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Is it possible to use a peltier with an air cooling system?

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Well the name says it? Is it possible? not enugh money to afford watercooling.
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the amount of heat the hot side of the peltier makes no, well you could but you would have to underpower the peliter alot? how much budget we talking about? my water cooling was 70 quid and i get load temps of around the 25 c mark, ambient is about 20ish, i like the cold lol
    
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love ur avatar and also trust me my budget is a full watercoolng system for 30 pounds that i know will never be true.....i have an 2500+ barton that is wanting it to have the **** OC'ed out of it
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lol thanks for about 30 quid you might be able to get the ninja sycthe, and just stick a 120 mil fan on it, its a great heatsink and that will give you plenty of room for oc'ing
    
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post #5 of 7
Swiftech had an air-cooled peltier on the market for a while, and took it off. The heat generated by the peltier overwhelms what the heatsink can remove. Trust me on this.. I'm one of the unfortunate ones who tried it! Even with a Vantec 85cfm Tornado just SCREAMING on it, it wasn't as good as a good heatpipe cooler is now.

Peltiers are a beautiful thing... but only if you have a way to remove all the heat they generate.
    
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The cooler you keep the hotside the better results you have--pelts can go into a vicious spiral where they try to overcome the heat leak with more and more power until they burn out--so keeping the hot side cool and undervolting the pelt is one way to insure longer term use of the set up. I think pelts are great--but alot of extra work for the chill--as posted above there are some awesome aircooler HSs out right now that rival midrange WC setups.
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IF you could get a peltier to work with an air cooler, you'd need something along the lines of the Scythe Ninja, Tt BT, Tt Sonic tower (NOT PASSIVELY COOLED!), or some other huge heatpipe cooler on the market. You would have to run them seriously undervolted, say around 5 volts, and you probably won't get subambient temps. I was contemplating putting a 437w peltier under a Tt Tower112 but ran out of budget after building my system. Also I couldn't find a coldplate that I could adapt to fit the tower. After doing all of this to the new heatink, it'd probably cost just about as much as building a moderate watercooling system.
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