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Hey, guys I was wondering how to get the lowest temps on water... well, first off you need a nice Water Cooling Setup, nextly, you need a good, low ambient temperature. I was thinking, if the area where the Radiator and/or Reservior was cooler than ambient temps wouldn't the water be cooler, too? For example, if you had your reservior in an Ice-Box... filled with Ice... won't the water there stay cooler than if it was inside of your case? Also, you could attach the Radiator on the door of the Ice-Box and cut holes for the tubing. I know you'd need to replace the ice and there will be other hassles, but right now, would that core idea work?
Styrfoam Ice Box + 100 Ice Cubes + Chilled Water = Nice Temps.

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It's a great Idea already shared by others. Unfortunately, condensation would ruin your board. Water temps lower than ambient air would create condensation on the block.
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it'd work. yes. But you'd need to insulate your motherboard for condensation. Dielectric grease, neoprene...all that good stuff.
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No, no, no. I mean just place the Reservior and Radiator there not your whole motherboard. You could get FluidXP+ or PrimoChill ICE which have a freezing point below -10C so the water won't become slushy and icey yet you'll have cooler temps. You have the pump next to the ice box so it'd go...

Pump > Chilled Reservior > Radiator > Blocks. Repeat.

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No, no, no. I mean just place the Reservior and Radiator there not your whole motherboard. You could get FluidXP+ or ICE which have a freezing point below -10C so the water won't become Ice yet you'll have cooler temps. You have the pump next to the ice box so it'd go...

Pump > Chilled Reservior > Radiator > Blocks. Repeat.

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However.... your tubes would now be below ambient. Condensation may occur on the tubing so you have to insulate. Then waterblocks would probably get below ambient as well... more insulation. You would insulate too keep the heat OUT and keep condensation from forming.

i.e. Run cold water on your facet. After awhile your facet gets colder than ambient.
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However.... your tubes would now be below ambient. Condensation may occur on the tubing so you have to insulate. Then waterblocks would probably get below ambient as well... more insulation. You would insulate too keep the heat OUT and keep condensation from forming.
Exactly. Unless you air conditioned the case itself to the same tempeture as the water, you'll get condensation.
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I get it. Thanks guys. See, I knew my idea wasn't the greatest in the world or else it would be seen in computers already. I wasn't thinking about everytime that could happen; just the good.

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I get it. Thanks guys. See, I knew my idea wasn't the greatest in the world or else it would be seen in computers already. I wasn't thinking about everytime that could happen; just the good.

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People DO do something similiar... one technique is called a Slush Box. Another is a Water Chiller.
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I see... sorry if my responses are taking a while - I just got a new desk so I'm thinking of where to place my P180B. Thanks again for the information.

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you can mount the rad outside the house if u live in a cold place , you will still need to condensation proof your mobo .
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