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    Default Recommended Coolant

    Here's my configuration so far:

    Pump MCP650
    79.95
    http://www.swiftnets.com/

    CPU Block MCW6000 (Black)
    42.50
    http://www.swiftnets.com/

    VGA Block MCW50 (Black)
    40.95
    http://www.swiftnets.com/

    Chipset Block MCW20-K
    39.95
    http://www.swiftnets.com/

    Radiator MCR80-K 44.95
    http://www.swiftnets.com/

    Resevoir Clear 5.25" Bay
    23.00
    (http://www.xoxide.com)

    Tubing 3/8" Clear (5 feet)
    06.25
    (http://www.xoxide.com)

    Dye Blue UV Dye
    09.99
    (http://www.xoxide.com)

    Thermal Compund Arctic Silver 5
    06.99
    (http://www.xoxide.com)

    The only thing I haven't decided on is a coolant. Xoxide has an expensive non-conductive one and Swiftech has a cheap one they recommend for use their products.

    Any recommendations on what coolant to use?

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    Default Re: Recommended Coolant

    Either one should be fine. But remeber, the non-conductive one is going to be more expensive and it must be entirely that substance. The Swiftech Hydrx is an additive to distilled water and you will need distilled water, but it is cheap (~80 cents per gallon).

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    Default Re: Recommended Coolant

    I use the Swiftech Hydrx in both of my water rigs and it works fine. Looking at your list, though, I see a blue UV reactive dye. The Hydrx additive is green in color and is already UV reactive so I don't know if this will make a real difference in your plans.
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    Default Re: Recommended Coolant

    Do you think just normal distilled water will work okay? How often should you change out the water?

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    Yes, normal distilled water is fine. As far as replacing the water, it isn't really an issue. Since it is a closed system you aren't introducing any contaminants to the pattern. Also, when you use the distilled water and the Hydrx, you are creating a solurion that isn't prone to corrosion for the most part so there isn't any real need to change out regularly.
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    Default Re: Recommended Coolant

    You'll want something to keep algae and bacteria under control. Many additives meant for water cooling will handle this.
    Also, don't use any more additive than needed. Too much will hurt performance as water conducts heat better than the additive does.

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    I used to use straight distilled water myself, and it works fine. But if you're looking for a quick performance boost and have a low-corrosion setup, 50/50 distilled water/automotive coolant truthfully works wonders. I know, it's not a "made for PCs" solution, but you'd be surprised at how well it performs. Just remember to flush your radiator thoroughly before changing to any other fluid. Friend of mine swapped for another fluid after this method, can't remember which, and didn't flush well. Produced an acidic effect and ate his pipes from the inside out. Wasn't a prety sight when one breached during operation
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