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Water Cooling With A Car Radiator

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the then-he's-gonna-kill-us dept.

Hardware Hacking 282

sH4RD writes "Why go out and buy a water cooling system when you can do it with an old car radiator? That's exactly what One of The Twelve figured when he used the radiator from his brother's 1979 Toyota Corolla to cool his system. His Athlon64 3000+ can hit 2.5GHz smoothly now. Check out the original forum post complete with benchmarks."

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fuckin ricers (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681211)

those stickers won't give you extra hp

What a question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681414)

Why go out and buy a water cooling system when you can do it with an old car radiator?

Maybe because it's bulky and ugly?

My god (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681212)

One question:

WHY!?

Re:My god (1)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681259)

Why? Because we can.

Re:My god (2, Funny)

kingkade (584184) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681472)

Why?

Because his VW was in the shop.

This sounds a little extreme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681213)

but then again, i think i have an old porche i can use for this..

Re:This sounds a little extreme (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681274)

Most old Porsches are air-cooled. You may as well just buy a bigger fan.

Re:This sounds a little extreme (3, Informative)

1001010 (51997) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681310)

Porsches use aircooling, so you have to run around the block with you're PC....

Re:This sounds a little extreme (3, Funny)

Edie O'Teditor (805662) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681318)

i have an old porche i can use for this..
Porche? Pah - I've got a verandah!

So... (3, Funny)

rusty_razor (635173) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681216)

If you leave the radiator attached to the car, you could drive your PC to LAN parties!

Well that makes me feel better. (5, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681219)

After having seen that guys work station, I feel better about he mess in my apartment.

Re:Well that makes me feel better. (2, Informative)

JimDabell (42870) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681467)

He's got nothing on this guy [bash.org] .

Antifreeze (4, Insightful)

dykofone (787059) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681221)

I really appreciate that he still used a glycol/water mixture. Pretty unnecessary, but certainly a nice touch.

Radiators were made to have a flow of air over them, so putting a fan blowing over that thing would greatly increase its cooling abilities. Of course, he's still stuck with old shitty car parts under his desk...

Re:Antifreeze (5, Interesting)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681330)

Radiators were made to have a flow of air over them, so putting a fan blowing over that thing would greatly increase its cooling abilities.

That probably won't be necessary. Assuming that the original car had a 130hp engine with 30% thermal efficiency, and making a wild-ass-guess that 10% of the waste heat of the car actually goes through the radiator (rather than exhaust or other means), my calculations indicate that in the car the radiator would have a peak thermal throughput of over 22 kilowatts. A 100W CPU doesn't need to get rid of even 0.5% of that amount of heat. A fan would just seem to supply even more pointless overkill.

Re:Antifreeze (2, Interesting)

Sensible Clod (771142) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681419)

A fan would just seem to supply even more pointless overkill.

That's just what I was thinking: this whole setup is probably pretty quiet.

Re:Antifreeze (1)

kormoc (122955) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681423)

sure, it could, but don't you want your computer running as cool as possable? with that size radiator, he could put a very large, very slow (very quiet) fan on it and keep it much cooler and still quiet.

Re:Antifreeze (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681344)

Indeed; having a big radiator sitting around is kind of unsightly. An alternative would be to just buy a new processor. AMD Athlon(TM) 64 Processor: Now Available in Models 4000+. [amd.com]

One might claim that cost is a factor, with the 4000+ at $729--fully $566 more than the Athlon 64 3000+. But you must consider maintenance costs: You need to have your radiator flushed every two years or 24,000 gigabytes, whichever comes first, which will easily run you $150 or $200. And if the antifreeze boils over, you're going to have one heck of a mess on your carpet (not to mention one fried processor)....

Re:Antifreeze (2, Interesting)

the_mad_poster (640772) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681418)

And if the antifreeze boils over, you're going to have one heck of a mess on your carpet (not to mention one fried processor)....

Hmmm.... I don't think AMD has had a problem with their chips being as hot as a running car motor for awhile now.

Amusingly, I note that he actually did use glycol. Unless he plans on running his system outside in the winter, however, I'm not sure what the point was. The only thing it seems to be doing is bringing a toxic substance into his living quarters. Hope he doesn't have any pets, or he may not have them much longer :/

Re:Antifreeze (1)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681515)

Rust and bacterial clogging. Antifreeze helps in keeping the water from reacting with the metals inside the radiator, and, to a degree, also help with bacteria cultives forming in the water. The water circuit is closed on watercoolers, so you must keep it as clean as possible all the time.

Re:Antifreeze (1)

kclittle (625128) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681429)

Face it, he really didn't do it to save money. He did it so one of his buds on that web site would say he was "wooooooot worthy" or some such. Teenage peer-approval is a very powerful incentive -- look at the rise of Linux, for example... :D

Re:Antifreeze (2, Interesting)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681403)

I really appreciate that he still used a glycol/water mixture. Pretty unnecessary, but certainly a nice touch.

Not at all. There are water conditioners in antifreeze to prevent the formation of scale.

Regular tap water or even distilled water can cause a radiator to develop deposits when the metal inside oxidizes.

Since there is no heater core to worry about, the total volume of liquid needed would be smaller. I'd consider using pure antifreeze.

LK

Re:Antifreeze (1)

Student_Tech (66719) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681497)

Isn't there something else, that with the anti-freeze/water mix it has a higher boiling point as well(as a lower freezing point)? Although if you are getting the water to boiling in your computer, I think you may have a problem.

Re:Antifreeze (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681509)

Yes. The water-antifreeze mixture does have a higher boiling point than plain old water. It's called "antifreeze" because it doesn't readily freeze at the temperatures we encounter here on earth.

LK

The reason I don't use a car radiator (0)

cloudkj (685320) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681223)

... is because I'm not a car mechanic. Duh.

It's like saying why not use whatever they use to cool nuclear reactor cores to cool your computer.

Re:The reason I don't use a car radiator (3, Interesting)

zaffir (546764) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681248)

Actually the very first 100% homemade watercooling setups used old car radiators.

Re:The reason I don't use a car radiator (1)

hedgehogbrains (628646) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681260)

Liquid magnesium?

Re:The reason I don't use a car radiator (1)

Edie O'Teditor (805662) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681380)

Magnesium? Did they run out of sodium?

nuke cool (4, Insightful)

twitter (104583) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681295)

why not use whatever they use to cool nuclear reactor cores to cool your computer

It's water, but it's too expensive and hot for you. It's de ionized and monitored for purity so that nothing plates out and it does not eat your cladding, that's the costly part. But, under pressure, it's hot enough to light paper on fire. That's a little too hot for your little cpu.

I'm not a car mechanic. Duh.

Do not, learn not. Your loss. Ask yourself what's the worst thing that can happen. If you can live with that, go for it. If not take steps to mitigate the worst. If that's not enough, then you might not do it.

Don't need to know squat about cars (1)

Man in Spandex (775950) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681313)

This is why online stores like www.dtekcustoms.com sell heatercores at a price uncomparable to those expensif blackice radiators.

Or you can find a Lada on the street and help yourself with it.

Re:The reason I don't use a car radiator (2, Informative)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681351)

soo..

would you rather buy car parts on premium, relabled as "computer cooling" parts? because that's what most people buying pc watercooling parts do(for the radiator anyways.. most common being heater cores).

this guy certainly is not the first to do this kinda stuff too...

Re:The reason I don't use a car radiator (5, Informative)

vasqzr (619165) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681594)


It'd probably be just as easy to use an automatic tranmission cooler. Much smaller and easier to use.

Here's an example [prostreetonline.com]

$50, and it'd be new, instead of have an old rusty car part in your house.

Worlds Colliding! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681226)

The ricers of cars and the ricers of computers UNITE!!

Re:Worlds Colliding! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681250)

As an American of asian descent, I take GREAT offense at the use of the word "ricer". Please stop using that loathesome word.

Re:Worlds Colliding! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681317)

Fuck you.

Re:Worlds Colliding! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681355)

As an American of asian descent, I take GREAT offense at the use of the word "ricer". Please stop using that loathesome word.

Then please stop putting racing stripes and "Type-R" stickers on your Honda Civics.

Re:Worlds Colliding! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681364)

Is it roathesome because you pronounce it "licer"?

If I die on the Chinese front.
Don't bury me with a slant-eyed cunt.

.

How's that, slopey?

Re:Worlds Colliding! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681386)

licel ?

And? (5, Insightful)

MightyPez (734706) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681231)

I hate to sound like an elitist, but this is fairly common practice for water cooled PC's. Except most people tend to use smaller heater cores. That, and tend to buy them new and clean.

Re:And? (1)

Spellunk (777915) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681304)

I couldn't agree more. I machined a radiator out of a solid block of aluminum, attached a thermoelectric cooler, and was able to have chip temperatures around -20 degrees.

And I didn't even think that was /. worthy.

Re:And? (2, Interesting)

SorcererX (818515) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681332)

Yes, and back in the old days this was the most common way to watercool their system. The overclockers would make their own waterblocks, get some hoses and a pump from a local aquarium or gardening shop and they'd go to the nearest scrapyard to get a good car radiator. Back then this would also generally turn out cheaper than going for high-end aircooling, not so anymore however. These days all and everyone just go to the nearest computer enthusiast shop and get a waterblock, a pump and hoses and an overpriced mass produced radiator.

Re:And? (1)

kormoc (122955) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681401)

Drill press + copper block + plexiglass + epoxy = cheap ass custom water block :)

We've made water blocks for tons of cpu's and gpu's and used car radiators for years now.

Re:And? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681430)

Not.
If you take a look in the www.sweclockers.com forums (swedish :P) you'l se lots of people that uses old swedish Volvo car radiators, found at scrapyards. They are the coolest on the forum. They also do lots of other nice stuff. Like Carblaster.

http://www.sweclockers.com/html/artikel/art_040923 _carblaster.php?page=1 [sweclockers.com]

Result of Carblaster:
http://www.sweclockers.com/html/artikel/art_040923 _carblaster.php?page=10 [sweclockers.com] //zyk

Re:And? (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681473)

These days all and everyone just go to the nearest computer enthusiast shop and get a waterblock, a pump and hoses and an overpriced mass produced radiator.

Which is, usually, an automotive transmission cooler or heater core in a new package.

rj

Heh... (5, Funny)

TWX (665546) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681235)

They could have pushed it to 3.5GHz if they'd used the radiator from my '78 Chrysler Cordoba. It probably weighs more than the entire car that they pulled their radiator out of...

Re:Heh... (1)

vsprintf (579676) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681564)

They could have pushed it to 3.5GHz if they'd used the radiator from my '78 Chrysler Cordoba.

Does it have the Corinthian leather seats?

get a life. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681240)

this dude needs a life.

Hmmm (4, Funny)

ShatteredDream (636520) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681242)

After looking at his desk area I'm still trying to figure out how he gets air flow to his pc...

Something tells me that half of this would have been unnecessary with 10 minutes of cleanup...

Hmmmm ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681257)

Very news worthy indeed :-/ since when does using car radiators for liquid cooling in computers qualify as news...

Back in the old days people could not buy water cooling kits, thought about that? Take a wild guess what they used back then as a heat dissipator...

Would a five gallon bucket been easier? (4, Insightful)

MyNameIsFred (543994) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681269)

With the amount of coolant in the radiator, would it have been easier to use a five gallon bucket? It's not like he's really using the radiator's fins.

Re:Would a five gallon bucket been easier? (2, Insightful)

red_dragon (1761) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681346)

Quite possibly true. Also, car radiators are intended to work better on a moving car, in order to transfer the heat to the air that flows through it. Unless you dropped it from a tall building, a PC would have a hard time reaching the same speeds.

Re:Would a five gallon bucket been easier? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681390)

Unless you dropped it from a tall building, a PC would have a hard time reaching the same speeds.
One word: Centrifuge.

Although I might recommend a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Re:Would a five gallon bucket been easier? (1)

kormoc (122955) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681471)

or a powerful fan, like the ones used in wind tunnels...

Re:Would a five gallon bucket been easier? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681373)

*With the amount of coolant in the radiator, would it have been easier to use a five gallon bucket? It's not like he's really using the radiator's fins.*

bs.

but five gallon bucket would have worked better than his earlier _tiny_ rad, but rad like that works better than just a 5 gallon bucket.. how much depends on the air circulation of course.

Re:Would a five gallon bucket been easier? (1)

nossid (652717) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681381)

It's not about it being easy nor rational. It's all about overkill.

I did something similar [kfib.net] a couple of years ago and looking back on it I wonder what I was thinking. It makes no sense actually using it, but I guess it beat studying for exams at the time. I wonder what his excuse is.

Give the man a cigar! (2, Interesting)

r_j_prahad (309298) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681412)

You're right. With that amount of liquid coolant, he could just as well have used a featureless box rather than a radiator. Any cooling benefit was probably derived from the thermal mass of the coolant.

Re:Would a five gallon bucket been easier? (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681424)

Plus with an exposed water surface you get evaporative cooling for free.

Better yet, you could take a completely empty radiator and partially submerge it in the bucket, leaving most fins exposed to the air, to recover most of the benefits of convective cooling. And any large metal object with lots of surface area will suffice. If you avoid using car parts, you don't have to wait for the kudzu to cover up the unsightly lumps of wreckage in your yard.

The problem with this setup is mildew. Make sure to poison your water or at least keep phosphate out of it.

I'll give someone $5... (5, Funny)

Zoc_All_Alone (177585) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681271)

I'll give someone $5 if they can do this with a VW beetle radiator :P

Re:I'll give someone $5... (1)

dukeisgod (739214) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681335)

My CPU cooler already has cooling fins. Oh yeah, and you should probably specify an original Beetle, not one of the new ones. VW enthusiasts refer to the modern line of vehicles as the "wasserwagens" because of the liquid cooled engines.

Re:I'll give someone $5... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681338)

Can it be the "New" Beetle? Those are liquid-cooled and have radiators.

Re:I'll give someone $5... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681450)

VWs do have radiators, they just don't have anything flowing through them. It'd be a simple matter of bolting it on. And if you wanted it to look good, finding a doghouse that wasn't distorted like they all are.

*Doghouse is the name of the radiator/fan enclosure and source for much of the rattling in aircooled VWs.

Re:I'll give someone $5... (1)

Student_Tech (66719) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681513)

Don't forget the when the alternator light comes on to stop soon, because the cooling fan was/is on the same belt....(At least in my dad's it was(circa 1960-70s)).
We wouldn't want that computer overheating now...

what a mess (0, Redundant)

coast99 (782648) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681276)

I showed the pictures to my wife so that she stops complaining about the mess in my room. But a fine job indeed !

Re:what a mess (4, Funny)

gnuman99 (746007) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681478)

I showed the pictures to my wife so that she stops complaining about the mess in my room.

I think you meant s/wife/mom/

from the forum (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681277)

Imagine a Porsche or Ferrari fan with it

Real Porsches have air cooling.

Re:from the forum (1)

Rolo Tomasi (538414) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681375)

They used to, but not anymore.

As for water cooling in general, air cooling has always meant higher reliability for engines. Even after all those years, the water cooling is still one of the systems that fails most often in cars.

Nothing beats blowing cool air on a chunk of metal for simplicity and reliability. Well, except for convection cooling, but you'd have to use humongous heatsinks for that.

Re:from the forum (0)

Edie O'Teditor (805662) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681441)

As for water cooling in general, air cooling has always meant higher reliability for engines.
This is bollocks. Water cooling allows any engine to run at its optimum temperature. With air cooling, if you design it to not seize up in the hottest case, the pistons fit like michael sims' dick in a ten dollar whore.

Re:from the forum (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681565)

And when I still blow your doors off in my 19 year old 944 Turbo that's a water cooled Porsche despite being considered a red headed stepchild by the eletist bastard, tweed jacket with suede elbow patch, holier than thou 911 types, you can still lick my sack. Oh yeah, it costs a hell of a lot less and handles better too since it doesn't have a big fat ass with an engine shoved in it. (Amazing what 50/50 weight distribution does for handling isn't it?)

But the only real Porsches are air cooled aren't they. Whatever.

Water bogged. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681282)

"Why go out and buy a water cooling system when you can do it with an old car radiator? That's exactly what One of The Twelve figured when he used the radiator from his brother's 1979 Toyota Corolla to cool his system. His Athlon64 3000+ can hit 2.5GHz smoothly now. "

Unfortunately the brother's car no longer goes anywere.

Re:Water bogged. (2, Funny)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681446)

Actually, the car could probably still go somewhere - it just wouldn't make it back. ;)

Beats using the radiator for moonshine... (3, Interesting)

billstewart (78916) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681283)

You might be a redneck if ....
Moonshiners occasionally used radiators to make cheap stills instead of doing the work of winding copper pipe. It was a really spectacularly bad idea, because they tended to have lead solder in them and other compounds that were really unwise to drink after they'd leached out into your distillate.

Not sure if there's any relationship to the safety of using this for your computer cooler, though. And a 1979 Toyota seems about right for recycling by now - we just got rid of our 1985, which was still running after ~190K miles, albeit pretty roughly.

Re:Beats using the radiator for moonshine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681456)

That was true in the past but the new plastic radiators have no such problemsssss Oh geee I'm seeing double again.

D'oh (3, Funny)

Realistic_Dragon (655151) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681288)

$420 bucks saved in return for having a junk yard in your house. Proof of concept? Cool. Pontless 'because I could'? Cool. Way to save money? Lame.

Pretty nifty idea though... I have a Brish Leyland duce and a half truck rad around here somewhere... now that thing should be enough to keep even a P4 within normal operating temperatures.

How is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681291)

People have been using car radiators to cool their PCs for years... How can this possibly be classed as news? Just because one person has done it on their system for the first time?

Have the people who posted on that thread got the faintest idea about performance cooling? Sheesh. Go and see some decent watercooled beasts at 2cpu forums [2cpu.com]

Nothing new. (4, Informative)

Pirow (777891) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681300)

People have been using old car radiators for water cooling for ages, probably before the advent of commercial water cooling kits, so I don't see what the big deal is. A quick google search [google.com] shows that people using car radiators for water cooling is nothing new so I'd hardly class this as news.

Apple did it already (4, Interesting)

caveat (26803) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681302)

The G5's liquid cooling system is manufactured by Delphi [appleinsider.com] , a pretty well-known auto parts manufacturer.

"Apple copied again!" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681556)

25 Million Mac addicts scream out at once.

I was considering this... (4, Interesting)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681324)

...to cool a Class-A amp i'm building right now that dissipates 200w of pure heat continuosly. My first thought was a small motorcycle oil radiator, but that would need a small fan to help the airflow and i wanted too keep it as noiseless as possible. Car radiators are so big that the surface area is enough to cool the "modest" power requirements of electronics without aditional fans.

Those old car radiators can be found in different sizes, and they're dirt cheap if bought as replacements for old models - or free if found lying arround as junk.

The tricky part is to make it look good though...

Well, actually... (1)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681614)

...you might want to look into the coil unit from an automobile heating system.

I remember seeing a previous /. article about using one from something like a 57 Buick.

Re:I was considering this... (1)

jarich (733129) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681616)

but that would need a small fan to help the airflow and i wanted too keep it as noiseless as possible

Not a problem... just wire your radiator fan to run at 7 volts and you'll hardly be able to hear it. 5 volts tends to not get enough air flow... 12 volts is too loud. I had one beside my desk for a year or two...

http://www.7volts.com/ [7volts.com]

Why (1)

ssand (702570) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681361)

.. go out and buy one for a computer instead of using the one in your car? Hmm i don't know, maybe the one for your car is made for your car!

It's kinda interesting, but using a used car part for my computer isn't very attracting. What's next, using a computer's fan to cool a car's engine ...

wife or girlfriend (3, Funny)

rshimizu12 (668412) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681372)

The real question his how long will your wife or girlfriend put up with a car radiator in the house...????

Re:wife or girlfriend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681421)

Duh, the real question is how long your car radiator will put up with your wife or girlfriend in the house.

Re:wife or girlfriend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681439)

The guy is the kind of geek who uses car parts to cool his computer. Do you really think a wife or girlfriend will ever be a consideration?!

Re:wife or girlfriend (0, Redundant)

jrockway (229604) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681468)

This is slashdot! Who needs a wife or girlfriend when you can have an uber-cooled processor!?

Re:wife or girlfriend (1)

rshimizu12 (668412) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681571)

Perhaps one should use a vented case like a old box fan to disguise the radiator. In any case most men don't rule the household and or the wife/girlfriend threatens to leave... But I suppose it depends upon you priorities

Does it Run Gentoo? (1, Offtopic)

gabeman-o (325552) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681388)

Does it run Gentoo [slashdot.org] ?

Re:Does it Run Gentoo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681498)

Dumbass....

how hot does it get? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10681397)

I bet now he can REALLY feel the heat from some hot pr0n.

wrong car (1)

toby (759) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681399)

The current model is completely irrelevant...link to the 1979 model.

Oh, great... (0)

TFGeditor (737839) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681416)

...does this mean we now have to change the oil every 3 billion machine cycles?

universal solution: (4, Funny)

to_kallon (778547) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681444)

It was really difficult to attach so that not a single leak occurs.
notice the use of duct tape in a number of the pictures...
when it's gotta be *totally* leak proof, i choose duct tape. remember kids, there's no problem so great that duct tape can't solve it.

Great idea! (1)

ZonaldRumzfeld (826828) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681457)

I think it would be more impressive if he managed to hide that thing in the case.

Serviced (1)

cuteseal (794590) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681459)

So, do you have to get it serviced every 10,000 KMs?

Heater core (3, Informative)

anethema (99553) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681485)

What most people do with home brew water cooling is take the heater core out of a car.

The fins are generally finer and denser, and the core itself is a much more managable size.

Then you get a beefy aquarium pump, small resevoir...and make your own waterblock with a drill press.
The waterblock is the one part you might want to buy.

Throw some fans on the heater core, hook it up with clear tubing (put springs inside where the tube needs to bend to avoid kinking), install, fill, add some antifreeze to avoid growth and corrosion, and up you go.

Its really not that hard, even for a layman.

Nothing Unusual (1)

Rufus211 (221883) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681495)

Watercoolers have been using car heater cores (the radiators that go in the dash for the inside heating/cooling) forever to cool their loops. You can even buy them [dangerden.com] with the ends pre-cut for normal hose sizes (I just bought one from a junk yard for $10 and cut the hose ends myself). This is a just a normal "bigger is better" (and impractical...) progression.

just hook it to the tap. (2, Interesting)

ender_wiggins (81600) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681526)

Why not just run tap water through it, its always cool.

The first thing that impressed me... (1)

Chatmag (646500) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681534)

Is a forum that has not been /.'ed to a standstill.

Aquarium (3, Funny)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681558)

Why not just heat your tropical aquarium with it?

Or even better, a hot tub? At least that may get you a girlfriend...

YTF... (0, Redundant)

MrBandersnatch (544818) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681563)

is this a story? Im not a serious watercooling geek myself but even I knew this was common practice stateside. WTF is SD going to make of the peeps with their watercoolers wired into their crappers? *sheesh*

Power Supply (1)

ONOIML8 (23262) | more than 9 years ago | (#10681602)

So how is the power supply being cooled? That fan is the biggest noise source in all of my gear.

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