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Recently I've started searching local thriftshops for parts that may be useful in my current PC. Being as my pc is oc'd pretty far, I am all about finding cheap solutions.

I picked up a 120mm A/C powered (I was surprised to see a non dc 120mm fan) at the thrift shop for $2 and hooked it up when I got home. That little monster ended up being over 140 cfm of air moving goodness. I ended up splicing the wiring through the case and installing it about 1" above my Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme, so that it will blow crazy amounts of air over it. It dropped the temps on my voltage core from upper 40s c to around 30c. A huge improvement I think biggrin.gif. Also, now my cpu @ 5.2ghz rarely breaks 50c at full load.

That started my obsession with cheap cooling.
So far my other fans include 120mm fans scrapped from old junked oc's and overclocked from 5v to 12v, I took a a/c desk fan and modded it to exhaust heat from my 3 gpu's. And lastly I removed the entire side panel and hooked up a large box fan to provide a lot more cool air into the case.

My question is this; does anyone know of any other cheap McGuire style cooling solutions? My pc may not look the most stylish (I still have to repaint the fans to match), but my temps are great so far.
Also. Since the a/c powered fans are all plugged in separately, I currently have to turn them off/on and adjust speed manually. I was thinking of trying to take one of my spare psu wires and using it as a kind of "ignition" wire to turn on/off the fans with the computer. This would be simple if it were dc (i.e. kind of like the remote start wire on a car amp), but I am not sure how to go about making a remote start wire for ac.

Is there a type of fan controller, or any other junk switch I can use to accomplish this?
My next goal after this would be to add more 140cfm ac fans and then find a way to make an analog fan controller that I can connect to my pc to remote change the fan speeds based on component temps... but that is still a ways off.

I'm sure stuff like this has been done humorous times before but I couldn't find much info on it.

My reason for going with ac fans is that I can add as many as I was w/o worrying about power draw from my psu, which I am already pushing quite a bit tongue.gif. Also, they are cheap and easy to find at thrift shops haha
Thanks!thumb.gif
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Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme A/C Powered 140CFM Exhaust fan Side A/C powered large box fan Multiple 120mm case fans 
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Windows 7 64bit 60" Panasonic Viera Plasma 1080p HDTV 24" Samsung 1200p LCD 23" HP 1080p LCD 
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2x. 4' 4-way Pioneer Tower Speakers 2x. 3' 5-way Kenwood speakers with 15" woofers 2x. 3' 3-way Infinity tower speakers Onlyo center channel 
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This sounds hilarious biggrin.gif Can you take a picture please?
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Poor quality pictures, my pc is snuggled in near my TV so it is a bit hard to get to right now, and I took the pictures using my Surface Pro lol.

The spare fans on top of the case are going to eventually go near the top front of my case. I am going to remove the cover over a 5.25 bay for more air flow.

I used to have a condenser plate as well I took it from a broken wine cooler and attached the plate to my radiator (on the side, near the pump) and left the fans on as well. It worked well, as my liquid temps dropped to 75f... but it was to cumbersome lol, so I ended up taking it out.

Also, the box fan is usually right up against the side of the pc, to prevent any leaks in my air flow, but I slid it over a bit for the picture lol. I am probably going to take apart both the white fans and paint them black sometime this week, to look slightly less ghetto haha
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PNY GTX 650 Overclocked - Dedicated PhysX G.Skill DDR3-1866Mhz @ 2166Mhz OCZ Vertex 4 in Raid0 16x DVD burner 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme A/C Powered 140CFM Exhaust fan Side A/C powered large box fan Multiple 120mm case fans 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 7 64bit 60" Panasonic Viera Plasma 1080p HDTV 24" Samsung 1200p LCD 23" HP 1080p LCD 
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19" LG older LCD 10.6" Microsoft Surface Pro 10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Logitech MX5000 
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Rosewell Gold Certified 750 watt Antec Sonata ver 1.0 Logitech MX1000 Onkyo 7.1 Channel Reciever 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
2x. 4' 4-way Pioneer Tower Speakers 2x. 3' 5-way Kenwood speakers with 15" woofers 2x. 3' 3-way Infinity tower speakers Onlyo center channel 
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JBL 200 watt powered sub 
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GraphicsRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
PNY GTX 650 Overclocked - Dedicated PhysX G.Skill DDR3-1866Mhz @ 2166Mhz OCZ Vertex 4 in Raid0 16x DVD burner 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme A/C Powered 140CFM Exhaust fan Side A/C powered large box fan Multiple 120mm case fans 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 7 64bit 60" Panasonic Viera Plasma 1080p HDTV 24" Samsung 1200p LCD 23" HP 1080p LCD 
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19" LG older LCD 10.6" Microsoft Surface Pro 10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Logitech MX5000 
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2x. 4' 4-way Pioneer Tower Speakers 2x. 3' 5-way Kenwood speakers with 15" woofers 2x. 3' 3-way Infinity tower speakers Onlyo center channel 
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post #4 of 15
Hehe it's pretty, reminds me of my PC in the summer smile.gif But cold most year so no point... YOU COULD smile.gif Buy an old freezer.. buy a 9 x 120mm rad and stick it in there ... 0.o That would give you good temps smile.gif
post #5 of 15
Build a bong or volenti. dirtyduck showed how to make one for $20 a while back, check the bong lovers club or the link in my sig.
post #6 of 15
car blower fan... easy to get from a wreckers, and cheap too... also, car fan control. both native 12v
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by IronCactuar View Post

Recently I've started searching local thriftshops for parts that may be useful in my current PC. Being as my pc is oc'd pretty far, I am all about finding cheap solutions.

I picked up a 120mm A/C powered (I was surprised to see a non dc 120mm fan) at the thrift shop for $2 and hooked it up when I got home. That little monster ended up being over 140 cfm of air moving goodness. I ended up splicing the wiring through the case and installing it about 1" above my Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme, so that it will blow crazy amounts of air over it. It dropped the temps on my voltage core from upper 40s c to around 30c. A huge improvement I think biggrin.gif. Also, now my cpu @ 5.2ghz rarely breaks 50c at full load.

That started my obsession with cheap cooling.
So far my other fans include 120mm fans scrapped from old junked oc's and overclocked from 5v to 12v, I took a a/c desk fan and modded it to exhaust heat from my 3 gpu's. And lastly I removed the entire side panel and hooked up a large box fan to provide a lot more cool air into the case.

My question is this; does anyone know of any other cheap McGuire style cooling solutions? My pc may not look the most stylish (I still have to repaint the fans to match), but my temps are great so far.
Also. Since the a/c powered fans are all plugged in separately, I currently have to turn them off/on and adjust speed manually. I was thinking of trying to take one of my spare psu wires and using it as a kind of "ignition" wire to turn on/off the fans with the computer. This would be simple if it were dc (i.e. kind of like the remote start wire on a car amp), but I am not sure how to go about making a remote start wire for ac.

Is there a type of fan controller, or any other junk switch I can use to accomplish this?
My next goal after this would be to add more 140cfm ac fans and then find a way to make an analog fan controller that I can connect to my pc to remote change the fan speeds based on component temps... but that is still a ways off.

I'm sure stuff like this has been done humorous times before but I couldn't find much info on it.

My reason for going with ac fans is that I can add as many as I was w/o worrying about power draw from my psu, which I am already pushing quite a bit tongue.gif. Also, they are cheap and easy to find at thrift shops haha
Thanks!thumb.gif

I got a cheap one, take a bucket and stick a fish tank water pump in it, hook the tubes up to your loop. Then dump ice into the buck, it last about 10mins then you gotta get more ice. If you dont mind dumping 1gpm of water on the ground, just hook your loop up to your sink. That will keep it at like 50 degrees f.
post #8 of 15
Gangster Fans.
post #9 of 15
Hey you should make a bong for it and cool it down as falls with one smaller fan u had next to case and an ac cooling the water once at rez but with a metal bottom so that gets when water goes back up even cooler once touching plates and maybe add an exhaust from ac to push cold air to the fan already cooling
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