Hey guys. I'm going to be buying the RS240 water cooler for my build. Now I heard the tubing and fans aren't the best in the world, so what types of fans and tubing should I get? I prefer the tubing to be clear because I want the liquid to be seen, which is another question. This is my first water cooled build so I would like to know what the best liquid cooler (water) would be ideal? It would be nice if it was under $20, and was blue. So in the end I'm asking for, good clear tubing, good fans (if they come with leds preferably blue, but the cheaper one I wouldn't mind), as well as blue liquid. Thanks everyone and if it could be at reasonable prices. Thanks!
No, but you might reconsider colored tubing vs. adding dye. Over time, clear tubing will cloud and not look as 'crystal clear' when brand new.
As for biocide, PTNuke is very common (Petra's Tech Shop sells it) but several sites have a few biocide equivalents. Most should work and you only need 3-4 drops, so a bottle lasts a long time. I actually picked up some at Walmart that was around $3 a bottle around the fish tank equipment to try it out. No issues and it's been well over 6 months since my last loop rebuild.
It's debatable since copper also acts as a natural biological inhibitor as well, although not as much ounce per ounce. But when you consider how much copper is in a loop vs. how much silver that small coil contains (supposedly .999+ pure) I have often questioned how effective it is as stopping growth from occurring when used on it's own. There's no harm in using it (I personally have one) but the jury is still very much out on it's actual effectiveness in a real world scenario.