Originally Posted by Baskt_Case
All your thread crapping really sucks, you know that? You've actually had a tiny bit of useful input but the problem is that you've prefaced everything with smart-alec comments.
My main goal is sub-ambient cooling with no condensation on any components.
I do not want to insulate or isolate anything, and I would really like for the entire system to benefit from the frigid cooling, NB/SB, PSU, GPU, everything, without condensation. The only way to accomplish this is to place the entire system into the sub-ambient environment. Short of putting my rig in a commercial walk-in freezer, I must build a setup to accomplish this.
I think until I know more about the absolute capabilities of a 5k A/C, I will probably settle for environment temps around 10C. If I can prove the setup reliable at that temp, then I can work towards sub-zero. Whats concerning me now is the fast cycle times. The relatively small space of a case, or even a large cooler is going to cool off fast and I'm afraid the a/c unit will be cycling too quickly.
Is there any way to reduce the output of an a/c unit? Say, reduce its capacity from 5k to 2.5k?
I could really care less about you crying over my posts (which are well within reason of giving you input). This is a public forum.
You're 'ideas' are not the best solutions for what you are looking to do and it seems like you'll end up learning the hard way.
What benefits are you expecting to gain from chilling the entire system outside of preventing condensation? The chances of condensation in your make shift 'walk in freezer' will still be very high unless you keep it completely air tight and even then, if it's ever opened you will be introducing the system to moist air unless it is given time to heat back up to room temperature (or within reason). You'll have to seal up everything that you want in the cooler, it will literally have to be air tight.
Your idea seems far fetched, impractical, and 'ghetto' to say the least.
My suggestion of watercooling and keeping the radiator in front of the unit is much easier to implement, doesn't require you sealing your computer up in a cooler, lowers the chance of condensation on anything except for the output line from the radiator, and is completely reversible by simply moving the radiator back to the case and attaching a fan.
I won't bother giving you any more input, if anything I'll watch as you learn the hard way.