I've been considering components I'd like to place in my next computer, and one idea I've been considering is watercooling. It has the potential for quiet cooling and overclockability, and since I'm planning on going to college in Madison, Wisconsin next year, sticking my radiator out the window could result it peltier/phase change temps
( I don't think the temps there break 0c the entire winter).
Anyways, I was wondering if anyone could suggest guides on watercooling, and about its cost. I'd like to get as much on waterblocks as possible, especially the HDs- get them watercooling and I can go with a pretty extreme rubber box
(If I could figure out a way, suspending them in a low air pressure container would be pretty quiet
There is hardocp for one. Usual recommendation goes back and forth between swiftech and danger den. I personally went with DD as their site is very easy to navigate (to add/ remove components) as well as sales people willing to bend to my whim
CPU/GPU/CHIPSET cooling is the standard fare. You can cool HDD if you go innovatek or koolance route, but those are not as heavy hitters where performance is involved.
Otherwise, you are left with your own milling/dremel/homedepot runs for creating HDD cooler. (which I am in process of for next few days).
Tubings, I got 1/2" ID (inner diameter) tubing but this thing is a monster to install in mid size case. For midsize case, I recommend 3/8" ID tubing. (Anything smaller tend to restrict flow quite a bit which is the case with koolance and innovatek kit as they are 3/8" OD tubing if I am not mistaken)
Pump choices vary.. I stuck with Eheim 1048. On top of foam from a feet away, this makes as much noise as... cuda IV on novibe3 a feet away.
Radiator - automotive heatcore seems to be popular choice for those dremel inclined people here. I just got Black Ice Extreme to save me sometime. Works good with Papst 120mm slow fan. (41-42c folding at 27c room temp with my overclock).
BTW, I have DD maze 3 & Z-chip & GPU block on my system right now all in serial. Now if you go for multiple radiator, it is recommended those radiators are in parellel.
For the HDD cooler my plan is this:
1/2" copper tubing from Homedepot.
4 1/2" brass splitter from Homedepot.
4x10" 40 gauge cooper plate from hobby people (KS metal or something was manufacture).
Bungee cord from Homedepot.
1/2" ID silicon(?) tubing.
Going to cut copper plate into half. Drill holes for HDD mounting.
Solder/artic silver adhesive the copper tubing to each side of plate.
Put brass splitter in each end of tubing. (and solder the seam)
For one side of tubings I will run 1/2" ID tube.
The other side are inlet and outlet from rest of system.
suspend it in 5 1/4" bay using bungee cord.
I will let you guys know how it turns out