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Difference btw. Heater core and thermochill radiators?

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Newbie to water cooling and want to know the difference between the two. My goal is not to go for an extreme OC, but a fairly decent OC and quiet operation. Are fans required for water cooling or can I leave the radiators alone?

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Fans will be required for cooling a radiator- it's just like your car's- it needs airflow over the fins to dissipate heat.

As for the difference between a heatercore and a thermochill, I'm still not certain myself, so perhaps somone else can answer that question for you.

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The difference is that a heater core will run you about $18 bucks while a prebuilt rad is upwards of $80-90 bucks. Another this is you need to make a fan shroud for the heater core. No biggie follow the guide in the water cooling forums. For a cheap and easy solution. As for cooling capacity I am not really sure. They should be pretty even though.

I would run fans, I mean I have 4 120MM fans and they are really really quiet. You are better off with 100+CFM, But with 4 fans pushing about 50-60CFM each you should be good. Or put 2 higher CFM fans on top and be done with it.

Its up to you. You can go with the rebuilt method if money isn't a problem, or you could save the extra money and use it towards another upgrade, or buying part of your water cooling system.
    
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ok if i remember well and understand your question correctly, you are refering to the thermochilled radiators which run is produced by a certain mfg of vapochill. this is basically a radiator which is filled with a refregant namely the R402a. its basically an inbuilt phase change. the base is attached to the cpu and there is a fan attached to the radiator. the refrigerant vaporizes due to the heat transfer from the cpu to the block. it rises and then reaching the top its cooled back into liquid form for another cycle of heat exchange. of course being continuos u dont even know it happens.

as for heater cores i would term the basically for radiators removed from old cars which are used to function as radiators for heat removal via utilization of water cooling circuit.

for both to work effectively you must have a fan
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no what he means is the brand thermochill. like the pa120 searies
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Heatercores have by far the best bang for your buck. If space and aesthestics are not issues and the whine of high cfm fans are not a problem the differences in performance are negligible.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jegsmith
Heatercores have by far the best bang for your buck. If space and aesthestics are not issues and the whine of high cfm fans are not a problem the differences in performance are negligible.
What he said.

I didn't understand your question at first, but it's a good one. I've seen ThermoChill radiators recommended for silent applications.

My understanding is the ThermoChill PA series is designed specifically for low noise in a computer cooling setup. They do this by being designed for low flow (quiet) fans, and also by having fins designed to not disturb the airflow--turbulence causes noise.

This is a different requirement than for car heating, where high flow is a good thing, and they can be as noisy as heck.

But I don't think ThermoChill radiators cool any better, if noise and fabbing don't bother you, and price does heater core is the way. If you're willing to pay extra for silence, the scale tilts the other way.

Hope this helps.
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Im fabbin a shroud of a heater core, and its actually not that bad. some chunks of sheet metal , a jigsaw, metal file and sandpaper are so far my list of tools. jb weld or somthing like that might be the thing to hold it all together
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blue_Fire
jb weld or somthing like that might be the thing to hold it all together
Pop rivets are easy and strong, and they're fun to use. Very satisfying. You can get them at Home Depot, etc.
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lol i might just go find somone with mig and spot weld with that. rivits are a good idea though.
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