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Novec Box

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STATUS: Withdrawn
Unfortunately I don't have enough Novec 7000 to complete the project at the moment.
I ordered a bottle back in January, it arrived the week of the 27th April after many delays. Not enough time to complete.
 
The Project:
This is a full immersion cooling project. An acrylic tank will contain a high end gaming system immersed in coolant. 
 
The coolant will boil, removing heat from the system, the vapour will then be condensed back into liquid using a custom water cooling system.
 
To give an idea what that looks like here are some prototypes, note the bubbles and drips! The final thing will be fully immersed.

Prototype

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System monitoring, cooling and lighting will be control by an Arduino Micro. LED lighting will provide feedback on system state by changing colour/pattern.
 
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
MB: Asus Maximus VII Gene
PSU: XFX Pro Black Edition 850W
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Pro Series Silver
SSD: 512GB Crucial M550 M.2 Oops that is SATA not PCIe, replaced by an XP941
GPU: 4GB MSI GTX 980 4GD5 OCV1 
Cooling
- Liquid: Novec 7000
- Heatsinks: Custom copper blocks withs Boiling Enhancement Coating
- Fans: 4 x 120mm FP120 PWM Edition Fan by Cooler Master
- Radiator: 2 x EK-CoolStream PE 240
- Condenser: EK-CoolStream RAD XT 240
Case: Custom Acrylic Tank
Monitoring: Arduino Micro
Lighting: LED strip
 
A crude sketch:

sketch

 

Some pictures of components to get the ball rolling:

CPU

Motherboard

PSU

Memory

GPU

SSD

Heastsinks

Fans

Novec

Things

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rad2

rad1

 

 

This is my second attempt at a Novec PC, the first got as far as the prototype. It worked but also told me I was doing it wrong so scrapped that one and started a complete redesign late last year.

 
About me:
British
Works in IT security
Amateur DIY/engineer (I owns some tools, I know how to use many of them!)
First PC: IBM 8086
First Overclock: PII 450Mhz > 550Mhz

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So yes as I said at the top the main ingredient didn't arrive in time but I'll stick some unedited pictures in for those interested.

 

While I know a great deal about PC software and hardware I'm not an engineer so have learnt many things by jumping in at the deep end (Including some of the limits of acrylic), I encourage people to try it! 

 

Next step for me will be to go away, learn some metalwork and come up with my third design.

 

 

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Ugly exposed wires eventually got covered up with Sugru (thing plasticine that sets like rubber).

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This is a hinge made from 90 degree fittings. To my amazement it both works as I imagined and doesn't leek!

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 Wait what? A balloon? It's sealed system with a liquid turning into a gas. I wasn't sure how much pressure this would causes so rather than a containment failure the balloon will inflate instead.

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Found a leak.

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 Fixed a leak.

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The liquid I had barely covers the CPU, just enough for a test.

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63 C despite no heat-sink and not enough liquid!

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A poorly shot video:

https://youtu.be/KOuvfPNh4-k

 

Good luck to all those who finished on time! :D

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