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Very nice performance. I'm thinking a car heater core or small block radiator modded to fit PC tubing would work well too.
Isn't that what the first watercooling systems were? just heatercores attached to some lab 3/8" tubing and a homemade alu block.
 
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Water Cooled Motorcycle engine rad also :)
That can be pricey though. Car parts are usually less expensive than motorcycle parts.

Isn't that what the first watercooling systems were? just heatercores attached to some lab 3/8" tubing and a homemade alu block.
Yeah, effectively. That's what I first used. It was a heater core out of an 83 Ford. Worked perfectly.

EDIT, one can also go to a junkyard an get an old one used. As long as they're undamaged they work fine. Did that a lot back in the day.
 
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I know basic laptop usually has so so build quality and creaky sound like rusted thin tin can, so i use plastic bag to fill the gap to make it feels a little bit better
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Ghetto Mods
Using an AIO
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And being creative with chopsticks.

Also, Power Supply mod
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Heatsync and logo mod (before)
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Then there is case door, completely cut out for the plexi-glass.
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Can't remember if I posted this before but just in case, here it is again. Fan broke on my GTX260-216 so I ghetto modded 3 80mm fans on there letting the 12v split the speeeds down so it was much quieter. Overclocked by a good 20% better than stock cooler, and ran much quieter overall


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I did something similar to my old 8800GTS 320. I only cut half of the shroud, and put an 80mm fan there. It didn't work very well, I'm guessing because the cooler was very short, and the fan was not the highest quality unit. I ended up trading the hacked card, and an evga 680i for a new 8800gtx lol.
 
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Can't remember if I posted this before but just in case, here it is again. Fan broke on my GTX260-216 so I ghetto modded 3 80mm fans on there letting the 12v split the speeeds down so it was much quieter. Overclocked by a good 20% better than stock cooler, and ran much quieter overall


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I would take the shroud off completely and mount the fans(after they've been cleaned and re-lubed) directly to the heatsink.

I did something similar to my old 8800GTS 320. I only cut half of the shroud, and put an 80mm fan there. It didn't work very well, I'm guessing because the cooler was very short, and the fan was not the highest quality unit. I ended up trading the hacked card, and an evga 680i for a new 8800gtx lol.
So did I, but mine was the 8800Ultra. The fan gave out after one year and I replaced the entire heat sink with a ArcticCooling Accelero Twin Turbo II. They still make it! GPU temps were never a problem after that.
 
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When you bought 2nd hand laptop and you can't find the right screws since the original is shorter than you have, so the solution is make your own washer using shampoo bottle :rockout::rockout:
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I would take the shroud off completely and mount the fans(after they've been cleaned and re-lubed) directly to the heatsink.
If I remember correctly as it was a fair few years ago I dremelled the shroud so the fans sat on it with just their edges touching and the entire cross section of the fans directly above the heat sink, then epoxyed it down so they couldn't go anywhere haha... I'd say they were 2-3mm above the heat sink so probably could've been improved a bit if I'd cut more of the shroud off and had them sitting directly on the HS.

Haven't had to hack anything for years which is kind of annoying... there's something nice about ghetto modding stuff to work after a fixable problem happens rather than replacing it outright.
 
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I was forced to include some ghetto mods in my most recent build...

You know, it´s those late night sparks of half-assed motivation that get you in the mood to start that project you thought about every now and then for a year or two. And suddenly it has to be done right now, in the middle of the night and be finished by the next day.
I wanted an XP-machine for some old games that just refuse to cooperate with anything above Windows Vista and had all the parts around to build something, except a nice case to put it in.

But then I came across the old and beaten up case of my very first PC. It had a broken power switch, missing covers, a few dents. Lots of scratches, missing front panel connectors, dust EVERYWHERE. My first intention was to throw it away, and then it hit me. I can´t just throw that away, that is MY first PC. So I build this guy:



I used what I had lying around and my biggest concern was getting enough air through it in this small case, now that we have hot summer temps. I did not have fitting fan sizes for this occasion, so I used the broken fan from an arctic cooler, hung it in front of the Asus V60 heatsink with some zip-ties and tape. The slight angle shoots some air up towards the PSU located there.
The PSU is an over 10 y/o Sharkoon 450W with a small 80mm fan on the back of it, drawing air through a small duct that I angled the arctic fan towards to help it out. Before you warn me of old PSUs, I know of the danger and I trust this unit because it is nearly unused and lived a happy life. Oh and I just don´t have anything else atm.



To help get some air in the case I taped this fan to the side panel. I mentioned the broken power-switch of the case? Well I solved that by sourcing a 'case-open-warning' switch and routed that little button towards the front, hanging out of a missing front panel cover. Feels like hot-wiring a car to start it :D



It does make a beautiful glow at night tho, my phone does not capture this very well, but it looks pretty neat. Shot through the closed side panel.

The parts:
Case: Thermaltake Matrix VX
Board: Asus Rampage Formula
CPU: Intel E8400
GPU: XFX 9800GTX+ with Arctic Accelero cooler
Soundcard: some Creative Soundblaster X-Fi

Gonna make some exterior pictures tomorrow during daylight. Currently installing XP.
I was shocked that this thing started without an issue. I just randomly picked parts and threw them in, I have the bad habit of completing a build before I test anything. So far I always get away with that :)
 
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I once cut up an Antec Sonata so the rad on my H100 could breathe. Pretty much just a hole from the bottom of the pan to the drive bay.

Rampage III Formula, Xeon X5690 E.S., 10gb G.Skill Perfect Storm and Ripjaws. GTX 580 Matrix Platinum, Auzentech Prelude, TX850w, H100, Antec Sonata.

Internal case temps were intense with the side panel on. I didnt have the proper tools, so I just used side cutters. It was butchered, but worked.

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I found the other pics I was looking for, I know this is for ghetto mods, and it still is a bit ghetto, but doesn't quite look as ghetto :D

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This was wayyy back in 2009 with my first laptop. The fan won't respond to any software control so what I do is tap the 5V directly from USB port and straight to fan connector. I made the mod better with the wire tap from inside of the laptop but I don't have a picture of it. Noisy but temps are better :laugh:

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This was wayyy back in 2009 with my first laptop. The fan won't respond to any software control so what I do is tap the 5V directly from USB port and straight to fan connector. I made the mod better with the wire tap from inside of the laptop but I don't have a picture of it. Noisy but temps are better :laugh:

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I did something very similar once. I tapped the main power line directly instead of the USB which has limited current.
 
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cool and quiet hdds ?

1x docking station
1x graphics card box
1x ml120 fan
1x noctua ulna adapter

all inside a cabinet


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That is an example of serious hill-billy jimmy-rigging. LOL!
I had to Dremel and take off the top of one last year, and bent the remaining segment, drilled a slot and pinned it in place... you do what ya gotta do :)
 
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What about go green, you should re use something
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Don't worry, i'm professional :roll::wtf::roll::roll:
 
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"Do not fix anything when tired" moment.
Especially headphones,but when You do and all soldering is good and done, comes moment of clarity when You realise that You forgot to put cable through hole in driver cover ...
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Quick solution but not for squeamish,
on brightside , headphones work :D
 
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Now they're open back and should sound better:roll::roll:
 
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