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Windows 7: Home-made Liquid Cooling

21 Aug 2011   #31
Corpsecrank

Win7 64bit Ultimate
 
 

Just wanted to mention an alternative to oil that might be a bit better. You can buy non-conductive coolants on newegg. They have a better heat transfer than oil and are still leak safe. Some of those fluids may actually be oils so read up on exactly which one your getting but get one with the highest rated heat transfer.


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21 Aug 2011   #32
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the suggestion!
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24 Aug 2011   #33
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

As this project nears fruition, I ask for a few suggestions from people for decent radiators that don't cost a ton, and also some liquid cooling temperatures that people have gotten with an Athlon II X3 or X4 CPU. I received a lovely package with a warning label on the side, "may contain awesome," today. Inside were some shiny new SATA III cables, and an evercool CPU cooler for the AM2/3 socket. It was a bit shorter than I expected, which I am pleased at, and feels like a nice block of aluminum. I have tubing and a pump laying around, so those costs have been eliminated, and all I need now is a reservoir and a radiator, if I am thinking correctly.

Here are a few pictures so far. I have removed the fan and milled a plate out of UHMW plastic that will cover the whole bit. All that is left now is to seal the ends, drill (and tap?) the holes for the intake/exhaust of liquid, and then hook up a pump in a tub of water for leak testing.

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24 Aug 2011   #34
simmo

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I'm going to watch this with some interest..my gut feeling is it won't work very well but I am only to happy to be proved wrong...I don't know why you didn't just buy a waterblock for it...properly designed and manufactured and proven to work like
Koolance CPU-370 CPU Waterblock [KL-CPU-370] - $89.00 : PC Case Gear
or
Swiftech Apogee XT Rev2 CPU Water Block [ST-ApogeeXT2] - $85.00 : PC Case Gear
for example.
if you look at them you get an idea of how the inside is designed. Got nfi how you plan to replicate that unless you are a metal worker and can access the equipment to do something similar.
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25 Aug 2011   #35
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

The main reason I'm doing this is boredom XD. The second reason, I've spent less than the cost of a waterblock, and all I need now is a reservoir and a radiator, and coolant, which I'm thinking, after research, using a de-ionized, distilled water to cool. I'm up to a whopping $34 for the system, and if not distilled water, I'll fork over the extra cash for a non-conductive coolant. My total budget for this project is around 70 bucks.
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25 Aug 2011   #36
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Budget or not, go with a non-conductive coolant.
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25 Aug 2011   #37
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

I am just curious as to how well that waterblock you made will actually work. I highly recommend doing some testing before you install it in your good system.

~Lordbob
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25 Aug 2011   #38
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
I am just curious as to how well that waterblock you made will actually work. I highly recommend doing some testing before you install it in your good system.

~Lordbob
Definitely. I have a second mainboard as well, and I am going to thoroughly test before use on either. I am sealing the ends with a fiberglass and epoxy shell, which will be backed up with silicone gasket. The UHMW plastic plate is being sealed with the same type of silicone gasket. I finished the epoxy work on one side, and will be starting when that dries on side two.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister
Budget or not, go with a non-conductive coolant.
I am thinking that is what I will do, since it is not expensive, and I think UV orange will look wicked ^_^
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25 Aug 2011   #39
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
The UHMW plastic plate is being sealed with the same type of silicone gasket. I finished the epoxy work on one side, and will be starting when that dries on side two.
I'm not sure how you're using the epoxy and silicone but have you tested their adhesion properties to the UHMW-PE? It's not particularly easy to get anything to stick to it with any bonding strength. I use it often around the shop. Epoxy ain't gonna stick to it. PE expands and contracts with temperature changes. Epoxy will just pop right off of it. Silicone will stick some. An acrylic adhesive like that used for automotive windshields might be better.
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26 Aug 2011   #40
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
The UHMW plastic plate is being sealed with the same type of silicone gasket. I finished the epoxy work on one side, and will be starting when that dries on side two.
I'm not sure how you're using the epoxy and silicone but have you tested their adhesion properties to the UHMW-PE? It's not particularly easy to get anything to stick to it with any bonding strength. I use it often around the shop. Epoxy ain't gonna stick to it. PE expands and contracts with temperature changes. Epoxy will just pop right off of it. Silicone will stick some. An acrylic adhesive like that used for automotive windshields might be better.
The silicone nor adhesive will stick to it, you're correct. I'm using a silicone gasket material between the block and heatsink, and screwing the UHMW plate to the heatsink.
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