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    Cool First time "dive" into water-cooling

    I have bought the following water cooling kit for a custom built system:

    Swiftech Apogee GT Extreme
    Alphacool NexXxos Xtreme I (120mm) Radiator
    Alphacool NexXxos Xtreme II (240mm) Radiator
    Alphacool Cape Coolplex 10 reservoir
    Liang D5 Pump 12v
    Swiftech MCB-120 R2 Radbox

    Alphacool Tec-Protect UV (2 litres)
    Alphacool 1/2" & 10/8mm metal barb and screw connectors
    Alphacool Poly 10mm hose
    Danger Den Tygon 1/2" hose

    All internal connections are 1/2".
    External connection to 240mm radiator via pci bracket is 10/8mm.

    This is the first water cooling system I have ever used let alone built from scratch. All in all its going very well, however I did wonder if it might be worth flushing out the whole system a couple of times to remove any impurities such as dust, grime and bits left over from manufacturing processes.
    Can you guys advise how best to do this and what liquid to use as a temporary replacement just for flushing the system? Will running the D5 pump on air/dry damage it?

    Your help is much appreciated.

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    running dry usually causes damage on pumps, don't do it. Some people use vinegar to flush there system but a lot of people claim this is way too aggressive. I've heard hot water come up many times, though you may want to do this without the pump.

    The other day i cleaned out my rad by unscrewing the shower head on one of those cheap showers you connect to taps and pumped hot water through it, nothing came out though.

    btw, looks like a very good setup, show us some piccies and temps compared to air cooling

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    Thanks Jameson, I did think I had read some where that running pumps dry was a bad idea, especially when the pumps going to cost over 60 squid :rolleyes:.

    Sounds like Its hot water then, although I wonder if using some water collected from my dehumidifier would work well, no chance of introducing foreign biological or chemical agents into the system. Could use an open loop, the pump pulling water from a temp storage area and flushing though system into another output container.

    I really want to skim the QX6700 now after reading of your endeavour in another thread "must resist evil invalidation of warranty! ARG!"

    It was my intention to build and finish the water cooling system (not including custom TEC-chiller) before fitting any other parts, but convincing myself not to rush is proving very difficult.

    Then again, I cannot do anything until EBuyer have sent me that bloody 120mm radiator they lost (see other thread).

    I will take some nice low-res close ups and see if can keep you up to date with pictures, however work is a bit heavy of late.

    At first the water cooling will only be running over the QX6700 and no other components so it will be interesting getting the final temps. Now where’s my Arctic Silver 5 gone....
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