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i am a newb at H2O
i have an old radiator from a car approx 12" X 12"
and the pipes are huge 1" across
i was wondering if it would be possible aand feasible to make a wc computer with it mounted on the side probably with a 220v pump

how to connect it to the loop though because the tubes are usually smaller right???

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how to connect it to the loop though because the tubes are usually smaller right???
If the tubes are copper/brass you can just solder on a reducer. If it's aluminum you'll have to use a plastic reducer, some plastic hose and clamps.

You could make a shroud to adapt the fan to the radiator. That will also help get better cooling.

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you'll also have to have a monster pump to move the water thru your radiator. i'd suggest getting the biggest one you can find.
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you'll also have to have a monster pump to move the water thru your radiator. i'd suggest getting the biggest one you can find.
I think it's a foregone conclusion that he will be able to equal the air flow nor the water flow that an automotive rad need to operate efficiently. The internal tubes are too large and the fin spacing is likely too great also. But that doesn't mean it won't work, just that it's not the best choice for watercooling a PC.

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i am a newb at H2O
i have an old radiator from a car approx 12" X 12"
and the pipes are huge 1" across
i was wondering if it would be possible aand feasible to make a wc computer with it mounted on the side probably with a 220v pump

how to connect it to the loop though because the tubes are usually smaller right???
The radiator is probably aluminum so be careful of galvanic corrosion. That means you have to use aluminum blocks. Also, car radiators generally are the condensor or oil type. They have a thick tube that loops through the fins. This rad design is not great for PC cooling since those are better for low flow, huge heat differences, and high pressure (not apply to PC cooling)


IF you go to the Plumbing store, they should have 1" to 1/2" adapters. You'll need to brazen, sweat, or solder them on.

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you bring up a good point. car engines run much hotter than cpus and relatively speaking the cooling mechanism doesnt have to be as efficient.
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Make sure you clean that radiator thoroughly before using it with a computer. Old car radiators usually have a lot of crud in them.
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sorry forgot to upload the pic
here it is
it looks like a radiator with a tank on top and on the bottom...*with all the pipes coming from those two tanks...*
i guess ill be buying like 4 120mm fans soon...
*which cpu blocks are aluminium*
*whats the best shape for a cpu block cause i might just make one*
*the pump i use will be a 220V... but where should it be ? after rad before cpu right?*
*the blocks i see on newegg are half cu half al cu for base and al for top??? i thought it wasnt good to mix the two??*
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go pump->rad->CPU->res->pump again.

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I'd just try to find a heater-core to use....If you use used cores or rads you risk plugging everything up with scale and crud thats built up inside of them..I'd only use a new one for that reason...

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