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PC Water-Cooling
« on: June 01, 2006, 04:04:31 am »
Anyone else dabbled with water-cooling their PC? I installed my new Zalman Reserator1 Plus last night, and it's completely silent! Highly recommended, if a bit pricey. My only problem is that I should've got the Northbridge waterblock too, as the fan on that seriously sounds like a tumble-dryer.

I'm using de-ionized water, mixed with Zalman's own anti-corrosive/anti-algae/anti-whatever fluid. Hopefully it'll last a year or two before it needs changing.

Another thing I was wondering, what would be the best way to drain the fluid from the system without having to uninstall it all?



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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2006, 11:56:20 am »
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Lol, that's really geeky! Just getting the idea... well, water-cooled seems more practical. I really detest fans... doesn't Machintosh run without them?

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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2006, 12:37:14 pm »
My brother runs a computer that with Water cooling. He had to modfie the box a lot but i think it works fine. He certainly can push his computer a lot more then mine. (Not that i wish to push my computer to do anything.)
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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2006, 01:30:30 am »
The link doesn't seem to work, here's the correct one: http://tomshardware.co.uk/2006/01/09/strip_out_the_fans1

Yeah that's a little more extreme than mine. I did actually think about filling my water-cooling system with oil, but I figured the pump might not work so well, and water was a lot simpler. I have to have this beast sitting next to my PC though :D :


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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2006, 08:50:48 am »
I really detest fans... doesn't Machintosh run without them?
All the G5 towers are water-cooled, but they still have fans. Loud fans, too. They don't rev up much, but boy, when they do... :o
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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2006, 04:46:09 pm »
If you look for a book called "Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks" they show you how to build a custom water cooling system. In fact, since it IS summer, I think I may build it  ;D. I bet if you looked in www.i-hacked.com they might have something along those lines also. Some cool stuff you should search is Dirty Mirt and anonymous proxies.

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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2006, 02:30:27 am »
what are the chances of the water system messing up and destroying your computer with water?
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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2006, 11:42:02 am »
Whats wrong with just using the fans that come with it?

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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2006, 01:01:24 pm »
Whats wrong with just using the fans that come with it?

Louder and not as efficient. Your computer can work a lot harder when it's colder, so your performance goes way up. And no matter how hard you work your computer, it's always silent when you use water.

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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2006, 02:20:53 pm »
what are the chances of the water system messing up and destroying your computer with water?

If you can keep the water extremely clean and the system clean, you might not suffer any damage from a spill (pure water is not conductive, the impurities in it make it conductive). A larger concern would be external condensation on the cooling system dripping on to your computer.

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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2006, 04:04:09 pm »
And that is why you should not use regular tap water. It messes with the pump and if you have a leak like Legodragonxp you run in to a bigger risk of damaging you computer. Also you can often see how mush water there is in the system so you know if there is a leak.
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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2006, 06:34:01 am »
Also, tap-water corrodes the inside of the system, so it can (eventually) lead to links, and it's full of nasty calcium and things, leading to limescale. I'm really pleased with my set-up so far. I think I'm gonna get the Northbridge chipset-cooling add-on next month, but my only concern is how to drain the system before I install it  :-\

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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2006, 05:08:05 pm »
Just stick the CPU in a fridge, drill small holes for the wires to come out. Problem solved.  :P

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Re: PC Water-Cooling
« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2006, 05:32:31 pm »
I assume you're planning on overclocking? 
If so, what do you have and now far are you planning on pushing it?