D.I.Y. Res with built in drain and flow indicator

Discussion in 'Extreme and Water Cooling' started by denass, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. denass

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    I just finished building this res and wanted it to have a drain thats easy to use and a flow indicator to show the pump is working ok.
    I made the res from acrylic.
    The tube is 90mm outside dia so a normal plumbing cap can be used on the top.
    The base is 25mm thick.
    The inlet and outlet are at the bottom front with the drain on the side.
    On the inlet inside the tube I welded a 100mm tube by 25mm dia.
    I then placed over the top of that another tube that was 26mm---best to get a slightly loose fit.The acrylic tube varies so its better to check it at the plastic supplier.I was lucky there was a 1mm slack in the 2 tubes.
    I hunted high and low to find something slightly negative bouyancy and found these small rubber balls.In around the top of the tube I drilled some large holes so when the ball rises and gets to the holes it stops there.
    It works great--the ball is 3 mm smaller than the tube and rises easily once the puter is started--it just hovers there until I switch off the puter.
    I am amazed how well it works.
    Water can get past the ball in the tube but once it reaches the holes it stops there and water is expelled thru the 4 large holes on the side.
    I am using a swiftech pump and running it on minimium speed with 3/8" I.D. tubing.I hope the link with photobucket works as I am hopeless with these
    things.

    http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww190/denast/newres2.jpg

    http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww190/denast/newres3.jpg

    http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww190/denast/newres1.jpg
     
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    denass

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    thanks
    just put some more links up to photos
     
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    Nice job looks good:thumbup:
     
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    WTB: bigger pics with moar detail.

    kthx.
     
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    +1

    Nice job from what I think I can see
     
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    Hi Guys
    Here is some more links hopefully they will be larger

    http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww190/denast/NO1.jpg

    http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww190/denast/NO2.jpg

    http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww190/denast/NO3.jpg

    http://i718.photobucket.com/albums/ww190/denast/NO4.jpg

    Would like to make a little flying saucer to replace the ball and get it to hover like the ball does.The unit works great and gives me an instant check that the pump is working ok.Also the grey/white cap at the top where it joins the clear acrylic is where I fill the liquid to so it would give me a visual check on fluid level incase of a leak.
     
  8. Heatpipe

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    I find your dvd stack with DVD written on the side offensive. Also good work on the DIY res.
     
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    heatpipe sorry your offended by the discs with dvd on them but I also have a stack next to it with cd's and its so I dont get them mixed up.I also do alot of dvd photo albums and teach people how to do movie albums.I do backup my movies also as kids can damage them---it pays to not jump to conclusions:D
    thanks for the reply
     
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    Wow, you really haven't;

    a) Posted much
    b) Learned Not to give a shit
    c) Combined the 2 and learnned not to give a shit about shit posted online
     
  11. Ch4iS

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    why not make a screwcap out of perspex :leet:
     
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    would have loved to make a screw cap from acrylic but dont know how I would go about that--probably need a lathe I suppose
    thanks
     
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    Why such high volume?
     
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    thats what i was thinking. planning on a massive amount of evaporation from a apparently well made system? unless you plan to go 2 years between coolant checks its massive overkill imho. looks very nice though.
     
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    The higher volume the higher heat capacity the system has and the longer it will run at sub equilibrium temps.
     
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    I made it high so as the fluid level in the tube is higher than the radiator on my computer.Plus the drain incorporated in the tube is below the lowest part of the loop.Makes is easy to fill and bleed.Have a small air bleeding valve on top of the radiator.I had a zalman reserator that was tall and this is just abit taller.Most temps hover around 32 degrees which is around where I like it to be.I cool vid card,northbridge and CPU with the pump on lowest setting for quietness
     
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    'cause it looks freaking cool to have a big canister of green liquid churning away in the corner of the room. :lol:

    That's all the excuse I'd need :)
     
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    I tell people its radioactive.One friend could'nt comprehend a water cooled computer.He thought I was pulling his leg.
     

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