Welcome to my TROPICAL FROST Build Log
I spent the day getting parts orders in and working on the case I'm going to try to shoehorn everything into.
I took pics as I went along, and I have them pretty well sorted out and will be posting as I move along in the build.
It'll be during the week that I get the first ones posted. . . . . so the pic part of the build log is a bit behind my initial plan, but more parts are coming and I want to preface the build a bit so you know where I'm going with it and what my expectations are.
As many of you know, I live in a tropical climate on a rock in the middle of the ocean, affectionately called the Virgin Islands, . . . . . though from the population demographics, that's clearly a misnomer . . .
Anyway . . .
The nice thing is; . . . It's summer all year 'round, beachwater temps are ~80* F . . even at Christmas time.
The not so nice thing is; . . . . I's also hot all year 'round and we have outrageous energy costs, (about $0.55 KWH) so home AC is unaffordably rare.
That's a major pain if you're a computer nerd /gamer /bencher, trying to put together a nice machine with good clocks.
Because the in house ambient here runs in the 90's F most of the time, If I build a humongous system with huge amounts of rad space, enough fans to fly an ultralight, and from it am able to manage a 2* or 3* C delta t, . . . I'm still no better off than someone with an entry level water cooling kit who's lucky enough to have a ~ 20* C ambient.
So this build is going to be my experiment with active chilling to keep the system loop coolant temp just above the dew point, during high CPU/GPU load, which depending on humidity, can be significantly below ambient.
I'll be using 2 loops, a system loop for the mobo, CPU and GPUs, and a chilled / cold loop. The chilled loop will cool the system loop thru a plate exchanger.
To chill the cold loop coolant, I'll be using a pair of Hailea chillers, the 1/2 HP, HC500 model
The system loop will also have a single 360 rad with P-P fans, so that when there's minimal demands on the CPU / GPUs, the rad will manage the cooling just like any normal water cooling setup, and the chillers won't have to run at all.
Only once the delta t reaches a predetermined threshold brought about by elevated work load, will the chiller turn on.
I'll be using a new version Aquaero to control pumps on both loops, the rad fans, and the trip point(s) to control the chillers.
I'll be fleshing out the plan a bit more and putting up some pics as the week progresses.
Thanks for stopping by,