Looking to fabricate vertical GPU Mount

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  1. Morgue

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    I'm trying to mount my GPU vertically without completely shredding up the back of my case and I was hoping to actually get one of those vertical gpu brackets fabricated locally.

    I can't seem to find them available online (and shipped to australia) for less than $80 a pop, so I figured my best bet was to get some fairly thick sheet metal and get it cut and bent accordingly... However I have no idea how to do that myself and even less idea on who I could contact to get this done.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to get this done without costing a mint?

    Thanks!
     
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    How will you secure the bracket to the back of your case?

    Or will you have it as a full stand alone internal setup and just run your cable inside?

    Whats your case?

    If you could work out your needed design maybe some one with a 3d printer?
     
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    Fractal Design S is the case. I was planning on drilling a few holes into the back plate, just to the right of the standard PCIE brackets.

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    I should have linked the image of what I'm trying to make in the first post. Essentially just a 2 slot PCIE IO bracket, but with holes to bolt to the inside of the case. Here's an image of what it would look like in the case in question (the mountain mods bracket).

    I'm more looking to have something made of metal just due to the structural integrity of the whole thing. I'll be water cooling it and the block I feels about as heavy as the base cooler on it, so it'll still way a good half kilo.
     
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    Those would be some pretty complex bends to make if you are ghettoing it.

    If I was going to do it I would make it in 2 parts.

    The part with the PICE slots .

    Edit, Damn you forums for braking by beautiful ASCII art
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    Then some small U channel or Square tube instead of the flaps on the sides.

    That way you only need to make 2 easy/narrow bends and then pop Rivet the rest.
     
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    Ok, trying to understand. You mean to make 1 flat piece of metal as such?

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    and just cut some holes in the bottom and mid?

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    Um... yeah I never thought of that. It would probably have the required amount of structural integrity i wanted. I was hoping to be a little more out from the case (so i can see more of my gpu in the window).

    I was trying to butcher the case as little as possible if i decided to change it up later. I wanted to only drill a few mounting screw holes, plus a slot for my monitors.

    edit: Actually no, I dont know what you mean by U or square shaped tube. Could you please elaborate?
     
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    I hear ya, you gotta go metal/alloy its ganna weigh a bomb.

    The week link will the flex of the case around that cut out point.
    It's only real strength is that press in the metal. A secondary bracket mount may be needed also.

    Nice case btw im running the nano :D and have thought of this exact same thing :thumbup:


    Butcher is onto the right stuff here.

    Do you even need the cutouts? cant this just be an open area.

    That way you can just make it with L shaped alloy from bunnings cut your V's for the corners no need to join it as when you scre /pop rivit it to the case it will hold the shape.

    Basically youd be making a simple box frame.... with some drilling and a bit of dremel work
     
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    I suck @ explaining things so here a little some thing i knocked up in the add break :thumbup:

    It was qik and ruff .. appols

    cut away the marked areas


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    I just did a quick jig and a clamp, managed to get much sharper bends.

    It may be worth it to make a jig.
     
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    Wow defyant, thanks for the quick mock up. Unfortunately photobucket is being a real dredge with the photos and I can only look at the tiny little thumbnails in your library at the moment. Will have to give it a try later when it's not being difficult.

    I have a dremel and a few general tools, I'm willing to spend a bit of money if it's on tools, but that's basically all I have to work with.

    I actually... attempted to turn an existing steel hard drive cage bracket, into something usable. No knowledge of how to do it = ugly result. I have something somewhat functional, but it looks awful. Considering all the effort I'm going to to make everything else look nice, I should make this piece look at least respectable.
     
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    nps yw.:thumbup:

    I really need to get away from PB.......:mad:

    Lemme know how you go! i'd be keen to take some time to make a clean one of these... maybe 2 :)
     
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    Yeah I'm still trying to work it out in my mind. I thought the easiest way would be to bend one piece of metal into the shape originally linked, but that's all but impossible to do without specialised equipment it seems.

    Cutting and bending the L shaped aluminium would get me 90% of the way there.

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    If I cut the grooves along the bend joints, bend the two sides in to make lips, then make the folds, it should work. All the high stress points of the GPU make contact, two slits in the bottom for the PCIE bracket fins, drill holes everywhere for bolting down and that would work without the need for a second piece of metal. Maybe.

    Will have to go to bunnings tomorrow and have a play with it. Need a new vice anyway, so might as well get a few bits and pieces to try and make this work.

    Btw, this is the horrible smashed up piece of shit I attempted to make originally. Functionally, it works, it's solid enough to hold a GTX 480 in place... it just looks ugly. Like the GTX 480.
     
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    Why not just use L angle for all of it?

    - Cut hole in case (neatly) for 2 slot GPU.

    - 1 piece of angle (L) horizontally along the top. Rivet into place.
    - Sit GPU on that, secure GPU to L with screw.
    - 1 L piece inverted under the feet of GPU slot. Rivet into place.
    Could get "neater" by cutting a slot (large enough for both feet to "just" get into, or single slot for each foot).
    - 2 pieces of angle vertically on each side of the GPU, can even have them inboard a little to help spread the weight against the side of the case. Rivet into place.

    It would look neat, no divider, but that is complicating your project.

    You wont need to bend anything, just straight cuts, 9 or 10 holes to drill and 8 rivets...
     
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    So the first part you got, Just make it abit wider that you need and then put the U channel (or square tube) under either side.

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    That way you can attach it to the case in a very similar way to the bracket you linked but less all of the complex bends. It would still take up the same space.

    The issue I can see with Alu L is how do you join everything. Unless you are Welding Alu I cant see how your Diagram would work in real life.

    That would be the easiest way for sure, hell you could skip the 2 side pieces with no issues. Would be pretty Ghetto though.

    if you are just doing 2 straight easy bends, a Clamp, a Piece of wood and a Hammer would do.
     
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    Aha, so, trying to visualise it in my head. Basically I get 2 U channels, bore some holes, grab the flat piece and make two bends and a cut for the IO and just put it together like so. Green line indicates bolt.

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    That way I only have to really cut the IO on one piece, bend it twice, then drill holes? I'm liking the ease of that. It also might look pretty good too without me stuffing it around a ton.

    Well the thing is, I wouldn't be welding at all. It would be a piece of L, cut one side of the bend 3 times along. Bend the other side into a square shape, as per Defyant did previously. His images don't show up, but he quickly made an actual mock up of what he was trying to explain with some scrap he had. Here:

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    Then I just bolt that to the case. I really don't want to butcher the case a ton, and I want it to look decent. I could have just gone quick and easy with the dremel:

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    But a couple of holes and a nice rubber gasket will make it look fairly good.
     
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    Agreed :thumbup:

    With a coat of satin black it will match up and look good as well.

    The join will be at the lower rear so behind the card and never noticed.

    Don't hit it with a hammer as suggested! just jig it bend and clamp :)
     
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    Well shit, I just wasted most of a day on this. I tried to get some aluminium L pipe at my local bunnings, but they were mostly out.

    So I was going to opt for the L joint and bolt it together, but I need at least 60mm wide aluminium for that, and the most they sell is 50wide (unless i want to pay for a patterned sheet at $100 or more).

    I then went on a wild goose chase trying to find someone who'll sell me a 60mm x 160mm piece of metal without charging me a "minimum of $85+gst".

    This is what you get for being a millennial with no connections. I've approached 15 businesses trying to get them to sell me a bit of metal and I can't seem to find anyone who wont deal in bulk. Back before my Dad passed, this would have been an easy thing. 2 Sentences to him and he'd either have it half built before I hung up the phone, or he'd come around and show me how to do it myself.

    Now, everyone I speak to seems to be personally offended that I don't already have the knowledge and tools to do this correctly. It's a real bummer. /rant.

    Anyway, I'll have to find an alternative store or wait till they get more L metal to try that method. It wasn't as cheap as I would like it, or in the shapes I want it to be, but I might still be able to make something that doesn't look like garbage.

    Edit: Ah... the other option is... I might have a few other PC cases I can butcher for PCI slots. A youtuber showed a video on how to do it, but it didn't look that sturdy. Still...
     
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    Can't help with your supply issues...

    But you could try these options:

    1) Bracket from Mountain mods. Cheap, cheerful and easy enough to mod.

    2) A beautiful CNC machined bracket from MNCP tech. Takes up a fair bit of space but it looks great.
     
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    See that's the thing. I would have been done with it and just purchased one of those, but the cheapest i can get either is $80 delivered to my door. For a piece metal that's bloody excessive.
     
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    Totally get what you mean...

    I can only justify this b/c the computer is a nice hobby really.

    An alternative is to grab a PCIE bracket from alibiba. Same thing as the mountainmods bracket...
    Or there are PCIE bracket to fit open benches that are the same. The one I linked the one of the smaller ones that suit my case that I found a while back. I'm sure there are other cheaper options out there...
     
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    I agree, as much as i love Bill and what he does i cant fork out that much cash.

    I wasnt 100% happy with this version i knocked up this arvo.

    i'd be happy to paint it up (black) and post it off to you :thumbup:
     
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