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My future water/air cooling setup.

So far this is what I have managed to come up with from reading various post on this forum.

There was a post on this forum that I can’t seem to find that had a closed loop air conditioner built into a desk or something. Anyway that seemed like a good idea especially since you can get air conditioners with built in dehumidifiers.

The air conditioner could also serve two purposes, cooling the case and hopefully reducing the temperature of the returning coolant back to the temperature it came out at. Also recycling the air should mean lower temp & humidity.

Maybe a chiller would work better for the return?

Any input or ideas will be greatly appreciated.


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wait, you are saying pump cold air from the AC into the PC Case as well, right? You'd want it to be a tightly Sealed case otherwise there is going to be condensation.
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Yes sealed up as tight as I can get it. Also I figured the dehumidifer would help with that problem.

Also thought for a brief second of putting sulfur hexafluoride in the loop, which would be ideal seeing as its a gaseous dielectric and denser than air.
    
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Hmmm, I'm probably not the person who should be commenting on any more details...cause i really have no idea past the condensation part, but if it's sealed and a closed loop, that should eliminate that part of the problem. Hope everything works out!
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Res in a freezer won't really do anything.

If you know what you are doing... why not just make a slush box? Then submerge your radiator in chilled water. You will get better performance out of the set up.
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get 1 or 2 226W pelts and run them at 5 volts, cooled by some HS with square base, cooling the water trough some cheapo waterblock. this would be mounted AFTER the radiator, for which i suggest a 240 or 360 one.
and make sure the AC can handle the heatload of both the rad and other parts in the PC.
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Res in a freezer won't really do anything.

If you know what you are doing... why not just make a slush box? Then submerge your radiator in chilled water. You will get better performance out of the set up.
The purpose of the freezer is for heat capacity. Sorta like a battery that I will let charge over night. Might have to setup a timer so the freezer compressor doesnet over heat, not really sure yet.

Also need to do a test so that I can calculate the volume of antifreeze etc. Hopefully its a practical amount.


I did like the water chiller/slush box's ive seen so far. One issue I have is with insulating the mobo etc, something I want to avoid if possible. Definately going to re-read some posts on the subject.
    
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The purpose of the freezer is for heat capacity. Sorta like a battery that I will let charge over night. Might have to setup a timer so the freezer compressor doesnet over heat, not really sure yet.

Also need to do a test so that I can calculate the volume of antifreeze etc. Hopefully its a practical amount.


I did like the water chiller/slush box's ive seen so far. One issue I have is with insulating the mobo etc, something I want to avoid if possible. Definately going to re-read some posts on the subject.
Slush box would require insulating the area just around the CPU. A whole AC cooled case would probably take more work in the long run.

How big of a freezer are we talking about here? A mini fridge won't be able to do anything useful. A full size fridge can be modded. However, the cost and effort... might as well just get a pre-built phase unit for less.
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Slush box would require insulating the area just around the CPU. A whole AC cooled case would probably take more work in the long run.

How big of a freezer are we talking about here? A mini fridge won't be able to do anything useful. A full size fridge can be modded. However, the cost and effort... might as well just get a pre-built phase unit for less.

Heres a pic of the full size fridge that I took apart for some reason.


I was thinking of a mid sized freezer at -30c or abouts.http://summit-refrigerators.coolerst...FRKzhgod0Hnk9g

Somthing like that. Although I will probably wind of getting somthing from sears for around 250 with good warranty.


Not sure exactly what a phase costs but I thought it was more than $400 which is at most what this should cost. Im not trying to be extreme or anything. Simplicity is key for me since this will be the first time ive done anything like this. Also dont want to make an expensive mistake by ruining my hardware.
    
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get 1 or 2 226W pelts and run them at 5 volts, cooled by some HS with square base, cooling the water trough some cheapo waterblock. this would be mounted AFTER the radiator, for which i suggest a 240 or 360 one.
and make sure the AC can handle the heatload of both the rad and other parts in the PC.
Not really sure if it would get the coolant cold enough. Although im not really sure what cold enough is yet.

More cold more better, maybe not.
    
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