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So I was bored, watching a bunch of videos on water cooling and thought of something that is a little silly but would be cool to see working.



Hookup "IN REV" to your cold tap water in your house, the reservoirs fill, and basically water actually pours from a single reservoir onto a rad you install in this device which cools the hot water passing through the rad back to your computer components. the water cycles back into the reservoir and when the water gets to hot it switches to the other reservoir while the one that is too hot drains and refills with cold water. the hot water simply drains in a sink, or out your window if you really wanted to.

If my idea works how I think it would, you could have installed into a box in your closet, that way you don't have to listen to noisy fans, It could keep your parts much colder then normal loops as your cooling the radiators with water rather than air.

Anyways tell me what you think, if there is a problem with this that I am not seeing, or even if its been done before already (I'd love to see the temps) thumb.gif
post #2 of 19
Well... you should never use tap water in a loop.

I'll entertain the idea though in a dual reservoir system assuming you have a way to "switch" reservoir being used.
I think I follow... Basically you are cooling water into one reservoir and as the water gets hotter switches to the different reservoir while the other one cools down.
The water can only be as cool as the Ambient temperature of the room though. So putting it in a closet will prevent it from getting cooler air since closets don't really have any airflow. Secondly you could do the same thing by just increasing the size of the radiator used to dissipate more heat than what is being let out.
It's like using a 360mm radiator to only have a RAM Block in the loop. It will dissipate the heat more than enough but the water will only be as cool as the room is. So you could drop down to a 120mm radiator, still dissipate more heat than what is let off, still be as cool as ambient temperature.

Just the way that I interpreted what your concept in a plausible scenario. Could have same effect by have a larger radiator or turning fans up to dissipate more heat if needed.
Someone tell me if I am just totally wrong here though.
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The idea is that you arn't using tap water through the actual loop to your computer (the more appropriate solution like distilled water or or any of the premium coolants would still be in your computer) but using it to pass though your radiators then drain,

To clarify, you are Actually hooking up this device to your houses tap and leaving that tap on 24/7 for cold. (thus why I said put in a closet or something, and have the hose run from another room.

The device opens and closes the appropriate valve to fill the reservoir by its self with your houses cold tap water. and when it gets to hot, it drains that reservoir, much like your washer or dryer would, and fills it back up again. Does it make sense how I'm describing it now?

There are no fans, just the cold tap water pouring onto the radiator and the motors moving the water back to the top of the reservoir

Edit:
in that image, IN PC and OUT PC have to do with your computers loop

IN REV (where the tap water comes in) and OUT 1/OUT 2(where hot tap water is drained) cycle the water through your computers radiator to cool it
Sorry, I can't draw with Photoshop to save my life lol
Edited by SaintsEnd - 2/4/16 at 8:21pm
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So I was bored, watching a bunch of videos on water cooling and thought of something that is a little silly but would be cool to see working.

Hookup "IN REV" to your cold tap water in your house, the reservoirs fill, and basically water actually pours from a single reservoir onto a rad you install in this device which cools the hot water passing through the rad back to your computer components. the water cycles back into the reservoir and when the water gets to hot it switches to the other reservoir while the one that is too hot drains and refills with cold water. the hot water simply drains in a sink, or out your window if you really wanted to.

If my idea works how I think it would, you could have installed into a box in your closet, that way you don't have to listen to noisy fans, It could keep your parts much colder then normal loops as your cooling the radiators with water rather than air.

Anyways tell me what you think, if there is a problem with this that I am not seeing, or even if its been done before already (I'd love to see the temps) thumb.gif

wow i would not like to pay that water bill Snorkle.gif
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post #5 of 19
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wow i would not like to pay that water bill Snorkle.gif

Yea exactly, thats why I was saying that the device would circulate that cold tap water as many times as it could before changing it tongue.gif It would be expensive, but the possible performance gains biggrin.gif considering how much colder tap water is compared to ambient room temperature.
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Yea exactly, thats why I was saying that the device would circulate that cold tap water as many times as it could before changing it tongue.gif It would be expensive, but the possible performance gains biggrin.gif considering how much colder tap water is compared to ambient room temperature.

i thought of using a heat exchanger once. it is a type of radiator that allows the cooling liguid or air pass through around the tubes while the actual coolant through the tubes. never in contact with one another. expensive though.
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i thought of using a heat exchanger once. it is a type of radiator that allows the cooling liguid or air pass through around the tubes while the actual coolant through the tubes. never in contact with one another. expensive though.

tubes inside other tubes definatly sounds expensive, though I don't know what it is you are talking about tongue.gif. have a picture or link?
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tubes inside other tubes definatly sounds expensive, though I don't know what it is you are talking about tongue.gif. have a picture or link?

Here is a diagram . . .




One medium goes around the tubes. the other through the tubes.
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Here is a diagram . . .




One medium goes around the tubes. the other through the tubes.

Well, I guess that is almost exactly the idea I had for cooling lol. I guess its not so crazy after all.
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the biggest problem would be if you are introducing temps low enough to condense moisture out of the air, aka dew point, I believe. You can go below room temp but not by much before you have to begin thinking about ways to combat condensation
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