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MassCool NexTherm Case wth Built-in Air Conditioning

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Anyone have any experience with these? Seems like a great idea -- but do they work?? Do they actually keep the heat down inside? How loud are they? And what's the power consumption like vis a vis your home energy bill?Most of the reviews I see are over 3 years old (2005!!) so any info would be appreciated.

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No, I hadn't. Not sure how old that is, but you're right about the 120W. Think I'll take a pass for now.Thanks for your response.

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Hi Chuck,I built my own, which is actually super effective, and not too costly to operate. It was about $145 to purchase, nuttin' to install, and quite wonderfully works with ALL PCs built with a tower case. It has a remote control unit, and operates with Lo-Med-Hi fan speeds only, or Lo-Med-Hi with A/C on. Performance is grand. It cools everything that matters, and then some. If I am running o'clocked to 4.2+Ghz, I will run it on A/C low fan speed. At idle at 4.0Ghz, my CPU runs about 21C. At super dooper full load, at 54-57C. My GPU runs in the 40's at overclock. My mainboard in the low 20's C. My drives run around 23C at this level of cooling. It's Sharp Whisper Quiet 8.5BTU (or so) thru-the-wall AC unit using 110v. My combined gas/electric bills average $120 or so for a 2300 sq ft home. I don't need whole house AC very often, for which I have a full size central air conditioning system.Noise at full AC, low fan speed mode: can't measure it, but is typical AC unit: low pitched, white noise, of low intensity, but def there! Doesn't bother me with or without headphones as I simply don't notice it. When I need very very quiet for low intensity computing (I do some digital audio recording, gigastudio, etc), I simply turn it off and I have an ultra quiet PC. And it stays cool enough since the left case cover is off.Enjoy!http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/189177.jpghttp://forums.avsim.net/user_files/189178.jpg

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Noel:That is incredibly awesome! What a great idea. I was just telling my wife that we have 3 Air Conditioners sitting in the basement from "the old house" not doing a bloody thing. 2 of them are less than a season old!Thanks for posting! This place is fantastic -- it has never let me down!Chuck

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