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Yes, I am a new guy, but I have been throwing this idea around for YEARS, and now i just pulled the trigger not so long ago.


I will update in more detail as I go along, but this is what I have done so far:

Materials:
25ft of 3/8" Aluminum piping $15
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Aluminum 1/4" NPT- 3/8" Press lock barbed fittings for reservoir $10
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Aluminum automotive liquid cooler/radiator $25~
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small 16 oz. bottle of racing coolant additive: $5~
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XSPC X20 200 reservoir and pump: $40~
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Roswell 4-pk 80mm blue LED fan box $20~
High pressure rubber nylon reinforced tubing free* (usually comes with the liquid cooler)
nylon mounting clamps $5~
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small hose clamps: Free
AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+ aluminum heat sink: free


Tools:
Dremel with metal cutting bits
Drill
1/8" drill bit
3/8" drill bit
JB Weld/Similar metal based epoxy


Plan:

This was my original idea that I had thought about for a long time, then got drunk one night and drew it out on paper, then re modified the next morning to get it cheaper in price.
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My terrible first try without a cnc or even a drill press (it failed)
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Radiator w/ protective steel bracket made from a junked yard sign and small diameter box tubing
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My updated solid piece waterblock (Search 6 dollar water block on Instructables.com, I am the author)
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Test fit
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More test fitting and de-dusting

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tube bending time to fit, along with chassis drilling and cutting of which I forgot to take photos (im a terrible log keeper)
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now with paint
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quick test run with fluid
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Top view (three fans not shown underneath radiator blowing the top)
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new motherboard
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Lighting in the dark
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Pressure test using the most mature way ever... gases from baking soda and vinegar
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My new coolant alternative
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More to come
Edited by Pen2penguin - 6/18/12 at 4:14pm
post #2 of 54
this looks like a very fun build biggrin.gif
post #3 of 54
So I guess the question is, how well does it cool? What kind of temps are you getting? Considering you can buy a complete kit for $130 is it worth it?
I read your article on building the waterblock. The part that concerns me is the JB Weld. If you're determined to go this route I would definitely look into having someone TIG weld it instead of using epoxies.
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the temps I GOT before my cpu and cpu socket burned up were 28 idle and 48c at full load. I can tig weld my own, but that would cost more that 6 dollars. I also would tig weld my own if I had my own tig or even a mig welder, but just the wire or rods is expensive let alone gas. also 100+ setups have either fat, vinyl tubing or small diameter rubber tubing. I simply wanted to eliminate less flexible line to fail while having a clean look. I was going to use compression fittings but the cost was too high at the time.
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Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

So I guess the question is, how well does it cool? What kind of temps are you getting? Considering you can buy a complete kit for $130 is it worth it?
I read your article on building the waterblock. The part that concerns me is the JB Weld. If you're determined to go this route I would definitely look into having someone TIG weld it instead of using epoxies.

JB weld is stronger than most give it credit for. If I can stop an oil leak with it on an aluminum oil tank on a vibrating-like-crazy '95 Buell S2 Thunderbolt for 10k+ miles, I think it can handle the waterblock duty just fine. Great build. I like the tubing. I may look into alternatives to rubber or plastic tubing for my watercooling build coming up.
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BTW that was for an air-cooled bike whose operating temperature and oil is about the same temps as the CPU.
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Man, that's cool as hell! It might not be the best water cooling loop, but how many can say they literally built their loop?

+Rep for you man. Interested to see more
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post #8 of 54
Damn... even the drawings look cool. Good job. Post temps when possible.

Taking a page out of Star Trek... too bad you don't have transparent aluminum!
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BTW that was for an air-cooled bike whose operating temperature and oil is about the same temps as the CPU.
Actually Oil temps and pressure are higher in the Buell so it is good you have safety margin and virtually no vibration in computer compared to boneshaker bike. (ha-ha) thumb.gifthumb.gifbike.gif
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post #10 of 54
That's awesome handy work and a fantastic realization of your original idea. biggrin.gif NICE.

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