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Good idea? Possible? How?
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well, wouldn't it really be active since the chiller is actively cooling the water.... and be careful about dropping below ambient, it'll cause condensation on the tubes.
    
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Dropping below ambient isn't going to cause problems. That's not how condensation works. You can go below ambient without condensation until you get to the dew point. The dew point is dependent on the humidity. Once the temperature reaches the dew point, condensation will form. As long as you're at least a little higher than the dew point, you'll be fine.
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Dropping below ambient isn't going to cause problems. That's not how condensation works. You can go below ambient without condensation until you get to the dew point. The dew point is dependent on the humidity. Once the temperature reaches the dew point, condensation will form. As long as you're at least a little higher than the dew point, you'll be fine.
For sure, I guess from living in an area of the US where humidity is extremely high, I'm used to using them almost interchangeably
    
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Yes, I guess it would be active, but in a fanless/ passive design...

how good do you think this setup would do?


How would it compare to traditional water or phase change?
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Yes, I guess it would be active, but in a fanless/ passive design...

how good do you think this setup would do?


How would it compare to traditional water or phase change?
Having a water chiller means no fans (if you cool GPU's MB block and CPU). The water chiller does have a fan and compressor on it. You could have water at ambient no matter the load (depending on chiller wattage). It could be in another room so you don't deal with the noise. It would work great as long as you have a pump that can dish out 200-4000 L (for the biggest chillers).
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You not going to come near Phase Change with a simple chiller. If you did you would have to insulate your motherboard, CPU socket and tubes because you would be WELL below the dew point. Phase change can often go below 0C. In terms of beating the traditional water, I doubt you'll get a considerable difference in load temps. It all depends on how powerful the chiller is how many watts of thermal energy it can extract from the water. The average un-overclocked i7 pumps around 100Ws.
 
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Haliea Water chiller

This could maybe handle 1 GPU and a CPU at full load. With only one CPU and one GPU it could go below ambients. Then again you need a really big pump!
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LOL

3300 watts of cooling power. Hell I think you could freeze your water.
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Ehh, these chillers don't seem to be that great, and are quite expensive....does anything trump phase change? How much does a phase change system run approx?
And thanks for all the input
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