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Thread: 2000 Volvo S40 Liquid Cooled Car-pc

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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! 
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    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.

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    i remember seeing that wii.


    looks really good!!

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

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    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!
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    DAMN! That's a beauty! Very nice work!
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    How did you only get 3rd in MotM? This beauty deserved to win! It looks fantastic!

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    Quote 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?

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    Build: [80%] PC & Chassis, Worklog

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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
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