Originally Posted by mrkryz
As big a fan as I am of TEC's ... there are limits .... both financially, thermally and practically. A heavily overclocked quad would be far better suited with a great straight water setup. Why? Because the amount of heat transfered from CPU to loop + energy consumption + performance is sub standard to effective water or phase for heavy O/C.
You would need at least a 437W tec , 750 - 1Kw over power, and a huge res and loops to dissipate enough from the hot side of the TEC to maintain thermal efficiency on the cold side.
Its fun to experiment but at the end of the day youll find that for heavy duty O/C, it more effective/stable/reliable to do a great water loop or just go to phase. Also , once you exceed the thermal rating of the TEC your temps rise faster then a roman candle.
mrkryz is correct. Looking at a Q6600 thermal load of around 200w, you will need 437w TEC running at full power (which is horribly inefficent). Also, the power and cooling requires are just not worth it. You are looking at a $400+ for the loop, custom block, TEC, and PSU... all that for temperatures at around 0C. For the same money, you could go phase for subzero temperatures while using less electricity.