Speedbump's Watercooling Project   

Installed pump

Radiator Closeup

Radiator

Looking inside the "windtunnel"

Front of case

Intake air filter fitted

Side view of pump/fan assembly

Reservoir installed

Motherboard side test fit

IO Panel (It all fits...hehe)

Almost done

Front (no switch panel)

Front Angle (switch panel installed)

Waiting for the LITE ON

 

The main goal of this project was to recycle an existing AT web server case into an easily upgradeable water cooled platform which would enable me to extract every last MHz from my PC by using whatever cooling method I deemed necessary.  My machine gets upgraded, broken, and soldered on quite a bit, so I wanted the compartment where the motherboard and PCI cards were to be free from obstructions for easy maintenance, as well as good air flow. 

The case came into my possession as part of a bulk purchase from Emily's hospital when they changed out their network  I endeavored to recycle parts from other machines I had around whenever possible in order to keep costs down.  The fans cooling the radiator were salvaged from a Compaq 6400 Server and feature both a tachometer sensor and a locked rotor sensor .  The radiator, pump, and waterblock were bought used from an AMDMB.com member.

A custom fan speed control circuit is being fabricated using an LM350 adjustable voltage regulator circuit. Also in the works is cold cathode lighting, a lexan window, and an automotive grade finish on the exterior case.  Future upgrades will include a thermoelectric water chiller, and a larger capacity reservoir.

The system allows my processor to reach 2.0 GHz or the equivalent of an Athlon XP2400+ with a 166MHz FSB.  Temperatures remain at approximately 9C above room ambient when idle, and 11C above ambient fully loaded.  The system has plenty of capacity for any future additions such as Peltiers, water chillers, etc...

System Specs:

Asus A7N8X Motherboard

AMD Athlon XP1700+ @ 2200MHz

1GB Crucial PC2700 Memory

ATI Radeon 9700 Pro Video Card

Intel 10/100 Network Card

Philips Acoustic Edge 5.1 Channel Soundcard

Antec PP412x Power Supply

IEEE 1394 Firewire Interface

2 Port USB Card

Maxtor 60GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

Afreey 56X CDROM

LITE ON 48x24x48 CDRW

Cooling System Specifications:

ViaAqua 1300 Magnetic Drive Inline Pump

Black Ice Prime Radiator

Gemini High Flow Copper Waterblock

Miscellaneous Hardware:

36" silver braided/rounded IDE Cables

24" braided/rounded Floppy Cable

Custom Reservoir

Custom LM350 Fan Speed Controller

Custom Air Inlet Filter

LED illuminated ON/Reset switches

UV Cold Cathode Lighting