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    Default Coolant vs no coolant

    Lifehacker's guide says that colored coolants gunk up the loop. This is on an xspc raystorm 750 rx240. How much of a problem is it? Is it not something that can be addressed by flushing the tubes and toothbrushing the reservoir or are we talking mildew stubbornness here? And does adding coolant render any significant advantages? How many degrees celcius different are we talking about, or will it make the rad fans run quieter?
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    Default Re: Coolant vs no coolant

    I'm assuming you meant colored coolant vs plain water.

    Plain water
    Pros:
    better thermal performance, within 0.5c
    cheaper
    easy to obtain

    Cons:
    non corrosion and algae protection
    current conductor
    freeze

    Colored Coolant
    Pros:
    corrosion and algae protection
    prettier

    Cons:
    cost
    availability
    dye pigment break down over time
    mother of all stains

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    Default Re: Coolant vs no coolant

    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    I'm assuming you meant colored coolant vs plain water.

    Plain water
    Pros:
    better thermal performance, within 0.5c
    cheaper
    easy to obtain

    Cons:
    non corrosion and algae protection
    current conductor
    freeze

    Colored Coolant
    Pros:
    corrosion and algae protection
    prettier

    Cons:
    cost
    availability
    dye pigment break down over time
    mother of all stains
    distilled water it is then! my clean freak side will absolutely not allow the mother to come roost.

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    Default Re: Coolant vs no coolant

    I use distilled and silver coils. Zero issues.

    I used Feser coolant once in the past, but upon tearing the system down, there was a thin, slimy film on everything that disgusted me. So much cleaning. And replaced all tubing.

    Calemus, I'd be hesitant to use anything heavier than water. Wouldn't a heavier fluid retain heat?

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    Default Re: Coolant vs no coolant

    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    I'm assuming you meant colored coolant vs plain water.
    Read the LH guide here: A Beginner's Guide to Water Cooling Your Computer
    Havent been on LH since the layout change. Still ugly.

    Makes the same mistake I did. Water acts as the coolant, but in the waco world is not called a coolant. He is using the dictionary definition
    Thanks for the post, informative.


    Quote Originally Posted by Deliverance View Post
    Calemus, I'd be hesitant to use anything heavier than water. Wouldn't a heavier fluid retain heat?
    Oil would work, but not too well within the loop itself. Youd want to do a complete submerge and still need a fan to generate movement. Also forget reusing those parts, once oiled, they can only go back into oil. Believe me. I did it with spares one day when I was bored a decade ago.

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    Default Re: Coolant vs no coolant

    you do not use fan to move the oil, you need a good powerful pump to circulate the oil through the radiator.

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    Default Re: Coolant vs no coolant

    I use Distilled water + silver coil + PT Nuke in my systems and no issues.

    I use to use Primochill coolant, great stuff but was to expensive to maintain. The Colored coolant works good, but will stain blocks and dye break down was quite fast which is the cons in using those type of coolant

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    Quote Originally Posted by solara2xb View Post
    i use distilled water + silver coil + pt nuke in my systems and no issues.

    I use to use primochill coolant, great stuff but was to expensive to maintain. The colored coolant works good, but will stain blocks and dye break down was quite fast which is the cons in using those type of coolant
    ditto!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    you do not use fan to move the oil, you need a good powerful pump to circulate the oil through the radiator.
    Im talking about oil submerged, not oil through a loop: Mineral Oil Submerged PC in Aquarium (original video) - YouTube

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    Default Re: Coolant vs no coolant

    I use de-ionized water >.> Need to get some ethylene glycol and copper sulfate...

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    Default Re: Coolant vs no coolant

    Quote Originally Posted by MattyMatt View Post
    Im talking about oil submerged, not oil through a loop: Mineral Oil Submerged PC in Aquarium (original video) - YouTube
    I actually really want to do that but it's really messy to change components and the mineral oil runs up the wires. I've heard of people submerging another box inside it and putting a fish in, sounds epic

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    Like I said, forget those components afterwards. It is safe, as long as you make sure all wiring goes up, but it does stink and cooling performance isnt amazing enough for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyMatt View Post
    Like I said, forget those components afterwards. It is safe, as long as you make sure all wiring goes up, but it does stink and cooling performance isnt amazing enough for it.
    I'm pretty sure the oil will go up too, I know someone who had the case shown in that video with his mic coming out the IO and the cable became so brittle that it snapped when he moved it.

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    Default Re: Coolant vs no coolant

    Oh yeah, it goes up into the jacks. Sorry, I was thinking the power cord, that I had no issue with. Made sure everything went up so I wouldnt get oil outside of the case.

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