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Behemoth- May 1, 2010 08:04 AM

[Project] - Wood case
 
So I finally am starting my wooden case. At first, I did want to make a quite large case that could accomodate 2 triple rads and lot of stuff, but I probably would not end up watercooling my gaming build anytime soon. So instead, I'll make a mATX case for my server.

Here's some features I want tis case to have.
-2x 5,25 bays
-(Maybe) 1x3,25 bay for a card reader.
-8x 3,25 bays for hard drives. Not sure yet about that one. maybe 9 bays. (1x os drive + 8 data drives)
-High air flow and dust filters. A must in any PC case -.-
-cable management.

That's about it for now.

As this is going to be the very first time I build some... wooden "thing", I'll try to keep the design quite simple and i'll use the backplate of another case. I was using a old Acer PC as my file/web server up to now. I'll keep the parts of this build and get decent (and reliable -.-) pieces later on for this server.

I'll keep the CPU by the way, (AMD Athlon X2 64 4200+) the DVD Drive and I have a few hard drive laying around.
-At the moment, I'm using an -old- 80Gb IDE drive for the O/S. (Ubuntu) I'll replace it with a 250 Gb WD Caviar Blue laying around. I'll probably raid my 2 500Gb 7200.11's, I'll get 2 Tb drives when the prices go under $100. (probably when drives with the 640Gb platters massively hit the market) Anyway, I don't need much space now. The server will be used for my data backups and to stream media.

So I think that's about it. I started to take apart my Acer case to get the back plate out. At first I thought to also get the "crossbars" which the motherboard screws are on, but decided not to.

http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/5631/img0468d.jpg

As you can see, this is pretty badly designed. It's impossible to insert hard drives in the 3 upper bays without removing the fan on the heatsink. If there was high end RAM with heatspreaders (Ripjaws, Dominators, Reapers.. ) It would also be impossible to insert a drive without removing all the RAM.

http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/9056/img0469bj.jpg

http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/1559/img0470i.jpg

http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/9065/img0471o.jpg

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9583/img0472jj.jpg


That's about it for now. I'll remove the rivets I need to later on today or tomorrow so I can pull off the backplate. I got a week off before starting my new job so I'dd expect to be almost done by then hopefully -.- I'll try to complete my plan today/tomorrow so I can start building on monday.

Once the case is done, I'll look for some (used) stuff
-AM2 mATX Mb with 6 sata ports + gigabit ethernet. (Mine have 10/100, sucks for backup..) + onboard video. Mine somehow got his onboard video screwed so I gotta use my 8500Gt.
-Decent ram, I don't trust Acer's ram, yet it hasn't failed me yet,but I want this pc to be somehow reliable.
-raid card? not sure yet if i'll get one, I know it would be prefereble, but this is meant to be a low budget build.
-a PSU. The PSU in the Acer was of an unknow brand, this probably can blow up anytime soon when running 24/7 -.- I'm surprised it havn't yet.

And i'll use my spare 120mm Yate Loon's, I think I still have 6-7 laying around.

I'll update as soon as possible!

ADay2Long May 1, 2010 01:16 PM

Darn it, I guess I won't have the first wooden case of the summer :bleh:

I plan on building my own wooden case also this summer!

Good luck with the build sir, if your stuff goes well, might steal a few ideas :thumb:

Behemoth- May 1, 2010 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by ADay2Long (Post 371351)
Darn it, I guess I won't have the first wooden case of the summer :bleh:

I plan on building my own wooden case also this summer!

Good luck with the build sir, if your stuff goes well, might steal a few ideas :thumb:

Thx! I've started the hard drive bay today, I was missing a piece or 2, i'll update as soon as possible. I expect this case to be quite heavy..

spikexp May 2, 2010 11:20 AM

You must be kidding me :shok:
I start building my own wood case this week-end to put my computer in it, a acer ase380 AMD Athlon X2 64 4200+ :haha:
I have it since 3 or 4 years, the only thing i have change is the psu, the video card, and a 2tb caviar green.

I hope your project goes well :biggrin:


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