Originally Posted by cssorkinman
I've always wondered about mounting a radiator in the window well just outside my basement. It's about 6 feet to the side of my desk and about 5 feet higher than were my cpu is sitting. Could a normal water cooling pump push coolant that far and still get enough circulation to do the job? Would make for some subzero cooling in the upcoming months ( yeah i know about condensation... but i still want to try it
) Any thoughts?
Maybe, but unlikely. The 6 feet to one side isn't the major issue, it's going up another 5-8 feet that is the big issue.
Most standard pumps only have a "Head" of about 10-11 feet. While that sounds like that will work, that pretty much is the maximum and when you go 5-8 feet, the flow really drops off.
I've thought about doing something like that myself, and getting basically a cheap F150 truck radiator for about $130, then put a Flexalite fan on it for $118. Then you can get something like a "Little Giant" pump for about $200 that will give you about 800GPH flow and 22 feet of Head (at 80GPH), add a big reservoir (maybe a gallon), and put the whole mess down in the basement and run tubes up.
You can remote the power up to your room, or just leave it running all the time (or even put wire it with a power relay so when your PC comes on, your water cooling system comes on.
Yeah, it will cost you, but it will have more cooling capacity than you could ever need (heck, you could even make it so it would 'T' out so you could cool multiple computers), and all the heat and noise is elsewhere. Also, since basements typically stay cooler than the upper part of your house, it would be very quiet as well.
Just put some quick disconnects on your computer, and maybe an inline water temperature sensor so you can monitor it from your motherboard temperature port, and you'd be good to go.