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    WuNgUn PIC'S-Water cooled car PC 95% done!

    (****ty camera warning!)

    Here is the latest pics of my carputer setup....the dash and trunk...

    I'm thinking about repainting the center console...just not perfect. I nicked the paint fitting the machine acrylic cover as well.
    But you'll note the pair of USB ports where the ashtray use to live, as well as the engine start/stop button, which is now fully functional...

    You'll notice the rectangular 'grooves'...these wil be used for illumination (blue LED of course) in the near future.
    The two dots are status LED's for the push-button start...orange when the start sequence has started, and a green LED for when it's started and ready to drive.

    And of course, below the screen, the pair of VU meters and the Powermate volume/control knob...

    (Ignore the finger prints!)



    Here it is booting up...



    And loaded (Centrafuse 2 frontend)...I'm using Phidgets USB sensors to monitor inside and outside temps, outside humidity as well as current flow to the PC and battery voltage...
    The center portion also displays my tire pressure and temperatures, nav data, among other things...



    The trunk, I made the finishing cuts on it yesterday...
    I was hoping the LED lighting would permeate thru the machined acrylic better, but I'll add two more strips to the front side of it to even the lighting better...
    There are also 2 CCFL tubes in the main 'window', which aren't well illuminated with the lighting/camera...
    The two exhaust fans also run with blue LED's...

    Right now, it's the raw MDF. I'm going to chamfer the cutouts and cover it in carbon-look black vinyl...







    The 'window' to the PC has a framed piece that's covered in speaker grill cloth that can optionally be used to keep it hidden...

    I'll see if I can get some more shots when it gets darker out...

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    Here are some night shots...again, the blue is a little 'washed' out because of the camera exposure...






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    Nice work

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    Awesome build, and nice pics too!

    What are those two white plastic rings next to your 120mm fans? Are they just there to reflect the uv lights?

    How much heat does your system generate, and what temps does your water cooling help bring it down too? I'm building a system for a 125W TDP CPU, and have started thinking about my options to cool in a hot trunk, and have considered water. I may throw some questions about it to you at some point.

    Again, nice work!

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    that is sweet... i like how clean the wires and everything are run in the trunk

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    Quote Originally Posted by eigenVector View Post
    Awesome build, and nice pics too!

    What are those two white plastic rings next to your 120mm fans? Are they just there to reflect the uv lights?

    How much heat does your system generate, and what temps does your water cooling help bring it down too? I'm building a system for a 125W TDP CPU, and have started thinking about my options to cool in a hot trunk, and have considered water. I may throw some questions about it to you at some point.

    Again, nice work!
    Those a CCFL rings...blue. They are on a 12V regulator, so they don't light up real bright unless the car is running. The blow easily, so I have to keep them on the vReg...

    Heat? Well, I have Speedfan set to come on a 50C, but it rarely does. Mind you, it's still spring! BTW, it's a dual core AMD 2.2Ghz CPU...

    If I run RightMark CPU clock, the temps stay down pretty low...just having the coolant flowing is enough to keep it cool.

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    Build List:

    VenHaus speaker wire for tweeters and drivers...




    Made from CAT5...LOTS of CAT5


    The amplifiers...TRU T4.65's


    The components...






    The sound cards...




    Some software...




    Beginning the trunk fab...


    The sub and modified OE enclosure...






    Old board setup...


    I did away with the north bridge cooling and the AGP video card.

    The MDF/plexi enclosure...






    Machined acrylic top...




    Birch wood amp rack...


    Home made interconnects and RCA's...


    Roughed in touch screen display...




    Speakers mounted in the back...




    ...and the front


    Machined acrylic amp surround...




    Dash opening (USB hub and PSU for hub and monitor...


    Distribution block/vreg's


    Coolant!


    Push button starter...


    Modified TPMS board...


    Interface for 'catching' button actions from the OE steering wheel audio controls...


    That's about it really!

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    You are pretty brave water cooling in a car.

    Looks neat.

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    Nah...it's all good.
    After all, the engine is water cooled, and it doesn't spring leaks!

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    Glad to see the inside of your car is as nice as your outside
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