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HMMM those GTX 480's would be PERFECT for this
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post #32 of 41
I volunteer to test this out. Send me one ASAP.
    
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Damn. I've been heating my room using this idea for years with my 4890s and my 5870s. Gotta patent this ASAP
    
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post #34 of 41
Seems good. How bout Using data to run the A/C? -__-
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Quote:
Originally Posted by i_hax View Post
Efficient - yes, cost effective - no.
I have electric heat in my home. It's not appreciably more expensive than natural gas, and cheaper than other methods, at least in this area.

Fuel and electrical costs are going to be the determining factor in how cost effective it is for the individual.

When looking at the broader picture, it's usually easier to transport electricity than fuel, and large power plants are much more thermally efficient than burning fuel on-site in small quantities.

Quote:
Originally Posted by gotcha_90 View Post
but converting heat into steam into mechanical energy into electricity and then back to heat isn't very efficient (typical power plant)
40-60% for a large, modern, gas or steam turbine is pretty damn efficient, all things considered.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Huzzbutt View Post
Use water to cool servers, transport water to apartments for heating during winter times or just heat water for warmwater (yes i had to write it like that), it works and it works good (in my mind of course). no need to rent basement space in the suburbs, besides the no good suburbian destroyers of worlds would just eat the cables.
Transporting hot water long distances is much less efficient than transporting electricity.
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They sponsor the event, they pay the bills on it until it's proven.
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post #38 of 41
Haha. Not like anybody has been doing this for the past couple of years.

Somebody patent it under Overclock.net's name. Then we can sue Microsoft.

Now we can host our own servers.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nbmjhk6 View Post
HMMM those GTX 480's would be PERFECT for this
ahh, you beat me to it.
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post #40 of 41
One of the supercomputers built by IBM did something similar; the system was watercooled, so the hot water from the CPUs was passed through a heat exchanger to heat the building next door (it was on a university campus).
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