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Unread 11-23-2003, 03:35 PM   #1
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i want to make a own waterblock but I have no great tools like a cnc. What type of models can I look at then? #Rotor? Whitewater?
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Unread 11-23-2003, 10:55 PM   #2
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http://www.overclockers.com/tips1118/

http://www.overclockers.com/tips793/

http://www.overclockers.com/articles690/


these would be 2 good articles to read and see what machinery you or some friends have

good luck with it


btw the 2nd link, you really only need a drill press and alot of time
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Unread 11-23-2003, 11:31 PM   #3
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#rotor, definitely.

What tools do you have?
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Unread 11-24-2003, 01:22 AM   #4
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A dremel copy :S
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How is the perfomance against White Water? Or what other cwb can it be compared with? maze3-4? swiftech?
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Unread 11-24-2003, 10:54 AM   #6
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but do remember that the pin-grid design (the way I do it) has been around for almost 4 years now....
New innovations and concepts hardly ever need to be compared against dinosaurs, or Megalodons for that matter

Being compared with Cathar's WW( and a couple of other T-REXes too).... nothing but the greatest honor....

Being compared with anything commercial.... an insult, in the worst degree....

some awesome pictorials and ideas to be found in these parts.
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Unread 11-24-2003, 11:31 AM   #7
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Ok, If I want to make a #rotor block then how big should the plate be?
I want to make a cpu-block, chipset and gpu block. on the cpu block I dont now what i'll have maybe amd maybe intel.
What program can I use to design waterblocks?
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Ok, If I want to make a #rotor block then how big should the plate be?
I want to make a cpu-block, chipset and gpu block. on the cpu block I dont now what i'll have maybe amd maybe intel.
What program can I use to design waterblocks?
You don't "need" a program to design blocks. A pencil, paper, and ruler will work. A compass is good to for doing round and curved objects.

I use ACAD2000 and SolidWorks 2003. About $4,000 worth of software. If you have access to a CNC mill then you will want some kind of CAD program to creat a .dxf that can be made into G-Code. If you don't then just use paper and pencil. If you have a printer I think Rotor has printable designs. Just attach the paper to the top fo the block, punch the center of each circle and drill them out. you can also try www.webattack.com and try and find a free CAD program. Learnig it will be the biggest challenge. Been using ACAD for years and still hardly know how to use it.
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Like the ww
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Like ww but with #rotors or how do I say it with pigs in the center.
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#rotor pigs in the centre and mini #rotor pigs on the sides and over and under channels to the outlet
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the #rotor style with one inlet and one outlet
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Sorry for the bad picture quality I took the pictures with my SE t610
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How is the perfomance against White Water? Or what other cwb can it be compared with? maze3-4? swiftech?
Here's BillA's test data on Owen Steven's #Rotor-like block.

http://www.overclockers.com/articles690/

And here's BillA's data on the original White Water.

http://www.overclockers.com/articles692/
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I dont understand those articles I want to know the temp on both blocks
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I dont understand those articles I want to know the temp on both blocks
Temp is irrelevant. The lower the C/W value the better. The White Water and owens blocks are pretty close. Maybe 1-2C difference in favor of the White Water depending on flow rate.
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Unread 11-25-2003, 07:07 AM   #17
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ok when I looked at his block i saw that he had only one inlet and one outlet, aint it better with one inlet and two outlets? and why did he drill on the backside of the toppart of the block?
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I asked those same questions myself a while back here. As it was explained to me, the rotor design will work better with only two openings instead of three. with a center inlet you're hurting the effectiveness of the pins over the cpu by breaking up the flow through that area. (i'm not sure quite why, anyone?) As for the copper drilled top plate, there are two reasons for that. The first, and less important reason is that with a tec block (which a rotor block could be easily used for) there will be some heat that will be transferred to the top section and the pins on the top will help dissipate that to the coolant, but that effect would be minor. The second, key reason is for the added flow through the block gained by doubling the area for the coolant to flow through. which if you wanted to simplify things and use either a lexan or flat copper top, you could either make a slightly thicker base plate or just say screw it and accept the flow restriction to your system.
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the pin-grid, and in particular the one with pins shaped like what we have here, wants to have flow going through them. Having the inlet right on top of the core, creates what I call (for lack of any other explanation) "the eye of the Storm" effect.

some of us here have tried the 3 inlet derivative already, they might want to give some feedback.. I can imagine the gains/losses to be so minute, bordering on frustration when atempting to quantify.

The primary reason I use copper tops, and with grids in the top plate too, is to aid in obtaining the ideal VDFC configuration. it is not really there to help with cooling directly, although it might very well be the case, when big-ass TECs are being brutalized and tortured
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I dont know if I will use polytop or copper, whats the best and easiest?
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I prefer Copper, mainly because it's more reliable, and I'm not particularly bothered with all them LED's and Laser-light shows...
I'm sure Polymers are much easier and cheaper to work with and that I can find no fault with.
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Unread 11-25-2003, 11:40 AM   #22
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Hmm ok. It will be poly because its cheaper. What sort of drill will I have to use to get the right size of the pins?
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You could be SUPER DYI and use a hand drill... but getting a nice cheapo drill press ($40) should do fine and make sure you get some sort of vice to hold the copper or else you might lose a finger or 2! As for bits... Cobalt-Steel or Titanium-Nitride coated harden steel bits work MUCH better than non-coated... if you've got some resources or lots o cash, look for some Titanium-Carbo-Nitride. Provides the least amount of friction between metal mediums for ultra smooth cutting/material removal... oh and don't forget some cutting oil! I use Veggie oil/WD-40 if I'm oil doing heavy drilling. Another way to save time and money with DIY water block building... go Hoot's route http://forum.oc-forums.com/vb/showth...threadid=80618 and find you a nice copper pinned Socket-A/370 heatsink and convert it to a water block! WHich is what I am planning on doing, soon as I find a cheap copper PIN heatsink... The AKASA AK-350 is probably ideal, but they are only sold by UK vendors, hence a damn near $10 price conversion on a $10 block!

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But I live in sweden :S
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