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Hardware Thread, Cooling fan with a difference in Technical; Originally Posted by truslack Wouldn't the condensation/damp be awful? nah, we could fit some ventilation fans..... anyone got any ideas ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by truslack View Post
    Wouldn't the condensation/damp be awful?
    nah, we could fit some ventilation fans..... anyone got any ideas how we could do this?

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    Who, in their right mind, calls a product "Big Boy" !!
    An on-line viagra shop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    An on-line viagra shop?
    You'll see what I was getting at then. Something with that sort of name conjures up images other than what the product probably is.

    Well, it did in our office

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    Of course you could cool it with horse laxative like I mentioned in another thread... Custom PCs by Puget Systems; Mineral Oil Submerged Computer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    Of course you could cool it with horse laxative like I mentioned in another thread... Custom PCs by Puget Systems; Mineral Oil Submerged Computer
    Or you could just use some Red and Blue Fans then the kids will be oooooh all day long

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    Thinking outside the box here, quite literally.

    Have you considered taking some covers off the pc , if you can?

    This may be a bit extreme but what about just simply having the motherboard on its own in the locker, effectively using the locker as its case?

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    something like this?

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    I've got a SATA/IDE to usb kit, which includes a power adapter that takes standard kettle lead, and has both sata and molex power outputs - attach a splitter onto the molex, and hey presto you can power a couple of case fans. The PSU is a 'flypower SPP34', no doubt there are other similar ones out there.

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    3rd vote for a mains powered fan, and an intelliplug on the PC. You can get a little one that work like 3 way mains adapter.

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    Ok may be this is an obvious question but why do you have a pc in a locker?

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTCC_Fan View Post
    Thinking outside the box here, quite literally.

    Have you considered taking some covers off the pc , if you can?
    Yes. The machine is already minus any case panels we have been able to remove.


    This may be a bit extreme but what about just simply having the motherboard on its own in the locker, effectively using the locker as its case?
    We've toyed with that idea too, but it's the lack of drawing air in and extracting it out that seems to be the problem given that the machine is already uncovered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Ok may be this is an obvious question but why do you have a pc in a locker?

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    It has a basic XP install on which we are running xibo client software so we can run presentations on an adjacent LCD TV on the wall. Siting it in the locker is the most practical and secure way of housing it, as it would otherwise be on open view in a corridor. We have no loft space above it, otherwise we'd stuff it up in the roof.

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    What about getting the locker down to your DT Dept and getting some proper vents cut into it, then meshing it out?

    All of our PCs are desk-integrated, inside boxes a little bigger than the unit with holes on all sides and the door. Works well.

    These are Dell Precision T3400 dualcores. We have pods of 6, all like that with the PSUs venting into the hollow centre section of the desk. It gets a tad toasty, but no issues with the rigs yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theeldergeek View Post
    There are in actual fact 2 fans in the case, both powered by 4 pin connectors off the board. One is blowing air across the CPU, the other is extracting air out of the case and it is almost a 'tunnel' of air in the way it is arranged. Being Dell however, I doubt the connectors are 'standard' (they don't look it).
    Ok, if you've got 4 pin connectors they'll probably be the 4pin PWM style ones. You can stick a 3 pin connector on there, set the fan speed to full in the bios, and they'll run fine. Just won't vary according to temperature. Bolt some normal 3pin case fans (120mm would be ideal, with some wire grills) to the locker, and plug one of the adapters I've linked to into the motherboard, connect locker fan to one output, and case fan to the other. Stick one on each motherboard header and that gives you your two useable outputs.

    Akasa AK-FY320 3 Pin Fan cable splitter [] Cables Power

    and then add one some of these if you need more length (and lets face it, who doesn't! )

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CB-013-AK

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    Dumb ass suggest I know but what's stopping you shutting down the PC and modifying the spare SATA power cable to turn it into a standard molex... It's not H&S or electrical safety compliant but so long as you get the wiring right it's not exactly rocket science.

    After all the ruddy wires are all the same so all this thinking inside and around the box seems to be quite a bit limiting...

    Just a thought...



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