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Old 22nd May, 2005, 04:59 AM
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Question Cheap Watercooling

I am a semi newbie at computer building and i was wondering how to setup up the cheapest watercooling system without going to hard core, can this be done for less then 60 dollars?
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Old 22nd May, 2005, 09:24 AM
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not likely, if you're into cooling well, but not willing to sink around $125US at least, I wouldn't bother with water-cooling. I understand you may not have a ton of cash, or you're not sure of yourself, but considering it with $60 is either a fabricationist idea or a very poorly concieved concept. This sounds harsh so I'll apologize now, my intention is not to be mean. We're here to help. If you need help picking out parts I'm sure we can and will be more than willing to help ya, but we're all going to suggest you get a prefab kit for $100 or save up and make a decent DIY deal for $140ish, or TRUELY DIY(make the block, make the res, scavenge the pump and everything else you need), that might run ya $60 maybe?

Hope this was of SOME help.
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Old 22nd May, 2005, 02:05 PM
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Yes it can be done for $60, but only if you have the tools and the skills already. You will need to make a behive style water block, use heater core from an 84 mercury topaz with AC, get some fans and maybe a pump from a surlpus house like MPJA or All Electronics, and you will have to make shrouds out of cardboard and duct tape.

But it can be done.

Heck, once Spode water cooled a Duron with a Sunny D bottle.
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sure, if you have the skills, also instead of the rad you could try somthing like this http://www.overclockers.com/articles389/index.asp

i have also been looking for how to make water blocks cheaply myself, explain this "behive" idea please?

a sunny d bottle! how the hell?

uh, anyway, am i the only one that feels like getting a kit is abit like "cheating"? after all, putting things together and swearing at them while trying to put them together is half the fun
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Old 22nd May, 2005, 08:10 PM
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Here is the sunny D bottle.

And here is the beehive.
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Old 22nd May, 2005, 08:12 PM
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The bong style cooler you point to is really effective if you live in a dry climate and don't have kids or pets to knock it over. The heater core I mentioned is like $15 at any auto zone.
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Old 22nd May, 2005, 09:16 PM
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ah ok, i dont live in a dry climate, i live in england, lol!
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i reckon $60 is a bit on the low side, but £60 - yes its possible, especially in europe

one of the best cpu waterblocks is the NexXxus XP, which is also nice and cheap

if the loop is only for cooling the cpu, not gpu as well, then you can get away with a relatively low end pump such as eheim 1048... then a cra radiator as someone else suggested will do *very* nicely, just stick a couple of decent cfm 120mm fans on, it and youre rolling... for less than £60



(i'm planning something similar myself )
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I have a behive style cooler running my Mobile and it never gets above 45C and this is with a pretty nasty OC on it. (see Sig) I also have a heater core from an escort it ran me about 25 bucks. The pump is a 200 gph fountain pump from Ebay, 20 shipped. So yes it can be done. I have about 50 dollars into mine.
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