Briefcase NAS build [lots-o-pics]

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  1. BBQ_69

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    Begin big first post...

    For ages I've been wanting to do a briefcase type mod but never really had the motivation.. But after seeing fauxhounds briefcase mod and Claymens bunnings spec system I had an idea, Briefcase NAS!
    Last year I put together a HTPC but have never really used it so I'll flog the CPU, Board and Ram from that, add a decent PSU and some HDD's and Bob's you're Aunty.

    The hardware (so far) consists of;
    • Asus M3A78-EMH HDMI
    • Athlon 4850e
    • 2gig ram
    • 600CD storage case from ebay
    • A case handle
    • 3x 120mm led fans
    • 3x 120mm alum grills
    • 3x 92mm alum grills
    • 2x Cool looking led buttons

    Still to come (kinda undecided);
    • Corsair 500w odd PSU
    • 6x 1.5TB drives (or best $$/GB at the time)
    • A few 92mm fans

    These are about all the details I have, this is more of a wing it as you go type project so on with the pictures!


    The case
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    The case again
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    The case open
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    Some supplies
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    The fans lit up
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    The fans lit up in the dark
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    Case mock-up
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    More case mock-up
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    Yet more case mock-up.
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    So at this point I’m pretty happy with the general layout of things but it’s still early days.


    Que a couple of days later..

    The rails and side cover removed
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    A close up of the case
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    Another close up of the case
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    Bits n pieces
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    The removed pieces
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    A quick mock-up
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    More mock-up
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    More mock-up
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    Mock-up with possible HDD layout
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    Reusing rails for HDD layout
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    HDD layout with rails
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    I’m pretty happy with the general layout of things, although I think a reworking of the HDD positioning is in order. I reckon a single stack of disks laid horizontally instead of 3 vertical ones, but that’s for a later date.


    And again after a few more days..

    Fan bracket mock up
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    Still in beta stages but a good start
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    Fits pretty well
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    Seal the gap with a little bit of foam
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    Again the foam to fill the gaps
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    Using the rails removed from the case I’ve made a pre-beta fan bracket, it fits really well to where some of the existing case pins are so with a bit of drilling and riveting it can be secured quite well. I think a bit of foam to fill the gap between the case and the fans to get a good seal as I’ll be chopping 3 holes in the side for the grills.

    That’s pretty much where it’s up to so far but things are moving along pretty well so hopefully some there will be some updates soon!
     
  2. Davo1111

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    looks great mate :) please keep us updated!

    btw - Which way will the 3 fans be circulating air? Remember you will need both in and out flow
     
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    The 120s will be intake; I wasn't too sure how they would flow so I'll get some 92's for the out flow once I can gauge how they go.
     
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    ahh this is awesome :thumbup: :thumbup:

    cant wait to see the finished result
     
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    Why do you have coles brand disposable gloves?
     
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    So he does not leave any fingerprints behind whilst shopping at Woolworths :Paranoid:

    Keep up the good work mate, it's coming along nicely :thumbup:
     
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    I'd like to say it’s because I'm pro and don't want to put finger prints on things, but truth be told it's from when we had termites holidaying in the walls and we sprayed them with some less than pleasant substances.

    Back OT, I've been thinking about what to line the case with as I'm not overly fond of the dodgy black liner. We have a heap of folded aluminium chairs that I could chop a few decent flat sheets out of so that could definitely be a winner.
     
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    nice start mate,

    i reckon if you flip those hdds on their sides you could possibly mount a whole heap of drives along there (nice nas storage then) and that way those 120mm intakes will blow along the hdds well.
     
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    I think a hole on in the wall on the other side from the fans? to act as an exhaust?
     
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    yeah, move the nas box, we want MOAR photos of the gloves!!!!
     
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    The plan is to put 2 or 3 92mm fans on the other side, due to the size restrictions with the motherboard and PSU I can't easily fit 120s. The 3 120s that are there now are very quiet so something similar in a 92mm would be ideal.
     
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    Looking great good work.
     
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    Lol.. that whole afternoon out at bunnings for JUST that angle bar was so worth it..

    still need my flat alluminum stripes for my media case..

    bunnings ago soon ya?! bru!?
     
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    Ca'on BBQ, when do i get an update! ;)

    I leave and this is how you spend your time?
    How you have mellowed, what ever did happen to your water block. I have had mine out a few times now :$ Pity my video card is still a 6600 GT so it just dosent seem worth it :upset:
     
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    I've been pretty sick for the last few weeks so not much progress unfortunately, there will be some more work done soon so updates will start rolling in.

    I still have that waterblock round somewhere, water is too much up keep for a lazy bast like me.. I'm not as ghetto as yourself :p I still have that pic from the frags lan where you had your pump in a lunch box to catch the leaks!
     
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    Fear the ghetto lunchbox!

    One of these days ill pull out the block again and use it, and steal your block and use that of gfx card . . . and blow that up to ^_^

    Back OT: So did you end up deciding on an OS yet? Solaris or Linux?

    mmm ZFS love.
     
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    Freenas 0.7 has just gone RC so I rekon that will be a goer, even the nightly builds were pretty damn good. Opensolaris might be a bit of an overkill but I guess we'll see how it goes.. I just want something simple that isn't going to nuke my data (again).
     

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