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Not in place but in addition it can be a good thing. Make 2 seperate loops. In summer place a compressor in another room and when the first loops with radiators runs too hot the compressor kicks in (its not exactly silent...). In german scene its quite common and these shops sell ready to use units... actually they have been invented to cool aquarium water so you can even adjust the temperature as needed... so you just plug in your loop and done... no brainer.
http://www.aquatuning.de/index.php/cPath/25_189/sortprod/1

Funny after i read a few posts i saw some water chillers and after more reading i saw this review.
quite informative. But a bit off topic.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2010/07/20/hailea-hc-500a-water-chiller-review/1
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post #12 of 17
It can work if you do it properly. I played around with this a few years ago and basically turned a mini-fridge into a chiller: http://www.overclock.net/t/582983/a-cooling-experiment
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Your mini fridge will not last long, the compressors are ment to run for a few min and shut off, since the stuff inside doesn't put off heat Add something that constantly needs cooled thats producing heat, the unit runs to much and burns out.
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I think most of you didn't understand OPs post. He wants to take it apart and hook the components into his loop in order to chill it.

Read more closely before ridiculing somebody.

EDIT: Redacted after reading through walker's post.
Edited by Caples - 11/23/12 at 10:24pm
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Your mini fridge will not last long, the compressors are ment to run for a few min and shut off, since the stuff inside doesn't put off heat Add something that constantly needs cooled thats producing heat, the unit runs to much and burns out.

Ugh. Obviously no one in here has ever paid a running mini-fridge any attention - they run like 30-50% duty cycle, more if it's hot outside, and 80-100% if someone didn't close the door.

It's not the amount of time it spends running that kills it, it's the heat load that kills the motor - they were never set up to dissipate the heat produced by the compressor motor plus a "real" load - if you upgraded the condenser to handle your desired load, you could run it with whatever load the dinky little compressor could keep up with. it'd be like trying to cool your car with an H80 and then when it dies saying that the H80's pump wasn't meant to handle the load. that's looking at the tiniest part of the problem and ignoring the elephant sitting on the hood.
 
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As far as mini fridges go... A friend of mine has had the same one in his barn for 7 years now. We frequently have several weeks over 100F. Even when it is 100 out, beverages are ice cold in the fridge. There's no telling how much it runs, but I'm sure it is a lot.

My next project is going to be using a water bottle cooler to chill a CPU loop. I'll start a thread on it when I do.

I know the mini fridge debate has gone in and on... But very few people have actually tried it, so there's not much evidence to support it either way.
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If/when you do - make sure you have a plan for how the heat gets OUT of the condenser. "I don't know" / "huh?" / "Natural Convection" is the wrong answer.
 
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