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Project codename "Keeping the wife happy"

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Tommo, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Tommo

    Tommo Well-Known Member

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    So, just thought I would start a quick build log as its a little project which I have not done before.

    The long story short, my wife hates the NAS/Media PC under the TV. She loves what it does, but hates the amount I have spent on it and just hates the look of it.
    Whilst I see a black sleek HTPC case with subtle LED's that has painstakingly been designed upwards to house PC components, she see's a lump of ugly aluminium and plastic. Oh well, beauty is on the eye of the beholder.

    To be fair it does not fit in to our front room decor, over the years she has done some awesome restoration projects on old obscure furniture and as such, this is the theme of our front room, 50's and 60's retro. Not everyone's cup of tea but as said above, beauty.. eye.. beholder.. etc..

    So, a while back somebody suggested using a carcass from another piece of equipment to house a PC, something that has been done quite a bit before over the interwebs but I've not seen anyone do it on these forums (or if they have they have not shared it with the rest of us)

    So, I went and purchased an old 1950's record player. It was a bit battered but this is apparently part of the chic.

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    Time to gut it out, excuse the old dining table in the sunroom, its the only workspace I have at the moment as the lawnmower is in bits over my shed/garage workbench.


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    Testing it for size. Full ATX PSU shown in the pic, I do have a PICO PSU but the chances are that I will be adding another 2 or 3 HD's and possibly a slim Blu-Ray player at a later date, so want to make sure that it will hold a decnt PSU. Sooner or later will be looking at getting a nice modular job :)
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    Will be swapping the PSU to the right hand side for easier cabling, and the motherboard will be changed to the great little Asus F1A75-I Deluxe rather than the less feature filled Asrock board in the pic.

    Going to have to machine a motherboard tray and get some mesh for venting and to create some sort of backing for the I/O shield to be housed.

    Going to rough around in my bits box to find something suitable for a hard drive caddy, and I'll be adding USB ports to the outisde of the case, a custom power button and a volume control using the old knobs on the front, and hopefully a way to get the turntable to spin when powered on.

    More to follow, suggestions and ideas welcome
     
  2. ryanmartin

    ryanmartin eTeknix Forum Staff

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    I'd recommend getting a Noctua NH-L9a to cool your CPU, should keep acoustics down and still give you a bit of room to play with overclocking if you feel you need extra performance in future. You could probably get away with a passive power supply if you are looking for total silence, or at least getting a smaller capacity modular one. You might consider making a cut-out on the bottom for a PSU to intake air should you get one with a fan, or have a fan intake at the bottom and an intake out the back. Obviously you'd be talking like 650RPM 120mm fans and 1200RPM 80mm fans to keep noise to an absolute minimum.
     
  3. Flynn Greenberg

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    Great idea(wonder where that came from) if you have an old case you could take that mobo tray from there and cut to size, with some good led strips you could have some great lighting effects from the front grills, also with that amount of space a cheap all in one cpu water coller would go nice and keep noise down
     
  4. dJabba

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    can recommend the mainboard you're going for, using the same in my HTNAS. A thing I'd suggest you consider right away is the NZXT UI01 (NZXT :: Unique. Unprecendented. Inspired - IU01 USB Expansion Product Detail) due to the board only having one USB header. Cheap addon with lots of benefits.
    Among the obvious, it also adds the option as charging station for your mobile devices with very little effort - and very handy.

    Looking forward to reading and seeing more of this build
     
  5. Tommo

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    Yup, it was you Flynn that spurred me to putting this up on the forums, the case has been sitting in my shed since you started that thread before Christmas.

    I'm currently using the Asus mainboard in the HTPC, the Asrock board that I used in the pics was being moved out of my sons PC (again) and its easier than getting in to the HTPC just for a mock size up. The Asus board is fantastic, not missed a beat since I purchased it. I had one in the old HTPC before that went pop and was totally sold by it then (bonus is I have 2 controllers for it now)

    Found this knocking about, purchased it for another project but put it away, forgot about it and packed the PC off without it being installed, should be handy, giving me 2 front usb2 and 2 front usb3.

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    Looking at your recommendation dJabba, the idea of having something powered direct from the PSU is very tempting


    Yeah was going to ask a bit of advice on the CPU cooler, at the moment I have a 120mm xilence redwing cable-tied over a AMD stock cooler for a 1090t. The AMD stock cooler for that chip has a good fin density and some decent heat piping, I've off-centered the fan so that the "eye" of the fan is away from the cooler making sure that there is a shed load of air being passed downwards on to the cooler and A6-3500, at a small OC and on 100% load i'm not hitting anything over 45 degrees.
    Tempted to replace it as it looks frigging awful, I'll look in to that cooler you suggested, was going to go a contained water solution, I may have an old h50 coming out of my main machine, but finding the height for a rad may be a tight squeeze, will have to get out the tape measure later.

    Hard drive cage sorted, just found the spare 2 bay version of this in my bits box.

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    Going to strap a small 80mm noiseblocker fan to one end of this and situate it at the front of the case, bringing in cold air from the front of the case and over the HDs
     
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    Nice project. Looking forward for the next post:)
     
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    Awesome idea, I'll be watching this thread :)
     
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    COOL rig :) i like to see it how it's done :)
    i recommend put some clear acrylic to replace that white front case. and some clear acrylic on top from the case (just below the magnetic cartridge) with the blink led inside will looks COOl :)
     
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    Cool xD Nice Handwork xD
     
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    Nice thread, Ill also be watching this one closely :)

    SD.
     
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    Will you have room to keep the record deck? That and the knobs would keep people guessing :rolleyes:


    Edit: Incidentally, I wondered if this thread might be going in the direction of another I saw a while ago:

    How to Mod Ur GF's Vibrator
     
  12. NZXT Support

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    I like I like! Need more pics!
     
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    Well thought out work in progress. The less moving parts the happier things will be. If moving parts look into two entrance fans for the cool air circulation.
     
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    Do we have any more updates on this project? would be a shame for the thread to drop quiet? :)
     
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    Sorry, in the process of moving, plus the snow and it being bloody cold.... so things are a little slow.

    I'll put some updates a bit later, I've been playing with making my own bespoke motherboard tray and have made a few temp jobs out of ply, going to machine one made of allu when I can get back in to my workshop (read 6x4 leaky shed), going to try and source some rubber grommets from the Bay as I'm going to have cable management underneath the tray to keep it all looking neat and tidy.
    Might even bespoke braid the cables and bits (don't think we have a braiding/sleeving tutorial on this forum, if I can't find one I'll document and take snaps as I go along).. not that many do it now we have the awesome extensions offered by NZXT and Bitfenix, I however am going to be fighting with space and want to braid right in to the PSU :eek:

    I've also lost one of the knobs off the front of the box, so to put a complete finish on the project may have to wait until I've un-packed the other end :(
     
  16. Tim Moore

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    sounds good cannot wait to see the final shots
     
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    good going:cool: love these projects>>>><<<<<
     
  18. David Wall

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    Love the idea.. Might have to take a trip to the thrift shop and see what they have laying around would like to hide mine away too.
     
  19. bonedub

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    thats a really awesome idea! looking forward to see it ready!
     
  20. musice

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    Lol I wasn't expecting that, but awesome idea. Congrats
     

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