I love it when a plan comes together! - my w/c setup (400kb pics).

Discussion in 'Extreme and Water Cooling' started by Tasmaniac, Sep 20, 2002.

  1. Tasmaniac

    Tasmaniac Member

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    It’s taken me a couple of months, but I’ve finally finished my watercooling rig.
    After lots of late nights and generally making a mess, here’s what I’ve come up with :


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    I made the waterblock out of some 9mmx50mm copper I got from a local scrap metal place.
    The guy sold me a piece 30 cm long for $1!


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    I decided to go for a pretty basic design.
    The channels were "milled” using my bro’s drillpress.


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    I broke out the bbq to seal the lid to the base.
    Lots of solder and about 1 1/2 hours later she was ready.


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    After lots of sanding, here’s the block in action.
    It weighs a bit, so I used a thick perspex brace the size of the block on the back of the mobo.
    Went and bought some bolts, washers, springs and wingnuts from the local nut and bolt shop.


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    Here’s a side view of the setup.
    Had to remove the HDD cage to fit the rad, so I moved the drive up the top on some rails.
    I cut a hole the size of the core in the front of the case.


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    I made the shroud out of some aluminium sheet I’ve had lying round for years.
    Enermax 120mm adjustable fan.
    The heatercore is out of a camira. Got if for $15 from the wreckers.
    I used epoxy resin to glue in some plastic elbows.
    Go the gaffa and cable ties!


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    Pondmaster 800. Not a bad pump, pretty quiet.


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    Case side on.


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    Couple of shots with the neons on.
    2 red and 2 blue.
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    More pics here http://www.hotkey.net.au/~skitty/wcpics\Tasmaniac's__x.html if anyone is interested.

    I had a great time working on this project.
    Didn’t end up costing all that much and my pc is heaps quieter, which is what I was after.

    Temps at the momment are :
    CPU : 33
    Ambient : 20.6

    Running 95% demineralised water 5% Rad fluid.
    1/2 inch fittings.


    Cheers.

    :D
     
  2. l00b3r

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    OMG OMG OMG!!
    I like it all, very nice work

    10 Out Of 10!!!!
    i like it alot... :)
    temps???
    ;)

    -Matt
     
  3. Bravo

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    Looks very good for a budget system :)

    I am particulary impressed with the blocks construction :)
     
  4. peterwayne1

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    A job well done! :)

    Great to see that you've gone to the trouble of making your own block, and from the temps it's seems to work very well.

    Keep up the good work.
     
  5. cyclonite

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    I can't see a res, so I'm guessing you don't have one? How much liquid (volume wise) do you have running in that loop?
     
  6. l00b3r

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    well sense would tell you that...
    there are 3 peices of pipe. meaning no res :p
    anyway nice temps, i missed them earlier :p
    i feel stupid :)

    -Matt
     
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    Tasmaniac Member

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    Thanks for the comments guys. :)
    Yeah I was pretty happy with how the block came out,
    I was lucky my brother let me use his shed and tools.
    I didn't think it would take that long on the barbie,
    it's a bit of a chunk tho.
    Yep no res, not sure on the exact volume of liquid.
    I used a 2 litre bottle of water and there was more than 1/2 left, so I reckon about 500-1000ml.

    Just finished playing BF1942 for an hour or so and CPU is at 37, ambient is 24.7
    (got the heater cranked, freezing down here tonight).

    Cheers.
     
  8. Xe0n

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    That waterblock looks really nice! Whole setup looks good, nice temps too. WD :)

    Cheers,
    Xe0n
     
  9. aXxeman

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    Sweet job dude - especially the "milling". Any tricks you'd like to share? Special drill bits & all that?
     
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    I just used normal drill bits.
    My brother and I took turns working the press, while the other one positioned the copper where it needed to be drilled.
    I left the copper in one big piece so we had something to hold onto without drilling ourselves.
    Stopped it getting to hot to hold aswell.
    Started off with a small bit and worked up to the right size for the channels.
    I think we used 3 or 4 different sized bits.
    Once we had the general shape, we took it in turns moving the copper around and the other keeping the press at the right depth,
    moving it slightly up and down, just enough to let the copper bar move around, and clear out the channels.
    Not the safest method I know, but it worked pretty good.
    We did the lid first, that's why the base channel looks smoother.
    We had the method down by then.
    We sprayed heaps of teflon lube on it too.
    Hope that makes sense. :D

    Cheers.
     
  11. ASTRO66

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    ill be borrowing you bbq idea to do the soldering :D
     
  12. caMMo

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    Yeah baby....that's a mighty purdy block :D
     
  13. hoopstar

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    I'd suggest that the irregular shape (and depth) of the channels would help with coolant turbulence and therefore help the temps...

    Nice work me old son - wanna make me one? pweeeeease - I'll pay...:(
     
  14. Eluial

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    Very impressive! You have inspired me Tasmaniac. Top stuff!
     
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    NICE UNIT
     
  16. WOOFLE

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    Welcome to the rather scant ranks of taswegian water coolers. :)
    Where you worried that the hold down might crush the CPU?
    Not bad though. My setup looks like something out of mad max at the moment ;)
     
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    Tasmaniac

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    Yeah I was shitting myself the first time I put it on.
    I wasn't sure of what springs to use for the right tension.
    Ended up the ones I got were perfect, just enough tension so I can screw the wingnuts right down.

    Thanks again for the comments people.
    :D

    ps. love your HR hoopstar. :)
     
  18. Rik

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    This is an inspiration! :)
    How much did it cost all up?

    Maybe do a small step-by-step write-up with the pics? Because this is a nice setup that would've cost bugger-all, be fairly simple, yet perform well and be quiet.
     
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    Umm let's see.

    Pump : $65
    Heatercore : $15
    water block : 50 cents
    Fan : $35
    Hoseclamps, hose, mounting hardware, wet+dry ect. : about $25
    I think that's about it, the rest I had lying round, so about $140 roughly.

    Yeah I might do a bit of a write up.
    Only wish I'd taken more shots of the process.

    Cheers!
     
  20. g0bbles

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    looks real nice :D
    i love the waterblock
     

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