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Thinking of getting out of Peltiers

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I was talking to Transonic over Vent, and I really took a hard look at what benefits I was getting over the risks involved.

Pros:
~Extended processor life (But by how much, and will I ever exceed the lifetime if I was on air or even water?)
~Colder system gives me more headroom for vCore and overclocking (See Con)

Cons:
~Increased Electricity Bill
~Increased heat dump (My room heats up because of the TEC, I kid you not. In the summer, that gets really annoying)
~Possibility of electron migration increased with vCore increased above standard watercooling's potential
~REALLY loud fans going to keep the heat dump in check
~I have to deal with another 600W PSU's loud (LOUD) fan, required running wires and having to deal with the noise coming out.
~Constantly worried about condensation or leaks at the TEC block (Has happened before
~Running tubing for the TEC block is a HUGE hassle and has made standard, "normal" loops look like child's play
~Possibility of a meltdown (Has happened before) because the TEC's power supply wasn't linked to the PC's power supply (Has since been fixed but who knows...)

In all honesty, after taking a big step back and looking at the big picture, the rewards just don't justify the risks. With summer in full swing, my room is like a sauna and it's really getting miserable up here. I'm sweating right now as I type this.

I also have reached the limit of my hardware well before the cooling's limits. My E6600 has started to crap out around 3.8Ghz, and with enough voltage I could get to 4.0. But I'm not going to, because I want to keep my processor alive for a while

Any thoughts? I am just thinking of selling off my TEC setup (Block, peltier, PSU and possibly the relay as well) and going to "normal" water cooling.
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The increased electricity bill and the heat would be enough for me...not to mention the risk of condensation or a leak...

I think water cooling would be enough...I am thinking of going from Air to water pretty soon.
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I'd never run a TEC...too damn much money and work when Phase Change is only a few hundred off considering you have you have sick watercooling, a TEC, another PSU, and so on...plus phase is reliable and doesn't get hot.
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pelts can handle larger heatloads, like that of a quadcore. but i guess thats where CUSTOM phase comes in. id rather go TEC than phase because it seems easier to install and maintain. 0,0 experience with either of them, so dont mind this noob here. ;p
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pelts can handle larger heatloads, like that of a quadcore. but i guess thats where CUSTOM phase comes in. id rather go TEC than phase because it seems easier to install and maintain. 0,0 experience with either of them, so dont mind this noob here. ;p
That would be the only instance where I would think that peltiers would be better, would be in the Quad-core arena where it's necessary to handle massive heatloads. But the electricity bill would almost double because the heat dump would probably double (being overclocked)
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I know what you mean about the heat...These things dump a ton of heat into the air...


Your chip is topped out right... Why not find another good OC'ing chip and you will forget all about getting rid of your rig...
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In all honesty, I'm satisfied with 3.7Ghz. I don't really care for more speed, and if I can hit this speed on good water, I think I'll be fine.

I can just reuse all my current tubing, but sell off the waterblock/TEC combo, the PSU and the relay and be satisfied with a good waterblock, like the Fuzion or comparable. Heck, I might even make one of my own
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Hey I cant really blame you...I sure didn't get the results I was looking for either...I have a Stinger 437W Pelt block coming and I'll try it then if its still not enough I might get a chiller for it and see what that will do...I know Phase would be easier and cheaper but it just doesn't seem like much fun to me...

EDIT: Hey CrazyJoe gave me this link on the quad-core heat dump its a lot higher then the 200W I was thinking...


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