Instructables

Keep your Xbox 360 Cool, Save Energy, Heat up an area, and use your own Hard Drive

Step 1: Things you will need

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Whatchya' gonna need doc?

Well... Not much

You will need:

4 Various Computer cooling fans(I used two average sized ones, one jumbo, and one CPU fan from a Win98 Compaq.)

Wire (any type, it doesn't matter, i used my trusty stereo wire

Nyko TS intercooler (Newest and greatest one, for 20.00$, this automaticly turns on when heat is sensed and turns off when heat dissipates, and uses its own outlet, instead of mooching off of the Xbox power supply)

A box (suitable for holding the two average and one jumbo fans, i used my sisters mario kart wii box

Dryer vent tubing (Ya' know, the silver tubing that's behind your dryer to travel the heat outside)

12v DC 1 amp transformer(I got one from an old phone/answer machine

Fuse & 2 amp fuse (From my fathers old Benz auto starter)

These are optional

A HDD that can be used for your xbox (I had a 320gb Seagate EXHDD)

Ubuntu Linux Live CD (Used to format your HDD to FAT because windows refuses to format anything over 32gb to fat)
 
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you didnt explain how to solder everything
tocsik5 years ago
I went to buy an intercool fan the other day at gamestop and they told me not to. They said it makes you get the Red Ring faster. The reasons being that it "Blows the Wrong Way" and "Draws too much extra Power through your xbox." I'm not saying they're right because I don't know but i decided not to risk it either.
He did mention the newer intercooler doesnt piggyback off the xbox's own power supply anymore. Oh and dont always listen to the wieners behind the counter at gamestops - from numerous negative personal experiences.
Thanks for the input. Maybe I'll look into it again.
Ha4xor4life (author)  tocsik5 years ago
Care to comment on your flawwed 'ible or maybe correcting the information?
ilpug NikonDork3 years ago
the intercoolers work fine, just wire them to an external power supply.
Your better off not even bother with it, it wont really help cool the xbox. The best thing to do is to make sure its got plenty of air space around the console and keep it away from dust. The heat transfer system inside is not robust enough to function when its clogged with alot of dust.
I hear you.They cheated me out of $10 once.
you should try to put your 360 setup on a desk..
cambridge5 years ago
ROFL do i see an apple sticker on the xbox?
Ha4xor4life (author)  cambridge5 years ago
lol yeah
Yay! I'm so proud of you!
ReCreate5 years ago
You are booting ubuntu from the hardrive on the XBox?
Hes booting up and formatting that drive on a PC, then connecting it up to the xbox as a removable storage device - which will not be recognized by the xbox as a volume to store game data or downloads on, only files you load on it through a PC, like a MP3 or Movie collection. Also the dryer vent redirection of processor heat is laughable, considering its length would itself turn it into a heat sink for the warm air coming out of that fan box. the air coming out the far end of that tube would probably be almost room tempurature.
Ah...humm...
NikonDork5 years ago
Firstly, how is this eco friendly? How are you saving energy? If anything your using more energy with all the fans and the external hard drive your running. These are using more power then a stock Xbox, and the tiny offset of redirecting the heat from the processor into the room isn't worth it in my opinion. Sorry, not "green"

Also with the external drive, you failed to mention if your running linux and formatting the drive with the Xbox or a PC. This is confusing to readers.

Lastly, Xbox will not play all movie formats, would be handy to mention what file types will work with the console.
ac1D NikonDork5 years ago
Plus, he get a free bonus gift! IT'S LOUDER!!!!
NikonDork ac1D5 years ago
Yeah, no kidding! IMO I think all these aftermarket and home solutions for beefing up the cooling on the Xbox doesn't do anything but act as a placebo. The design flaw with the xbox's heat dissipation is the poorly designed heat sink, and unless you combat that directly, your just moving more air over an inadequate amount of surface area.
okoshima5 years ago
not exactly using your own hdd, its not replacing the xbox drive, you are merely adding personal storage and will be unable to use it to store things from the xbox like demos etc as you would with the xbox hdd. those fans are probably doin more harm than good due to you messing airflow to the console (2 fans on back of xbox next to each other one in one out) As has been said, wastes energy, and you will probably find the xbox will dissapate heat into the room exactly the same anyway... just my knowledge on the subject
lemonie5 years ago
Could you explain what you mean by the words "Save Energy, Heat up and area"? And upon what basis you think this is a goer for the Earthjustice United States of Efficiency Contest? L