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post #1 of 11
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So I was looking for more pictures of Dennis "DeadGuy" Leach's computer, Reaper, when I came across this.
Notice the silver cylinders near the front of the case going into the 5.25" bays:




Found them for $42.99 at http://www.xoxide.com/northwater-xtr...r-lg2tone.html

What do you all think of them? Anyone ever used these Xchangers before? Pretty expensive, but I love how this guy has his set up, and it adds a real unique look. His T-line looks a little short, I think I'd stick one of those DD reservoirs there.
post #2 of 11
They are made out of aluminum and will cause galvanic corrosion in your loop...


...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvanic_corrosion
Galvanic corrosion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Its meant to cool the water as it runs through, but you will have to have a pretty good airflow in your system as well to cool even a little bit. So i doubt there will be a noticible drop in any temps. But on the other hand, yes they look nice

EDIT: Oh ya....what Ira said too, hmmm thought they would line them with something at least!!!
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I have had mixed luck with aluminum in the loop...

If you do not run some sort of anticorrosive i te fluid then fo certain you will destroy your gear.

I bought a pair of GFX WBs from a memeber here and they were eaten up by electrolysis...despite his claims that hehad always run 10% Antifreeze...

I run one rig with an aluminum oil cooler and it has had no probs now for well over two years...

THey do look a treat...but I duno if I would bothe rwith them.
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Yeah...what Ira said...I'd be afraid of corrosion to the point I wouldn't even try it. You'd probaly gain more cooling by adding a cheap rad to the loop.
    
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Ah corrosion huh..shoot. They look nice. But for 50 bucks a pop for some small piece of metal its garbage huh. Haha shoot for that much money I could make a dozen of my own out of brass or something. Hmm...what would I have to make it out of? Waterblocks use brass right?
post #7 of 11
I think brass or copper would be ok if I remember right.
It does look cool and would be even better if you made them yourself
    
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I wish I still had access to a drill press

Bah, it's not worth my time. I'd rather farm motes
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They do look cool but IMO they are pointless

replace one with a passive 80mm radiator and you will get better temps

or just leave em out completely and you will get the same temps
    
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
I think brass or copper would be ok if I remember right.
Yup, Brass, Copper and Nickel are all fine together and will not require an anti-corrosive ... but it still doesn't hurt to throw in a tad.
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