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    Liquid Cooling?

    Hello Everyone I am new to the CarPc (and car modding scene) and I have a few questions.

    I am going to try and put a CarPC in my 1992 Honda Civic DX Hatchback and I want it to run everything from GPS to kick *** audio and video.

    I know LOTS about computers but know absolutely nothing about cars (but I have friends helping me who know tons about cars). Id like to run everything in a windows enviroment in case I want to try and run games which brings me to my main question.

    If i decide to run a powerful computer to cool it I would prefer to use liquid cooling and store the system and radiator/resevoir in the trunk. I was just wondering if this is plausible with the car in motion? The onyl problem I forsee is the resevoir, and maybe getting a more powerful pump to counteract any force generated by the car.

    Thoughts? Questions to spur my own imagination? Thanks can't wait to take my favorite hobby (computers) into what will hopefully become a whole new obsession for me (cars and carpc)

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    possible-yes
    alot of work-yes
    done before-yes

    do some searching, it will be your best bet to whether or not you want to tackle the liquid cooling project.

    Hopefully you understand how much power a "powerful" computer requires.

    Were you looking at using an inverter? or a DC-DC psu?

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    Peltier devices don't have to worry about "freezing pipes." Just a thought.

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    i would say eliminate the resivoir and just use a tline to fill up.
    screen name here use to be MegaloRESE15"

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    I don't think water cooling is a good idea for the car. The risks are too great. You have one fitting come loose and spew coolant ll over your electronics and you're out a PC at the very least.
    You could also cause a short which could damage crucial electrical systems in your ride or cause a fire, which could destroy your car, yourself or your passengers.

    As far as a "kick *** PC", you're going to run into problems. It' sbest to find a balance between PC performance and power draw. There are some potent CPUs out there that are very efficient and draw paltry amounts of power. That's going to be your bet route, IMHO.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    I don't think water cooling is a good idea for the car. The risks are too great. You have one fitting come loose and spew coolant ll over your electronics and you're out a PC at the very least.
    You could also cause a short which could damage crucial electrical systems in your ride or cause a fire, which could destroy your car, yourself or your passengers.

    As far as a "kick *** PC", you're going to run into problems. It' sbest to find a balance between PC performance and power draw. There are some potent CPUs out there that are very efficient and draw paltry amounts of power. That's going to be your bet route, IMHO.
    the coolant is not conductive, if you spill it nothing should short, however if you spill it then not much cooling is going on :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megalomaniac View Post
    the coolant is not conductive, if you spill it nothing should short, however if you spill it then not much cooling is going on :P
    Not all coolant is non-conductive.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    You can run a dual core with just air cooling fine. But if you MUST have water cooling, you can probably ditch the resevoir and make sure that you get very high quality connectors, pumps, tubing, etc. Make sure the hoses are CLAMPED!
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    What coolant is non-conductive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerd2 View Post
    What coolant is non-conductive?
    http://www.xoxide.com/water-cooling-coolant-dye.html
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