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Thread: Refridgeration!

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    Default Refridgeration!

    Okay. I was thinking. Why don't people use fridges to cool their systems?

    The answer was obvious. It involves work.

    I like work.

    I have found a dead and gone thread, about a man with the same idea. Unfortunatly, he never was able to see the project through to conclusion (as far as I was able to determine), and I wish to pick up where he left off.

    And where did he leave?


    I have had numerous conflicting views on how bad it would affect my machine. Unfortunatly, not many sites have condestation specs for their fridges, or how it would affect computer components.

    I need a few things.

    1: Fridge: Buying as we speak.
    2: An old comuter for testing. If anyone would like to sell an old piece to a Calgarian, please PM me.
    3: Advice. How should I pursue this? All I have from the origional thread, are condensation problems, I am not entirely sure how the origional creator visualized the project.

    --Thanks, Dio

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    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    cumbria, UK

    Default Re: Refridgeration!

    get a water vapour trap or 5, and put them in the fridge with the pc.
    result: condensationless cooling.
    System Specs:
    AMD athlon 64 3200 venice @ 2.4ghz
    Asrock Dual-939SATA2
    Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 chip r430 @ 480mhz core/540mhz mem with 1.6v vcore
    1gb Corsair XMS TwinX PC3200 timings 2-3-3-6 at 400mhz
    250gb Hitatchi deskstar T7K500 SATAII disk
    160gb samsung spinpoint PATA disk
    Asus 1608P2 DVD+/-RW Dual Layer
    Unbranded 500W PSU single 17A rail
    Innovatek and Asetek Watercooling (triple fan radiator)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Ontario, Canada

    Default Re: Refridgeration!

    This is a subject that has been beaten to death on so many forums with so many threads. It doesn't work. Condensation kills the parts every time. You cannot put a hot item in a cold environment without major condensation. The only way this remotely works is if you build a perfectly sealed, and I mean perfectly sealed box that allows absolutly no air at all in and you can chill an entire PC. It is easier and much more possible to either use phase change on the CPU or just use water cooling/chilled water.

    Munkul, the PC parts are what condensates. You could put 100 vapor traps in there and it would still condensate and kill the parts. This is just not feasible.
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    PC P&C 500W PSU
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    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States

    Default Re: Refridgeration!

    It's been done before, but as Casecutter said, it's almost impossible to do without having major condensation issues. Dehumidifiers can help, but I don't think one would easily solve the problem, if at all.

    One solution might be to fill the machine with a non-conductive liquid. This has been done before, but the fridge would make it actually worthwhile since it would be superior to air and water cooling at such low temperatures.

    Honestly though, there are easier, cheaper ways to give an entire system extremely low temperatures than to attempt to use a refrigerator. I just can't see a practical reason to do so.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Default Re: Refridgeration!

    A non-cosductive liquid sounds hard to do, but it sounds cool, A fully submersed pc.
    Mobo...............Asus P5N-SLI (NF570)
    RAM................2 GB Kingston DDR2/667 CL5
    GPU................Evga e-GeForce 7900GTO 512MB
    CPU................Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 2MB L2
    HDD................Hitachi 160 GB IDE
    Disk Drive.........Sony DVD+-RW 16x IDE
    PSU................BFG 650W (on sale for 80$, 80$off!!)
    OS..................Windows XP Home SP2
    Sound card......Sound Blaster x-FI xtreme music
    Overclocked somewhat w/Arctic cooler freezer 7 pro
    other info: saitek eclipse red backlit keyboard
    cheap micro innovations wireless optical mouse
    logitech x-530 speakers (5.1)
    18" viewable KDS CRT monitor (I'll upgrade when it dies)
    about 8 80MM fans and I sleeved most of the cables
    It would be quiet but I have 1 noisy Vantek that blows like a turbine. A crappy generic case which with cammo paint and holes all over.

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