PSU then the pump, that way you can clean up any drops or spill water without shorting out your motherboard or other cards, its mentioned in the water cooling guides on this forum.
read up a little how the watercoooling is set up and research a little on your own, its not cheap so taking your time is well worth it
    
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post #9 of 40
Have some confidence in your ability to put something together, and it will work fine. Learn from the forums, browse build logs, etc.
post #10 of 40
No! Watercooling is dangerous! it may destroy all your hardwares!
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