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water cooling... coolant choices

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  1. exodusprime1337

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    so i put together my water cooling loop last night.. d-tek db1 pump, fuzion v2 block, 1/2"id-5/8"od hosing, swiftec quiet power 120.2 rad and a microres from swiftec.

    so far everything is going fine... but i'm gonna have to choose a coolant as i'm sure just pure distilled water with no additives is going be be problematic as time goes on..

    no i'm using a copper block and brass... i believe radiator(correct me if i'm wrong, it looks like brass). so i'm not worried about galvanic corrossion but i do need to find a proper coolant solution to minimize maintence and maximize cooling...

    i'm at 28idle and 47 load during prime95 quad stress test.

    tell me what coolants work for you and what i should be doing.. if you can suggest things taht can be bought at my local hardware/auto parts store that would be great. thanx a lot.
     
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    I'm pretty sure it isn't brass. (I could be wrong)

    Don't they use aluminium and copper?
     
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    prestone 50/50 pre-mixed antifreeze - been running it for years same pump, block, tubing... never had an issue. Never leaves residue either... just dont spill it... stuff never dries.
     
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    i'm running pure water since the summer with PT nuke+green food coloring no issues at all
     
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You will rarely find water cooling products made from aluminum unless it's sold as a complete system using all aluminum. Aluminum and copper do not mix.
     
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    For my system I use Koolance's "High Performance Coolant". Since I use Koolance blocks and the EXOS2 I decided to stick with their coolant.

    Here is what they have in their coolant:
    • Distilled Water: 70 wt%
    • Propylene Glycol: 27 wt% (CAS #:57-55-6)
    • Additives: 3 wt%

    Here is some more useless mumbojumbo (at least to me):
    • Boiling Point: 103ºC
    • Vapor Pressure: 17 mmHg (20ºC)
    • Volatility: not determined
    • Specific Gravity: 1.03 (20/20ºC)
    • pH: 7.3
    • Solubility in water: Soluble in water at room temperature

    Hope this helps:)
     
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    freaksavior To infinity ... and beyond!

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    i Do as well since we built are water cooling together. im using red die though :D
     
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    thanx.. yeah i heard a lot of people speak out against using antifreeze because it's normally thicker then water and could kill a pump... apparently the m3n-ht does not have anything in the way of a cpu threshold shutoff but idk... i want safe because if the pump stops.. well i might be in trouble lol
     
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    speaking of food coloring.. does it stain the res's and stuff??
     
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    freaksavior To infinity ... and beyond!

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    Kinda :/
     
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    Kinda? It's either is or it isn't. How do u kinda stain a res? lol :p
     
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    is it worth it.. cause some red food coloring would be badass..
     
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    Yes, it is :D
     
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    distilled water is best possible coolant. adding anything to it just lowers its cooling ability.
     
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    freaksavior To infinity ... and beyond!

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    how would food dye lower it?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Agreed Im new to watercooling and was told By PaulieG to use Distilled water With Nuke :toast:
     
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    yes. food dye stains really bad too. and it gums up in the fins of the blocks and in the pump
     
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    I have replaced the coolant in my system several times because of hardware additions and subtractions (replacing E6600 with E8500, then adding two water cooled 4870's, and finally replacing with a GTX 295 (not water cooled)) and have not had a problem with staining. I find that the price for a bottle of coolant from a manufacture for $15.00 to be within reason and affordability.
     
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    take apart your cpu block. i bet something will be in there depending on how long you've run the loop.

    here is 1 month of UV blue feser dye in a GTZ...


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    i used about 10 drops in straight distilled water. nothing else.
     

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    I really do not want to take my system apart to check! I guess I will have to take your word for it:toast:
     
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    Silver "kill coils" are a method of treating your water through silver filtration. Silver has been a long time "biocide" and TBH I use it topically when I have stuff like pinkeye. It works. Right now I'm running silver water in my rig that I ionized myself. Silver Ionized water is just as good as silver biocidal tubing, or kill coils.
     

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