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Photograph April 1, 2010 03:28 PM

[Project] Bender : Low Cost, High Performance Folding Unit Enclosure
 
Overview:

It is time to finally assemble my dual GPU/quad core SMP folding machine and build a permanent home for it as an open air system is asking for trouble in a house full of kids, two dogs and a cat.

My wife allowed a budget for this modding project: $0.

So I will have to make this machine out of what I have lying around the shop, in my parts bin or find on the side of the road. Yes, this is going to be ghetto, but I will do what I can to keep it classy.

The Case:

I have kept an eye out for an ATX case for the last few weeks and came across one out for the trash with a dead PIII system in it this morning: Score!

Its your basic fugly POS no-name case from the late 90's with poor airflow and is missing the 3.5 drive bays. A perfect candidate for total do-over mod.

Here's the case in all of it's mediocrity:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/...3d51b654_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/...e89ce647_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2780/...021d31f6_b.jpg

The Parts:

As for components to go into the case, I am reusing the old guts from my HTPC's previous build and a few parts from my bin:

  • Processor: Intel Q8200S 2.33Ghz Quad With an OCZ Vendetta II cooler
  • Video Card: EVGA GTX260 Core 216 & BFG GTX260 Core 192
  • Memory: 4Gb OCZ DDR-1066 with OCZ Cooler
  • Mother Board: Gigabyte GA-G33M-S2
  • Storage: Some old IDE hard drive from the parts bin
  • Additional Cooling: A box of fans to choose from
  • PSU: Silverstone Strider 850w Fully modular PSU


The Plan:

The goal is to have a headless automated box that turns itself on and off on a schedule that will fold like hell when hydro rates are low and sleep when they are high. Airflow is the most important consideration in this build as all components will be clocked as far as they can go for maximum points generation. This will need plenty of airflow to keep everything cool and happy for a long time to come. Noise is not much of a factor as this machine will run mostly while my family is asleep, and looks are not that big of a deal as my wife doesn't have to see it. :D

I want to be able to drop in a full sized ATX board down the road for more expandability, and that's about it. My PPD should get a decent boost once this is all put together. And now I am off to get some work done as I have set a goal to have this mod completed sometime next week. Updates to come soon.

Arinoth April 1, 2010 03:57 PM

If its anything like McBane this is going to be another amazing mod which i'm looking forward to follow

encorp April 1, 2010 04:14 PM

Damnit, if you were in Toronto I'd donate so you wouldn't break your wife's budget allowance and could do something stellar. I have like 400 dollars worth of Duplicolor self etching primer and paint that could really do a number on that case that's just sitting here!

Curious to see what you do here!

_dangtx_ April 1, 2010 04:15 PM

lolz and a go for it maite!!!!

HaDeS April 1, 2010 04:41 PM

Quote:

My wife allowed a budget for this modding project: $0.
I for one vote that she increases your budget. :thumb:

You could just cut her off until she comes around yeh?:ph34r:

Digikid April 1, 2010 05:35 PM

And I thought that this is what you were gonna do.

mini-itx.com - projects - bender case

Photograph April 2, 2010 05:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arinoth (Post 357623)
If its anything like McBane this is going to be another amazing mod which i'm looking forward to follow

It won't be quite the same caliber as MacBane given the budget restrictions but I will do everything i can to make it as nice as possible given my limitations.

Quote:

Originally Posted by encorp (Post 357635)
Damnit, if you were in Toronto I'd donate so you wouldn't break your wife's budget allowance and could do something stellar. I have like 400 dollars worth of Duplicolor self etching primer and paint that could really do a number on that case that's just sitting here!

Curious to see what you do here!

That's man, as that is a great offer and very much appreciated. I am often in the GTA for business trips but I doubt the airlines would let me bring any aerosol cans on board. I have more than enough paint options here to find something that should work :thumb:

Quote:

Originally Posted by _dangtx_ (Post 357636)
lolz and a go for it maite!!!!

Thanks Man!

Quote:

Originally Posted by HaDeS (Post 357652)
I for one vote that she increases your budget. :thumb:

You could just cut her off until she comes around yeh?:ph34r:

There's no chance of having the budget changed I am afraid, I may however use a few parts from another longer term project to help Bender get completed.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Digikid (Post 357671)
And I thought that this is what you were gonna do.

mini-itx.com - projects - bender case

That's the right Bender, but my reason for calling it that was something along the lines of "Protien Bender". I am thinking of finding a Bender figure and putting it in the case by one of the windows, yes this case will have lots of windows as I have multiple small pieces of acrylic and plexiglass on hand.

Thanks everyone, I will try to make some progress later today.

Musabi April 3, 2010 01:52 AM

Ugghhhh I was so fortunate to read through the MacBane thread from start to completion in one foul swoop! Now I'll have to wait impatiently for updates!! Booo! I'm going to follow this very closely though as I have an old case with an e4200 and gtx260 core 216 I would love to have some fun with!!

Look forward to the updates man!

martin_metal_88 April 3, 2010 05:34 AM

God! after what you have done with this old mac I can't wait to see what you can do with this case and a folding baby!! Keep us up to date dude and carry on with awesome work! Ho and if you want some more card to fold;) throw a PM I should have some here:)

Photograph April 3, 2010 08:08 AM

Thanks everyone, progress has been made:

I planned out where everything was going to end up:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/...f7dfa4a0_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2770/...91e43acf_b.jpg

I have a couple of Antec 900 fan bays on hand and it fits perfectly providing me with a HD location and one of two planned front fans:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2722/...8af9e6da_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/...2873e04d_b.jpg

Next up I took care of cutting out the three new window and fan locations:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2700/...09cb9b84_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/...6c8a2c56_b.jpg

And yes I do have a box of fans to pick from for this project, I have however earmarked the Noctua's for a classier project that is on the go. Everything in the box is an option for Bender.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4060/...9af32842_b.jpg

I hope to get onto painting before the end of the weekend, cheers everyone :thumb:


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