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post #1 of 24
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I am planning to use a phase change unit in an upcoming build and I'm wondering whether it would be better to purchase one or to build one. As it stands the one I plan on getting is a cooler express that has a block for the cpu and a block for the gpu and is supposed to provide 300 watts of heat dissipation. The unit costs about 1500 dollars. Could I make one that is better for the same amount of money or less? Would it be better for a novice at refrigeration to just buy a premade unit?
post #2 of 24
1500$ just for that? I've seen some decent one's around here go for 400$, check the marketplace and maybe contact a few of the gentlemen around the forum that do that.

Off the top of my head, NOL and sdumper come to mind. Either of them would be your best bet to getting hooked up with a unit.
post #3 of 24
Build, always.
post #4 of 24
You guys are ill informed...that is a very strong unit and it is not cheaper to build that unit than to buy...not even close.

PM me for a better price shipped

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Edited by Sdumper - 6/7/11 at 4:46pm
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^ guessing due to the tools ect needed to build?
    
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Originally Posted by Liighthead View Post
^ guessing due to the tools ect needed to build?
Thats a two headed unit: 1hp reciprocating compressor and a condenser sized to hold 550 watts.
(250 watts per head plus some wiggle room)

2 Evaps one specialized for a GPU

2 hold downs one specialized for GPU

2 suctions

double the headache tuning

Large case

Temp display

and it goes on and on.

Profit margin off of that is about 100 for the labor....

List goes on and on and of course your right the tools involved including 2 load testers and to build something like that is very expensive.

I would know because I do custom work as well.
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post #7 of 24
Wow, phase change is pretty brutal.... and here I thought it'd be cheaper in the long run to do it yourself.
post #8 of 24
Do it yourself.
Could produce that unit off a condensing unit for under $500 if priced properly for the parts. Tools another $500-800. And the experience is very worth it.

You'll find GPU phase is a huge headache though as I have seen in the last 5 years. You are better off with phasing just the CPU.
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Do it yourself.
Could produce that unit off a condensing unit for under $500 if priced properly for the parts. Tools another $500-800. And the experience is very worth it.

You'll find GPU phase is a huge headache though as I have seen in the last 5 years. You are better off with phasing just the CPU.
Why is gpu phase a huge headache?
post #10 of 24
Because of the room needed?

And building is the way to go.
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