hmm... may 2003's rig of the month guy, Mark Ray, said he used winshield-wiper fluid... "It's cheap, it contains methyl alcohol for excellent heat transfer, prevents galvanic corrosion, and is a wicked shade of blue. The alcohol does evaporate after a month or so, but for $1 per gallon, who cares?"
I've read that too somewhere, but not brave enough to try it. I'm more pesimistic to think that it takes about a month, I'd bet sooner. And leaving my PC on, I'd hate to wake up to find the resevoir dry. And the blue is an evil die that tarnishes the parts I would also imagine. Look at your windshield washer resevoir...mine was blue before I even drove it home:p With repeated evap/refills, i'd imagine there'd be blue walls or grime. Just an assumtion.
To get blue, many are using a Volkswagon branded antifreeze mixed in with their H20. Sounds easy enough to me...
IamDeMan stated fluidXP, and that's what I'm trying out now. This is my first batch in use, so I have no real saying if it's awesome or not. I'm only trying it out because I like the statement they're making about it being non-conductive.
But something else strikes me odd about this. I see an arguement about antifreeze and elements. Well, there really shouldn't be "elements" in a system. I've used water wetter prior to this for about a year with no algae. I don't set my PC in the window to get light, and most algae will not grow in a stream of distilled water
(to my knowledge), which BTW is a requirement. I would not run tap water in a PC's water rig, which I'm assuming is what was used in the "Icky" water-rig. On another note, I've used Water Wetter in every motorcycle I've owned since around 1995 and have never seen any weird crap come out when I flush it.
And once you mix something with water...it's not water any more
I just think it's getting a little too technical here. Throw some distilled water in with a little waterwetter/antifreeze/whatever and run it and see. If it don't work for you, then it don't work for you and can try something else. Damn the internet and all the spoils! For once I'd like to see someone use their own ideas on their own computers:p