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A crazy idea? Watercooler ftw?

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I have all these surplus watercooler around, the kind you put a 5 gallon bottle on.

They are designed to keep a styrofoam lined reservoir chilled.
If you pull up your bottle, and look under the plastic plate, there's about
a gallon of chilled water.

I was thinking, could you take your water line and make a copper coil for it,
put it in the cooler and then DAP foam a styro lid on the top of the cooling
reservoir?

Instant sub $50 water chiller that will run for years.
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I'm confused, having never seen one of these coolers. They way you wrote "run for years" makes me think it must have a cooling mechanism inside (not just a standard cooler of ice kept insulated). Know that any cooling mechanism will probably die with a constant heat source running through it (hot water). This is the same reason that you can't cool your water using a refrigerator/freezer.

Again, if my idea on how it works is wrong, I apologize!
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A water cooler has a heat exchanger and a compressor, it's basically a mini fridge.
The water bottle sits on top of a reservoir, and the water in there is kept cool.
On the back there's the radiator, and in the base, the ammonia compressor/condenser.



You can get these used for under $50, and it will work for years without maintenance.
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although the ammonia has the very possible ability to gas you out or even blow up if the pressure rises too much! be verrrrry wary and careful of it
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I definitely doubt one of these can actually overcool the heat of any processor.
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