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Homemade Heat Sink (or other creative ideas)

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September 1, 2007 8:14:02 AM

Just wanted to hear some realistic+creative ways of lowering temps without going to liquid cooling.

So this is probably going to sound stupid, but I have to ask: Has anyone here tried to make there own heat sink?

I was even thinking about making a big heat sink and mounting it in front of an intake fan inside of the case or something to that nature.

Maybe it would help chill the air coming in maybe reducing it by a few degrees?
September 1, 2007 8:41:42 AM

A heatsink wouldn't chill the air. The way a keatsink works, is the heat from the processor gets transferred to the heatsink, and it spreads throughout the metal. The cooler air then passes over it and absorbs some of the heat. Really it just spreads the heat out. The more surface area, the more the air can get to it to cool it. So putting a heatsink in front of an intake fan would probably just block the airflow. Because, the metal would most likely be the same temperature as the air outside, so the air would just pass through, but be obstructed a little by the metal.

Also, when a heatsink works the way it's supposed to, it actually makes the air warmer.

But, to answer your question, I really haven't done anything out of the ordinary to hep with cooling. The Tuniq Tower works pretty good.
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September 1, 2007 8:56:14 AM

Looking to reduce temps or reduce noise? Liquid cooling uses fans just like air cooled heatsinks. But with a good pump, the water will dissipate heat faster. I like more passive setups that have lower noise. I looked at a small dell chasis where I work, and was amazed at the copper heatpipe solution with the fan mounted at the back, using a duct to transfer the hot air.
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September 1, 2007 9:19:43 AM

zalman cnps 7700 cu - is cooler than alot water sollutions
September 1, 2007 10:53:06 AM

l;ol, termalright ultra extreme with a 220cfm delta electronics fan
September 1, 2007 12:50:49 PM

If you like being deaf then that is a solution i suppose ;) 
September 1, 2007 1:00:41 PM

I agree with dobby, just a Zalman cnps 7700 cu.