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post #11 of 38
I've heard of people trying this and it works. I was one of those people who said the heat would build up in the tank but apparently it doesn't.

One must consider that the tank has quite a bit of surface area to dissipate heat. It also has evaporation to take into consideration. Evaporation can dissipate quite a bit of heat.


oooooooor you could just add another radiator to the loop and be done with it...
    
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Okay, so far my plan is to use three of these, and use those as a reservoir for the plate heat exchanger (this). I will then find a three fan radiator and install some low-rpm fans onto it.

The combined surface area of those three reservoirs will be a lot, so I will also expect standing air alone to cool them, but I will not totally rely on it.
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post #13 of 38
Effectively, that would make a secondary cooling "loop" so you aren't going to gain anything by putting the radiator into a tank. Radiators are designed to transfer heat into the air, if you just dropped it into a tank of water it would become a glorified heat sink. Also if the water wasn't actively circulating through the fins, I would think it would heat up quickly... and once the water outside the radiator reached equilibrium with the water inside it would then become an expensive tank ornament I would also assume that in a typical watercooling setup, the ambient air is cooler than the water so you would be switching to a warmer cooling medium.

Using the tank as a giant reservoir would definitely increase the total thermal capacity of the system, which should make it take longer to heat up the water in your loop, the flip side is that it will take longer to cool down once you turn it off.
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post #14 of 38
unless you plan to cool the water with another fridge, I doubt it will help with heat transfer...
    
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post #15 of 38
Why not get passive radiators instead? They'd work much better and no need for fans.





 
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post #16 of 38
It might get too hot.... I suggest you drop a number of fish in there to increase the overall heat capacity of the tank and this, reduce temps... >_<.

On a more serious note, both options will fail.
Radiator in fish tank means no cooling of the tank == fried components.
Fish-tank reservoir means super high pressure for a pump what wasn't designed for it == inefficient pump = fried components
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post #17 of 38
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It doesn't make much sense to me. If you plan to put a rad in the tank and then use a separate loop to cool the water in the tank, then why not just get a larger rad? Adding another loop onto the loop you already have could increase temps, due to the extra pump.
I don't think you understand my idea. There are THREE separate ideas in the thread. Just click on the link in the OP. One of the ideas is to use a plate heat exchanged, which I'd obviously need to use another loop to cool that one.

The heat transfer would be ******* amazing, but I'd need to keep temps down in the secondary loop so the temps in the primary loop don't go too high.
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Might as well keep your computer in a freezer..
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You win this one haha

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I edited the original post to clarify things a little
Edited by whoa044 - 5/30/11 at 5:16pm
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