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Question for the liquid coolers....

How big of an aquarium do I need to buy in order to cut out the radiator entirely and use the water itself as a massive heatsink. Would a large aquarium be enough or do I have to run a line to the pool in the backyard?

It was 108 F today and we can't afford to run the AC, so don't think that I wouldn't do it
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Question for the liquid coolers....

How big of an aquarium do I need to buy in order to cut out the radiator entirely and use the water itself as a massive heatsink. Would a large aquarium be enough or do I have to run a line to the pool in the backyard?

It was 108 F today and we can't afford to run the AC, so don't think that I wouldn't do it
I think the pool water would be corrosive and bad. I am guessing that large aquarium would be enough, but if you run your computer 24/7 I think the heat would slowly raise up. I don't understand how you could get a pool and not afford A/C. When we bought our house, we made sure we didn't have a pool because we couldn't afford to pay for the pool costs yet we keep our A/C at 74*C half the day and at 80*C (save electricity bill) the other half.

Edit: If you are going to use an open water source with an ambient temperature of 108*C, I think you should forget it.
Edited by sadiq - 7/9/08 at 12:26am
    
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Question for the liquid coolers....

How big of an aquarium do I need to buy in order to cut out the radiator entirely and use the water itself as a massive heatsink. Would a large aquarium be enough or do I have to run a line to the pool in the backyard?

It was 108 F today and we can't afford to run the AC, so don't think that I wouldn't do it
LOL go for the pool!
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I think the pool water would be corrosive and bad. I am guessing that large aquarium would be enough, but if you run your computer 24/7 I think the heat would slowly raise up. I don't understand how you could get a pool and not afford A/C. When we bought our house, we made sure we didn't have a pool because we couldn't afford to pay for the pool costs yet we keep our A/C at 74*C half the day and at 80*C (save electricity bill) the other half.
It's not my house. I'm living off of the charity of family at the moment. But I was thinking a very large rubermaid trashcan filled with water, fungicide, and then pumped through a large aquarium pump through the loop with no radiator to wick off the heat from two 2900XT's into my already too warm room. I was thinking about running the a tube to the bottom of the barrel to bring cooler water to the components. I'm in central California and frankly it's as far South as I ever plan on going. When God made me, he had a Northern climate in mind. The Danger Den waterblocks are about $150 each for my cards, so I've been trying to come up with alternatives, but so far it's not looking good.
Edited by Jarhead - 7/9/08 at 12:34am
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It's not my house. I'm living off of the charity of family at the moment. But I was thinking a very large trashcan filled with water, fungicide, and then pumped through a large aquarium pump through the loop with no radiator to wick off the heat from two 2900XT's into my already too warm room. I'm in central California and frankly it's as far South as I ever plan on going. When God made me, he had a Northern climate in mind.
My question is, why are you taking the rad out of the equation?

I understand why, from the title. But I don't think what your planning on will work out well. Like a previous post said, the water will eventually get too hot.
Edited by bobalobabingbong - 7/9/08 at 12:35am
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I suggest you look at this post

You can get a reservator which is basically what the above post is about - or you can go bong cooling... but thats just too much work (would be for me)

If you think about it though your machine is going to disapate the same (if not more) ammount of heat whether you use air or water cooling...


Ironically I have the EXACT same problem in my room right now ... If i close my door and let my machine run for 20 minutes the room temp goes up to like 90F

Good luck
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My house dosen't even have A\\C. At least it's not really hotter than 90F around here.

Your computer puts out heat no matter what, and it's just how that heat is managed with determines alot of things.
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Gorram it I forgot about evaporation. Even a 55 gallon drum will eventually heat up enough to do that, which means the drum would have to go outside. This is really driving me crazy.
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I think it is best if you stick with air cooling. It is a lot cheaper and you can get really great results. The great thing about it is that the ambient temperature won't affect the air cooling as much as it would with the liquid.
    
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Sorry sadiq, I guess that I need to explain... I'm not trying to overclock, I've already done that with this thing. All that I'm trying to do now is move the heat generated by this thing away from me. In winter one of these 2900XT's kept the room warm enough not to need a sweater, and now I have two of them. Even keeping one disabled in CCC until I want to game warms the room up, and gaming just shoots the merc up through the top of the thermometer. I need to figure out how I can duct the heat outside somehow if a barrel of water won't so the job.

Or run the hundred feet of 1/2 pipe to the pool - fifty there and then fifty back. That's compounded by there not being a hole in the wall that I could shoot the pipe through and the computer is not strategically placed to do so anyway.
Edited by Jarhead - 7/9/08 at 1:09am
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