Flushing out a rad
Quick question.. Got myself a PA120.3 and am looking to give it a flush out before I use it. I've read this in the forum:
Cleaning Copper Radiators
Radiators are the parts that are almost always dirty, and the ones that contain most of the dirt. So cleaning them is essential. They are a little harder to clean than water blocks, but they use the same cleaning ingredients. (Scrubbing bubbles is also known to work good. Its easy to use, just spary in in, fill the rad with water, then let sit for a little, and then rinse.)
1. Lay radiator horizontally, then fill with vinegar. It would be good to make sure the vinegar isnt touching the barbs, as sometimes the nickel plating is weak, and will get eaten by the vinegar. So best thing to do would be to remoze the barbs before using the vinegar.
2. Cover the holes for the barbs or plug the barbs, and shake the whole radiator. Shake it long and hard.
3. Let it soak for around 12 hours.
4. Rinse, and repeat.
5. Now, flushing out the vinegar and dirt... I connect a tube to the rad, then connect a funnel to the tube, then pour distilled water in, then shake the rad and then drain it. You should do this as many times as possible. More is better when it comes to flushing
But wanted to know if the vinegar is worth it or necessary? I'm sure I've also read that its not ideal anyway?
On another note.. Is surgical spirit safe to use to remove thermal paste?
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4700mhz - 47 x 100MHz
Mobo: MSI P67A GD65
GPU: EVGA GTX 570
RAM: 2 x 4GB Mushkin LV 1.35v 1600MHz DDR3
HDD: 3 x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3's
Case: CoolerMaster ATCS 840 - Custom House of Kolor paint job.
PSU: Corsair HX750
Cooling: Custom WC - XSPC Delta V3, PA120.3, DDC Ultra with XSPC Res Top, 3/8" XSPC UV Green Tubing over 1/2" Barbs
OS: Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 64-Bit