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DIY card-cooler
review by david, 21 january 2001

When 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.).

To 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

OK, 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 conectors too.
  • Some insulated wire strips and zip ties to tie the case fans to your case.

Sorry for the lousy pictures, but the lighting in my room sucks, plus my digital camera is old and blurry too.


This is your standard 80mm fan, with a 3-pin plug

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Yellow wire is for monitoring RPM of your fan.

taking everything apart >>


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