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Well guys i have never used a water cooling system, nore bought any water cooling parts ever. So after doing lots and lots of reading on water cooling i decided to take the plunge. But instead of spending a million bucks for a water cooling rig, i decided i might try my hand in custom made water cooling. So i did some research, found a discount steel place which sold me a 7-9 lb flat bar for 23 dollars. My step dad has a Milling Machine at his work so we cut the bar in 3 peices, and machined a design similar to the STINGER. Here's what i have so far.
    
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Good looking start, and copper E channel DIY design. Are you going with brass/copper top plate? They seal tighter, cool better and are TEC friendly.
  
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Looking good so far...I was just looking at this...It might interest you...Newbie, Project water block CPU - XtremeSystems Forums
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Yup, i have a square copper top that i am going to be placing ontop with 1/2" hose barbs. I am still debating if i should drill some holes for the top or just leave it flat so i don't run into problems. The top is a 3/8 in copper. I might have made a mistake with the radiator though. I bought something off ebay and it uses pretty thin lines compared to everything else in my system. Which will be 1/2 - 5/8. The Radiator lines i believe use 1/8 in ID 1/4 OD tubes. So this might be a problem.
    
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yea dont listen to me cause i really dont know but 1/8 in int. diameter is small, it would make the 1/2 inch piping worthless, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link...

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Yeah that would basically destroy your flow....Go with 1/2" fittings through-out your loop...
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If you can mill that block base, upgrading the rad to larger barbs should be cakewalk if the tanks will support the girth.
  
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Well i decided on getting a 77 Bonneville Heater Core. The thing is way more durable than my other radiator plus 5/8 inlet and 3/4 outlet should help keep the flowrate up. I'm not sure what i am going to do with the other radiator. Maybe i'll keep it for a phasechange in the future project. Well here's a picture of the heater core.
    
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post #9 of 64
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Ok i've added some more pictures, i drilled in a 7/16" hole for the 1/4" NPT hose barbs. I haven't gotten the barbs yet, but they are on the way. A bag of 10 - 1/2" hose barbs 1/4" NPT. I also added pictures of my Drill Press with a sliding vise bought seperately.



    
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Why did you switch over to Alu?
    
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