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    Water Cooling

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    I'm using a Dell SX270 and I've been told it can get really hot during usage. I havent actually used it so I don't know. Anyone know of or have this unit and could give me any advice? I've been told I should probably go with water cooling..you guys agree? i know nothing about it.

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    Watercooled PC in a car? Unless you've got a lot of experience with watercooling under your belt beforehand, I wouldn't risk it. Leaks are possible in a home enviroment where the PC doesn't move, leaks are practically inevitable in a car enviroment with constant vibration. It could also be potentially dangerous in a car as well, shorting out the electrical system and possibly even starting a fire.

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    Water cooling does not belong in a car.
    If your set up is know to hae trouble with heat, get a different set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckinMP3
    Water cooling does not belong in a car.
    Hehe I certainly hope that was a joke right? How else would you cool down your engine reliably??

    Now back on topic. As long as you use the right type of hoses and such I wouln't see what's the problem of having a watercooled PC in your car. I came around with that idea too and when done propperly there are no problems at all. Just make sure everything will fit propperly and will not come lose easily. The way I see it water cooling is more reliable when you have heat problems in the summer. CPU's usually don't like ambient temperatures of 40 degrees celcius. So you need either a good water cooling system or a large heatsink. The last one could easily snap off when driving a bumpy road destroying your PCU and possibly your mainboard. The disadvantage of watercooling is that you have to be VERRY sure that everything is screwed down verry tightly. And if that's the case I cannot see any kind of problems at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amiganut
    I certainly hope that was a joke right? How else would you cool down your engine reliably??
    Remind me how leaking water can interfere with mechanics? Electronics, on the other hand...

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    Except that the majority of us seek out components that use less power and generate less heat. The mobile versions of P4 and Celeron, AMD's Geode NX, Athlon XP mobile and newTurion as well as the Via C3 and C7 are all low-power CPUs that generate less heat.
    All those CPUs have wider operating ranges. It's steadily in the 90s here and my AthlonXP-M 2400+ running at standard clock speed (2ghz) has no problems with overheating.
    Granted, I cool the interior of my car with the A/C while I'm driving, but that's for my comfort as well.

    If you choose your components wisely, then extreme cooling setups aren't necessary.

    Realistically, I think that a reliable water-coolinig setup is possible for a car, but I think it's a smarter idea to choose cooler-running components.
    Air cooling is cheaper. It also takes up less space. It also requires less maintenance. It poses no risk of spraying liquid on your expensive electronics.

    It's possible, but wholly impractical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amiganut
    Hehe I certainly hope that was a joke right? How else would you cool down your engine reliably??

    Now back on topic. As long as you use the right type of hoses and such I wouln't see what's the problem of having a watercooled PC in your car. I came around with that idea too and when done propperly there are no problems at all. Just make sure everything will fit propperly and will not come lose easily. The way I see it water cooling is more reliable when you have heat problems in the summer. CPU's usually don't like ambient temperatures of 40 degrees celcius. So you need either a good water cooling system or a large heatsink. The last one could easily snap off when driving a bumpy road destroying your PCU and possibly your mainboard. The disadvantage of watercooling is that you have to be VERRY sure that everything is screwed down verry tightly. And if that's the case I cannot see any kind of problems at all.
    No joke, this is from a computer point of view not car engine.

    Heat that needs water cooling for a PC does not need to be in a car. No need for that much CPU power.
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    Just think about it this way. A small water block can cool down your CPU without problems and it weighs in far less than a regular heat sink. It's more quiet than air cooling and when done well more reliable. A heat sink can snap off while driving over a bump in the road because of it's weight. Chances that that would happen with a water block are nearly nonexistant. you just need a spot where you can safely put the radiator.

    So to sum things up a bit.
    Watercooling is more silent and can cool everything down with just one fan. That fan can be easily made temprature regulated to reduce noise.
    The water block won't snap off as easily as a heat sink due to it's limited weight.

    I for one are not happy with CPU's doing 70+ degrees celcius. Not even if the CPU could withstand 150 degrees celcius without problems.

    And I do agree with the fact that setting up a good water cooling solution for a car PC would be a bit harder than using air cooled solutions. But in my opinion it is a very good alternative for air cooling.

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