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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-01-2019, 07:49 AM
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Sorry for the long delay mates. I had some irl responsibilities intercede. So I was curious if I need to pre clean my radiators before installation and use. I have the mayhem two stage blitz kit so should I do stage one before using the rads and stage two after installation?
The rads are Alphacool 360mm NeXXos 1x ST30 and 1x XT45 Crossflows. The rad I plan to use in my wetbench is an XPSC 360mm EX Crossflow. I heard some places preclean them and some do not but couldn't get an answer back from either company yet.

Also I have read that some people like to sand the paint off the threads in their rads and clean prior to installing fittings so no paint flakes end up inside the rad. Is that at all necessary? I am going to be using cloud white EK premix so I don't want black flakes floating around if it can be avoided with a little prep work.

Here is some shots of the the stuff needed for testing racked up for the wait. More pics tomorrow.
I would for sure clean the radiators first, especially since the Alphacool rads are notoriously dirty. Blitz part 1 is strictly for radiators though. Blitz part 2 is designed to use in the entire system. But you either need to use part 2 on the radiators before installation or at least flush them thoroughly with distilled water to get all of the part 1 out.

I did a radiator cleaning and flushing guide awhile back you can check it out here https://www.overclock.net/forum/25842945-post24.html

I have not had to clean the threads before, but if there is paint in there then it certainly would not hurt to screw a fitting in to clean up the threads. Having black flecks in your nice white coolant would not be good.

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If you haven’t already look at adding a flow meter and temp sensor for your loop.

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I would for sure clean the radiators first, especially since the Alphacool rads are notoriously dirty. Blitz part 1 is strictly for radiators though. Blitz part 2 is designed to use in the entire system. But you either need to use part 2 on the radiators before installation or at least flush them thoroughly with distilled water to get all of the part 1 out.

I did a radiator cleaning and flushing guide awhile back you can check it out here https://www.overclock.net/forum/25842945-post24.html

I have not had to clean the threads before, but if there is paint in there then it certainly would not hurt to screw a fitting in to clean up the threads. Having black flecks in your nice white coolant would not be good.

Good luck!
Thanks a ton for that I will give it a read and the info!


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If you haven’t already look at adding a flow meter and temp sensor for your loop.
I have a couple of the barrow plug temperature sensors. As far as flow meters could you recommend one that won't leak (as I could only find reviews on Amazon and all of them had some people complaining about leaks)?

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This looks like a good project. Interested to see how your OCD pans out for your first foray into water cooling.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Thoth420 View Post
Thanks a ton for that I will give it a read and the info!









I have a couple of the barrow plug temperature sensors. As far as flow meters could you recommend one that won't leak (as I could only find reviews on Amazon and all of them had some people complaining about leaks)?


Aquacomputer high flow ones are very good

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Aquacomputer high flow ones are very good
It doesn't say if it's compatible with my motherboard flow header. Board is an X470 Asus Crosshair VII

Update: Apparently it is! Where to hide that thought as it's hella ugly.


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Where to hide that thought as it's hella ugly.
You're still using the IN WIN 303C right? In that case you can hide it in the PSU compartment.
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You're still using the IN WIN 303C right? In that case you can hide it in the PSU compartment.
Yes sir. I have the black and white and cannot decide haha. I didn't plan on routing tubing back there. Are the visual flow indicators good enough? I don't plan on just letting it run when I am not home etc.

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Update/Question: So I used the stage 1 on all of my rads yesterday but got busy with some other stuff and left the solution inside them for about 24 hrs. The manual says between 6-12 hours. Any problems leaving it in longer?

Not a thing came of the xspc rads with 5-6 flushes of distilled water afterwards but the Alphacools had a ton of flux and such come out.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Thoth420 View Post
Update/Question: So I used the stage 1 on all of my rads yesterday but got busy with some other stuff and left the solution inside them for about 24 hrs. The manual says between 6-12 hours. Any problems leaving it in longer?

Not a thing came of the xspc rads with 5-6 flushes of distilled water afterwards but the Alphacools had a ton of flux and such come out.
I'm sure you were ok with leaving the Part 1 in for 24 hours as long as you flushed them real good afterwards.

Not surprised about the Alphacools have lots of crud in them. At least it won't be circulating through your loop now.



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