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    Hi, i've been with an issue on my mind, hope you guys can clear this out for me.
    What would happen if, for testing purposes, i get inside the reservoir a couple of ice cubes ?

    Let's say i want to push my cpu a little over the edge and need to get a very good cooling for some minutes just for that 10 or 15 minutes that takes to run SuperPI, print screen and do a fancy jpeg for posting...
    Let's say i have some ice cubes of WC liquid, and put them on the reservoir, my question is :

    1-Will i have condensation problems ?
    2-Will it keep the water cooled for a few minutes?
    3-Is it worth it?
    4-Have anybody ever came up with this tought, or pulled this off?

    Or if i have those fancy tube like reservoirs and get it wrapped in - i don't know the name in english - "?frapet?", those iced bracelets the you can put around a bottle of wine to keep it chilled.

    Well i can remember of some more questions for now so....

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    lol interesting idea. i doubt condensation will be a problem as you probably won't be able to lower the temps to much just with a few ice cubes, but if you manage to create a large external res where you can add a lot of ice you should take precautions. perhaps some thermal grease and some insulating, perhaps you should try it and report back how much lower you got the temps for some bench sessions

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    This is just an idea...i don't have watercooling...yet...

    But i was wondering...it could work, your idea is not bad, in 2 res, the bigger one outside the box with easy top removal, and adding some iced wc cooling liquid.It comes with a problem...maybe you'll then have too much liquid.But i might give it a try when i get my hands on a wc system.

    In what conditions do condensation can become a problem?

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    once you start to go under the ambient temperature you should take preventative measures against condensation, so if your room is 23c and you manage to get your water down to 13c you should consider insulating.

    It's just like an ice cold beer bottle - because that is far below ambient temps condensation occurs, but drink that beer bottle outside in 5c weather and it won't occur. Dew point has something to do with it as well, where the amount of humidity in the air has a bearing, but i don't know much about this.

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    Maybe that´s something that can be solved with those ?silicon? bags that come with electronic equipments, the plotters here at work came with a big one...One "tea" bag inside the case and could down the risks a bit.I know that are some home made ways to atract humidity, for example a bowl with a piece of charcoal inside...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TVasconcelos View Post
    Hi, i've been with an issue on my mind, hope you guys can clear this out for me.
    What would happen if, for testing purposes, i get inside the reservoir a couple of ice cubes ?

    Let's say i want to push my cpu a little over the edge and need to get a very good cooling for some minutes just for that 10 or 15 minutes that takes to run SuperPI, print screen and do a fancy jpeg for posting...
    Let's say i have some ice cubes of WC liquid, and put them on the reservoir, my question is :

    1-Will i have condensation problems ?
    2-Will it keep the water cooled for a few minutes?
    3-Is it worth it?
    4-Have anybody ever came up with this tought, or pulled this off?

    Or if i have those fancy tube like reservoirs and get it wrapped in - i don't know the name in english - "?frapet?", those iced bracelets the you can put around a bottle of wine to keep it chilled.

    Well i can remember of some more questions for now so....
    You'll waste your time with the ice cubes. How much ice cubes do you thing you have to put in the res to keep the coolant temp down to ambeint temp?

    Here are my idea.
    Fist custom build a copper reservoir, using TEC to chill the coolant in the reservoir and of course you have to insulate the reservoir. The res will be mounted inside the case but away from the mobo.

    To disipate heat from the hot side of the TEC will be a good quality HFS unit. I think 80W Peltier will be good enough for this purpose, so you don't have to need a second PSU. A good PSU will be find.

    Well that's my idea but I haven't put in the action yet or patent yet but you guys can have it.

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    ahh ice cubes in watercooling... i've done that before.. reduced my temps considerably.

    No, it won't cause condensation
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