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Thread: Mini-Fridge Water Cooling Idea




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    Well, its 4am here, and I just got a beer out of my mini fridge, popped it open, and proceeded to think of cooling solutions for the new computer I am planning to build sometime in the next 10 years, and I think Im onto something. I looked at my fridge, and then and my computer, and back again, and said to myself, hell, if this thing can cool my beer, why couldnt it cool my cpu. So after some basic "figurin out" (technical term) I thought up this little plan.

    Step #1 - Buy a cool ass frigen computer thats all set up for O/Cing EXTREME. Probably an AMD to unlock the multiplier and be able to push the limit.

    Step #2 - Get a liquid cooling system, not sure what kind, not much research. Now the next step gets interesting.

    Step #3 - Order a Hard Drive Liquid cooler for the system, but not for the hard drive.

    My minifridge has a ice tray on the top, which is a piece of material that gets very cold, and thats what actually cools the fridge. It gets cold enough that it freezes water that gets sat in it. So I figure If I were to take some Artic Silver, cover the bottom of the hard drive cooler with it, and stick it on the ice tray, it would get it pretty damn cold. I could then drill some holes in the fridge and hook it up to the watercooling system. So the water would go like this:

    Leaves Computer, all hot and such, and takes a trip to the radiator.

    Radiator cools it down a bit, taking it a bit closer to ambient temp.

    Water goes into the fridge, whizzes past my beer, and hits the frosty hard drive cooler. This would take the water temp down to who knows what, but pretty damn cold.

    Water goes back to CPU, cooling it down amazingly.

    Now, this should be able, in my opnion, to produce some amazing results, at only the cost of a minifridge (50-60 bucks US) and a water cooling system, and a spare tube of Artic Silver.

    So tell me what you guys think, would it be worth putting together to see if it runs, anyone else try this. Comments welcome, especiall those replying "Fatguy, you've obviously had 1 too many beers, shutup and go back to the States where you belong."

    Peace Guys. And Happy Thanksgiving to those whom it may apply.

    Edit: I just realized this would be something like a REALLY ghetto phase change system. Heh.
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    I can just picture the water freezing on ya :laugh:

    When ur pc is turned off, i assume the water stops moving? The water that is sitting in that tray would freeze, right?
    Cooling n00b.

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    Antifreeze, the green stuff mixed 33%, that won't freeze until
    -25c.

    Condensation happens, beware.

    I just a/c the whole computer. Got the cpu down to 14c at full load once.
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    14c... sweet.
    As for the fridge idea, I can see how antifreeze would help, good thinking :bounce:
    One thing, this hard drive cooler you were planning to use, how much water can it hold? If its only a small amount then it probably wouldn't cool that much in the short space of time it stays in the fridge. Maybe a larger reservoir would have better effect?
    Cooling n00b.

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    Condensation could be a problem but if you only put one block in the fridge I think you'll be ok. You could use a coil of copper tubing to run the water through and stick that in the fridge. The longer the water is in the fridge, the colder it gets. after some experimenting you could figure out at which length you achieve ambient temps. As long you don't go below that, you won't have condensation problems. :2cents:
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    Condensation would be a big prob and I don't consider it to be worth all the effort to proof all the part myself.

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    Yes, now sober I have realized condensation would be horrible, and the last thing we would need is water dripping into the case. Oh well, thanks for the replies guys. Yes, that rhymes.
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    A better easier way for cooling
    Grab a a/c
    Rip it apart
    Get an esky, put the condensor in it, put anti freeze in it, bend the brass pipes that ocnnect the condesnor to the ac unit so it will fit with the esky lid on. Get a ****laod of insultion and follow www.phase-change.com 's guide to insulation. Grab some pelts, the meanwell psu and go for some subzero easy ass temps.
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