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Internal Camera for a Case (and while we're at it, what about temperature censors)?

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Hello everyone!

I have a computer that I've been slowly building that I use for BOINC and Folding @ Home.

Here are the specs for it at the moment:

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.07GHz
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium X58 LGA1366 Motherboard
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
PSU: Corsair AX860i Modular 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply
Memory: 12 GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 (12800)
Hard Drive: Intel 80GB X25M Mainstream SATA II Solid State Drive
Network Adaptor: Amped Wireless UA600 High Power Wireless 300N Adaptor
GPU Coprocessor 1: XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB
GPU Coprocessor 2: XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB
GPU Coprocessor 3: nVidia GTX 780 3GB
Case: Custom ATX/SWTX Tray

It's fairly modest at the moment (except the GTX 780 which tears through anything it touches) but I've got fairly big plans for it. All of the Radeons will eventually be replaced, hopefully with the GTX 880 when that comes out. Everything is going to be liquid cooled course (it already turns the room into a sauna as it is!) And I'm considering following through with my original plans and making it a quad-cpu system.

That last point is why the case was custom built so that it can accommodate an SWTX motherboard. It's a fantastic case and it's provided a really good platform for me to learn and experiment.

However, when it's closed up, it's basically a solid steel block. You can barely even tell it's a computer. And that's fine because it was a totally utilitarian design and I quite like it. It's even interlinkable and stackable! Very cool.

Anyway, it's not the easiest thing to get into. And I guess because of my own fascination with this thing that I'm building, I would like (if possible) to be able to peer into it a bit more easily.

So I came up with the idea of installing one or perhaps two miniature cameras on the inside. I also realized there would have to be some kind of lighting so it's not pitch black. It doesn't need to be fancy lighting, the interior would just need to be illuminated.

I don't know if anyone else does this or has done this. Google isn't helping me very much because it interprets all my queries to be related to security cameras or webcams.

Is this something that is possible? Does anyone have any recommendations on how this could be achieved? Any product recommendations?

The other question I had was about temperature censors. I know various components of the computer have their own dedicated censors and I frequently check those. What I'm curious about is if there is a way to install a separate censor to monitor the ambient temperature inside the case. Any thoughts?

Thank you very much!
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Originally Posted by MattLP View Post

Everything is going to be liquid cooled course (it already turns the room into a sauna as it is!)

Liquid cooling doesn't change the amount of heat your computer produces. It just removes it faster.
Your room will be exactly the same temp with or without liquid cooling.



I would like (if possible) to be able to peer into it a bit more easily.

Would adding a Window or windows be a lot easier and cheaper?


What I'm curious about is if there is a way to install a separate censor to monitor the ambient temperature inside the case. Any thoughts?

Thank you very much!

Temp sensor with digital display:
Sidewinder Computer



You can also get "fancy" ones for about $3 off ebay.



One measures ambient air temp, the other water temp.


Edited by billbartuska - 4/12/14 at 3:24am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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Logiteck G400s none 
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Any USB webcam could have it's connector clipped off and wired to an internal USB header. See if you can find a webcam with IR illumination and it'll work fine right out of the box. You may have to experiment a bit as far as focusing as they're really designed to focus at a minimum of a couple feet. Inside a case you're going to be at 4-12" and might not be able to adjust that far without using an extra lens.

I second the cheap $3 temp sensors from EBay. They work great and are easy to read as long as you're looking straight at them. They don't have a very wide viewing angle.
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