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  1. trickson

    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    I am wanting to know what kind of liquid to use in my "water cooling setup " ?
    Can you use anti freeze ? Or do you have to buy the stuff they sell ? or can you use water ?
    What do you use to fill every thing up ?
     
  2. JC316

    JC316 Knows what makes you tick

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    I ran straight distilled water with a cap of alcohol to kill algae. Do not run tap or antifreeze.
     
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  3. trickson

    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    OK cool .
    Why can't you run anti freeze ? It is because it will hurt the pump?
     
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, and it's thick. There will be less flow in the loop. A loop for a computer doesn't get nearly as hot or get the pressure of a cooling system in a car. Distilled water works the best as it's very cheap. Fesser coolant beats distilled by 1 or 2c but that's about it. I run just distilled and have no problems with corrosion or algae.
     
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    JC316 Knows what makes you tick

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    What Erocker said. If you absolutely want to, you can get something like fluidxp, but it's really not needed. Distilled water has the best temps.
     
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    Mines distilled water,and a piece of silver to stop algea.
     
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  7. trickson

    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Great then I will get some distilled water and put a cap full of rubbing alcohol in it right ?
    Can I just put some water in a gallon jug and let it sit out for a couple of days ?
     
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    i use distilled water with a bit of pentosin in it for a little blue color. pentosin is bmw antifreeze. any bmw dealer will have it, and its cheap. comes in red and blue. you can also get vw coolant, which is a cool color orange.
     
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    +1 for distilled water. I'm using it without any additions.
     
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Distilled water it is .
    I made a killer reservoir to I will fill it up too .
     
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    I have Koolances Liquid blue stuff. Basically the coolant you buy is Ethylene Glycol. What is that you ask? Well that is Antifreeze. However, its a bit different solution level than what comes already mixed or mixed 50/50. Anything like Distilled Water (DI Water) or Coolant will work.
     
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    i've been running distilled water mixed 90/10 with regular antifreeze for almost 5yrs now without a hitch!

    a piece of silver (coin or something) or a couple drop's of bleach/iodine will help to keep it super clean ;)

    i alway's wash/dry then rinse with alcohol everything before i assemble it....

    this has worked for me

    :toast:
     
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    What does the silver do?

    edit: that is how does it keep the water clean?
     
  14. trickson

    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    WOW so a 90/10 mixture will work ? cool I just want it for the color LOL . I would think that bleach would foam up . a Coin what kind like a penny ?
     
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    75% distilled water, 25% glycol (basically pure antifreeze... its the cooling agent in antifreeze) and a bit of bleach (to kill everything that might grow in it) I fill mine via a T line, and drain it with a T valve (both Ts have a valve).
     
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    Silver is an inhibitor. It will kill algae and bacteria Or prevent it from growing.
     
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    Why?
     
  18. trickson

    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Well I can just go to the store and get some I just though that it would be free the other way lol ...
     
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    Nah, distilled water is probably the cheapest way.
     
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Yeah I will just get some at the store .
     

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