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Feasible watercooling solution?

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I have two systems in my room, one for miscellaneous stuff such as the occasional game (but not hardcore gamer), programming, some music production, surfing, etc. My other system is the one generating all the heat. That's fine during the winter, as it keeps me toasty, but it's not long until sumer is icumen in and then i won't want to be toasty. Running a/c to cool the heat i just generated seems totally whacked to me.

So, i have been toying with the idea of watercooling, but the idea is to have the radiator outside. My window looks out under a deck that completely shades from direct sun and the temps are reasonably cool there. I was thinking of using a car-type radiator and a car fan (which will withstand weather) for the airflow. My systems are just inside the window, so i wouldn't need to run hundreds of feet of tubing. But i'd like to hook up both systems using quick-disconnects (like with air hoses?) to allow me some portability and easy maintenance.

Is this kind of thing even feasible? I don't have a budget restriction, but i don't need gold-plated stuff either, just good solid value. I'd like to start with the main heat generator and then patch in the other system as time permits. The system's main components:

o Rosewill REDBONE U3 Black SECC Steel USB 3.0, eSATA, 3x 120mm Fans Mid Tower Computer Case
o ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
o AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX [mild overclocking 0.3 ghz)
o EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card [mild overclocking about 20%]
--- and to support the airflow through the case, the main mover and shaker is:
o Delta AFB1212GHE-CF00 120mm Case cooler

I'm pretty knowledgeable about stuff in general, just not with water cooling. Where do i even start to look for components and how do i know what will do the job without spending weeks looking through the forum?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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I think at that point condensation would start setting in? and it would be a bad thing lol.

WCing in general should lower your heat output. but I mean putting it outside would introduce condensation I think...
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Feasible? I'd say so. Practical? Not really.

Unless temperatures mean that much to you, and shaving off a few extra degree's is a big deal, go for it. Otherwise, you're better off with just mounting radiators internally, especially for aesthetics (and after all, it's safer this way as the rads are protected by the case) and yeah, condensation would be an issue if it gets particularly cold outside.

Never really felt external radiators were justified considering their gains compared to their cons.
Edited by Thingamajig - 4/14/13 at 10:18am
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Check out my ROG-BOX in my sig.

Don't use car rads, they are made from alu and it will give you nightmares.

Get a more powerful pump (RD-20 or RD-30 or RD30x) and run it on 24vdc, you'll get all the head you need to push the water up to the window and back to the puter.

I also used Koolance QDC's, but I'm a little disappointing by the 4 series. When you unplug them they leak and never seal properly. Get the 3 series, the flow restriction is hardly noticeable with a powerful pump.


Edit: If you want the google sketchup for either of the window boxes I made hit me up. I should be able to find them for you.
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