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post #12 of 23
Yes you could do that. You'd spend a lot on distilled to fill it, and you would certainly want to have it covered to prevent stuff falling in it and getting sucked round the loop.

And it's your choice how you fit the mega-res to the loop. You could cut holes to fit barbs, or just dangle the pipes into the water.
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post #13 of 23
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I heard Carp OC quite well..
lol. It would be pretty cool if you had a fish in the tank, but;

Temperature change would put the fish into shock and kill it, this happened with my fish, not by water cooling though

The fish would get stuck to/in the tube clogging the system

The fish's wastes would get stuck in the blocks

The fish wouldn't like it

Without a fish though you could use the tank filter which would be nice, I don't know of any filters for WC systems that can be added to the loop.
    
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the exposure to open air would be a good spot for algae to form, dust to get in the water, and general mucking up of the loop, not to mention your coolant would become conductive quicker.

(also mineral oil is not actually that good at heat conduction will update with a link shortly)

link: http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...al-oil-vs.html
Would say leaving a cover on, but just drilling 2 holes for the tubes to go through, eliminate the mucking up, and the dust problem

Also, would a more powerful pump be needed?

Or would something like a EK pump do the job fine?
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post #15 of 23
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-56k-fail.html

This may be relevant, very unique type of water coolers here that use a fairly open reservoir, and cools better than any rad can (if you don't have a rad) Give it a read
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post #16 of 23
It could work, though it would definitely have to be sealed. You would need to use a submersible pump, or attach a barb on the lower part of the tank to run to the pump.

And with anything short of a pond, you are going to need a radiator if you plan to run the PC more than a few hours a day.
    
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lol distilled water is wasted after the fish takes it first poo LOL
    
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Sure it could be done, but like many have already stated or alluded to, sorta pointless.

As a thought experiment put a kettle of water on the stove and time how long at a set temp it takes to reach a boil.

Now replace that pot of water with a huge lobster pot, at the same temp, it will take longer for the pot to reach a boil, (but it still boils) so thermal conductivity (and thermal saturation) relate to the amount of mass contained in the object being conducted too.

Unfortunately, it takes a considerable amount of mass to passively radiate from the surface of the pot to the outside air, and effectively dump the effective applied heat... I think one poster said in the thousands of gallons, or a swimming pool worth of water for a loop making 400ish watts.

A big res like a fishtank will increase the amount of time it takes for your loop to reach an equalibrium, but it will reach one, and wont be but maybe (if) 1c lower (water temp) than just using a dinky res with a big rad once it reaches the temp at which all components are shedding heat to the outside air.

Instead of a fishtank, why not just use a couple rads? Unless its just for looks, in which case you could do a dummy res inside of the fish tank, sealed from the fishtank water supply, and still use the fishtank as a fish container... not unlike some of the res's I have seen that do water fall effects... if its just for looks...
 
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no the fish will make the tubing stink :\\
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Hasn't anyone invented battery powered fish?
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