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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 02:24 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey Everyone,

I have been beating my brain trying to come up with the best solution to my Flight Sim setup. I have 3 Riggs that are on my homemade Server Rack sitting in 4U Server cases, currently Aircooled.

I am at the point were I want to push them further with water cooling. 2 of the units are Intel Quad Cores and one is a Dual Core. Yes these are 775 socket CPUs. This is why I am willing to experiment on them.

THE PROBLEM IN MY HEAD: I have 3 units. I feel like I can save some money and develop an external loop system that they all share. I have an extra ATX case that I can convert to a "cooling case" . I own a pet store, FISH TANKs and SUPPLIES can be had cheaply. Or do I spend the time and money individualizing each unit with their own closed loop. So far I am only tackling CPU. My GPUs are not worth effort.

I also see the benefit of an external cooling system allowing me to build upgraded riggs and plug and play the cooling system.


CPU HOT WATER via a pump each unit > 1st Fish Tank Reservoir inside the ATX Case (2.5 gal) via pump pulling> 1st Fish Tank Pumps into large enough (3 fan or 4 fan) radiator > Radiator into 2nd Fish tank reservoir (2.5 gal) > 2nd Fish Tank to CPU BLOCKS via 1 pump for each.

thoughts? I think each Rig having a pump and the cooling case have a few throughout the loop should be enough redundancy.

Thank you for reading and any insight is appreciated. BTW, NO I am not putting fish in these tanks they are just giant reservoirs.
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I think you'll need a least a 2 x 120 rad per CPU ( ie two 3 x 120 rads)

What pump?
Are these Fish tank reservoirs closed (ie. sealed with only one inlet and one outlet)?

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since nobody beside Bill answered, lets do a little resurrectiion smile.gif

Yes, it can easily be done.
You will need to buy
* good barbs
* waterblocks with 775 mounting brackets thou. But you can maybe source them cheaply as EOL or stock cleanup. And if push comes to shove you can use a drill bit to "adapt" an existing AM2 or 1150 bracket to 775.

* Radiator is as Bill said 2x 120.3, but different combinations will work.. check what is in the "bargain bin", but if you want to go crazy then Koolance offers a rack-mountable solution smile.gif

And since you have access to it:
* Eheim 9/12 or 12/16 hose
* Pump : You can probably get away with one Eheim Universal 1200 (the famous 1250 which has been used in PC Watercooling for decades), but you probably can get away with 1048 also. Another option would be a submersible 600
* one or two manifolds - i think they exists for aquarium setups , but if needed can be sourced in plumbing or gardening section of local DIY store
* reservoir/container.. even a Tupperware box will do if needed, especially if you go for the submerged pump route.
* various bits & bobs from the Eheim collection, like quick releases & shut-off taps
* a power-brick to allow you to switch on the pump(s) before switching on the PCs

Manifold example

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