AC/PC cooling mod

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AC/PC cooling mod

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You may have already seen this floating around the mod sites of the InterTubes: a PC cooling solution built from an old air conditioner window unit.

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20 thoughts on “AC/PC cooling mod

  1. Dax says:

    Congratulations, your PC now uses more electricity than your refrigerator. Global warming here we come!

  2. ehrichweiss says:

    Ever heard of a Peltier Junction? Much, much, much, MUCH more efficient and magnitudes more quiet, and cheap.

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  4. gnomic says:

    there is a fine line between stupid and interesting. This one is so far over the line… That contraption wastes so much power and is such overkill that its an abomination. Worse, if it worked well, it would generated enough cold that it would fracture chips from the heat stress. Its not even particularly clever.

    I have to agree with all the comments before me! Don’t try this at home!

  5. anon says:

    you can tell the people who live in their parents’ basements because they don’t pay their own electricity bills. sort of like the 14 year old who thinks that running an old pc 24/7 is a great way to save on $5/mo web hosting.

  6. Jason says:

    I wonder how long that AC will run on that tiny UPS.

    Or, how long the CPU will take to crack when the power fails :-/

    Neat trick, though :)

  7. RayCeeYa says:

    My main concern would be condensation. I once built a system that used a peltier to chill the air blowing across the processor heat sink. Unfortunately I underestimated the amount of condensation I would get from the heat sink attached to the peltier.

    As a result the processor fan shorted out and since this was an old K6 II system the power supply didn’t shut off when the processor over heated. I was away at class at the time and by the time I came back I had a block of ice inside my case.

    Lesson learned: Cool air in a computer is a good thing but cold wet air is a very bad thing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    you know there are things called dehumidifiers…AC is used extensively to cool radar/NAVAIDS/COMM electronics and these work wonders on the condensation problem.

  9. Anonymous says:

    contrary to every other comment on here this is a great solution to cooling your computer and if done right, it will give you -40C/F temperatures on your cpu and cooling with a peltier sounds cool but is actually very inefficient and itll triple the amount of heat going to the heatsink and if it fails for some reason it’ll not only stop cooling it it works as an insulator and most people that try something like this coat the motherboard in conformal coating add dielectric grease in the cpu socket and also insulate everything to make it condensation proof. overall it works out pretty well and the only reason it draws the normal amount of amps is because most people make it stay on all the time instead of biasing the temperature sensor as the heat load of a computer is far below what the ac unit can put out. i really want to see someone go all out and run the return line through a radiator submerged in oil to cool every other component in there.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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