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Hi, I am going to be building a new computer soon, and I wanted to use water cooling for it. However I am on a very tight budget.

computerbasiclayout.jpg

Ive done a lot of research, and have seen people use a car heater core for the rad and pvc pipe for the res. I had planned on buying this:

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/MHT0/398219.oap?keyword=heater+core&pt=02709&ppt=C0331

Which is ~ $20, and then doing something like this:

heatercore.jpg

As for the res, I had planned on buying some PVC supplies from lows and doing something like this:

res.jpg


I plan on using a Swiftech MCP655 pump:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835108082
An Enzotech waterblock:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835708019
Cooler Master 120mm 4-pack case fans for the rad:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-103-052&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3
Tygon r-3400 Black 1/2 Inch ID 3/4 Inch OD tubing, ~10 feet.
Barbs/hose clamps/plywood/ from Lows.
Cooler Master Elite 430 Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-119-227&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2


I plan on having the pump/rad/res mounted to a painted piece of plywood that is mounted several inches above the case.

Path of water:
pump -> cpu -> rad-> res -> pump

Cost of setup:
pump - $80
tubing - $30
water block - $35
heater core - $20
fans - $15
pvc res - $10
barbs/clamps/misc. - $10

Total - $200

I had originally planned on buying a $180 Haf x case and a ~$50 air CPU cooler. But now that I am going water cooling I have swapped to the $50 Cooler Master Elite case, and I wont need to buy an air CPU cooler. The money I am saving here helps to offset the extra cost of water cooling.

My Questions:

Will this work? Have any of you done something similar? Does anyone see anything wrong with what I plan on doing?

Will the $20 heater core provide the same amount of cooling as one of the $100 computer rads?

For $200 are there any other, better water cooling setups that I can do? In addition, are there any cheaper alternatives as far as the parts I have chosen. (Are there any pumps that will last as long and have the potential for an added GPU block as the pump I have chosen?)
Edited by Joshst - 4/20/11 at 2:13pm
post #2 of 7
EK DCP 4.0 pump goes for about $80 AUD and is a 800lph pump. a lot cheaper than the MCP655 and just as good.

Also Tygon tubing is quite expensive compared to if you got clear nylon tubing from a hardware store. Tygon is about $12 for 3 Feet (roughly a metre) and i buy clear nylon tubing from a hardware store for $10 for 30 Feet (or roughly 10 metres)

thats just some good ways to cut back in the cost.
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Originally Posted by Bouf0010;13352156 
Why dont you just get this... http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12222/ex-wat-162/XSPC_Rasa_750_RS360_Universal_CPU_Triple_Radiator_Water_Cooling_Kit-_HOT.html?tl=g30c83s137

it'll save you the hassle of modding and $50

The XSPC 750 Pump Dual Bay reservoir system is scarry! Half the time the pumps act up, not work or just fail. Those pumps can get really loud too.
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Hey, I like the ideal about the DIY RES. Mine is a 1-gallon glass pickle jar. Just pop two holes in the lid, add two grommets and shove the tubing in. One tube to the bottom and the other in about 3-inches.

If you do it right, you get a gallon of pickles for a summer party too!
http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=160375
Edited by bmaverick - 5/2/11 at 4:46pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bmaverick;13353772 
The XSPC 750 Pump Dual Bay reservoir system is scarry! Half the time the pumps act up, not work or just fail. Those pumps can get really loud too.
Half the time is a bit too much ... Yes there are people that received a bad pump, but xspc send them all e new one. My pump is not noisy at all.
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Good luck with your endeavor. When i first started watercooling i was very poor, i bought a second hand rs360 for $20, bought my tubing from a local hardware for $5 for 3 meters. For my pump i bought a $30 240v pond pump and modified it to take a direct input of 1/2" tube. I hand made my own waterblock from copper plates (copper was about $15) and made a reservoir from acrylic (had a spare sheet lying around). All up it cost me less than $100 and was a fair bit better than air cooling.

What you have there looks good, you could find/make a cheaper pump to get you a better waterblock, but its good if you buy quality parts to begin with because it means you have a solid base to upgrade from.

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