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Water-cooled Raspberry Pi computer completed

Water-cooled Raspberry Pi computer completed

Phame's entry is just one of over a dozen to have been entered into our Raspberry Pi Case contest - voting starts in a few days.

Bit-tech modder Phame aka James Couzens has caused quite a stir in our forum with what we believe to be the world's first water-cooled Raspberry Pi.

Having been inspired by our recent Raspberry Pi case contest, James immediately hit on the idea to water-cool this tiny computer and proceeded to create his own water-cooling system for it, complete with miniature pump and waterblock.

The project was completed this week and his project log has notched up nearly 60,000 hits in our forum since it began in mid-February. It's one of over a dozen entries to the competition, which required modders to create their own case for the Raspberry Pi using any material and design.

The Raspberry Pi barely generates any heat, never mind enough to warrant water cooling. However, overkill is something many PC enthusiasts and modders take in their strides and often apply in generous measures.

It doesn't always have to involve obscene amounts of money. Just by doing something because you can, rather than because you should can often lead to interesting results and James' project is the epitome of this.

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You can see more of James' project in our forum and both it and the rest of the fantastic entrants will go head to head in the voting stage later this week.

What do you think of James' project? Let us know in the forum.

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Woodspoon 1st May 2013, 00:52 Quote
Epic!
KayinBlack 1st May 2013, 01:40 Quote
Well, I can give up modding now. Sweet little system.
Waynio 1st May 2013, 07:29 Quote
Golden cheeseberrycake awesomesauced pie. :D
Andy Mc 1st May 2013, 07:32 Quote
While technically this is incredibly accomplished, I would hardly call it a case. Display stand maybe, but not a case.
Phame 1st May 2013, 08:02 Quote
:D Iit's honestly an honour for you to do an article on my little project, so thank you so much!
I can see where your coming from with the display stand look, did you want me to put some tupperware over the top to conseal it? ;-)
Thanks everyone!
Nexxo 1st May 2013, 08:10 Quote
Finally! A Raspberry Pi that can run Crisis! :p
Andy Mc 1st May 2013, 08:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phame

I can see where your coming from with the display stand look, did you want me to put some tupperware over the top to conseal it? ;-)
Thanks everyone!


I'd try to conceal the pi, not the water loop.
damien c 1st May 2013, 09:20 Quote
Amazing!!!!

Really nice work and well done.
Asouter 1st May 2013, 10:05 Quote
It's a cracking piece of kit, and deserves its front page pimpage
blacko 1st May 2013, 13:46 Quote
Phame wins.
Ljs 1st May 2013, 14:22 Quote
How have I not seen this before? This is the best thing I have seen in ages!
schmidtbag 1st May 2013, 14:27 Quote
did he at least attempt an overclock known to fail?
Phame 1st May 2013, 14:45 Quote
Thanks guys.

@schmidtbag - I have not overclocked it yet as it was only finished yesterday and haven't have time to play around with it.. I have left it running at home, so I will overclock it when I get time and post the results in the forum! :D
Lockinvar 1st May 2013, 15:01 Quote
I'm not really sure why this is so awesome. I just know that it is.
schmidtbag 1st May 2013, 15:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phame
Thanks guys.

@schmidtbag - I have not overclocked it yet as it was only finished yesterday and haven't have time to play around with it.. I have left it running at home, so I will overclock it when I get time and post the results in the forum! :D

Nice. If you can do a higher-than-normal overclock, then I don't think this would be considered that unnecessary of a mod.
Azariel 1st May 2013, 17:03 Quote
Great log to follow, Great end result to behold, and overall a Great (golden) build!
longweight 1st May 2013, 17:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy Mc
I'd try to conceal the pi, not the water loop.

Most of the water loop is on the Pi....
Cheapskate 1st May 2013, 17:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by blacko
Phame wins.

Yeah, The contest was over the day he posted his first pics. They posted this before the contest results too.:D
jb0 2nd May 2013, 08:25 Quote
As a wise man once said , overkill is under-rated.

Next up: Do this to an Odroid U2.
Phame 2nd May 2013, 09:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by jb0
Next up: Do this to an Odroid U2.

Challenge accepted! :D
veato 2nd May 2013, 11:41 Quote
Genuinely amazed at this, hats off to that man.

To reflect a comment further above though I'm not strictly sure about its classification as a "case".
GravitySmacked 5th May 2013, 16:52 Quote
Fantastic mod, well done!
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