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is water cooling a 17 year old pc worth it?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

title says it all, im just seeing if its possible, my pc im talken about is a old compaq presario sr2180nx, its got a amd board, for windows xp boooyyy was it fast 2.1ghz amd atholon xp. just wondering if i can liquid cool or custom water cool it



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This would make for a really fun project for you, you'll have to go back to old forums and see what they were using (it was a lot of fish tank equipment, FYI) and it would be a great learning experience.


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Other than being pointless, some brackets might be hard to find. I don’t know about the case supporting modern radiators.


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for the experience? yes

 

for the performence? not at all


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You can. The real question is if you can find water blocks for that socket or if you will have to adapt an existing one somehow? 

 

I think you should go through with this, it sounds stupid but I think its cool. 

I plan to install an M.2 SSD in my Compaq Presario from the mid 90's, so I'll have fun with that


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1 minute ago, Eastman51 said:

You can. The real question is if you can find water blocks for that socket or if you will have to adapt an existing one somehow? 

 

I think you should go through with this, it sounds stupid but I think its cool. 

I plan to install an M.2 SSD in my Compaq Presario from the mid 90's, so I'll have fun with that

make sure your motherboard has a m.2 slot lmao if its stock i dont think it will be there, if its a newer one than it should work

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If you do it period correct you better put it on the forum, i love oldschool watercooling :D Should be doable but the parts might take a while to find


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3 minutes ago, Eastman51 said:

You can. The real question is if you can find water blocks for that socket or if you will have to adapt an existing one somehow? 

 

I think you should go through with this, it sounds stupid but I think its cool. 

I plan to install an M.2 SSD in my Compaq Presario from the mid 90's, so I'll have fun with that

i used a zip tie on my custom water block back in the day when no one sells AIO.

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25 minutes ago, just that pc guy said:

make sure your motherboard has a m.2 slot lmao if its stock i dont think it will be there, if its a newer one than it should work

M.2 to SATA to IDE, bois.

This PC is literally from around '95 or '96. The newest OS it can support is Windows ME, came preinstalled with 95, and currently has 98 installed on it's 5.25" 16GB HDD..


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3 minutes ago, Eastman51 said:

M.2 to SATA to IDE, bois.

This PC is literally from around '95 or '96. The newest OS it can support is Windows ME, came preinstalled with 95, and currently has 98 installed on it's 5.25" 16GB HDD..

go to the 30th floor and dump it from there.

see if it survived and support windows 10.

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Just now, SupaKomputa said:

go to the 30th floor and dump it from there.

see if it survived and support windows 10.

It has 32MB of DDR, I think. Either that or 64MB. It might not even be DDR, I'm not completely sure. If it can't support Windows XP, it can't support Windows 10.

I haven't booted it up in a while, so I'm not 100% sure. I think it has a first gen Pentium, or a second gen.


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For learning? Yeah.

 

Will it provide any real benefit? No.


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2 minutes ago, Eastman51 said:

It has 32MB of DDR, I think. Either that or 64MB. It might not even be DDR, I'm not completely sure. If it can't support Windows XP, it can't support Windows 10.

I haven't booted it up in a while, so I'm not 100% sure. I think it has a first gen Pentium, or a second gen.

To install modern OS, you need MMX or something (i don't remember).

64mb wont be enough, and yes it's not even DDR.

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1 minute ago, SupaKomputa said:

To install modern OS, you need MMX or something (i don't remember).

64mb wont be enough, and yes it's not even DDR.

no no no

I'm going to reinstall Windows 98 (or 95) on the SSD. There's no way in hell it would run 10


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Just now, SenpaiKaplan said:

For learning? Yeah.

 

Will it provide any real benefit? No.

The cpu was not that hot to begin with, i remember only small heatsink and fans is enough to cool the pentiums.

Water cooling was not invented back then.

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-Moved to Liquid and Exotic Cooling-

 

I agree with @fasauceome.

Also this makes me want to watercool my Athlon MP system...

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2 hours ago, SupaKomputa said:

i used a zip tie on my custom water block back in the day when no one sells AIO.

Albeit back in 2006, I had a DFI LanParty eXpert with a AMD FX-60 under a Corsair Cool of which the tubing was cable tied as I didn't really trust the supplied clamps (plus it was near impossible to use clamps on the Swiftech 7900GT GPU blocks anyway).

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23 hours ago, Eastman51 said:

M.2 to SATA to IDE, bois.

This PC is literally from around '95 or '96. The newest OS it can support is Windows ME, came preinstalled with 95, and currently has 98 installed on it's 5.25" 16GB HDD..

I don't think they had 5.25" hard disk drives that late... I had a double-height 5.25" 330mb SCSI hdd in my first Windows 3.1 machine around 1992 but everything after that had 3.5" disks. My first Windows 95 machine for example, a Dell Optiplex had a 1gb 3.5" IDE HDD.

 

Do you have pics of this 5.25" 16gb HDD? I'd be interested to see it since I have never heard of or seen that physically-large of a drive with capacity in gigabytes.


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NewEgg has AIO watercooler kits that will fit on socket 775 and Water Cooler blocks for a custom loop.

It's only "Worth it" if you want a basically non-functional computer for some reason

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I would only consider it for like under $100ish max (personally), but I won't deny that for the fun and experience it could be considered priceless.


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On 3/1/2019 at 7:50 PM, just that pc guy said:

title says it all, im just seeing if its possible, my pc im talken about is a old compaq presario sr2180nx, its got a amd board, for windows xp boooyyy was it fast 2.1ghz amd atholon xp. just wondering if i can liquid cool or custom water cool it

That  board you posted is a µATX Socket 939 Board, thus K8...

If it really is K8, you might want to look for a good, screwed Heatsink as the plastic probably weakened due to age - or a metal Retention module.

And then look for clamped AMD Heatsinks.

 

For example an Arctic Freezer Xtreme should work if you have the Retention module, wich isn't necessarily certain with OEM PCs. 

Put that on and call it a day....


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Actualy Athlon XP is era when  I start watercool my PC.

 Atlon XP 2500 Barton and Barton mobile ver my first watercooled CPUs I think.

That was era of DIY waterblocks. Nowdays you can buy cheap chines waterblock and just make your mounting hardware.

 

At this era we wer using water pumps for aquarims and gardens. Mostly from Eheim.

Waterblock could be just piece of cooper plate and soldered cooper plate. But low restriction block from china would be better.

Same watercooling setups does not even have radiator. Just large tank with water.  Or we wer using heating cores from cars. They are less dense than cooling radiator.

 

First comercial sets from Thermaltake were using cooling towers 

http://cpucoolingfans.weebly.com/zalman-cpu-water-cooling-system-reserator-1-v2-intel-p4-amd-sempron-amd64-review.html

 

So yes. If you want to play with tools you can build "classic" watercooling loop for very cheap.

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