As gaming fans can verify, all consoles create a lot of heat and the add on fans that are available do move more air thru the case. The problems with fans are that they are NOISY and they do not “cool” the game console at all.
Clarification - I did not connect the Nintendo Wii to the AV Switching unit as the Wii does not support Digital Audio. The switching unit requires all of the attached devices to use the same connectors - so connecting the Wii was out. I simply ran the RCA cables for the Wii out the vent and directly to the TV.
3/17/2010 Update - cooler runs consistently around 48 to 50 degrees when no game consoles are on, upwards of 80 degrees after several hours of playing XBox 360, 90 degrees watching a Blue Ray movie (2 hours) on the PS3. Temperature is measured at the inside top of the cooler - it will be colder at the bottom.
Monitoring the moisture closely, no moisture in or on any of the game consoles. Smal amounts of ice in photos were from the previous 6 months when cooler was running in the garage. No ice has formed since this was moved into the living room and rice / silica gel was used.
Step 1: Materials
Step 2: Find the Right Wine Chiller
I initially looked at using a smaller 12 bottle wine coolers that are available at Wal-Mart and such – but the issue came up with how to run the cables out of the cooler to the TV. Most of the smaller units have the compressor and coils in the back of the unit, so simply drilling a hole in the back could be dangerous and ruin the cooler.
Step 3: Reducing the Wires
Update: I upgraded my TV and have removed this AV Switching unit from my setup. I am running HDMI to my new TV directly.