General Chat Thread, I want to build a water cooled PC in General; Has anyone done it before? I'm looking for a half demanding task to do at home and I didn't know ...
24th February 2009, 04:40 PM #1
I want to build a water cooled PC
Has anyone done it before? I'm looking for a half demanding task to do at home and I didn't know how hard building a Water Cooled PC is compared with building a normal PC.
I don't actually have a reason to have a Water Cooled PC either, I don't tend to over clock or do anything graphically demanding. But then this is because I have been scared to experiment. It would be nice to learn over clocking and starting playing games with stupid graphics.
So yes, how challenging is it to build a Water Cooled PC and how expensive does it tend to be?
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24th February 2009, 04:43 PM #2
This site seems to give a fairly reasonable discussion on the whole thing: PC water cooling basics
I wouldn't have thought its too hard at all though, since essentially you're building a normal PC, but cooling it with water rather than a fan. The components are available, and I'd guess you might be looking at most at a couple of hundred more than building a standard PC. Never actually tried it myself though so I could be completely off the mark.
24th February 2009, 04:49 PM #3
Best bet is to read up and with water cooling because you can open up a whole can of worms if your not careful.
Leaks or bubbles in your loop can spell disaster for your components.
24th February 2009, 05:25 PM #4
- Rep Power
RTFM is the best advice i can give,
ive built a few back in the days they first came out......the novelty soon wears off, i even built myself a PC filled with Vegetable Oil!!!
oooh those were the days, now if i even buy a hard drive the missus goes berserk!
24th February 2009, 05:32 PM #5
Water cooling is very last century, you need oil submersion.
24th February 2009, 06:16 PM #6
liquid nitrogen ftw
Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc
24th February 2009, 08:04 PM #7
Don't you mean liquid helium FTW?
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
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24th February 2009, 08:19 PM #8
24th February 2009, 08:22 PM #9
If you listen to the video clip its both !!!
Originally Posted by SYNACK
Liquid nitrogen to get it down to minus 190 or so and then the liquid helium to make the temp even lower.
24th February 2009, 10:38 PM #10
25th February 2009, 09:26 AM #11
You need to build TEC PC. Thermo Electric Cooling on a home machine is blatantly the way forward.
- I have a water cooled PC. I like it, its very, very quiet. I've built a couple for friends aswell. I've got one at the minute with it built into the case, as in I bought it with a the pump and reservoir and a single loop pre built in with junctions built in to easily add extra water blocks on. With it being built in all the low coolant/blockage/stoppage alarm, flow meter, temp guage, fan speed controller is all their for you, all built into the case itself.
Other big advantage is it came with a warranty (18months in this case) so if it leaks I'm actually covered for my pc parts.
The case I've got with a single loop for the cpu in was 300quid. Tubing for another device is about 10 quid with connectors, decent waterblocks are between 30 and 250ish depending on what you are cooling, graphic card blocks are the most expensive, harder to set up efficiently if you are running SLI/CrossFire.
You can buy water cooling kits to put into exsisting cases, with the all the bits needed. Usually they come with just a CPU block. You can also get totally self contained units that will fit in drivebays (usually two) which you can then just run the tubes off and fit whatever waterblock you've chose too. Then there's obviously the option of buying the parts separately, radiator, reservoir etc etc and fitting them all yourself.
200+ In my opinion for something thats worth using. Not difficult to set up really, its most difficult finding room for everything in your case. Just double check all the fittings before you put the water in. (Use a "coolant" by the way, its pretty much distilled water with extra techno rubbish thrown in sometimes, stops it getting mould on the tubes and stuff like that, will probably come with what ever kit you buy and you get it in pretty colours.)
25th February 2009, 10:55 AM #12
might start saving my pennies to try build one then.
My system at home is a few years old, its a nice system but nothing amazing these days.
and atm, can't really afford liquid nitrogen OR liquid Helium.
27th February 2009, 02:19 PM #13
Yeah i've been running water cooled for a couple of years now
CPU, North bridge and GPU
I suggest buying plenty of pipework and planning the system out properly before you start
The pipe can be quite rigid and as such you want just the right amount for each jump between components
It's worked well, i've only had one small leak which luckily was from quite low in the case and so pooled in the base but didn't get on any components.
However for this reason i won't leave it running unattended (definately when out of the house but even overnight if i can help it)
3rd March 2009, 11:51 AM #14
I've saved my pennies, yes that was quick. I love pay day.
I have about £700, do you have any websites good for watercooling kits, not only explaining what and how, but also where to buy.
I usually use Scan for everything but they don't seem to have a huge amount of stuff
3rd March 2009, 12:30 PM #15
oil submersion ftw!buy fish tank, put computer in (minus hard drive) and your done
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