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Old Fri 01 March 2013, 09:41
IMMark
Just call me: Mark #119
 
Columbus Ohio
United States of America
Control box design, positive pressure

Any opinions on this setup,
control box is 28" x 28"
Using the positive pressure style, and with the "heat rises" theory.
I would put filters on the bottom of the box (outside), with fans drawing air in.
An exhaust hole on the top (covered to avoid dust).
My thought was to locate the drives near the bottom (again, assuming this will be the coolest place in the box).
With the drives placed on an aluminum heat sink (with risers to promote air flow all around them) , does anyone also use heat sink grease?
I also thought that the PS should be towards the bottom as the next potentially "hot" item.
I am planning to wall mount the box and having the CPU in a separate box.
Any feedback is appreciated.
Thanks
Mark
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Old Fri 01 March 2013, 14:20
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
I have the finned heat sink on the side of my control box, with the Geckos mounted on it.
No cooling fan whatsoever.
I personally think a vented box in any fashion is overkill.
My machine ran fine in 100+ degree summer heat, and last time I opened it, it was as clean as the day I closed it.
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Old Fri 01 March 2013, 15:53
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
I have heat sinks and think that is the best approach.
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Old Fri 01 March 2013, 16:40
IMMark
Just call me: Mark #119
 
Columbus Ohio
United States of America
Thanks Darren and Mike.
Mike is your heat sink finned also...is that needed, or would 1/4" aluminum plate work? Also I would think heat sink grease would be a good idea...can't think of a down side?
Mark
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Old Fri 01 March 2013, 17:20
darren salyer
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Wentzville mo
United States of America
I believe Mike sells a nice finned heatsink.
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Old Fri 01 March 2013, 17:49
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
I have a piece of aluminum that the geckos sit on and a fan below them in a sealed box. I have had no problems with heat and no dust is getting in.
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Old Fri 01 March 2013, 20:39
Regnar
Just call me: Russell #69
 
Mobile, Alabama
United States of America
I have a 1/4 piece of aluminum as well with no outside air. Box is as clean as the day I sealed it up with no problems at all.
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Old Sat 02 March 2013, 13:26
IMMark
Just call me: Mark #119
 
Columbus Ohio
United States of America
Thank you for the feedback. Sounds like this is an area I don't need to put the extra effort, time and money into.
As always, I appreciate everyone's help on the forum!
More questions to come
Mark
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