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    Copper case

    I was wondering if its possible to build a case out of copper. It cools better than aluminum and is easier to construct (solder everything together). But I never seen one made out of copper, and was wondering if it's even possible. I live in AZ and it gets HOT, so cooling is very important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.sparkle
    I was wondering if its possible to build a case out of copper. It cools better than aluminum and is easier to construct (solder everything together). But I never seen one made out of copper, and was wondering if it's even possible. I live in AZ and it gets HOT, so cooling is very important.
    Sure it would be possible to make but why? Copper is much more expensive than aluminum and I can't see any benefits other than the bling factor.
    Keep in mind that copper cools better than aluminum because it conducts heat better, which means that it will also heat up faster if it happens to be cooler than the surrounding air. If you want to make a copper heatsink then it's another story, but cases aren't usually used as heatsinks as well as cases.
    If you're really worried about cooling, then try doing a watercooling solution, but there are lots of threads talking about heat issues and lots of people in hot climates have no problems at all.
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    By its self, copper isn't exothermic. You're still gona need an active component to remove heat from the copper. You're on to something interesting none the less.

    If you build it.. would you thermo-couple the cpu to the case? --sounds fun!
    look into heatpipe technology to get the heat off the CPU and into the case for 'disposal'.

    Copper oxidizes rather easily/quickly and would take on an interesting apearence.

    Case grounding should be a bit ehm... easier too.
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    Copper is a great product to work with and really easy to solder as well. Just keep in mind to clear coat it in the end so it doesn't oxidize and turn green
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    Building it out of copper... good way to make a small oven for your CPU.

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    OVEN? i guess if you think oven while you design it then yes..
    but considering the surface area available to you.. it could make for a pretty hee-uge sync. -- I'm picturing fins, fans and such.. maybe Mr Sparkle isn't.

    so, how do you get oven?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grepzen
    OVEN? i guess if you think oven while you design it then yes..
    but considering the surface area available to you.. it could make for a pretty hee-uge sync. -- I'm picturing fins, fans and such.. maybe Mr Sparkle isn't.

    so, how do you get oven?
    I wasn't imagining fans

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