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Home Made Water Chiller, How-To?

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jimstandard

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I am a pretty much complete and utter n00b, so in order to go along with the associated stereotype i have some dumb questions.

In the quest for super over clocking speeds and cheapness i want a water chiller. Something with Prometia temperatures at under $150, ive seen the mod fathers do a chiller made out of a beer flash cooler but finding one of those cheap wont work out. So i have three ideas
1. Modding a small freezer into the size of about half a computer case and mounting my rad and pump in there
2. Hooking up an air conditioner system into a space of about equal size
3. I read on the modfathers as well a reference to changing a dehumidifier to chill water but they did not elaborate and i cant really find anything on it.

dont flame me too much just some dumb questions
any help would be great thanks
 

9mmCensor

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Re: Re: Home Made Water Chiller, How-To?

anvil82 said:


That's a good one.
Its easily doable. The dehumidifier mod can be done really cheap.

jimstandard said:
dont flame me too much just some dumb questions
any help would be great thanks
These are perfectly ligitimate questions, no question is stupid.
 

9mmCensor

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The
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http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=248840&highlight=dehumidifier
Water chilling: Now we are getting out of the basics, and more into the advanced usage of a watercooling system. Chilling is to make your water cooler than its surroundings. This is usually done with a phase change unit, such as a fridge, air conditioner, or dehumidifyer. DO NOT USE A MINIFRIDGE! THIS IS ALWAYS THE FIRST QUESTION EVERYONE ASKS! It will not hold up to the load. An air conditioner over 5000 BTU will usually cut it, and keep your water nice and cool. A 40 pint dehumidifier should also work.To get this to chill your water, you should gut it, and put the cooling coils from the unit in your reservoir, or, build a new reservoir. This will probably require you to build an out-of-case place for your stuff. Now: That's the easy part. Now, you need to condensation proof your motherboard. You need hose insulators, and something to insulate your waterblock. While chilling, the water may come to a lower temperature than 0 degrees Celcius. For those of you who don't know, that is frozen water. So, we need to add something with a lower freezing point, such as our good friend alcohol, or antifreeze. However, antifreeze has TERRIBLE cooling capacities, so alcohol/water or just plain windshield wiper fluid is what you should probably go for.

http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=239319&highlight=dehumidifier
 

9mmCensor

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jimstandard said:
my self percieved IQ just dropped 10 points but thanks alot 9mm
No problemo, what do you mean your IQ droped?

You have just tapped into the best overclocking reasourse in the world.
 

1-Man-Army

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9mmCensor said:

You have just tapped into the best overclocking reasourse in the world.
man that is very true this place is a really resource full, it feels as im going to internet school lol, ya besides that i my self learned so many things here, i like how the ppl here share there ideas etc so we can save our hard earned money and getting the performance we wanted. sorry for being so off topic, im making a water chiller too, im trying to make the water really cold but im trying to keep it as simple as possible with fans heat sinks and custom res
 
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jimstandard

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I just bid on a 70 pint dehumified off ebay and its pretty cheap bc its used but i dont care all that much about it i think that will be good, thanks for the input