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post #1 of 13
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Hey - this is my first project (ish) with my sig rig
It won't be happening for another 4 - 5 weeks but I'd like some Feedback and suggestions.

It's quite a cheesy and not so-cool attachment for my rig and is intended to help with the cooling whilst looking utterly stupid.

Idea:
On my Jeantech Aqua case I have drilled holes and will be cutting the acrylic so I can attach a fan as either an exhaust or an intake:


However, instead of having a fan there, I'm going to look at making attachment that will be backwards compatible ( I can have the attachment or the fan in this position ).
The attachment will allow a flexible tube like this to be fitted:



(But obviously longer)
This tube will be attached to the side of the casing via the 4 screw holes that are originally for the fan. This will require a simple enough bracket, possibly made out of a hose clip.

The pipe will extend from the computer to the window. At the end of the tube I'm going to try and include a fan, maybe a Delta:



With an airflow powerful enough to pump air down it.

The idea is that the cold air from outside will be pumped down the tube and into the case.
I pretty much thought of this as I opened my window when it was really cold. My University room gets quite warm and opening the window helped to cool the computer a LOT. However, the draw back being I got cold. An opening in the window of like 3 - 4 inch will not be enough to make me freeze to death but could be enough to cool the computer.

I know this is a crazy idea but it's all in the name of fun and I am quite interested to see whether it will actually work.

Questions:
Do you think I'll have a problem with the airflow?
I know the air will eventually get into the case because it cannot go anywhere else (Unless there are holes in the piping which there hopefully won't be) and it cannot go back past the fan due to the power of it.

I will be extending the cable of the fan so it can be connected to my fan controller. It will hopefully run down the inside of the tube and straight into the computer.


I really only want to use this at home as an experiment, but who knows, if it works well and doesn't look completely stupid, I might just keep it at University

Thanks a lot for reading - can't wait to try and get started on this considering it's my first modification.

Any comments and/or suggestions are extremely welcome, insults are not

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post #2 of 13
why not use the plastic ones that are expandleable looks like metal i wouldt use that plus extra stain on plexi-glass

Edited by phillipjos - 5/28/08 at 1:36pm
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post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by phillipjos View Post
why not use the plastic ones that are expandleable looks like metal i wouldt use that plus extra stain on plexi-glass
Well done. you just killed the project XD.
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Well done. you just killed the project XD.
I dont think 1 opinion will,im not sure if you can get the plastic in 120mm havent looked ,imo
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post #5 of 13
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To be honest that's exactly what i'm looking for as the attachment.
I'll add that to my list of things to get.

About the metal being too heavy for the acrylic, I dont think the material i'll be using is metal.

My mother use to have a clothes dryer that had a very similar flexible tube that was made out of material. I'm going to try and find one of those.

If not, i'll enquire as to the rough weight of the metal ones.

Thanks for suggestion.
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I wouldn't really try this if it's going to be too cold. You will probably get some condensation from cold air.
    
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post #7 of 13
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That was another thing I was worrying about.
It's not THAT cold, like for example it wouldn't be used at night.

Hell, I'll give it ago, see what the airs like coming out the end and then decide

I've got 3 - 4 months off from uni, need something to do other than a job!

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I wouldn't really try this if it's going to be too cold. You will probably get some condensation from cold air.
That's exactly what I was thinking.. Anytime you're cooling your components too drastically you're going to have to deal with condensation.
    
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post #9 of 13
also consider:

-filtration (dust, bugs)
-moisture (prevent it)
-loss of static pressure over pipe length (maybe consider a small variable speed ac powered fan)

just some initial thoughts
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remember to add a filter on the other end of the tube.. [ the side that is outside the window!!] .. incase a bird crawls in and your fan's sharp edges happen to murder that poor bird and you'll get the bird flu and a dirty dirty system =) LOL



edit, i'm going to do the same thing you're doing, except im leaving my computer outside the back porch, but that's during winter =)
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