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Another way to drop your WC temps?

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Hmmm...I'm not too sure if this should go here or in the TEC category, but I guess here won't hurt.

Anyways, I'm currently in the process of piecing together a custom water cooling system for my computer as my Zalman Res. 1 Plus will no longer suffice. I plan on going with a clear 5.25" bay reservoir and while looking in my case, I noticed that I have a good bit of room below the bay where I was going to mount it. Would it be possible to screw some holes and mount one or two TECs to the bottom of the reservoir? Condensation wouldn't be an issue since it's only coming in contact with plastic (the bay), and it would REALLY drop your temps, theoretically....right?

I was just thinking about this and if I had a radiator...wow. Now...I'm unsure if this has already been discussed, but I haven't seen anything about it yet. If you had the water flow into the TECs, but at the end of your loop, to cool them and then pass through the reservoir where it's cooled via the TECs and THEN to the pump, wouldn't you notice a big drop in water temps?
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The problem would be cooling the Tecs would it not ? im not very understanding in this section of cooling, but im pretty sure that Tecs have a cold and a hot side. The hot side would need really good cooling , so that the cool side can keep cool and so it doesn't break.
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Plastic is not a very good thermal conductor. You would be wasting a LOT of energy doing so. Next condensation is always an issue once any temperature drops below ambient. The water will go below ambient and water may condense along your tubing or on your blocks. What you are describing is a water chiller. A good one will drop your temps, but not by that much. It takes a LOT of energy removal to cool water.

Loop order does not matter much at all. For TECs, you need whole decent loop for themselves for a water chiller. (Building one myself actually)
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