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  • 2000 Volvo S40 Liquid Cooled Car-pc

    I decided to make a small worklog in here as this is the true forum for this.

    I have the complete thing @ http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=207889

    So if you want more details, you can just go to bit-tech.net and find it. I also have my other mods there.

    Just a short background info:

    I love to mod my computers. I have only one rule, and that is that it must be watercooled. From there the project will take a life of it's own.

    My stationary is a neverending mod, and I also made a Watercooled Nintendo Wii that some of you may have seen online.

    So when it came to my carpc there wasn't really any choice. As I live in Denmark, water is a bad option since we get -20 degrees centigrade in the winter. So it's going to have engine coolant running through it's vains.

    But on with the pictures.

    I started out with a standard Xenarc MP-SC3. This has been working great for a couple of years, but something new had to happen.



    I have a couple of sponsors on this project;

    Mushkin Enhanced hooked me up with 2 gigs of memory.

    Centrafuse were willing to pitch in with a complete version with Western Europe navigation maps in!

    Runcore helped me out with a 32GB SSD!

    I made a couple of sketches of how the finished product would look, but this tends to change along the way.

    Topless:


    Top mounted:



    As the renderings show, the front will be curved plexi. I made that with a piece of wood I cut and then baked it in the oven:



    Top and Bottom plates roughly made in the CNC mill:





    The Aluminum Front panel got started in the cnc as well:








    And done:



    Mounted, with a modded aircooler for setting up the pc, before moving on the watercooling:



    Backplate done, and mounted. Fits perfectly! :



    Top of the case finished, with a word from our sponsors:



    The waterblock:






    The reservoir parts done:



    Most of the parts put in, just the pump missing:



    I tend to mess up the pump when I mod it, and this was no exception. Broke 2 of them and have just received 2 more. But it DOES get pretty heavily modded...

    The stock pump, look at the size! :



    Aluminum impeller for the pump:



    Impeller done, and mounted on the stock magnetic part:



    All the parts for the pump:



    Assembled:



    I won 3rd place in MOTM on Bit-tech.net for this, and to hide the ugly green pcb, I decided to make a small plaque:


    It had a scratch on it, so I made a new one. 

    Filling the system was not funů I had no room for a fillport or anything, so I had to drown the loop to get all the air out:


    Filled:


    Aluminum front mounted:



    And with the top on:


    Hope you like it! 
    Last edited by Angel_OD; 10-01-2011, 03:21 AM.
    If you can't drive a stick... You can't drive!

  • #2
    Really cool. There's not a whole lot of liquid cooled carputers on the forums. There's also not a whole lot of custom machined cases. It's always fun to watch these ones get put together.
    Originally posted by Lincolnman
    Your English is fine, don't apologize. You're doing better than most Americans.

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    • #3
      i remember seeing that wii.


      looks really good!!
      My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
      "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


      next project? subaru brz
      carpc undecided

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      • #4
        Nice seeing your work here man. I've always been a fan.

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        • #5
          Final pics

          Thanks a lot guys!

          Finally It's done!

          So here are the pics from the last photoshoot!





















          That's it guys! Hope you like it!
          If you can't drive a stick... You can't drive!

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          • #6
            DAMN! That's a beauty! Very nice work!
            Project X10 Belazer
            Progress: NEVER ENDING!!!
            http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...ime-puter.html

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            • #7
              How did you only get 3rd in MotM? This beauty deserved to win! It looks fantastic!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by craigbru View Post
                How did you only get 3rd in MotM? This beauty deserved to win! It looks fantastic!
                Because the creative competition over there is intense! Plus the members vote on THEIR favorite. Its not selected by the forum staff. I check out Bit-Tech every month just for the mods. They are who inspired me to mod my amplifier case, but those guys are on a whole 'nother level.

                Angel, you stink! JK. This looks awesome! How has it performed for you? Thats a nano itx board right?

                Mal
                Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
                Gear: [90%]
                Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 4ofakind View Post
                  Because the creative competition over there is intense! Plus the members vote on THEIR favorite. Its not selected by the forum staff. I check out Bit-Tech every month just for the mods. They are who inspired me to mod my amplifier case, but those guys are on a whole 'nother level.

                  Angel, you stink! JK. This looks awesome! How has it performed for you? Thats a nano itx board right?

                  Mal
                  Oh believe me, I know all about the competition over there. I've won Bit-Tech's MotM twice myself. I've been a little busy with other projects lately, but I've got some catching up to do, and this mod is where I'm going to start.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by craigbru View Post
                    I've won Bit-Tech's MotM twice myself.
                    Craig, you stink! JK You guys amaze me sometimes.

                    Mal
                    Vehicle: [100%] 1995 C 1500 ECLB
                    Gear: [90%]
                    Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dna59 View Post
                      DAMN! That's a beauty! Very nice work!
                      Thanks a lot!

                      Originally posted by craigbru View Post
                      How did you only get 3rd in MotM? This beauty deserved to win! It looks fantastic!
                      Thx! And I agree!

                      Originally posted by 4ofakind View Post
                      Because the creative competition over there is intense! Plus the members vote on THEIR favorite. Its not selected by the forum staff. I check out Bit-Tech every month just for the mods. They are who inspired me to mod my amplifier case, but those guys are on a whole 'nother level.

                      Angel, you stink! JK. This looks awesome! How has it performed for you? Thats a nano itx board right?

                      Mal
                      I couldn't agree more! The competition IS intense, so it's a frikkin treat just to get nominated!

                      Well it has served me well! To be honest, I'm impressed it's still alive!
                      Been in the car for about 2 years, and the mobo has been thrown around a bunch while out of it's shell.

                      It's NOT a Nano itx, unfortunately. That would have made it so much easier to upgrade down the line. It's only a P4 2,0 Ghz, and a C2D would be nice. I actually wrote Xenarc to hear what it was as there is no numbers or anything on the pcb. They only told me it's a generic board. No manufacturer, and the form-factor is way out of the way of any standard.

                      And thanks for the kind words!

                      Originally posted by craigbru View Post
                      Oh believe me, I know all about the competition over there. I've won Bit-Tech's MotM twice myself. I've been a little busy with other projects lately, but I've got some catching up to do, and this mod is where I'm going to start.


                      Originally posted by 4ofakind View Post
                      Craig, you stink! JK You guys amaze me sometimes.

                      Mal
                      If you can't drive a stick... You can't drive!

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                      • #12
                        Someone told me that it wasn't a carpc until it was IN the car.. So here are a couple of pics of that.



                        If you can't drive a stick... You can't drive!

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                        • #13
                          seems almost a shame to mount it out of the way like that, hiding all the custom milling work.
                          My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                          "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                          next project? subaru brz
                          carpc undecided

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                          • #14
                            I was about to say the same thing. That pc is slick.
                            Originally posted by Lincolnman
                            Your English is fine, don't apologize. You're doing better than most Americans.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                              seems almost a shame to mount it out of the way like that, hiding all the custom milling work.
                              Originally posted by kolton5543 View Post
                              I was about to say the same thing. That pc is slick.
                              Thanks guys!

                              I completely agree, but unfortunately there are people in this world who believe stealing other peoples stuff is a great idea, and for that reason it's hidden!
                              If you can't drive a stick... You can't drive!

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