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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:13 PM

So I finally planned out what I'm going to do for the rest of the year. After Resolve is completed and donated to my brother, I shall finally step up my level and enter the world of H2O...with my PS3. This console is around five years old, having been through a lot of raging... :blush: ...and finally filing it's 120GB HDD a couple months ago. The Blu-ray drive is a little glitchy, but still works, so no changes there...yet. I'm going to replace the 120GB HDD with a 250GB SSD, build a custom case out of whatever I can find (most likely some scrap wood), and watercool it. Now, for the exhausting bit: since this won't be happening until December, I need to organise the needed parts, specifically the WC components. I have researched up buying parts separately, and buying a pre-packaged kit; the former reaching $500 using EK parts and the Alphacool PS3 Block from Techworld; while this pre-packaged kit plus the PS3 block cuts the costs by around $200, as well as a 240mm rad with included fans, instead of a fanless 120mm rad. I can then sell the CPU block and LED lights to people who want them, which is even more of a bonus. Any opinions on the matter? Thanks. :)
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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:28 PM

This will be very interesting, keep us updated of course :D

There is also this for a kit:
http://techworld.co....st-p-46885.html

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:43 PM

Also the EX kit is cheaper here :)

http://techworld.co....ng-p-48734.html

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:10 PM

Also the EX kit is cheaper here :)

http://techworld.co....ng-p-48734.html

Even better. I plan on getting the waterblock from Techworld anyhow. Cheers. ^_^ EDIT: Missed your edit on your first post. Same brand, even better! B)
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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:06 PM

Interesting. What are the constraints with watercooling a console? How does everything fit? I'm guessing theres alot of modding that needs to be done right? Also, what would watercooling the PS3 allow you to do with it that you cant now? Or is it just a fun hobby project? Soz for the wall of questions!
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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:11 PM

I think you'll find it is getting a new case too.

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:44 PM

I think you'll find it is getting a new case too.


Yeah I know but how to waterblocks and everything fit?

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 06:12 AM

Interesting. What are the constraints with watercooling a console? How does everything fit? I'm guessing theres alot of modding that needs to be done right? Also, what would watercooling the PS3 allow you to do with it that you cant now? Or is it just a fun hobby project? Soz for the wall of questions!

Some multisocket/generic blocks fit, but Alphacool have a custom waterblock specifically for the PS3 Slim, which I'll be using. It'll have to be either a modded or a custom case, as the pump needs a PSU to work. Also adding WC to a PS3 removes the stock fan and heatsink, which over time becomes inefficient and leads to YLODs (haven't had one yet luckily), and since newer games, like GT6 (which I'm buying soon), are really hardware intensive, it's worth it. And it's good practice for watercooling an actual PC, as well as case building. Hope that answers most Qs'. ^_^
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Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:25 PM

This project has been cancelled, postponed till next year at the least. Sorry. :(
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:10 PM

After six months, I've finally fixed my PS3. I had to disassemble and reassemble it and format my drive multiple times for the USB, update data, and HDD to finally be recognised, losing five years worth of gaming in the process, but I'll suck it up. I'm redownloading all my DLC as we speak, and shall be playing some GT5, so fun times ahead. I might also be playing BF3 as practice for BF4 if I get it for PC.

But now for a question: Shall I watercool it? I mean, it does run hot even while idling, and it would be good practice for when I watercool a fully-loaded PC, so I need opinions on the matter, if anyone cares that is. Thanks.

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:17 PM

Seems like a waste of money aside from the 'fun factor', which you'd also get from watercooling your PC, and with that you'd actually get some beneficial performance gains.
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:57 PM

Yeah, it's not exactly like you get any extra performance from it. The only question is whether it runs too hot now, and most likely it doesn't.
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 05:29 PM

Through it in a tank of mineral oil, done.
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:32 PM

Seems like a waste of money aside from the 'fun factor', which you'd also get from watercooling your PC, and with that you'd actually get some beneficial performance gains.

Yeah, it's not exactly like you get any extra performance from it. The only question is whether it runs too hot now, and most likely it doesn't.

Through it in a tank of mineral oil, done.

I've been thinking of a custom case/modding the existing case, but I need a bit more modding experience, tools, and moneys for that; so that's something to do in my downtime after my current projects are complete.

I'm nowhere near looking at performing mineral oil submersion, but I really want to do something with it. What about building a custom bracket and using an AIO/heatsink?

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