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Member Worklog - Ghetto Cooling Mod
Author: Tri Quach
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Member Worklog - Ghetto Cooling Mod
October 31, 2006

Nowadays, people tend to look for an efficient and inexpensive solution to cool a whole tower. This is tough because if you want cheap, it isn't going to be efficient; and if you want efficient it isn't going to be cheap. However, I firmly believe I have the key to this solution. I would like to introduce to you a new cheap and efficient method of cooling your case/tower. It's a fast home made CPU/case cooling method that I've recently epiphanized. So here's the story.

It started out roughly a month ago when I bought a new desk from Office Depot. I needed a big desk, one that could organize my inventories and still have a lot of room left. So I chose one that had everything, even a compartment for my medium ATX tower. I set up my computer and organized my stuff neatly and everything was ready to go. After an hour or so surfing the internet and then playing my favorite game, Battlefield 2, I realized that my CPU temperature was at 53C and case temp was at 61C (and rising fast since I have an old case and it only supports a maximum of 2 fans).

I thought to myself, this is going to be a big problem if I leave my tower in the built-in compartment that came with the desk. However if I put the case on top of the table, then what's the purpose of the compartment? So I went online to search for liquid cooling systems (LCS) and I found some 3/5 and 4/5 star rated units. There was a problem though; my case was too small to a LCS. Then I changed my mind to towers that have pre-built in LCS like the ones from Thermaltake (VE2000BWS, Kandalf, Tai-Chi, etc...). I ran into another problem. They were too expensive, and I am not much of a computer guy who's willing to shell out $250-$400 just to buy a LCS tower and go hungry for the next month or so. Oh, and by the way, it's my second year in college and I barely have enough money so survive in this cruel world after paying the bills and stuff like that.

Anyway, back to the subject. So I decided to keep my old tower, the old air-cooled system, and upgraded it... Pimp my tower! And this is my tower by the way...

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I'm going to go ahead and only use two bays that are available to me. However, I highly recommend you use three (3) bays because the aluminum tube will fit perfectly in 3 bays, instead of being squeezed through the rain gutter cap.

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