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February 11, 2012 12:05:33 AM

I am currently thinking about what coolant I should use for my loop. I read somewhere that using dyed coolant will stain your components, but I also read that using plain distilled water will lead to bacteria forming. What should I do?

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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 11, 2012 12:12:59 AM

What does the watercooling sticky say?

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February 11, 2012 12:14:32 AM

"Also, this is a wise time to consider additives for your water. Almost all seasoned watercooling veterans will tell you to use only distilled water and either a biocide (such as PTNuke or similar) or a KillCoil...or both. A killcoil is a coil of .9999 pure silver that you drop into your reservoir to inhibit growth of algae and other critters. Most will highly advise against using premixes; some of these even precipitate out and can clog your blocks. "
But I was told by some people that the additives don't work or something...
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February 11, 2012 12:14:54 AM

and that they are only made for certain metals like nickel or copper
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 11, 2012 12:22:05 AM

What people said this?
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February 11, 2012 12:22:35 AM

Friends :p 
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 11, 2012 12:24:52 AM

I see...

Your friends are wrong.
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February 11, 2012 12:25:38 AM

So I should use distilled water and biocide? How about antifreeze? Can I use that instead?
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 11, 2012 12:29:14 AM

You don't need it- it isn't going to add any benefit of being in your loop unless you are running aluminum in your loop.

Distilled and some biocide works fine. I picked some up at Walmart for like $3 in the fish food area, but a lot of people get stuff online like PTnuke from Petra's Tech Shop, for example. Most sites that sell watercooling gear sell biocides. You should at the very least run biocide in your water, kill coil is optional.
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 11, 2012 1:02:21 AM

Just use distilled water.

That coolant isn't going to cool as well as distilled...why are you set on using one?
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February 11, 2012 1:04:56 AM

that site doesn't sell biocide though... maybe i'll just ask around for some :p 
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 11, 2012 1:06:48 AM

Where do you live that you can only order from that site?
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February 11, 2012 1:07:28 AM

Hong Kong :( 
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 11, 2012 1:08:40 AM

I would think you should be able to find something generic at pet stores. You just want algae and biological growth inhibitor.
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February 11, 2012 1:09:08 AM

Okay thanks for the help (:
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February 11, 2012 1:09:22 AM

Best answer selected by Cs342.
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 11, 2012 1:19:09 AM

You might also check into a few sites- they do ship internationally, you might just email them to confirm, if so.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=shippinginfo

http://www.petrastechshop.com/info.html

https://www.jab-tech.com/support/index.php

http://www.frozencpu.com/help/h5/Shipping-General.html

I've ordered from all sites above with great success- all top notch online retailers. They all offer international shipping of some sort, but I'd recommend emailing them first. You can also try www.aquatuning.com.
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