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I am wanting to run clear fluid.  What is the very best option?  Do I buy biocide?  "Ultra pure H20"?  What is the deal with the silver coils?  What makes all this better than just distilled water?  Sorry for the newb question.

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Distilled water is fine, but over time it will eventually become contaminated, and therefore conductive. It can then also start to grow... things. It is best to use a treated liquid that is non conductive and anti-growth stuff to make sure the loop does not gunk up. You can see an example of this in "Whole room water cooling". I'm sure Jayztwocents has plenty of videos on this also

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Just now, Dissitesuxba11s said:

Personally, you should just get some EKWB Premix and be done with it until you clean your loop. If you need a lot, you can also do a 9:1 mix of Cryofuel concentrate and distilled water, respectively.

 

It doesn't have to be these coolants, the above is just what I've personally used.

That works for me.

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I've just been running dis-stilled water and a coil of silver. Been like that for years (changing out the water as necessary). I've never seen any growth so I never spent any money on actual biocidal agents.

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pure silver coil and distilled works great,

 

glycol mixes are for AIO and super custom  chiller setups or  really hot equipment.

 

i have run a variety of stuff, some pre-mix  some concentrate,  the thing i like best about  when i am lazy and just use distilled and some pure silver.   i dont feel like i need to take it in for proper disposal and can just dump it in the sink.

 

Honestly though  a anti-corrosion mix stops the leaching of plating and action of plating with sustained long term fluid rotation (use),   a little bottle will last you a long time and is worth the investment if you don't plan on  changing back any time soon.

 

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i wonder if the .925 base in my new cpu block makes the 1oz .999 lump redundant now..

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I'm running with distilled water and Mayhems X1 Clear for a while now. Never had any growth or corrosion happening in my loop. Also, X1 is free of glycol which makes it usable in loops that use PETG tubing. 

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Depends on the components. Can’t use a kill coil with every metal. 

I’d just run the clear ek fluid. 

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How many liters of fluid do you think I will need?  

 

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13 minutes ago, TahoeDust said:

How many liters of fluid do you think I will need?  

 

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More than 1 liter, less than 2.

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4 minutes ago, For Science! said:

More than 1 liter, less than 2.

Perfect.  Thanks.

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I'm just going to buy EK or bitspower fluid.  This deep into a project, the cost is really irrelevant.  My budget was crushed about 4 performance-pc orders ago...lol.

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Can the fluid be reused?  I know EK will not have Blocks ready for my 2080 ti FTW3 for a while.  I am going to use Mayhem soft to connect the loop until I get a GPU block.  I'll need to drain it to add the GPU to the loop.  Can I just refill it with the same fluid?

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I reuse mine all the time. I only replace based on color or time. With swapping out so much stuff it would be dumb for me to throw out the fluid each time.

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Just now, Mick Naughty said:

I reuse mine all the time. I only replace based on color or time. With swapping out so much stuff it would be dumb for me to throw out the fluid each time.

I figured so, I just wanted to be certain.  Thanks for the reply.

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yea,  its like 18 months max with no swap (although some nano fluids claim 4-5 year life), i have re-used when i needed to drain/change something before then.

 

and tbh i probably could have reused again. but  it was just distilled so  i was ok with tossing it.

 

if its less than 12 months,  i would re-use/add to it as needed,  if it more, wont hurt for fresh stuff if you can.

 

if an AIO can go 3-5 years, why cant our custom if maintained right.

 

 

 

 

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