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This is going to be an silly build and if all goes well, the resulting PC will not be sensible, useful, quiet or safe.biggrin.gif

The general idea is to go with an engine theme and mount the largest heat sink I can get my hands on in such a way that it sticks out the top of the case with the fastest fan I can get spinning uncovered next to it.

Time to set sail for fail!



A rough image of what I'm aiming for:



Everything which can be, will be salvaged. So I have been collecting parts from old work computers, my old builds and some cheap second hand parts. Any new parts I get, I will endeavour to make dirty and scuffed to the point they look like they've seen the wrong side of 5 years in an unhoovered office sucking at the carpet.

This is the case I plan to use, it's a small form factor dell case which had a 775 socket motherboard in it.



Then I noticed that my old 1366 motherboard and 920 fit inside, so I cut all the internal brackets out, made a new motherboard tray to mount it in such a way that the heat sink will come directly out the middle. Nice and secure.


(This does mean that all of the connections to the PC will have to be internal and the PSU will have to be mounted externally underneath it.)

Now since I was moving to a 1366 socket, I had more options than quad cores so I picked up a hex core xeon CPU for £48.




The plan for the central fan will be to cut the housing away from one side, mount it to the case lid with the fan fins exposed and then see how much voltage I can push through it. My initial thoughts on this were to make my own transformer, but obviously you can't with DC, so instead I will be using a boost converter to step the voltage up to maybe 20V and use a variable resistor to play with it making engine noises. adjust the speed.
    
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The Overclock

Brought the system to my desk to get all of the windows updates and tools installed. Found out the hard way about windows and it's component compatibility testing issues, apparently a consumer motherboard, Xeon CPU and ancient Dell graphics card aren't a common combo, so checking for updates took about 6 hours.



I'd not bothered to apply thermal paste at this time, but I did stress test it anyway just to see if it was actually stable or if I needed to do a BIOS flash ~ Bite the PCB, I'm going in dry!

Temps actually weren't so bad, hit 67oC with an ambient of 16oC, so a 51oC delta at stock (ok they're terrible)

Comparatively, after applying some off brand random paste I had lying about I was getting a max temp of 41oC with an ambient of 21oC, slightly better.


That done I began the overclock and this chip is just lovely! After just 5 attempts I had it stable at 4.2Ghz with a 49oC delta. Not bad for a £20 air cooler from a build 6 years ago.

http://valid.x86.fr/nf8di5


    
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I love the failboat. I love it.
Please, do you have a better quality pic of it?
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Not really I'm afraid, this is the full size version http://i.imgur.com/DzfUgHD.jpg but it's still a bit blurred.

It's since been destroyed as part of the fan testing once everybody was suitably drunk.
    
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Subbed for the insanity.
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First Blood! and Fan Testing

This is some of the fan testing which went on, after a few beers it got a little bit silly, but we had a huge amount of fun making a horrible mess biggrin.gif

Since the fan wasn't cutting the cucumber so well without somebody holding it, my friend decided putting his finger in the first fan we tested would be a good idea. This is overvolted to 17V and after it lost a fin, so it was horribly off balance and shaking so much you could barely keep hold of it.



Following this he superglued himself back together, but I didn't get a pic of the damage until the next day:


- Axel, you absolute idiot!

We managed some productive stuff as well. Here is the fan I'm now planning to use, it's a Sunon 2400 RPM server fan, and is quite happy going up to 18V





Once we had all of the parts mounted I put it all together and cut a hole out the side of the case, mostly by eye and then it was on to the noise testing biggrin.gif





...I love the sinister little rattle it makes at 14V

(also I'm apparently Darth Vader breathing heavily behind the camera)
    
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I can't decide if you are building a PC or a small airboat. wink.gif

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Paint that grille in the front chrome for a cars radiator grille look. Artificial rust to look more mad max... Im feeling the airboat look tho.

Make the black of the case a deeper matte black, and give the grey "side panels" a dark purple (1970s muscle car feel), gloss and all...
Edited by SwishaMane - 2/9/16 at 9:47am
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Sub'd i love ghetto rigs, I LOL'd at the video with the fan sticking out the case.
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would look super awesome with pipes coming out of that hole for watercooling lol
    
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