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Today I decided to go ahead and take a whack at constructing a ram cooler out of these small fans I salvaged from one of those 1st generation Xbox 360 external "clip on" coolers. I know its not going to change much, I never really sought out for a temperature change. This project is more of a, "Nothing-to-do-afternoon-wonder-if-I-have-the-parts-to" project.

Fans;



I started by drawing up some simple plans, and then proceeded to mark them on my metal sheet. I am using regular old 26 gauge sheet metal that can be purchased at your local hardware store. I had some lying around.




Got most of my measurements from a clients motherboard awaiting a new component.



I then proceeded to cut out my fan holes using my Dremel.




Center-punched some places I need to drill for rivets.



I cut out the actual pieces using tin snips, and started to file my jagged edges down.



I had to make two of these side brackets, to attach my "fan plate" to my DIMM levers that seat the ram.



Prime that thang!




Test fitting the fans, as well as making fitting adjustments to my motherboard.




Receiving a last coat of black!



Bracket done!



I was going to add red LED's to these fans, but I wanted it to look just plain stealthy. I just left the LED's there. Attaching some longer cable, sleeving.



Fin!



Installed now.




Unfortunately I didn't think to take any temperature readings before, so I have no delta in temps, nor do I have temps after install . I assume the temps have gone down, although trivial, because there is less stagnant air between my DIMM's.

It was a fun project, I wish I had a metal brake, I used a piece of 90 deg angle aluminum and a rubber mallet to make my bends. Thanks for looking!
post #2 of 10
All you need is some sleeving to match the rest of your cables.
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how did you actually attach it to the motherboard or ram? It looks great, just not sure on the stability!

Thanks,
Kukag
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how did you actually attach it to the motherboard or ram? It looks great, just not sure on the stability!

Thanks,
Kukag
Its friction held. It basically clamps on to the ram latches. Here is a picture, this one is one off of google, used for a different purpose but it works. The cooler holds on to these latches on the top and bottom. It grabs right where the latch starts to narrow down, closer to the motherboard.

post #5 of 10
Interesting.. well thank you very much for the explanation and good pic! I may have to try this out one day!

Thanks again!
Kukag
post #6 of 10
It turned out really good, this was a neat little mod. The matte black looks great and the cuts turned out really professional. Did you insulate any of the metal? I probably would've just in case
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I didn't, I thought about cutting some black tubing on one side, and fitting the metal into the slit, to insulate the edge closest the mobo. After I was fitting it, it turned out pretty stable. I may just use some etape and fold it along those edges.

Thanks for the compliments!
post #8 of 10
Very nicely done. I like how you made your fan holes at an angle to the edges...differentiates it from the store bought units.
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Very nicely done. I like how you made your fan holes at an angle to the edges...differentiates it from the store bought units.
Well thanks! It kinda just played out that way because it was easier to cut with the Dremel!
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first couple pictures made me think "its hideous" but by the time that you painted it it was closer to "its gorgeous"

Great work man!
    
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