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Had an idea this morning... The water bill is covered in my rent; in that, i pay the same thing no matter how much water i use.

The water coming out of my faucet is regularly 5 deg c lower then that of the surrounding air.

So:
Faucet -> CPU Block -> Drain

possible issues: Minerals? Chlorine? Flouride?
Could a filter take care of this?

5*c below ambient, with no increase over run time seems like a pretty advantageous position to be in.

How much psi and gpm does an average 2nd story city faucet actually put out?

Comments?
Questions?
Ideas?
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You'll definitely need one hell of a filter otherwise you're going to get some serious buildup in the loop. I don't anything about filters though
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I'd advise against it. Rent prices are set based on averaged data from previous years, or expected use based on room size and occupancy. The owners still have to pay for the water. When they see a large jump in the amount of water being used, they will most likely not let it slide.
    
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That would be an unbelievable waste of drinkable water and energy...
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Sorry man but this is the epitome of american ignorance. I'm with snowmen 100 fold on this one
post #6 of 8
Water has a lot of heat capacity, you wouldn't have to run the water very high. I imagine a decent trickle would be enough to keep a PC cool, especially since you won't be re-using the heated water.

You might try some kind of hybrid loop that can run closed for efficiency's sake most of the time, but can easily be switched to run on faucet water for better cooling during overclocking or gaming sessions. But I agree with the others, you'd want a filter of some kind. Maybe gut one of those force-filter Brita pitcher things where you hook a hose up to a faucet to fill it?
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I had a friend travel overseas (3rd world country) and this a little story that she told me. A local boy came up to her and told her, "You Americans crazy!" At which point she asked, "Why do you say that?"
And his reply: "You crap in clean water.".......Think about that for a second. Also this isn't meant to make you feel bad, just something to think about.
Edited by Lumo841 - 10/9/12 at 8:40am
post #8 of 8
Not only is this idea insanely wasteful and inconsiderate, your landlord will notice if you flush water down the drain 24/7. (Realize that your landlord still has to pay that bill, and that person is still a human being with hopes, dreams, and a limited amount of money, which you would be quite literally flushing down the drain.)
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