(MOTM 1) Project - Slimline HTPC. 09/08/09 - 97% COMPLETE

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  1. ravencs

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    I have spare ram / Athlon 3500+ lying around - and a few hard drvies, so i was thinking about turning it into a slimline networked movie/music player - as i plan on moving my lcd tv into a more feasible location, instead of as a 2nd screen to my current computer.

    I will work out the PSU details later - Any ideas would be helpful! im looking for the smallest PSU size ever!

    I also plan on watercooling it - using homebrew blocks, which the inlets / outlets will be either angled 90 degrees under the roof, or built flush with the roof, so they 'spiral across the roof'.

    Other plan is to go with the same grill construction and build a kind of 'parking lot cityscape layout' for the pump / psu on top.


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    Or just have the PSU / Pump as a seprate plug and play module :D

    Above the PCI slots will be a radiator / harddrive, fan can easily mount on top of roof, with the same side panels construction.

    Hell im even thinking of mounting 4 hard drives in a similiar stand underneath it for a NAS setup!

    Possibilities are endless..

    Oh That motherboard is a broken oldie - for size measurements.
    Purchasing a Gigabyte GA-M85M-US2H Early next week for Raid 5 / 6 x Sata benefits.

    Screws = $10-$15
    Alumi Bar = $28


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    STRAWBERRIES!


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    Corners will be hidden with Alum Angle. I purposely put the screw hole close to the edge so they did not line up properly, as the 10mm angle covers it properly, and saves alot of filing.


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    A led or two will bring this baby to life!


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    As you can see with the below pic, the washers are slightly smaller, will fix it up or replace with alum pieces.
    There is also supposed to be a top piece, and the bottom 'shorter' piece should be the whole length... i accidentally put them through the saw :(


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  2. Smoken

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    Love the concept - keep it up - more pics :thumbup:
     
  3. brayway

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    WOW nice case!

    i like the way you are making the case!
    oh and you wanted the smallest PSU??
    don't know if this will be big enough power wise but have a look.
    CLICK ME!
     
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    I have been looking at those, but the problem is, it does not have a 4 Pin for the mobo.

    I believe those are for the intel itx things?

    Been busy this morning..

    Fixed the back spacers.


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    Might chuck an angle here.


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    I have 2 giant boxes filled with hundreds of computer screws / spacers / little lovely feet like these babies - everything that comes with computer hardware.


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    Tape of the gods... Is a bloody joke - it works wonders, but pieces this small i cant get the red backing off!


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    Sides attached, The bars *nearly* overlap the corners - but only because i am using the tape of the gods.
    Testing at the moment - last thing i will do is glue them in place, so it covers the overhangs.


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    Roof is on - i like it!

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  5. thekovac

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    Mate - I'm loving what you're doing with that HTPC case - looks pretty darn awesome!

    If I ever get round to building my HTPC that I've been wanting to build, I'll probably follow your case design! Nice work!

    Good luck with it, its really coming along nicely.
     
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    I really like the design/construction. Sweet looks indeed. ;-) :thumbup:

    Cheers
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  7. slyls1

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    As for the PSu have a look around for an old HP SFF dc7100 or similiar. slim short but capable PSUs. These cases are quite compact so the PSU a tiny.

    Damn i just threw one out last week. ow ill have a few of these for sale in a little while, maybe google artound and see if it will do the job.

    BTW love the case concept :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks, i noticed that last night when i was having a second look.

    Its abit silly that the company sell the 150 watt Pico - but only 102(US)/110(AU) watt AC-DC adapters.

    I managed to find a 150 watt AC-DC for the pico - but that pushes the PSU + Pico into just under $200.

    I need the 150 watt, if i am to future use it as a NAS. + pump chews up 15-20 watts.

    Either that or i will buy a cheap $50 300 watt and extend the cables and just hide it in a draw.
    40 murdermod sleeving coming out of the gaps between the bars?

    slyls1: How long is a 'little' while? :D
     
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    that looks very slick :thumbup:

    it is going to look awesome when it is all done
     
  11. oaks101

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    drill some holes over he heatsink, better venterlaltion
     
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    There is one for sale right here
     
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    dear sir

    firefox offers a wonderful spell-checking functionality that you must implement (or note) before posting.

    you're making us look incredibly stupid to the rest of the world, now that the forums are google-able.
     
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    While that's true, I doubt anyone googling for "venterlaltion" would actually notice that it's been misspelt... :p

    And op that case DOES look nice! Paint a PSU and sleeve its cabling to run into the case? So it looks like a giant, but normal, power brick?

    Though your idea with the pico psu would look way better and still get the job done anyways...
     
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    I am about 2-3 weeks off being able to view the forum :(

    Anyone able to tell me who the admins are? might be able to boost up my access times :(

    Thanks guys!

    Missus took me out and waxed all my money on clothes and pillows - last day of sales apparently :upset::upset:

    Might have to put the psu back abit - hopefully i can order the motherboard on tuesday!

    So far I plan on mounting a usb-slot inside - with a wi-fi usb stick - should get plenty of reception through the gaps. (i hope so - router is 1 1/2 floors below.)

    Working alot this week, hopefully by thursday i will have my motherboard and start getting it cranking / finishing up the case once i get proper measurements - might need to add another bar height, as ram is just scraping the roof.

    Also hinges!!
     
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    soz man did i mispal? im not giveted wif spallin
     
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    useless posts can go away please
     
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  18. slyls1

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    You have to keep in mind that it is the school holidays.
     
  19. Alfiegerner

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    Hiya, that's looking awesome!

    Sorry to get in on this thread - I'm looking for a 150w adapter myself for my pico psu, if anyone knows where I can get one can they drop me a line on this thread? I can't click through to that link atm.
     
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    Very impressed with the case design, Inspiring ideas for me.........
    Hope you dont mind if i use it? hehe
     

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