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XRKai

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Im soon ready with my pelt/watercooling system. So what do i mix the water with ? I dont seem to find waterwetter anywere here so what else can i use ?
Why distilled water ?
 

Shadow ÒÓ

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XRKai (Apr 16, 2001 01:34 p.m.):
Im soon ready with my pelt/watercooling system. So what do i mix the water with ? I dont seem to find waterwetter anywere here so what else can i use ?
Why distilled water ?

Bout 10% anti seems to be the favorite round here. Distilled because all of the minerals and corrosive materials have been removed from the water. Any autoparts store carries waterwetter or something similiar.
 

Particle_Man

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Personally, I don't understand the 'distilled' thought either. I can understand wanting 'clean' water so that you don't get stuff growing inside your system, But here is my take on mineral deposits....

If there is stuff dissolved in your water when you put it in your wateerblock/chiller system, then it is going to stay in solution, unless you are succeeding in chilling that water way down (for the most part this is not true, since you are chilling off ambient temperatures) Your system should always be running at higher temperatures than ambient in the real world, and warmer liquids hold thier disolved solids better than cold ones so you should never get a deposit.
A problem could arise if you had some water loss through evaporation such that you were concentrating your solution (like salt water leaving a salt residue when it evaperates) But for the most part you aren't adding alot of water to your system.

For the thoughts on corrosion, Water is called the universal solvent for a reason, it disolves things. The more pure water is, the more corrosive it is. (unless your impurities are acids or something) Probably the reason people aren't suffering corrosion problems using distilled water is that they are adding things to it like water-wetter, or anti-freeze.

I feel safe using tap water in my chillers, however I wouldn't if your tap water is some really high mineral content ground-water. If you do use distilled water adding something to it will reduce your corrosion.
 
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William

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particle man, actually with undistilled water, there is not telling what in the world you have in your water. Calcium, Magnesium, copper, Lead(hopefully not :) ), and tons more things including Floride(and that is as corrosive as you get, it will rip trough anything, i mean anything). Using distilled water is just smart, and then adding water wetter and some antifreeze to reduce the corrosiveness is the way to go. Much safer that way.
 
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XRKai

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Thanks for your feedback guys , i did have some distilled water "lying" around so i used that with 10% antifreeze . I will try to find waterwetter later on.
 

kat

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ive been doing alot of research on cooling additives and regularly hear of people using 3-5% alcohol or methanol... antifreze 2-4% and waterwetter 1 half pint per gallon ??

how about that cocktail??