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How much did you spend on your water cooling setup poll? (2011-2012)

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How much did you spend on your watercooling setup for your main system?

  • $100 or less

    Votes: 8 10.3%
  • $101 - $300

    Votes: 18 23.1%
  • $301 - $500

    Votes: 20 25.6%
  • $501 - $700

    Votes: 11 14.1%
  • $701 - $900

    Votes: 9 11.5%
  • $901 - $1100

    Votes: 5 6.4%
  • $1101 - $1300

    Votes: 2 2.6%
  • $1301 - $1500

    Votes: 1 1.3%
  • $1501 - $1700

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • $1701 - $1900

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • $1901 and higher

    Votes: 4 5.1%

  • Total voters
    78
  • Poll closed .

Capt.Tightass

New Member
Joined
Feb 17, 2012
Just wanted to comment on the $100 or less units. Very possible for those a little creative. Alot more work to save a few $$$. I personally am just as interested in anyone who has come up with great mods, as well as those that have a top end (drool worthy) setup. Here is a brief of some of my creations. (links used for photos only).

Radiator $15. Transmission cooler (also called Oil cooler) from car wreckers. Small ones Eg:
http://www.alamomotorsports.com/pmc/CatImages/PG04-C1.gif

Reservoir $15. Weatherproof electrical box. Eg.
http://image.made-in-china.com/4f0j00GBNQtegcgakA/Terminal-Box-TJ-AG-Big-Size.jpg
http://i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/43...on_box_waterproof_box_waterproof_junction.jpg

Pond Pump. $10 to $20. Note that this is submersible so mounted INSIDE the reservoir.

Fans. $0. Taken out of old cases and faulty pwr supplies. Same with mounting brackets.

Hardware shop for connectors, clear hose, clamps,etc. $20 eg.
http://brass-hose-fittings.brass-copper-fittings.com/images/barbed_hose_fittings.jpg
Or cheaper
http://www.townandcountrypumpsandpipes.com.au/images/fittings.jpg

I did not have the skill or equipment for making water blocks. Purchased. Which takes me over the $100. But I took out the reservoir and pump, found them redundant, as it only made a small difference in water temp (about 3c deg). Could have saved me a few $$ and alot of setup time. And thats for cooling 2 gpu and a cpu, all overclocked. Used natural convection (kinda like heat pipes) for flow and mounted the radiator at the highest point, water blocks at the lowest.

Obviously then there's Led lighting and such, but that's the watercooling covered. Put alot of time in, but not much $$.

Hope that sheds a bit of light to those who think it cant be done on the cheap.... Could be interesting for those that already have a pro setup, and interested in a budget 2nd system. !!??
 
OP
muddocktor

muddocktor

Retired
Joined
Nov 1, 2001
Location
New Iberia, LA
Yes, LCLC systems like the H100 do count since they are a water cooling system, just like a true custom loop of a pre-fabbed kit like Swiftech sells.
 

Crestline3

Registered
Joined
Nov 14, 2011
Location
DE
I would say I have about $1500 invested in my parts. I was amazed how quickly it all added up, but in my opinion you get what you pay for and my results have been more than pleasing to me.
 

GTXJackBauer

Water Cooling Senior Member, #TEAMH20HNO
Joined
May 22, 2011
Location
USA
Should the pricing include the Case you bought to do w/c into, fan controllers for monitoring fans for w/c etc and other parts along those lines not only just the actually w/c parts used to dissipate heat and move water around? (I know pc parts arn't included in this, duh! lol) Once those questions are answered, than I can say what mine was roughly.
 

manu2b

Member
Joined
Feb 6, 2011
Just wanted to comment on the $100 or less units. Very possible for those a little creative. Alot more work to save a few $$$. I personally am just as interested in anyone who has come up with great mods, as well as those that have a top end (drool worthy) setup. Here is a brief of some of my creations. (links used for photos only).

Radiator $15. Transmission cooler (also called Oil cooler) from car wreckers. Small ones Eg:
http://www.alamomotorsports.com/pmc/CatImages/PG04-C1.gif

Reservoir $15. Weatherproof electrical box. Eg.
http://image.made-in-china.com/4f0j00GBNQtegcgakA/Terminal-Box-TJ-AG-Big-Size.jpg
http://i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/43...on_box_waterproof_box_waterproof_junction.jpg

Pond Pump. $10 to $20. Note that this is submersible so mounted INSIDE the reservoir.

Fans. $0. Taken out of old cases and faulty pwr supplies. Same with mounting brackets.

Hardware shop for connectors, clear hose, clamps,etc. $20 eg.
http://brass-hose-fittings.brass-copper-fittings.com/images/barbed_hose_fittings.jpg
Or cheaper
http://www.townandcountrypumpsandpipes.com.au/images/fittings.jpg

I did not have the skill or equipment for making water blocks. Purchased. Which takes me over the $100. But I took out the reservoir and pump, found them redundant, as it only made a small difference in water temp (about 3c deg). Could have saved me a few $$ and alot of setup time. And thats for cooling 2 gpu and a cpu, all overclocked. Used natural convection (kinda like heat pipes) for flow and mounted the radiator at the highest point, water blocks at the lowest.

Obviously then there's Led lighting and such, but that's the watercooling covered. Put alot of time in, but not much $$.

Hope that sheds a bit of light to those who think it cant be done on the cheap.... Could be interesting for those that already have a pro setup, and interested in a budget 2nd system. !!??

I totally agree.

Before buying proper WC stuff, I built acomplete CPU loop for:
- aquarium pump (900L/hr 1.5m water height): $20
- 205 GTI heater core and XLV Transalp radiators(from junkyard): $10
- waterblock EK Supreme LT (sales) : $35
- 6x$3.5 fans: $20
- tubbing/fittings (aquarium stuff in HW shop): $10
- res: tupperware $2

Total less than a $100 (€75) that was keeping my 4GHz/1.49v PhII @45°C on load with a 22°C ambient.

I changed to proper WC stuff for aesthetic reasons.