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Ok, new problem. My room is hands down the hottest in the house. It gets direct sun for most of the day (windows have tinted film on them), and the entire upper level is about 85°F when the AC is set at 78°F, and my room is usually 90°F after about an hour with the computer running. Both air returns for the upper level are on the opposite side of the house (****ty design, I know, but nothing I can do about that) and my computer is on the far wall of the room away from the door. Probably the worst possible location for a rig that draws in excess of 500W, but it's the only spot where it will really fit.

Also, here are some pics of my rig. Please ignore the wire jungle, it's really the best I can do with all the **** that has to fit in a limited space, and the power supply not being rigidly attached to the motherboard tray means that I can't finalize the locations of anything until the mobo tray is 95% in and I can just barely squeeze my hand in.

https://picasaweb.google.com/tippy25/AquariumPC#
The newest and most accurate ones have the captions

It's submerged in mineral oil and the radiator has four 120mm fans attached directly to it. Each fan moves about 40cfm, and I have a small 10" fan blowing air onto it as well. I also have the ceiling fan on high pulling air toward the ceiling. It's still not enough to get sufficient circulation between my room and the rest of the upper level. Opening the windows isn't much help now that nights are usually about 80°F as well. How can I get a larger temperature gradient across the radiator?
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New radiator fans? 40cfm is a bit on the slim side.
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Here's the list of fans I am considering for an upgrade. I realize 40cfm is pretty weak, but I was running out of money (they were $15 for all 4) and they're plenty good enough for winter duty. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-185-059-01%23

I would like to get an aquarium chiller, but they're just way too far outside my budget. Any other alternative cooling ideas?

Also, would it be better to have the new fans as pushers or pullers and would it be even better to have the existing fans on the other side pulling or pushing or just get rid of them altogether?
Edited by tippy25 - 5/30/11 at 1:46pm
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Yate Loons are good, and a bit cheaper.
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I just checked out the Yate Loon fans, and they seem to be rated as quite loud. Noise is a high priority for me, and 40dB at 88cfm isn't exactly quiet. The whole reason I swapped over to an aquarium setup was because it is so quiet. The 4 fans I have now are rated at 18dB each and the loudest part of the setup is the bubble bar when I have it running.

I would rather wait and save up to afford better fans. I have 2 60mm fans inside the oil that are rated at 38dB, and I could barely hear the sound from my speakers over just one of them when I was testing it before submersion. I'm going to post over in the air cooling forum to get feedback from more people, seeing as how technically it is an air cooling issue. Thanks for your help so far.
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post #6 of 7
here's some good fans that I use on my rad, works well and are quiet and cheap: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-091-_-Product


u can get the fans in red/green/blue/regular color :S
Edited by kyle7412 - 5/30/11 at 8:22pm
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get something like the scyth 3k rpm fans or delta fans..

quite loud though
    
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