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Hello fellas, I'm considering assembling a watercooling system (my first one!) this summer and while I was browsing some radiators I though: "Time for that car workshop down the street to be useful." So I have read some old posts about this heater core vs radiator thing but I want to know if at this moment, with the current data, a heater core is still better than a radiator and if yes what heater cores should I look for?
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You have to understand that a Heater Core usually is much cheaper than a regular radiator.
A huge heater core often costs 1/2 of a radiator (similar size/dimension).
But heater cores often are not easily to be mounted and have bad looking, either is the performance/efficiency.
Edited by c14c13 - 4/26/11 at 4:01pm
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I know that heater cores are much cheaper, that's why I gave them a thought, but I really enjoy DIY things so I don't care about mounting problems, my question is about the performance and what heater cores should I seek in terms of inside restriction and airflow
Edited by RevyYYYe - 4/26/11 at 4:22pm
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post #4 of 13
Not as restrictive.

I read somewhere. will dig it up for you

EDIT: not the exact one, dont have time to go through it but here's some info

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=264486
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The two most popular heater cores would probably be the double ('68 pontiac bonnieville)
and the quad (77 dodge ram van)

go to www.summitracing.com, you can search all the heater cores by size.
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Heater cores tend to be suited to higher speed fans from my understanding.
    
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Thanks all, I have a long way to go yet tongue.gif
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post #8 of 13
I am a big fan of heater cores, but...

While they offer the best cooling bang for the buck,

and they do come in all shapes and sizes...

none of those sizes seem to fit inside a PC case smile.gif and you will have to cut copper tubing and use a flanging tool and/or sweat on fittings/reducers


Do consider making an external rad box, something that will last for multiple generations of your PC... I'm going to post a build log of my radbox next week.
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post #9 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wimcle;13291344 
Do consider making an external rad box.

That's what I'm planning to do.
One last question, heater cores are used for air conditiong, too. Are these a seperate category, or its the same, and what are their differences.
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