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Kendan

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It is much better to use distilled it will save you time and effort over the long haul. all the impurities in the water and the added stuff like flouride will build up in the lines and in the block and pump. Distilled water can be found in most grocery stores in gallon containers for a couple of bucks. It is cheap and easily accesable. No reason to not use it. Good luck.
 

Tokayla

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also add some form of anti bacteral agent ... or your water block + fan will gunk up :/ something like watter wetter works well just use it with the distiled water.
 

beezee

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correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't tap water have slightly different mineral content than distilled... which inturn explains why distilled is preferred?
Frodo Baggins, the first time I put water into my setup I did just as you did because I did not want to wait to go and buy distilled water... haha, I'm so impatient! :(
 

JFettig

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distilled has nothign but H2O zero other stuff. i personally run tap...
 

nikhsub1

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Bottled water has plenty of minerals in it - they are good for US to drink, bad for H20 system! Just as bad as tap really. The only thing you can be sure of with bottled is there are no creepy crawlies in it, in tap take your chances. Distilled is "supposed" to be free of all mineral content. You can make it yourself by collecting steam LOL, it will take you a long time that way. Oh, and the theory that masked has where tap is OK if you change your water often doesn't really work. As soon as tap water is put into the system, the mineral deposits begin to adhere to everything, the inside of your pump and your rad and your block etc. So even when you empty the tap water, it leaves mineral deposits behind.
 

JFettig

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diggrr distills his own water i guess, when i go bong this winter, i think im gonna distill mine, rig up a little contraption...
 

Caffinehog

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maskedgeek said:
distilled has nothign but H2O zero other stuff. i personally run tap...

Umm, distilled often has lots of ozone in it. Note: the bottle often says ozonated? It keeps bacteria out, and gives the water a nice taste, BUT.....
This stuff is BAD for your tubing and not so great for your waterblock, pump, and radiator. I highly reccomed that you let it sit out, open to the air, for a couple days before putting it in your watercooling system.
 

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maskedgeek said:
diggrr distills his own water i guess, when i go bong this winter, i think im gonna distill mine, rig up a little contraption...

That should be easy enough. And when your done, you can use it to make a little moonshine!:beer:
 

specific

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Why? Distillation done at home (you actually have a distiller?) can't compete with ozonation and filtration of distilled jugs that can be bought for less than a dollar at the the grocery store. Just go buy a gallon. It's pure H20. I drink it all the time.

As for tap? The water ain't safe no more........

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yeah, a little 03. didn't know that stuff was bad for tubing and pumps though.
Ok
Come to think of it, which process is done last? Purification? or distillation?
 

JFettig

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lol, im not no drunk,
why distill? cuz when your running evaporation cooling, you go thru about a gallon a day, and that means in a month, you spend 30 dollars on water, JUST WATER!
and about filtration, evaporating then condensing is only gonna leave you with pure H2O
 

Eclypsyr

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also, pure H20 doesn't conduct electricity, depite what some people think, and that's always a good thing
-Dae-
 

The Spyder

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phisss......... i run tap in my extrnal system~ and distilled in my closed loop :p only cause i dint have 3gal of distilled for my extrnal~
 

specific

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maskedgeek said:
lol, im not no drunk,
why distill? cuz when your running evaporation cooling, you go thru about a gallon a day, and that means in a month, you spend 30 dollars on water, JUST WATER!
and about filtration, evaporating then condensing is only gonna leave you with pure H2O

Pardon me, I assumed you had a closed system.
You definitely wouldn't want to use tap water. Especially if the water is hard. Calcite deposites are tough to clean.
 

JFettig

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yep yep, rite now I am running a closed loup, but i wont soon hopefully:)
no matter what you do, youll never find water that isnt conductive..................
 

Eclypsyr

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fine, don't believe me...but from my experiences/knowledge I am fairly sure that H20 doesn't conduct electricity, it needs some sort of mineral to help it....but also, you probably won't find pure H20 very easily
-Dae-