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To Mod or Not to Mod. (AC cooling PC)

post #1 of 11
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Greetings...

Here goes: I now have two AC units. One of them is a crappy 8,000 BTU window-mounted unit, and the other is a really nice 12,500 BTU portable AC/Dehumidifier with a 4" exhaust duct...even has a remote control lol

My idea is to use one of them to cool my PC. It would be easiest to use the portable unit on the tower, but it also means that I would be using the crappy one to cool my 2-room studio. The portable unit, though it has 50% greater output, SEEMS 200% better. But its brand new. And since I just spent $500.00 on it, I don't really want to mod it, or damage it.

I need some sort of plan-of-attack for this project. Any suggestions? Also, is there anything I should be aware of? (like possible moisture, any preventative measures I should take...that sort of thing) Should I just use the more easily adapted, but BRAND NEW unit...or modify the window unit, since I basically don't care about it anymore, other than it still works fine....my preemptive thanks for helping out. I have SOME money to spend, but not a whole lot...I am still in the process of fixing/suping-up my truck,(several thousand $$) and finishing some MTG decks(several hundred $$ here)...plus I have been meaning to save up for a new build. So, the cheaper the better...that way, hopefully by Christmas I can be building myself a new rig.
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post #2 of 11
CAUTION: this type of mod DOES produce moisture(condensation) in your computer. It is a great way to drop temps if you are willing to risk and have the knowledge to do it. Good luck!

Keep me posted on the results, I did this once and killed my computer
post #3 of 11
oh wait! it will produce moisture in the case, but the person you need to talk to it mootsfox. he posted a picture were he did almost the same exact thing you want to do.
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post #4 of 11
Mod the smaller one for a slush box.
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post #5 of 11
do it!
make sure to use di-electric grease
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post #6 of 11
You can buy spray on lacquers for this kind of thing. You spray the stuff on your mobo, so that when condensation hits, the only thing that gets water on it is the lacquer. But you'd have to spray the stuff on your gfx card RAM and all that good stuff.

If you hook up a dehumidifier as part of a loop that pulls air from your computer into the dehumidifier, from there into the AC and from the AC to PC, that should lower the humidity enough to keep condensation from forming.
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post #7 of 11
install the a/c units like they are meant for and score your self a drinking fountain and chill water that PC!!!

just my 2cents
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by ColdTriton View Post
My idea is to use one of them to cool my PC. It would be easiest to use the portable unit on the tower, but it also means that I would be using the crappy one to cool my 2-room studio. The portable unit, though it has 50% greater output, SEEMS 200% better. But its brand new. And since I just spent $500.00 on it, I don't really want to mod it, or damage it.

I need some sort of plan-of-attack for this project. Any suggestions?
may i suggest duct tape?
post #9 of 11
Hi Guys,

Sorry for the late replay,

I have a window unit 5000btu my pc is about 5 feet away from it. I recently upgraded my pc to a Pentium D 805 2.66GHZ on an ASUS P5N32, over clocked the CPU to 3.9GHZ.
I don’t care what method of cooling I used it wouldn’t keep CPU cool enough. Finally went to hardware store, pickup dryer exhaust hose, diameter fits the heat sink of the 775. Using only part of the ac output vent, at idle CPU runs at 68F, full load 102F.

The only condensation that I have noticed since this setup is only at the part of the hose closer to the ac, about 4 feet away from motherboard
post #10 of 11
whats with the fahrenheit?
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