I am trying to build a cold but loud Xbox for a warm environment. Thanks to JTAG and the a the ability to install games to my newly installed 640G original drive replacement I can finally do what my wife has been dreaming of. I have a hall closet in-between our living room and bedroom. My hope is to hook up the XBox in there and split the video cable to go to the LCD TV in the bedroom and the Plasma TV in the living room. There are 2 problems with the idea. The biggest concern is the closet can get warm. It is a large closet (about 3'x10'x7') and it houses the furnace that goes from top to bottom of the closest on one end, about 2' deep. So while the furnace pumps the heat up and out to the house the closet can still get warm. On the other side of the closet are shelves housing a HTPC, router, switch and cable modem. All that equipment has been running for years without and noticeable problems other that the Shuttle HTPC running a bit loud at times, but is it like 5 years old so this is normal (and replacement fans are hard to find).
So here was my plan. I plan on removing the DVD by jumpering it like in this post.
Removed Dvd Drive, What Heat Sink To Purchase
Installing this fan
Now this is a big fan 120x120x38mm. It is almost as wide and deep as the DVD drive and only a few inches shorter. The upside is that it will be pushing 133.60 CFM of air, but sadly is 45.90 dBA loud. I will dramel out a hole in the size of the blades (no need to put on a grill as it will be on the top shelf of a closet to increase controller range) and mount it to the top of the case.
I will be powering it with this.
Add Front Fan Header To 360 Motherboard
I already have a header (came with a splitter) and I already have the fan (bought it in the hopes to replace a power supply fan but it was to thick).
This will be pulling hot air directly off the GPU heat-sink and hopefully the CPU heat-sink.
I was also considering adding the "Complete Hybrid Advanced Kit(ALL + Thermal paste)" clamps kit since it appears to be the best I can find. I might also replace my CPU and GPU heat-sink with the newer one that has a heat-pipe.
These are my questions.
Is this my best option for a cheap mod (will cost me lest than $20) that will cool it to the level I will need it to avoid a RROD?
When cutting the hole in the top should I remove the metal sheeting completely or just cut through it? How important is that metal shielding?
When hooking up to the 12v spot in the front of the allow the XBox to control the fan speed, or will it run at 100% all the time?
What is the range of the controllers, and how well does it go though walls?
Thanks in advance for any help or advice.