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Jack Rabbit

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Here is a case I made for a friend of mine quite a while ago. He was going to the Caribbean for a six month work term so making him a portable computer case seemed like a good idea at the time. We decided to go for a steam punk look with dark wood and brass as a motif. We aimed for a piece of gear that you could just put down, open up, and plug in to use. To achieve that we made a box with removable end caps; you put them on for travel and you take them off for use. Here is the box all buttoned up for travel.


It is designed to have all the I/O connectors, power, and peripherals accessible from the top. The ventilation fan sucks in from the top and blows out the bottom. Here it is with the end caps off and ready to be hooked up.


The tongues that secure the end caps will provide some space for ventilation but for lengthy stays there are feet that can be added to lift the unit off the floor. The feet are actually door stops. This was my friend's idea as my creative capacity was tapped out by the time we got to the final details of this project. They work great and match the brass fittings used on the rest of the case. The metal guts were originally a Compaq case that we bought at a second hand shop. I ripped off the ugly plastic bezel and crap and found a decent mATX case underneath. The bottom of this case is actually the front of the original case. I wanted to mount the power supply here so I cut out the CD/floppy bay and replaced it with a piece of another case that had the right size holes. The other case was so ancient you can see the hole for the old style five pin DIN keyboard switch. Here is the bottom showing the feet and the rebuilt power supply mount.


The power plug and switch on the bottom are non-functional. I rewired the power supply and put these on the top of the case. The holes left by removing them would have been hard for me to cover so I left them. The back of the original case is the top of this one. I cut an opening for the CD bays where the power supply used to be. I salvaged the CD mounting bracket from the front of the case and attached it back here to support those peripherals. The side panel has a great locking mechanism so I incorporated that into the design to allow access to the inside of the case. Here it is with the side open.


All in all we were both very happy with the results but it had one major flaw: it is really heavy. The brass, hardwood, and ply I used for construction wound up amounting to a lot more than I had expected. The case is very durable and could survive some rough treatment but the gear inside is not shock mounted so it would probably be damaged by concussions that would barely scratch the case. It did survive two plane trips and baggage handlers are know to be second only to the post office for their destructive capacity. :biggrin:

Oh well. Live and learn. Next time I will do better.
 

Sniper

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Phobia that case looks Awesome! I deff should do a Cube once I get my own place again for sure! I'll have to settle for a Mozart TX for now though. I'll H2O cool it once I go Quad.
 

3.0charlie

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uh.....Phobe.....who put that tubing on those barbs.....That does NOT look safe dude....
To put some emphasis on what Cptn. said: do not use your computer with barbs connected like that. You are looking for trouble - unless you wish to kill your rig real fast.

The tubing has to go all the way to the end of the barb, up to the part where you used the wrench to tight it against the rad / res / block. Then you add the tye-wrap where the angled face of the barb ends, on the circular shaft section.
 

SugarJ

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Same issue on rad connection in lower left of same picture?

An awesome looking setup otherwise. Nice build.
 

Infiniti

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Hmm.. That seemed like my old water cooling... The tubing doesn't go all the way back.. but it was 7/16" tubing in a 1/2" barb.. I couldn't get it all the way back.. Oh well.. That was my first custom rig.. my FIRST watercooling system..
 

Phobia

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oops :p i probably couldn't get it on farther, and gave up cause i wanted to get it up and running as fast as possible :p haha, but its been fine since december.. so why fuck with soemthign thats fine? ;) haha jk
 

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