Hey guys. I've been thinking about starting to watercool my system, but I don't really want to spend a lot of money on it just yet. It'd be best if I could get a watercooling setup going for about 200 bucks- without gpu watercooling.
So to save money, I've decided to make my own waterblock. The problem is, I'm new to watercooling and I have no idea how a waterblock works, or how I would go about making one. I have googled for many hours on waterblocks but I still don't really understand how it works. During my googling, I saw a lot of different kind of designs for the inside of the waterblock. Which design would be the best? I work with CNC machines, milling machines, etc. as a part of my career, and I can do just about anything with cutting metal.
If someone could help me out with this, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks! If you've made your own waterblock before, pictures would be sweet.
You'll want to look up some fluid dynamics. Whatever pump you use will only allow so much pressure drop.
I don't know a lot about watercooling, specifically, but I know a thing or two. Anyway, I see a lot of blocks have wide channels and right where they pass over the CPU/GPU they'll have some type of fins so that there's more metal surface area for the water to suck the heat out of. The only thing with that is fluid dynamics make certain patterns better than others. I don't know what would be best, I've seen wavy lines to oval shaped pegs. That's where fluid dynamics come into play again.
You probably won't make the best block, but just copy something like an EK block and I'm sure it'll work out ok.
Thank for your comments guys.
@ortoklaz I have been working with the same machines as you have for just as long as you have. Personally I think that if I have the tools to build a waterblock, and time, of course, then it is worth it to save 50 bucks. Feeling better about myself isn't the priority here- money is, but I'm sure I'll feel great for myself I I'm successful anyway.