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Old 28th December, 2001, 07:56 PM
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Fishtank Cooling

I am trying to put together an inexpensive water cooled system for my athlon 1.2@1.33 1.85v. So far I have an Eheim 1048 158 GPH pump and quite a few good Ideas. I am about to get a Leufkentechnologies copper waterblock from bender so all I will need is a way to cool the water. After talking to Bender at length I decided the only way I could get decent cooling without spending any money would be to use a 20 gallon fish tank I have sitting around. I have heard of people using a large bucket to cool the water but never a fish tank. How well will 20 gallons of water get rid of heat in a system like this? I know still water doesn't really get rid of heat well but will the quantity of water make up for this. I have kindly supplied a pic of my setup.


http://www.daocplace.com/~bender/watercoolin2.JPG


I have a new idea instead of just dumping water directly into the fish tank i will make a type of "water fall" which will consist of plexiglass and plaster on it to make it bumpy and stuff....this way it will look cool.....and it will also sound cool.....and cool!!!

http://www.daocplace.com/~bender/watercoolin5.JPG

So give me any ideas y'all can get
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Everything is looking great so far Phiber. I think I had to much fun adding the fishies and lightning bolt to your drawings. Make shure to post some pics of the finished setup; you promised!
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sweet!! it will work like an evaporative cooler with the waterfall
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A small house fan blowing on the water would help keep it cool . . . .
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do you think this pump is good enuff?
http://www.daocplace.com/~straws/pump2.jpg
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I dont think there is really any way to tell from a pic but if it moves a fair ammount of h2o it should work good enouh to start out
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Make shure to get some nic pics of the finished product once you get your water block.
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Make shure to get some nic pics of the finished product once you get your water block.
i remember its part of the deal!
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Be sure to put a screen on the pump so the fishes won't be sucked in

i think it will do the job, plenty of water to absord/transfer/dissipate the heat...

I was serious about the fish... you probably still could keep some in there... the CPU will warm the water to a comfortable level for most fish
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Yeh Hpiber just do't crank 150 watts of heat into the waer like I am and the fishies sholud be fine. You don't want to leave your computer on and wake up with fish sticks do you?
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w00t i got it set up you can find pics here:
www.daocplace.com/~straws/water

idle temps are 20-23C and Load maxes out at 31 C
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w00t i got it set up you can find pics here:
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idle temps are 20-23C and Load maxes out at 31 C
Sweet! I should start watercooling. But then of course there is the money concern
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Sweet! I should start watercooling. But then of course there is the money concern
bender helped me out on the money concerns....
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very cool.

Looking at watercooling rigs makes me nervous... don't touch it!!

One drop of water could cause several hundreds in damage... that's not a pleasant thought considering condensation is likely ...

Either way I think you did a great job...

Shouldn't the return flow hose be returning the warmed water to the opposite side of the tank?
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very cool.

Looking at watercooling rigs makes me nervous... don't touch it!!

One drop of water could cause several hundreds in damage... that's not a pleasant thought considering condensation is likely ...

Either way I think you did a great job...

Shouldn't the return flow hose be returning the warmed water to the opposite side of the tank?
yes i modified that actually....duct taped it long the top edge until the edge....btw i dont think there would be much condensation....if i am folding....
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One word of advice Phiber. Do Not try and move that fish tank around with a full load of water in it. I made this mistake some time ago with a tank full of fish and I think the floor is still wet from where it cracked and all gushed out. Fish and all. Not a pretty site.
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very cool.

Looking at watercooling rigs makes me nervous... don't touch it!!

One drop of water could cause several hundreds in damage... that's not a pleasant thought considering condensation is likely ...

I have completed developing an Aqua Disaster Alarm System.It have the following functions :-


1) To alert the user to even the smallest leak of 1 to 2 drops of water.
2) To alert extreme cooling enthusiasts to even the slightest hint of 1 to 2 drops of water condensations.


I have tested this system for the pass months and it it performing as what I expected it to be.

As for condensation preventation, I am now looking at a system that uses heat recovery. Wish me luck in this projects. It will be a break through for me if I can get it working. This will give me the freedom in exploring the applications of peltier in computer system cooling without having to worry about the condensation issue.
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