TV Cabinet cooling. Xbox and PC mod
Ok, so for the new house we required a TV cabinet. I don't like cheap stuff, so we shelled out about £300 on this (first picture)
It's a lovely bit of furniture. It arrived whilst I was at work and once I got in, I spent time patiently putting on the door handles and patiently arranging all the equipment that was going on and in it.
I decided that all I wanted on top was the TV and my two speakers.
In the middle, on the top shelf, would go the amplifier. On the bottom shelf I could put the Wii and the Xbox.
With careful thinking I hooked everything up and made it all neat and nice.
Then came a problem. I played the xbox for a bit and it kept crashing. Now my Xbox is made from the dead carcasses of three old ones, so the odd crash is not uncommon, but these were happening very frequently.
As I approaced the cabinet I noticed the noise coming from the Xbox. Feeling around the back, the problem was clear. The console was kicking out heat and it had nowhere to go. In fact, any air that escaped, did so by trying to get out the front of the unit and was sucked back in by the xbox intakes.
So after much thought, I have decided to mod the unit.
As a temporary fix I have taken a 120mm PC case fan and spliced it into a USB lead. This has been mounted in the cabinet over the cable routing hole and the USB cable plugs into the front of the Xbox. I also have a smaller fan hooked up to the other USB port, pulling cold air into the intake.
I plan to put fans on the back of the unit with their own exhaust holes and also house a pc in the right hand cupboard, mounted (hopefully) directly into the unit.
Pictures and plans to follow.
Comments and sugggestions are very welcome.