Originally Posted by Masta Squidge
Comparing mineral oil coolant to TEC coolant or condensation is like comparing a chlorine pool to the ocean, two completely different concepts. A mineral oil chassis would also be a lot more pricey than insulation, and require maintenance. It's a clever idea, but ultimately would require a LOT of money for decreased cooling performance (as there would be cooling to the mineral oil around the CPU as well)
Originally Posted by TheLAWNOOB
Actually the 175 W includes the heat the TEC adds to.
I changed my plan a little though.
The TEC cools the water that goes to the CPU, and the hot side goes straight to the radiators.
Do you think one D5 is enough? Will the Y-splitting the water flow decrease my pressure and flow rate by a lot?
No offense but that is a terrible design. A TEC should NEVER have a radiator in it's loop. The entire point of a TEC chiller is to keep the fluid below ambient temps. Even after the fluid passes through the CPU block it should still be above below temp.
On top of that, a TEC will only ever move as much heat as it's labeled. If you have, lets say a heat load of 300watts, and a TEC chiller that will move 225 watts, then you will only remove 225 watts from that loop..... It will work as an insulator. You're temp will increase, and increase, and increase.
You need two separate cooling loops
TEC Chillers aren't cheap, that's for damn sure.
If you want a REALLY cheap alternative to a TEC chiller, get a copper block that's about 70mmx140mmx10mm
Then file one ends at an angle so on side is 40mmx40mm, and the other is still 70x140
Then apply the 40mm side to the CPU, then put the cold side of the TECs to the copper place, and cool the TECs.Edited by ZytheEKS - 4/18/13 at 9:01pm