by david, 21 january 2001
you begin to experience heat related problems in your beloved rig
such as the feared BSOD, random reboots and registry errors, you
know you need to take care of the extra heat stuck inside your case.
One probable cause could be hotspots in your system, places where
heat stagnates and air doesn't circulate as it should, thus trapping
heat in one place with nowhere to go. The worst place for this to
happen would be areas such as either your CPU or around your peripheral
cards (graphics card, sound card etc.).
ensure that air circulates around your system properly to reduce
hotspots occuring where they are not wanted,. many devices exist
that serve this particular purpose, such as system blowers, cardcoolers
and whatnot, all basically products that incorporate fans to move
air around inside your computer. One of the more famous air circulator
devices you will have seen around include the famous Cardcooler
XT. These bigass cardcoolers you see online and in shops are most
of the time out of your reach if you're short of cash, but are in
need of extra cooling. To overcome that, I dug around my room for
stuff that I could use to make my own card-cooler, the cheap way.
Recycling is good, you know :D
after bringing up a lot of dust from hidden, long forgotten corners
of my room, this is what I managed to scrounge up, that will just
fit my needs.
- 2 case
fans. I found a pair of 80mm ones, but any size would do. My
fans came with the 3 pin connector and were sleeve bearing fans
rated at 12V and 0.23A. You may use regular case fans with molex
- Some insulated
wire strips and zip ties to tie the case fans to your case.
the lousy pictures, but the lighting in my room sucks, plus my
digital camera is old and blurry too.