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Custom Silent HTPC Uses Entire Case as a Heatsink

This silent media center PC dissipates heat in a rather clever way; the entire back of the case is one giant heatsink.

Courtesy of computer enthusiast and tinker DeFex, the build isn’t just silent but quite eye catching too. He used a combination of one massive heatsink, custom brackets, acrylic, and bicycle spokes to create a sleek case that looks as much like a computer-inspired work of art as it does a media center computer. Hit up the link below to check out the build gallery and see how he mated the CPU to the heatsink-body with a custom milled aluminum bridge.

Heatsink HTPC [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/18/12

Comments (7)

  1. montykupo

    shut up and take my money!!!

  2. nt0xik8ed

    that looks really cool until the dust builds up.

  3. Erik

    Have you seen the dust build up in your typical air-cooled PC? Not pretty. My beast of a PC at home doubles as an industrial air cleaner – LOL!

    I want one of these cases for my media center. Where do I buy one?

  4. PhantomTurtle

    @Erik You have to make one yourself ;-)

    This is an awesome case. Wish my HTPC would look like this…

  5. Jim

    Years ago I was on the design team where *the* heat sink was the hand of the person holding the device!

  6. bobro

    this would be funny if you try to move it or the dog has a nosy and then your skin melts off!!
    whilst working at a computer factory the boss’ where trying to do things on the cheap and wanted to know if the AMD heatsinks and fans could be used on the Intels… i didnt know this test was being run on the PC next to me with no side on the case un til the Heatsink exploded off the motherboard and bounced down the desk to land WHITE hot on my arm!!! after a breif but volitile scream and wavy dance move i pulled off it then melted the rubber coated desk and proceded to do so for an hour!!

  7. hArLtRoN

    The design kind of reminds of the first gen PS2:

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