Go Back   Hardware Canucks > PC BUILDERS & TWEAKERS CORNER > Case Mods, Worklog & Gallery

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old January 18, 2009, 05:46 PM
Finch's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Montreal
Posts: 238
Default WaterChiller project

today i was sitting in front of my pc with nothing to do. I was so bored that i was thinking about projects to occupy my self. i am that kind of guy that needs to build and invent something few times a year or else i will get so bored that i will die... i then turned my head and saw my window air conditioner sitting there waiting for summer. Then the word WaterChiller came up in my head. My pc is already watercooled so basicaly the only parts i will need to buy is a insulated ice canister (the thing you put ice and beer in), some antifreeze and an insulation kit for the motherboard.

Now this is the first time i am going subzero. i have read alot and alot about phase change and subzero cooling so i know what to expect. But i am still a noob. Every comments, tips, advice will be appreciated.

I took my 5000btu a/c unit appart and modded it a little bit to give the lowest temps possible. I disconnected the thermostat removed the Evap fan and removed some plastic restricting air flow for the condensor. Here are some pics:

compressor











so for now this is it i need to buy some more stuff before continuing. i will post during progress.
__________________
If you are an overclocker please come and participate to the HWC Benchmarks Competitions, look for the stickies.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old January 18, 2009, 09:29 PM
bojangles's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oakville, ON
Posts: 2,684

My System Specs

Default

LOL...these phase change rigs are so redneck-like. Taking apart an A/C to cool a computer. Who'da thought?
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old January 18, 2009, 11:05 PM
ImmaPC's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Burnaby, B.C.
Posts: 1,027
Default

I don't think phase-change is redneck, I think it's a rather innovative and out-of-the-box idea to use what you would normally use in a fridge or an A/C to cool a computer. Whood've thought?
__________________
A10-5800K,
F2A85M-PRO
8GB DDR3-2133 CL9
2x XFX 7870
Adata SX900 256GB
Toshiba 1TB
Galaxy 1000W
Antec One
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old January 19, 2009, 12:06 AM
chouchou's Avatar
MVP
F@H
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 444
Default

holy.....
good luck :|
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old January 19, 2009, 05:27 AM
Finch's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Montreal
Posts: 238
Default

and i bet the majority of rednecks can't even do that. It seems all easy, but many wont even dare taking an a/c appart. you must be carefull when moving the evaporator, suction line and cap tube because you can litteraly crack the copper and joints and you loose all your gas. my stock a/c unit (with thermostat unplugged and evap fan removed) gave only -11c maximum. it was when i optimized the air flow to the condensor that it gave -19c, and even reached -21c. i could of built a direct die phase change but my a/c unit wouldnt be good enough so i would have to buy all parts seperatly. so for now i am happy with this and this summer when i will have extra money i might build a phase change.

conclusion, i think it is a fun project and i will have planty of tuning to do. plus i plan on building a bench table to go with it.
__________________
If you are an overclocker please come and participate to the HWC Benchmarks Competitions, look for the stickies.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old January 19, 2009, 08:00 AM
matsta31's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Montreal
Posts: 2,204
Default

what is the insulating method you are going to use for the CPU socket ?

Are you going to dump the rad into the cooler directly ?
__________________

Sold hardware again.....
Currently using WHS hardware....
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old January 19, 2009, 09:47 AM
Chilly's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ontario
Posts: 2,593
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ImmaPC View Post
I don't think phase-change is redneck, I think it's a rather innovative and out-of-the-box idea to use what you would normally use in a fridge or an A/C to cool a computer. Whood've thought?
Same here, I think its an innovative DIY, not to mention cheap, approach to sub zero cooling.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old January 19, 2009, 11:23 AM
Finch's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Montreal
Posts: 238
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by matsta31 View Post
what is the insulating method you are going to use for the CPU socket ?

Are you going to dump the rad into the cooler directly ?

i have ordered some materials to insulated the motherboard and it should come by this week or at the bigining of next week. i will then takes pics and describe how i proceed.

the a/c rad that you saw covered up with ice is called an evaporator and yes i will dump it in a cooler with anti-freeze inside. the watercooling will circulate the antifreeze to my cpu.
__________________
If you are an overclocker please come and participate to the HWC Benchmarks Competitions, look for the stickies.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old January 19, 2009, 11:42 AM
matsta31's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Montreal
Posts: 2,204
Default

There is no rusting issues by submerging a radiator ?
__________________

Sold hardware again.....
Currently using WHS hardware....
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old January 19, 2009, 11:59 AM
Finch's Avatar
Top Prospect
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Montreal
Posts: 238
Default

well antifreeze is anticorosive to start with. plus i have used several times antifreeze in watercooling setup with aluminium and copper and never had a single problem.
__________________
If you are an overclocker please come and participate to the HWC Benchmarks Competitions, look for the stickies.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ebz watercooling project ebdoradz Case Mods, Worklog & Gallery 34 August 14, 2008 10:13 PM
old cicero project andynerd New Builds 28 July 30, 2008 08:49 AM
Project: P190 MpG Case Mods, Worklog & Gallery 44 May 7, 2008 09:47 PM
Project: A+ Cardboard box with DSL Case Mods, Worklog & Gallery 33 April 14, 2008 09:40 PM
Project "Oscar the Grouch" - the $500 gaming PC project. Jmac Case Mods, Worklog & Gallery 3 January 5, 2008 01:08 AM