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I used to be into saltwater fish aquariums quite a bit. And there was some posts on a forum before about cheap water chillers for people in warmer climates, to keep there water cooler than ambient. And this seemed to be a pretty popular cheap trend in one forum.

They would take a dorm fridge ~$50 and cut two small holes in either the top or back and would run 25-50 ft. of tubing (depending on how much you needed to cool the water) from the tank into the fridge and back to the tank. And they would just coil it up inside.

I was just wondering if anyone has every seen or done anything like that for their setup? Pretty cheap to do, dorm fridge, tubing, pump, cpu block, some sealant for holes in the fridge, and your good to go.

Although rather different and huge, just something I thought I would share that I've seen before.
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This guy did pretty much what you are describing, except running the radiator inside the fridge. I've seen people run ice chests as well. So yes, it has been done before, just not generally. When you run a loop colder than ambient you have to worry about condensation around the components.
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This guy did pretty much what you are describing, except running the radiator inside the fridge. I've seen people run ice chests as well. So yes, it has been done before, just not generally. When you run a loop colder than ambient you have to worry about condensation around the components.
ah ok, i couldnt find anything when I looked. Sorry
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A fridge won't work properly because the compressor isn't designed to run 24/7
 
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Originally Posted by fat_italian_stallion View Post
A fridge won't work properly because the compressor isn't designed to run 24/7
This. Fridge compressors are cheaply built devices that are designed to run in short duty cycles. Running them 24/7 (as they would with the setup you propose) will cause the compressor to die shortly after getting it setup.

I suggest you read this thread for more information:

http://www.overclock.net/faqs/105345...pc-cooler.html
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If you're willing to go that far I would just get little devil's case with the built in phase change cooler for a few $100 more. I regret not doing that. I wish I had known before building the new loop last fall
 
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Quote:
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If you're willing to go that far I would just get little devil's case with the built in phase change cooler for a few $100 more. I regret not doing that. I wish I had known before building the new loop last fall
But then you'd be left with a single 480mm radiator for your 3x GTX 480s!
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