The fine waterline between genius and madness; toilet water PC cooling

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2012 - 09:01 AM |
Tagged: case mods, watercooling, toilet, couric

When Google discusses using toilet water to cool a data centre, they don't exactly mean it in the way that this case mod went, but the latter is certainly easier to set up at home.  Other such inventive cooling solutions have been tried, after all what good is it if the weather outside is -40o if you don't have it vented through to your PCs intake fan?  However this is probably the first time someone popped a water pump into a toilet reservoir to use as an open cooling loop for a PC.  With a slight change to the tubing, you could probably ensure you never have to sit down on a cold seat again. ExtremeTech has pictures of the system and its creator here.

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"Hot on the heels of news that Google uses toilet water to cool one of its data centers, it has emerged that an enterprising hardware hacker had the same idea some seven years ago. As you will see in the following pictures, though, Jeff Gagnon’s computer is much more than a toilet-cooled rig — it’s a case mod tour de force."

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Source: ExtremeTech
April 3, 2012 | 10:02 AM - Posted by total (not verified)

Thats some funny SH*T!! Ha! Ha!

April 3, 2012 | 11:28 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If you're dumping heat into a system meant to handle volatile odors and bacterial growth; you're going to have a bad time.

April 3, 2012 | 12:29 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

That was my first thought as well, but the reservoir holds water straight from your water mains so in theory it is sterile.

April 3, 2012 | 01:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

yea haha your tank water is clean.

but that is one of the funkiest tanks i've seen... must have some serious hard water.

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