Dukes Water Cooling System

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Duke sent the following pics showing how he used readily available parts to build an inexpensive (I’ll confirm, but I would guess less than $50) but effective water cooled system. Damn fine job.

Hardware consists of an Abit BE-6 and a P3 450MHz running at 140MHz FSB for a total of 630MHz with crucial PC133 memory. The cpu stays about 86-89 degrees F depending on room temp; I’ve considered using a peltier I scavenged from a 12 volt powered cooler but I’m afraid of condensation. The pump I used is a Little Giant model# PSM-005 – 95 Gallons Per Hour (GPH) with 4′ maximum lift using 1/2″ or 3/8″ I.D. tubing.

I know it’s not much but I’m pretty proud of it and it was inexpensive.


The finished product.

I recycled a heater core from a 68 Ford Mustang as a radiator in my water cooling project.


I then drilled holes in the top of my full tower case to mount the radiator.

Drill Holes

It wasn’t very pretty when I finished so I painted it black.

Top Holes

I then mounted the radiator to the case’s top with two 80 mm fans.

Radiator Mounted

I then recycled the OEM P3 heatsink as a waterjacket.

Water Block

This is the case with all the pieces in place.


Duke H. Brown


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