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grey_1
11-27-06, 08:15 PM
A local shop suggested I try a 50/50 mix of prestone pre-diluted and distilled water. I've been using just distilled with an algeacide(sp?) as I thought H2o had the highest heat transfer characteristics.

What works for you? TIA any replies.

Spartan 117
11-27-06, 09:05 PM
has anyone attempted to use car/truck Anti-freeze/Coolant???

hirantha
11-27-06, 09:08 PM
I used to go to CVS and buy a galloon of distilled water lasted me a year sometimes.

grey_1
11-27-06, 09:16 PM
has anyone attempted to use car/truck Anti-freeze/Coolant???
Zerex seems to be popular, although I'm finding differing ratios for the mixture.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2734

I'm getting tempted...

jAkUp
11-27-06, 09:26 PM
I use Fluid XP+EXT

crainger
11-27-06, 09:27 PM
I use a combination of distilled water and a Mobil antifreeze in my Reserator 1. Probably around 250ml of antifreeze and the rest of the 3.75L is water. Works great and I shouldn't have to worry about corrosion or algae. I hope.

Lazaredz
11-27-06, 10:17 PM
I use Fluid XP+EXT

Ditto

jAkUp
11-27-06, 10:27 PM
I've also used PC-Ice in the past and in all honosty I like the Fluid XP better.

jAkUp
11-27-06, 10:29 PM
has anyone attempted to use car/truck Anti-freeze/Coolant???

I would think that regular premix Anti-freeze is much too thick for PC radiators. Maybe a premix if diluted with some distilled water.

Spartan 117
11-27-06, 11:00 PM
I would think that regular premix Anti-freeze is much too thick for PC radiators. Maybe a premix if diluted with some distilled water.
I know, maybe a 50/50 mix would be ok, or a 75/25 mix will be less thick cuz of more water

snowmanwithahat
11-27-06, 11:21 PM
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2119/ex-liq-18/Koolance_Liquid_Coolant_Bottle_-_700cc_LIQ-700BU-B.html?tl=g30c103s458

http://www.frozencpu.com/images/products/large/ex-liq-18.jpg

this is what will be going into our school's rig whenever i finally get it setup.....

c2d e6600 :)... hoping for 3.5ghz with watercooling

What do you guys think of the liquid? we've never done a watercooling setup and just went for the simple easy stuff, i figured it'd work at first without a problem so i went with it

Cinema4DXL
11-27-06, 11:47 PM
if you use anti freeze do a 90/10 mix with distilled water

regular auto coolant is too thick and needs to be dilute a bit

grey_1
11-28-06, 04:03 AM
I use Fluid XP+EXT
I like the idea of non-conductive in my rig, especially after my waterblock cracked on me.

Banko
11-28-06, 05:27 AM
90% distilled water and 10% Zerex.

You don't want to use 100% anti-freeze because it corrodes the tubing.

grey_1
11-28-06, 06:01 AM
90% distilled water and 10% Zerex.

You don't want to use 100% anti-freeze because it corrodes the tubing.
Does the Zerex really give you another 2-4c like I've seen some claim?

hazindu
11-28-06, 08:06 AM
I use that primochill PC ICe stuff. It doesn't evaporate through the tubing nearly as fast as water, and its safer in case of an accidental spill. Nothing cools as well as pure water, but this is close enough.

Tygerwoody
11-28-06, 02:39 PM
Antifreeze just prevents rust and freezing. Thats it. It does not assist in cooling. I would do a 25% or less mixture of antifreeze. Maybe a splash of Water Wetter. Thats the best mixture for cooling a car, I don't know about a PC. :p

Greasy
11-28-06, 02:53 PM
Thermaltake UV coolant.

http://www.coolerguys.com/840556018919.html

t3hl33td4rg0n
11-29-06, 06:40 PM
I use that primochill PC ICe stuff. It doesn't evaporate through the tubing nearly as fast as water, and its safer in case of an accidental spill. Nothing cools as well as pure water, but this is close enough.

Same here, PC ICE does a great job and I havent noticed any significant temp changes.

BrianG
11-29-06, 08:14 PM
Antifreeze just prevents rust and freezing. Thats it. It does not assist in cooling. I would do a 25% or less mixture of antifreeze. Maybe a splash of Water Wetter. Thats the best mixture for cooling a car, I don't know about a PC. :p
I would imagine just water and Water Wetter would be best. At least, that is the rule for cars as far as outright performance. Antifreeze adds some additional protection, but slightly compromises Water Wetter's effectiveness.

(I did a lot of research before putting th estuff in my car. I did a clutch fan delete with WW, and lower temp thermostat and fan switch.)