fan to cool wooden desk cabinet computer is in? 110V

jasonjm

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2 people I know built these custom desks which they stuck their computers in, ZERO ventilation at all.... computers overheat in like 1 hours

so, i need drill a hole somewhere in the desk and then i was thinking of using some small fan, 110V, attached to the hole, to push the hot air out, like some kinda computer fan

These are rich people so throwing $300 or $400 at the problem is not gonna bother them in the least.

please anyone got any ideas? recommendations? links?

thanks


 

MustISO

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I need to do the same thing for my parents. They have this giant custom built unit with no ventilation for the PC. I know they have fans for cooling home theater cabinets. You may want to try that. Or just slap a cheap power supply and 4 200MM fans in there!
 

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Originally posted by: jasonjm
sigh

2 people I know built these custom desks which they stuck their computers in, ZERO ventilation at all.... computers overheat in like 1 hours

so, i need drill a hole somewhere in the desk and then i was thinking of using some small fan, 110V, attached to the hole, to push the hot air out, like some kinda computer fan

These are rich people so throwing $300 or $400 at the problem is not gonna bother them in the least.

please anyone got any ideas? recommendations? links?

thanks

rich people = picky

Make sure you ask them about the noise requirements b4 you buy the fan. Match the fan with the clilent.

Or you could drag a 120mm fan though a led wire like the person above me states. However i would go with yates. There a better OEM maker then whom ever silentX uses.

A member named Woodbutcher who is on this forum made a great custom case out of a desk. You may want to pop him a PM and ask for his advice.
 

jasonjm

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I'll actually have a carpenter with me so I can do pretty much whatever i need I guess

guess i should get 2 small fans, one blowing in and the other out, of the desk that is...

sigh

but i guess i have to find some power converter to get the voltage right for these 2 fans, from 110v down to whatever (12V?), and the necesary power connectors to connect to the fans... thats where i get stuck...

any one have any ideas on this part of the process?

thanks



 

zagood

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The PCI power bracket would be a great fit. Remember when you're looking at the desk(s), you don't have to limit yourself to the front for intake...they probably won't want you taking a holesaw to a carved teak door. Look at the bottom of the area where the computer is housed, there's usually room there.

-z
 

Jhhnn

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I offered up the Silenx fans because they're temperature controlled, and have fluid dynamic bearings. So they really shouldn't make any more noise than necessary, and should last a good long while...

Zepper's pci power bracket and maybe some extension wire harnesses as required would be the easy way to do it, if possible. If not, then a 12vdc wallwart with sufficient output and a little bit of soldering should do it- Ratshack has whatever you need in terms of wallwarts...

Having done stuff like this a few times, I'd say it's best if you can just use a single fan as exhaust, mounted as high as possible in the enclosure, and provide air inlets down low- you really don't need a push-pull arrangement, nor do you need to provide more airflow than would normally flow thru the case in an open area...

I did an install a few years ago where I used a slide in furnace filter on the intake, 18"x24", and a 120mm fan on the exhaust in what was an otherwise tightly sealed desk. The guy loves it- the computer stays immaculately clean, and he just changes the filter once a year...
 

DerwenArtos12

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Call me crazy but, why not just use a pair of these

Put one of these on each side, 2 per fan, to keep cables, fingers and pets out and you're set.

Maybe put a filter on the intake fan, something like these and keep it in an accessible place, like the area on the side of the cabinet but, under the main part of the desk so it's accessible and the owner can undo four screws and rinse it out once a month.
 

Jhhnn

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Meh. Small computer filters are a PITA. Non enthusiasts don't clean 'em, ever, in my experience, and they plug up fast in home environments with kids, pets, etc.

If you can't use a really big filter, I say don't bother- they're more trouble than they're worth...
 

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Originally posted by: Jhhnn
I offered up the Silenx fans because they're temperature controlled, and have fluid dynamic bearings. So they really shouldn't make any more noise than necessary, and should last a good long while...

Zepper's pci power bracket and maybe some extension wire harnesses as required would be the easy way to do it, if possible. If not, then a 12vdc wallwart with sufficient output and a little bit of soldering should do it- Ratshack has whatever you need in terms of wallwarts...

Having done stuff like this a few times, I'd say it's best if you can just use a single fan as exhaust, mounted as high as possible in the enclosure, and provide air inlets down low- you really don't need a push-pull arrangement, nor do you need to provide more airflow than would normally flow thru the case in an open area...

I did an install a few years ago where I used a slide in furnace filter on the intake, 18"x24", and a 120mm fan on the exhaust in what was an otherwise tightly sealed desk. The guy loves it- the computer stays immaculately clean, and he just changes the filter once a year...

I like this,,,,, the fans working off the PC power won't be drawing air and dust in when the pc is powered off and would switch on w/o having to remember an additional switch. Getting a large enough opening would be the only bitch for using a big filter. If the PC cabinet is the bottom most cabinet, on the floor, you could remove or cut out the floor of that cabinet and support it on a rack, similar to an oven rack and put a filter underneath. Lift the desk 1/2" or so with feet or sliders if there is no airflow underneath. Hope I gave you some ideas to chew on.
thanks for the kudos Aigo
 

jasonjm

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thanks for the help all

i went with the 110V ready to go 120mm slow spinning fans, with metal grills to protect

makes things easy, the carpenter can do the rest.

thanks again