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I'm looking at this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/1-3-HP-Via-Aqua-...3A1%7C294%3A50

would this cool a Q9550?
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it is not designed for your application... I vote no. It would probably only last a faction of it's designed lifespan, because it not designed to cool something that is constantly heating up like a processor.
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If I were to use a big res (i.e. a 5 gallon pal) wouldn't it be almost like cooling a 110 gallon fish tank? It's designed for that?
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Originally Posted by ssgwright View Post
If I were to use a big res (i.e. a 5 gallon pal) wouldn't it be almost like cooling a 110 gallon fish tank? It's designed for that?
Nope, it'd be like cooling a 5 gallon bucket.
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It's designed for a body of water that isn't having heat constantly dumped into it. A fish tank may accumulate heat, a 5 gallon res gets heat dumped into it constantly by a CPU.
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hmm I guess a pelt is my only option (too scared of phase)
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I don't have personal experience with either peltiers or phase change but from what i've read, you should be more scared of peltiers than phase. Your wallet might be more scared of phase change, though...
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post #8 of 48
Good thought, but I think this idea is like the refrigerator cooling idea - just not enough muscle there. Fish don't put out several hundred watts.
    
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i'd say that could work if you actually let the liquid get to a damn cold temperature before you turn the pc on, coz the the water would be 2 cold and the temp would hardly reduce, that is similar to what i have at te moment

i have 3 gtx360 rads with 6 fans on each ( push/pull ) + swiftech pump and 2 res
all mounted outside my window ( here in london outside temp in winter is around 5/10c daily some timed around 16c at mid day, and teh system is always runing even if the pc is switched off

cpu temps @ 4ghz are 24 idle 35/37 load
    
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No, the temperature the water was at before the PC starts doesn't change the fact that hundreds of watts are entering the system. Even if a radiator was releasing that heat, it doesn't change the fact that these probably aren't meant to be running at full all the time. Of course, if they are, then it might be a good addition. Refrigerators aren't; air conditioners might be. Think about it.
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