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Old January 27, 2010, 11:11 AM
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Thinking about doing some cold weather benching at some point soon, just to see how far I can go with water alone. Here are the cooling parts I am planning to use:

CPU block: Fuzion v2
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My question is what precautions would I need to make? Do I have to worry about condensation? Are there any particular components that don't like to be cold and need to stay warm? Any insight you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

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Old January 27, 2010, 11:31 AM
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yes you need to worry about condensation and hd don't like anything below 5c i have found anywhere around that temp and they stop spinning

p.s i assume your going to pump cold weather air through the rad your going to have problems and fast with the moister in the air.
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Old January 27, 2010, 12:28 PM
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What do you mean cold weather benching?
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Old January 27, 2010, 12:36 PM
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I mean something not dissimilar to what the OP here was doing: Canadian Winter + Air Cooling - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net
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Old January 27, 2010, 12:39 PM
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If you are taking the whole thing outside you only have to worry about condensation when you go back in.
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Old January 27, 2010, 12:45 PM
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That's what I thought, but suddenly I started worrying about not knowing anything about what the hell I was doing!

And thanks for the input re: the HDD gingerbee. I've confirmed that with google.
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It's best if you have a porch or a garage - take it into the garage to cool down, then outside to bench, then back into the garage to warm up, then inside.
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Old January 27, 2010, 02:07 PM
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oh your doing the whole box cool ya just when you shut it down make sure you blow it out for a while with a blow dryer it can help. never have done this but the back room in my house for the first year was not insulated so it got real cold in there.
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Old January 27, 2010, 02:50 PM
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you only have to worry about condensation when you go back in.
Just so that I'm clear... this means "don't try using the equipment that's been outside again until it reaches room temperature" - right?
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Not only that but it has to dry out completely. When you bring cold parts inside they will have condensation. Just put everything in a warm spot overnight to make sure you dont have any moisture.
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