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Hi, i plan on eventually watercooling and i decided to get this question out of the way. i know different swiftech d5 pumps have different 'features' like the control being on the pump or controlling theough the mobo. then i want to make it look nice with the bitspower mod kits, which i believe different models of each matter, like if there is a slot on the kit for the pump speed. which pump has the switch and the same with the mod kits. Also, is there a way to 'cool' the water with what you could say a mini fridge, just because where i live its a bit on the warm side and it will just help with temps. is there something like that available in the us? i saw some in specialtech but thats for the uk. and is it possible to mod into a real mini fridge without loosing the seal? maybe use grommets that are a little small to make a seal? then i think you could cool your comp pretty good, if you set up a lot of rads probably better than a chiller, then you can get a mini fridge to use next to your computer, its a double win biggrin.gif
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Hi, i plan on eventually watercooling and i decided to get this question out of the way. i know different swiftech d5 pumps have different 'features' like the control being on the pump or controlling theough the mobo. then i want to make it look nice with the bitspower mod kits, which i believe different models of each matter, like if there is a slot on the kit for the pump speed. which pump has the switch and the same with the mod kits.

For the most part the business end of the D5's are all the same. Some of the mod kits are model dependant, most are pretty universal. Check the product page or visit the manufacturer's website for compatibility.

As for control it depends what you want. There are three main flavours of D5:

Basic - Cheaper. Runs at 80%, no speed control
Control - More Expensive. Gives you a manual 5 position speed selector on the back
PWM - Most Expensive. Gives you PWM control

The model numbers vary between vendors (Swiftech, Koolance etc). If you are putting it into a custom top anyway Alphacool sell the pump motor / rotor without the casing, this is the cheapest option if you are going to replace the top anyway.
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Also, is there a way to 'cool' the water with what you could say a mini fridge, just because where i live its a bit on the warm side and it will just help with temps. is there something like that available in the us? i saw some in specialtech but thats for the uk. and is it possible to mod into a real mini fridge without loosing the seal? maybe use grommets that are a little small to make a seal? then i think you could cool your comp pretty good, if you set up a lot of rads probably better than a chiller, then you can get a mini fridge to use next to your computer, its a double win biggrin.gif

Yes there is, but not with a mini fridge.

The compressor on a mini fridge is not powerful enough to cool a computer, plus they are not 100% duty rated, meaning they are not meant to run continuously. You will burn the fridge motor out pretty quickly.

There are other options such a aquarium chillers, modified AC units, phase change coolers or TECs. These tend to get quite a bit more expensive and involved and usually require considerable mod work and / or knowledge.

You could also look at making a bong cooler, check out the "Other Cooling Experiments" sub forum for details. Basically it uses evaporation to cool the water below ambient.
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ok, also for the mini fridge, i mean modding into it a bit and mount rads inside so it blows cold air through them
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ok, also for the mini fridge, i mean modding into it a bit and mount rads inside so it blows cold air through them

wont work cause they arent ment to actively cool stuff 24/7 fridges are ment to keep cold air in and cool as neeeded. The compresser would burn up in no time with a heat load 24/7.
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ooo, ok now it make sense, i was confused for a minute

what about a mini freezer? tongue.gif or do those also run as needed, also a link to a wcing water chiller?
Edited by Radmanhs - 1/22/13 at 3:48pm
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if the mini fridge has been tried once, its been tried a hundred times...

even i have tried it, it works awesome for a little bit but there are 2 major problems with it.

1: condensation on your tubes inside your computer from the water being cooler than the outside temp of the tube = no bueano
2: fridges, especially mini ones are meant to cool something down and keep it there... not actively cool something for a sustained period of time. it is very hard one the entire refridgeration unit, and will eventually lead to it burning out prematurely. a good example of this is, i dont know about you, but i got yelled at by my dad when i was a kid for bringing hot sodas from the cabinet in the garage and putting them straight into the fridge, its very hard on it...
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so for that i just plug it into the wall and no probs? also how does it connect to the loop, i saw 1/2 so im guessing id, so it has a barb connection? just wondering
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