WillT

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I just built a computer with a intel quad core extreme qx6850 (because i can)

I want to cool it with ln2 is this just an all over bad idea?

About how much would it cost?

Anything things that could go wrong?
 

eklipz330

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LOL willt... ln2 is strictly for overclocking, i doubt you can get an actually system running constantly with it

if you want, get some watercooling, and plenty of rad's to keep it cool
 

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You'd need a heatsink millled for you. And a license to buy ln2. And a **** ton of money to keep it going cause that stuff evaporates pretty fast.
 

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LN2 used to be used to cool super computers (not sure if the directly cooled the CPU's or if it was just cooling off the whole system in general) they used tons of the stuff every year probably costing millions of dollars a year to run these things.

LN2 storage is costly as well, you have to have a special container. The container needs to be refilled meaning trucks of the stuff. In general far far too expensive for home use.
 

WillT

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Well my dad has alot of LN2 up at his shop and i was just wondering if it would be practical to run a system off of it.
 

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plus 1 for phase change or pelt's...phase change of course is the more expensive of the two, and isn't very cheap, or affordable... and i suggest you learn every single thing about your computer before you start using it so you can take full advantage of its cooling
 

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Looks like the TEC approach to those 'bay water coolers'. I would think that since they mention condensation, but blow it off makes me think that the unit either

A) doesn't work well enough to allow condensation to build up (they even state this in the video that condensation could happen, but apparently not with this unit) explain to me the point of a below ambient cooler if it isn't always working below ambient?

B) the cooler works primarily as an air cooler with some TEC action in on occaision (otherwise, under constant load, wouldn't the issue of condensation become relevant in about 5 mins or less?? See A)

C) for the money, you can do as well with a good air cooler. Even a water kit at $179 would outperform this cooler, even though TEC is usually thought of well outperforming watercooling, although it usually needs watercooling to cool the hot side of the TEC unit. (In most PC applications, anyway).
 

rubix_1011

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I think this is a good direction for coolers, though, I just don't think that the design is up to par yet for all-in-one TEC coolers. TEC is still at the point for the average PC where it requires some pretty decent motherboard and component prep (the only reason I haven't gone to TEC plates yet, myself) and a good cooling loop to keep the plates cool, because the hot side gets pretty dang hot from what I have read. I think its the next step I will make, I just don't know if I want to go through the steps needed for all the condensation prevention...but it sure sounds like a lot of fun if it works!