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Windows 7: Had an idea I would like to share

22 Nov 2013   #1
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Had an idea I would like to share

This is about water cooling. Would it be possible to use a small minifridge, cut two round holes for tubing in it's side, plus a third smaller hole for power cables. And install the radiator with fans inside the minifridge. Of course you would have to plug the holes real well, like with 2 step epoxy ( if the thermal reaction didn't mess with the tubing ) Now I was thinking that fans need a power source to spin(condensation = shock), but would we even need fans on the rad in the minifridge if we set the temp real low? Just brainstorming here. Although the minifridge would have to be next to the computer, otherwise the coolant would loose its low temp before it reached the cpu block. Is this possible or am I just day dreaming too much I have seen similar devices on frozencpu, but this is more of a DYI project.


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22 Nov 2013   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Good idea and one that I like CP the fridge could be mounted at some distance from the computer if necessary because all you would need to do is lag or encase the tubing with some polystyrene that would be simple to do cheap if not free (old packing blocks) because it is used in many fridges for insulation all round the "box" of the fridge anyway. To tidy that up would only take some duct tape for neatness.
If you need to run fans again not a problem as you just use some cable to carry the 12v and plug the hole through the side with what you said or some car body filler, builders filler (similar to car bog) or even silicone. The fans would not have to be that big in any case and the power draw would be minimal.
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22 Nov 2013   #3
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Good idea!
Then if you get parched from being on the computer all day you could open the fridge and have a beer or two even a cold sandwich.
THW
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22 Nov 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
Good idea!
Then if you get parched from being on the computer all day you could open the fridge and have a beer or two even a cold sandwich.
THW
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22 Nov 2013   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Don't take any notice of the non believers CP it is a good idea I reckon and I was thinking the tubing if you are worried about distortion via the heat from the two pack or car bog then wrap them with aluminium foil along with the 12v cable where they go through the fridge side
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22 Nov 2013   #6
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

If you opt to try this, take note that the power for the fridge need to be isolated from the power for the computer. You do not want a cheap inductive motor starting up on the same outlet supplying a computer.

I'll leave it to you to research the BTUs/hour for a mini-fridge and what is needed to cool a computer.

You will be using air to transfer the temps inside the mini-fridge to the radiator that leads to your computer. Air is not very efficient and neither are those mini-fridges - you electric bill would show that.
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22 Nov 2013   #7
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
If you opt to try this, take note that the power for the fridge need to be isolated from the power for the computer. You do not want a cheap inductive motor starting up on the same outlet supplying a computer.

I'll leave it to you to research the BTUs/hour for a mini-fridge and what is needed to cool a computer.

You will be using air to transfer the temps inside the mini-fridge to the radiator that leads to your computer. Air is not very efficient and neither are those mini-fridges - you electric bill would show that.
Well like I said, this isn't something I am going to build, I am just bouncing ideas of you guys. I know it's quite funny, but if people never had crazy ideas where would we be I know the TCO would be enormous and ROI minimal. But hey, it never hurts to think and after all, we were given a noggin, so let's use it and come up with new intuitive ways to cool our computers! Tin foil hats on! Atten HUT! Can do vapor phase cooling too like in the pic.


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22 Nov 2013   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

CP User made a very valid point mate re the supply of power to the fridge part cos the surges / spikes via starting up those induction type motors can be quite violent at times.

You will also need some sort of RF suppressor on it's line too usually a double the voltage electrolytic cap between the live and negative. BUT be sure to connect it correctly the wrong way round will make it explode violently.
So + to + and - to - be absolutely sure because if the voltage is like out here at 240v ac that in itself will make the explosion far greater than say a small cap the wrong way across a 9v battery - I know mate been there and in the past have blown some nice vacuum tube stereos I have built to bits and they were smoothing a 200v dc line.

The best way is to isolate the fridge part as much as is possible from the machine electrically and physically too as we discussed yesterday.
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