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Droyer 11-13-2012 06:07 PM

Water cooling pump for pc to DIY canister filter
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When I was a bit younger I was really big into computers and even dabbled into water cooling and overclocking and so on. However I have this pump leftover and just laying around and I would like to try and put it back to good use. My plan is to use it for a DIY canister filter as its max output is 310gph. Specs can be found here
{edit it has 5 speeds and this would be used on either my 10 gallon or 29 gallon}

The pic of my pump is attatched.

It is powered by a 4 pin 12v DC molex connector however i found my way around this by using with prime shipping it would cost me 12$

This pump is not submersible but I have seen some DIY canister filters that have used external pumps.

I don't know exactly what I'm going to use for my canister but I have some ideas. If anyone has any ideas to help me out that would be great.

jarvitron 11-13-2012 08:24 PM

I used a Danger Den pump for water cooling my computer (looked identical to your Swiftech) and while it had good flow and was very quiet it had very very limited max head (2-2.5 feet, IIRC) so you probably want to make sure your canister is close to the same level as your tank.

Droyer 11-13-2012 08:32 PM

Ah I will take that into consideration even though the specs show it having a max head of 10'. I would assume it as actually less than that but not that much less. I was thinking about a few feet from the tank as my 29 gallon is on a stand and the canister would need to be underneath.

TexasCichlid 11-13-2012 08:42 PM

Sell the pump, buy a proper canister. Just my two cents.

PlantedRich 11-14-2012 12:30 AM


Originally Posted by TexasCichlid (Post 2077513)
Sell the pump, buy a proper canister. Just my two cents.

After really wanting to build a DIY canister and after reading many, many threads, I fully agree!
DIY canister filter seem to fit a couple different types. One is the type which never is completed to be a satisfactory filter. The second group is the ones who finish but have to admit they are not using the filter and wish they had not biult it. A great deal of time , effort and expense often results in a filter which does little but make the builder wish he had not started.

Droyer 11-14-2012 01:30 AM

Thanks for all the advice guys. as much as id love to do it..and maybe still will sometime for just a fun project I will take the advice and just buy one.

hydrophyte 11-14-2012 01:37 AM

I have looked into those pumps and I understand that they foul very easily. You are supposed to run them with super clean water for cooling a PC.

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