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Hey guys,

I live in an apartment with no access to a thermostat. Sometimes, it is freezing cold in here ~60F, but more often that not the furnace is out of control and it gets around 75F up here. My landlord stays in Tahiti and couldn't care less (this is not such a bad thing). Thankfully I do have decent AC for the summer months.

Anyway, it seems like all this effort with water cooling is fine and good, but it still won't do much fighting poor ambient temps. I just have this vision of really cold air going into the case to begin with and I can't move past it. Like some sort of built in air conditioner or refrigerator unit.

Has anyone done something like this? Can we fit an AC compressor/condenser somewhere and get 40F air flowing in? Refrigerant.. you know. Why didn't we invent this first, to me it seems like it would help much more?
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Its been done, its expensive.
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I am about to get a massive tax refund and have no idea how to spend it, please go on.
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post #4 of 14
a used phase unit would be a cheaper investment
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Originally Posted by redhat_ownage View Post
a used phase unit would be a cheaper investment
Got to agree with this, not to mention, running at a long way sub zero is much cooler than having air con in your case...

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I may be way off base here, but I would assume youd be better off making an intercooler type set up to pull air into the case through fans. Using an A/C unit may cause excessive moisture?
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A refrigerator isn't designed to cool things and cannot handle a constant heat source. It'll burn up in no time. Refrigerators remove energy from a system, so the constant heat source will kill it. You'd also have condensation problems. With that said, buy a phase change unit and go crazy!
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/97...2_AM2_AM3.html
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Install an aquarium chiller in your loop.
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A refrigerator isn't designed to cool things and cannot handle a constant heat source. It'll burn up in no time. Refrigerators remove energy from a system, so the constant heat source will kill it. You'd also have condensation problems. With that said, buy a phase change unit and go crazy!
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/97...2_AM2_AM3.html
Condensation occurs when you have cool surfaces in a relatively warm and humid environment (outside of a cold drink on a hot humid day). It does not occur when you have cool and relatively dry air moving over warm surfaces (outside of a hot cup of coffee on a cold day).
    
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Condensation occurs when you have cool surfaces in a relatively warm and humid environment (outside of a cold drink on a hot humid day). It does not occur when you have cool and relatively dry air moving over warm surfaces (outside of a hot cup of coffee on a cold day).
If you're using water that is lower than ambient temp, you'll get condensation. Don't listen to us, do it and come back here and show us what you broke.
Edit: Actually, I'd feel bad if you did. Take a pop out and set it on your wood table and watch. It's much cheaper =P
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