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Water cooling sounds awesome but I wonder If I can make one from stuff I have here inside the house?

Well... In case this dream of mine comes true, I'm gonna try and make a reservoir myself, and can I use an aquarium pump? It's rated as 800L/hr. I'll just be buying myself a CPU block and a radiator. Can I use Distilled water without the PT Nuke?

Thoughts?


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Why not just get the XSPC Rasa 240 kit for $130? It comes with everything you need to create your own watercooling loop. Pump, Reservoir, radiator, cpu block, tubing, barbs, fans, clamps, all for $130.

It really is an awesome kit.
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Haha, i'm going to get a wc set for my e5200 at 1.5v for as low as 30 dollars
All I need is barbs, some hose and the pump. The radiator will be diy/heavily modded something and i'll be milling my own cpu block
And well, depends if its ok to have something living in ur loop.
    
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im with charlie you would be better off with the kit your going to spend 50-100 bucks on the barbs block and rad at that price you coulda got the entire kit.
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Why not just get the XSPC Rasa 240 kit for $130? It comes with everything you need to create your own watercooling loop. Pump, Reservoir, radiator, cpu block, tubing, barbs, fans, clamps, all for $130.

It really is an awesome kit.
Yeah. The XSPC kit is in fact awesome. But one of my first questions was the possibility of me using an aquarium pump?
    
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Water cooling sounds awesome but I wonder If I can make one from stuff I have here inside the house?

Well... In case this dream of mine comes true, I'm gonna try and make a reservoir myself, and can I use an aquarium pump? It's rated as 800L/hr. I'll just be buying myself a CPU block and a radiator. Can I use Distilled water without the PT Nuke?

Thoughts?


EDIT: please don't judge me
Yes, you can use an aquarium pump. You can use distilled water without pt nuke, but that'll lead to the eventual growth of algae in your setup.

It's getting annoying going into every thread and reading oh get the xspc kit. Not everyone likes to follow the trend of what's hot right now. Can't forget all this started from ideas like tryagain's.

IMO, keep it original and don't follow the trend.
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you need the ptnuke or silver coil unless u want growth in the loop
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Yes, you can use an aquarium pump. You can use distilled water without pt nuke, but that'll lead to the eventual growth of algae in your setup.

It's getting annoying going into every thread and reading oh get the xspc kit. Not everyone likes to follow the trend of what's hot right now. Can't forget all this started from ideas like tryagain's.

IMO, keep it original and don't follow the trend.
I get your point bro xD
I too sometimes get annoyed at the trend.


Great news that I can use an aquarium pump (they're cheap), but will they perform close to the level of water cooling pumps?

Also, we're rich in distilled water, so I'm asking how long it will take before algae start growing, so I know when to replace it (until I can find someone nearby who sells PT nuke) with another batch.

What are the consequences of having algae in your water anyway?
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You'll want to be careful about the pump, many aquarium pumps have the flow rates you need, but don't have a lot of pressure behind them, which may mean that the first block/rad it encounters will slow the flow to a crawl. There are some out there, which are very, very good, and some which are terrible. Many of the great ones are also sold by watercooling companies, so go poke around there, and see if you can get the same pump cheaper from an aquarium company

Algae will clog your loop, block channels in your block and rad, and generally stop it working in the end. You need either PT-Nuke or a pure silver kill-coil in there to kill it off.
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You'll want to be careful about the pump, many aquarium pumps have the flow rates you need, but don't have a lot of pressure behind them, which may mean that the first block/rad it encounters will slow the flow to a crawl. There are some out there, which are very, very good, and some which are terrible. Many of the great ones are also sold by watercooling companies, so go poke around there, and see if you can get the same pump cheaper from an aquarium company

Algae will clog your loop, block channels in your block and rad, and generally stop it working in the end. You need either PT-Nuke or a pure silver kill-coil in there to kill it off.
I see. Interesting.....
    
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