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Views on Liquid Cooling

Eric127212
Level 9
Over the past week or so i've been really interested and eager to give liquid cooling a shot. I've looked at all kinds of stuff ranging from the Corsair closed loop systems like the h100 to custom water loops. It looks like it would be fun to setup your own custom loop. The main concern i have had is the chance of springing a leak and trashing your system. I understand that it's necessary to do leak tests and let the cooler run for a while before running it in a live system. I was just wondering the likeliness of experiencing a major problem and if any of you have had any bad experiences with liquid cooling yourselves. Thanks in advance for your input 🙂
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xeromist wrote:
Yes, unless it is some sort of exotic fluid that contains no water it will eventually ionize contaminants and become conductive. Pre-mixes are sometimes higher viscosity which will make your pump work harder and they tend to break down which will leave stains and gunk in your loop. After several builds I've settled on colored tubing and pure distilled water with a silver kill coil.

Regarding leaks, I've been there. I've had several small and inconsequential leaks due to the fitting not being screwed into a block or rad tight enough or a low quality O ring. If something comes with a flimsy O ring, replace it. They aren't expensive so don't mess around with those. You definitely want to go as tight as you can hand tight and I'm not shy about wrapping a cloth around it and turning a bit more with a wrench if it backs off easily. My problems didn't come from failing to screw the fittings in all the way, they came from monkeying with the tubes and the motion causing the fittings to back out because they weren't tight enough.

Use compression fittings. They look nice and they won't leak. Your only concern will be the g1/4 threads on the other side of the fitting and if you have them good and tight they won't leak either.

The only time I've ever had a serious problem was when a BFG card with a factory block leaked at the gasket. Nothing I could have done about that.
Thanks for the help, i like hearing about peoples experiences! 🙂

graphic wrote:
If you think you do have a budget for a custom loop, then go for it,
you wont regret it 🙂
Its a good idea to look into all your options, read heaps of reviews
here's something you can read
http://skinneelabs.com/news/
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?11951-Asus-Rampage-IV-Formula&p=198120#post198120

Thanks for the help!

GOR52
Level 10
Eric127212 wrote:
Over the past week or so i've been really interested and eager to give liquid cooling a shot. I've looked at all kinds of stuff ranging from the Corsair closed loop systems like the h100 to custom water loops. It looks like it would be fun to setup your own custom loop. The main concern i have had is the chance of springing a leak and trashing your system. I understand that it's necessary to do leak tests and let the cooler run for a while before running it in a live system. I was just wondering the likeliness of experiencing a major problem and if any of you have had any bad experiences with liquid cooling yourselves. Thanks in advance for your input 🙂


My 2 cents worth. Have a look here (Liquid cooled with Corsair H50's modified for GPU's):
http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?&m=1901232&mpage=1

And look at the GPU cooler photos here (pretty similar?):
Asus decided to use a hybrid cooling solution... A compact closed-loop water cooler draws heat away from each of the GPUs, while an 80 mm fan in the middle of the card helps keep the memory and power circuity cool.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/rog-ares-ii-dual-gpu-review,3458-3.html

GOR52
Level 10