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i am using a laser chiller to cool my cpu. it will get down to 0c and after a while i get condensation on the cpu block. i was wondering how can i go about insulating or what can i use to catch the dripping condensation
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24/7 operation?

I would probably use sprayable tape and neoprene pads.

The tape to cover the surface of the PCB area surrounding the socket so it won't get wet, and the neoprene/armaflex pad (as snug as you can get it to fit) to avoid cold air between your waterblock and your motherboard.

You should also fully insulate the waterblock using neoprene or Armaflex to avoid condensation on the surface, that on turn would drip onto the motherboard.


If it's just benching sessions... I usually use abundant pooper paper surrounding the blocks and the motherboard and call it a day. Ah yes, and I carry a cotton towel on the belt and wipe the blocks every minute to re-check.
   
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Where can I get the stuff at. What store can i go to
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Depends where you are, but the dielectric and coatings are available at electronics shops, Radio Shack etc. The ones that sell pcb stuff and resistors and whatever.

The neoprene you could Ebay it or go to something like a refrigeration supplier though it's larger sheets they usually sell of armaflex or whatever brand of foam they sell.

Watercooling stores (online) usually have most of it, maybe not the conformal coating but quite possibly. Doubt you'll be cold enough to need that but if you did it's available at electronics shops for sure.

FCPU is great for most things....

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13181/noi-23/Neoprene_Sheet_-_Phase_Change_Insulator_-_200mm_x_200mm_x_10mm.html

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12346/ex-swi-11/Luberex_Dielectric_Grease_-_54g.html

Oh, and Home Depot has great foam tape, 1.5mm, very sticky soft easy to use. Would likely have the dilectric and sheets of foam too, not sure.

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Most ppl just use the kneadable art eraser plus closed cell insulation sheet approach for 24/7 use. No real need for coatings.. the eraser forms an airtight seal by itself and is easily removable in the future. You can get the kneadable eraser at Staples or any art supply store. I use super sticky black cork tape in place of the eraser but same exact procedure.

You can get pipe insulation and foam tape at Home Depot as Gray pointed out. You can just flatten a section of the pipe insulation to make small sheets for around the waterblock. Make sure you get the softer closed cell type pipe insulation. If you need any adhesive then use Rubatex or Armstrong .. get that at Home Depot.

Here's a link to a fantastic ac chiller mod and complete step by step insulation job done by Jarrow. http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=316685&highlight=art+eraser

A folded paper towel on the back of the top video card is cheap insurance from any drips.

I have plenty of insulating materials, if you need anything just shoot me a pm.

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I keep forgetting about the art eraser tongue.gif but for higher temp it's great. Lower temps I don't know if I'd trust it not to freeze up and condense moisture.

Best thing I ever found for that 'safety towel' system? Feminine hygene products biggrin.gif Those self adhesive pads work well, stick where you want, and absorb more water than anything else.

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post #7 of 8
Kneaded rubber eraser is also good, Only advice really is TAKE YOUR TIME and do NOT rush it or you'll get bitten..
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Originally Posted by jbjcjag View Post

You should also fully insulate the waterblock using neoprene or Armaflex to avoid condensation on the surface, that on turn would drip onto the motherboard.
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This is the phase forum, Not TEC water chiller...
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