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O good I was hoping I could use one of those light dimmers for it!!! those are $5!!!

ok so I was just thinking I needed to post all the money that goes into this ghetto set up for people that are looking for a cheep alt to paying 200+ for a loop...I dont think you have to pay that much and thats the whole point of this build...the poor mans WC lol

ok so heres to rundown
keep in mind that most of this stuff was freebeed or as cheep as I could find it so quality is sub par. however alot of ghetto rig craftsmanship is going into it and I think if your patiant you can do it just as ghetto as me!

12' 1/2"id vinal tubing ~$5
pump (used) find on OCN from friend ~15
20 gallon tote (rubbermade) Free!
1/2" barbs found some free...$5
copper bar stock for base...~$6
copper cap .................~$3
Pvc for bong................~$10
sanitary t for bong.........~$4

you will need to take a fan from your case...or one you have laying around to put in the sanatary T.
I cant think of anything I missed so if you see anything let me know.
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That looks pretty good, $45 -50 bux, isn't bad at all.......You should be able to get sub-ambient with it, how much I don't know...But 50 bux isn't bad at all to go that low...
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woot I knew it could be done...$200 yeah right lol
we will see how well it works though...you never know. it could be a flop! however I think even if it does flop I bet I could pick up a nice water block for around $50 making the build to under $100 still far lower then what everyone sayes is possble...right?
oh and its all external...thats the catch.
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Well its not really a WC'ing loop either, its a bong...But it does use a pump and block and water.......You can put together a WC'ing loop pretty cheap to if you want to do some work..

You'll get it going, just hope it doesn't slime out on you real fast, it would here its so hot and humid...
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well I guess you could take out the bong and replace it with a $20 heater core. then you could use a waterbottle res and it would still cost you the same...also you could put it inside your case and stuff...so really the cost is the same...if you happen to have some anti-freeze laying around.

basicly you need
pump.........15-20
block.........15-50
rad/bong....15-25
barbs........~5
hose.........~5
zipties......free?
res...........free?


aslo if I keep up on changing the water would that help?

$55-$105
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That should help to keep it cleaner, are you still going to use a charcoal filter in it to? If it does start getting nasty you can always clean it up with a little white vinegar water to....You could clean it up once a week or so and it might be alright for a long time...Time will tell...Looks like fun....
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yeah I can use white vinegar water alot if needed! its cheep and I dont mind doing the work every week or so.

ill also look into other options for additives.
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That would really be a easy way to keep it clean, just run 10% white vinegar and 90% water through it for a couple of hours and then a rinse....I don't think I'd bother using distilled water in it either, you don't really have to worry about mineral build up in your rad , since you don't use one, and your block is a open chamber, it would be easy to clean to...Just boil your water for 10 minutes or so to kill any bacteria in it, and use it like that..Thats probably what I would do anyway...Buying a lot of distilled would get expensive with that big res you have...

I use about 4 gallons in my loop, I have a 5 gallon bucket res thats actively cooled ......Really helps a lot with my TEC temps to, my coolant can get up into the low 30C's a lot of the time, I have a pump that pumps coolant from my res out to a rad and then back into the bucket...It lowers my coolant temp's several C...With a TEC the cooler you can keep the hot side on it the colder the cold side will get...So it helps...
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would using something like PT-Nuke work? Or would it cause problems with the evaporative effect of the bong? Not sure I'd want to be breathing in a lot of that stuff...
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yeah with a bong anythng you put in it your gonna be breathing...I doubt ill put anything in the water...also im not even using distiled just normal tap water...ill boil it off first before I use it though. I think if I keep up on it and do a cleaning of the loop with vinagar every week or so I shouldnt have much of a problem with slime (knock on wood and wish me luck) I can pump the old water right out my window so it shouldnt be to hard to clean out...also with a pump that strong I could probly make it all the way into the bath tub
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