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How carried away do you get?

 1:49 am on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

Carrying the "cooler" discussion over from the BSOD thread, I've been thinking about the Koolance PC2-601BLW Tower Liquid Case for my next PC build. It comes complete with a liquid cooling system for two hard drives, the CPU and chipsets.

Most of the stuff I buy for PCs are performance based, but I've been tempted by a few of those custom fan sculptures and fan grills. If I could figure out a way to use SUVA to cool the case I think I'd use it. :)

I've been looking at Xtreme memory too but Crucial doesn't offer it.

How many of you are adding case coolers, clear panels and neon lights to your box?



 5:36 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)



 5:50 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

I just dont dig the clockers motivation. Adding a 12 cylinder diesel powered amonia compressor to a PC can be a funny hobby, but will it make it run at speeds justifying the cost?

What about bus limits? I believe the only thing the PC will do faster is to crash. Am I wrong?


 6:06 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

Who said anything about overclocking? :)

Cooler temps mean better performance, and with "normal" operating temps exceeding 160 degrees for some CPUs, heat becomes a factor for the other components in the box. Since I added the water cooled system my CPU temp stays around 70 degrees fahrenheit. Faster? Don't know. Less wear and lass damaging to the components? You bet.

I work at least 14 hours a day running various apps and I've found that the cooler the system, the better it runs. As processors get faster and faster, dissipating the heat becomes more of a concern. Liquid cooling seems a logical step.

As for things like neon lights and clear panels, well, I suppose people do that for the same reason they customize cars.


 6:11 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

Who said anything about overclocking?

Ho, sorry. So you make tea with the hot water? :)


 6:12 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

I have seen tons of pics of tweaked out cpu's on the web but never up close.

I might do it just for fun. After all I spend so much time with my computer it's nice if you can mess around a bit.

I had seen those cooling systems, they look interesting.


 6:26 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

I suppose that people that build their own boxes tend to go in more for mods. I haven't owned a factory box in ages so I'm always on the lookout for cool new gizmos.

A client sent me a 640 gigabyte SAN, which was my latest cool gizmo until I installed the water cooling kit. All the LCD temp readouts look "high-tech" too. :)

It took me a little while to get over the concept of having water run inside my PC but the chance for a leak is remote. The ultra quiet fans are a nice addition too, can't tell the PC is running. The old fans sounded like a mini wind tunnel.

[edited by: digitalghost at 6:33 pm (utc) on Nov. 15, 2002]


 6:32 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

This [vidbay.com] is as far I could go with PC mods.


 6:37 pm on Nov 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

Now that is a practical mod right there.

I have to say that ultra quiet fans is something I would like, right now it's like sitting next to a hovercraft.


 3:28 am on Nov 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

One of my clients business is pc mods for overclockers.
I never heard of pc mods until I meet him.

The guy is a true cooling mod geek.

I had him build my case for my new system, the fan speeds can be adjusted, the fan blades are clear [not sure why], the case was built for neutral pressure, he rates each fan on noise and air flow.

He doesn't do all the clear windows etc . . ,

I have tried to talk him into doing case mods with disco lights etc, but he is too much of a cooling fanatic.

Robert Charlton

 8:55 am on Nov 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

If it's not one thing, it will be another... ;)

The quality of cooling water in a closed loop cooling water (CLCW) system is critical for the performance and the life of the system. Cooling water of poor quality can cause adverse effects in a water system, such as reduced cooling capacity, increased energy consumption, and premature equipment failure.

...from "CRAY T3E Liquid-cooled Systems : Preparing for a System Installation"

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