Awesome New Resevoir Filled

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  1. Dayaks

    Dayaks [H]ardness Supreme

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    I run three rigs on a common resevoir/radiator (A Morad of some type, I think 9x180).

    Anyone else do something similar? It makes it easy to exchange heat with my pool in the summer. It’s a ~$10 plastic tote from Home Depot filled with $2.97 worth of distilled water. ;)

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  2. Zarathustra[H]

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    I always liked custom stufff like that, but I've always chickened out and just used standard water cooling components because I have been concerned about plasticizer leaching and gunking up the blocks and radiators.

    Do you have any suggestions in what you have done from a material selection perspective? I always figured glass was safe, but somewhat difficult to work with.
     
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    Also, how do you prime that? I'd be worried about the pump running dry since you don't have gravity forcing coolant into the pump.

    I would have drilled a hole in the container and mounted some sort of barb to it and put the pump right underneath it.
     
  4. Dayaks

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    Well it’s in my basement. All three pumps are down there too and below the water level. Never had an issue with air once it’s primed. I’ve also never had an issue with buildup, I just change the water about once a year.

    The only thing upstairs is the PC/waterblocks.

    I think people overkill watercooling in general.

    The only thing somewhat “special” is I use a cheap temp controller to keep the temperature around 22C or higher to avoid condensation. I just have it wired in series to the fans on the radiator.
     
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    How would you wind up with condensation without some form of subambient cooling?

    Is your basement that much colder than upstairs?
     
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    In the winter it’s not impossible. My basement is unfinished. I also have old style steam heat so my humidity is decent in the winter.
     
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    Interesting.

    We have old fashioned steam heat as well. The basement is insulated though, so it is usually as warm down there as it is upstairs, except for in the early summer. First few hot days it's nice and cool down there, but it doesn't last long.

    It is rarely above 20%RH in here in the winter, unless I use humidifiers. I feel like the old cast iron radiators don't really vent into the house, but are more of a closed system.

    I have considered doing a basement based system in order to make everything in my office quieter. My plans involved an acquarium water chiller though.

    Going to have to put it off though, as I am going to have to move in June
     
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    This line of discussion has me thinking.

    My brother recently discussed geothermal climate control with me. He was thinking about installing such in his house.

    If I understand it right, you have a heat pump which exchanges heat between your indoors and the liquid in a loop which consists of several hundred feet of PEX, buried below the frost line. The advantage is that the water is at a consistent temperature year round because the ground is.

    I seriously doubt you would need that much line to soak the heat from a PC or six. With a smaller length of line and maybe using copper instead of PEX, I wonder if we could just dump our heat underground instead of into the ambient air?
     
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    Well, ground based heat pumps use a phase change compressor loop to force the heat into the ground in the summer, and pull the heat out of it in the winter, they just used the steady ground temperature for efficiency.

    I don't know for sure, but if you are just running tubing underground without a phase change loop, you might need a really long one for it to be effective for a PC.
     
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