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I've switched between water and air in the past but ever since my first WC setup back in 2006,
I've been stuck on the idea of combining a sub ambient temperature cooling method with a
conventional one in a practical manner. Back when I set WC up (Zalman Reserator cooling CPU & GPU),
I happened to switch to DSL from Charter. That winter I modded the hole for the cable wire
and fed some of the tubing outdoors to shave of a few degrees.
I crave a practical helper for air cooling, one that wouldn't complex and expensive, otherwise it's just logical to go with a full WC setup.

A while ago I found this company specialized in enclosure cooling, http://iceqube.com/
Their "world's smallest air conditioner" caught my eye: 15.00”H x 5.98”W x 6.3”D. http://iceqube.com/enclosureairconditioners.asp
I couldn't find any pricing and reviews of even remotely similar application to desktop cooling, nor could I find any indicators as to how it would work with a desktop configuration. ISO certified, seems like a legit business. They also have other interesting products: http://www.iceqube.com/thermalelectric.asp

Would feeding this unit's output to a bottom of a full tower case be a feasible long term solution?

I can't exactly call up myth busters and have it resolved once and for all.
This idea just keep coming back every once in a while, it would be nice
to have the curiosity finally satisfied.
post #2 of 5
it will never be better than tec cooling direct die or quad
http://www.arqtik.com/index.php/product/2-360qdd-quad-direct-die-1155-1156

we allready have section here about tec - thermo electric cooling
http://www.overclock.net/f/62/peltiers-tec
Edited by DinaAngel - 9/12/12 at 7:02am
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Indeed but the charm of this set up would be in ease of use. If it were a viable solution, upgrading/changing out components is a breeze since the cooling is handled externally. I'm happy with this back up rig but slowly preparing for the next worthy upgrade, having skipped IB, I'm waiting for Haswell and next GPU.

Though I already bought PSU and best fans I could find for my HAF X which should arrive tomorrow. Taking a different approach for this build, high priority for PSU and case, both total for a MSRP OF $500. Paid $215.50 for both, PSU barely used and HAF X refurbished. I already spent $100 on fans and would spend a few more if this pwoves to be a viable every day solution. Since the refurbished case only has a 90 day warranty, I'm definitely open to modding the heck out of it.

But it this works out, I won't have to. I do want to stick to easy maintenance and access so there are quite a few limiting parameters I can't do much about such as condensation or possibly the AC unit's noise. Planning to use a stand for the case and depending primarily on noise, I would mount the unit either at the bottom plate of the case directed at the air intake or use a duct to guide AC's output at the same bottom air intake.

I'm really stuck on this idea. If it's a fail, I can live with conventional air cooling, after all that's what HAF is made for. Right now curiosity is killing me, still trying to find out if it's available to regular consumer, how much it costs and if it's a viable solution. Looking and comparing to prices and performance of mobile AC units, what do you think are the chances of this one going for less than $300 and how noisy do you guesstimate?
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Originally Posted by RJA1 View Post

Indeed but the charm of this set up would be in ease of use. If it were a viable solution, upgrading/changing out components is a breeze since the cooling is handled externally. I'm happy with this back up rig but slowly preparing for the next worthy upgrade, having skipped IB, I'm waiting for Haswell and next GPU.
Though I already bought PSU and best fans I could find for my HAF X which should arrive tomorrow. Taking a different approach for this build, high priority for PSU and case, both total for a MSRP OF $500. Paid $215.50 for both, PSU barely used and HAF X refurbished. I already spent $100 on fans and would spend a few more if this pwoves to be a viable every day solution. Since the refurbished case only has a 90 day warranty, I'm definitely open to modding the heck out of it.
But it this works out, I won't have to. I do want to stick to easy maintenance and access so there are quite a few limiting parameters I can't do much about such as condensation or possibly the AC unit's noise. Planning to use a stand for the case and depending primarily on noise, I would mount the unit either at the bottom plate of the case directed at the air intake or use a duct to guide AC's output at the same bottom air intake.
I'm really stuck on this idea. If it's a fail, I can live with conventional air cooling, after all that's what HAF is made for. Right now curiosity is killing me, still trying to find out if it's available to regular consumer, how much it costs and if it's a viable solution. Looking and comparing to prices and performance of mobile AC units, what do you think are the chances of this one going for less than $300 and how noisy do you guesstimate?

iv allways wondered if small jet turbines that run on electric current and fuel, would work as pnaumatic cooling solution using high pressure air thru hoses instead of water. since some of the turbine engines for model planes doesnt need fuel to run,

i mean to have that sheer amount of air it moves, since it would give out cold air without fuel.

i wish u good luck tho!! thumb.gif
Edited by DinaAngel - 9/13/12 at 12:27am
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Screeching halt on this plan today. I called up the iceqube company today. Price: $1000 for the unit.
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