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Old 04-30-2011, 01:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Why not just design and make your own case?
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That is quite a good idea, Slay. I do have some old cases I can tear up. Just use the motherboard plate and anything else.

What tools would I need. Besides a Dremel?
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3 to 5 lb sledge hammer, some duct tape (a must!) and the jaws of life! Oh, and some good eye and ear protection! LOL
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We have a old trusty sledge hammer, actually. My dad took it from his father's shed when he died 5-7 years ago. :P
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Old 04-30-2011, 02:18 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I don't know what medium of material you would intend to use but...
I have experience as a sheet metal worker, "boxes" were my forte, being a ducting guy. But they make some nifty tools that could come in handy if you were using something similar to the thickness of 26guage-28guage sheet metal...say aluminum or something similarly pliable, on a guage chart it shows .0179" which I believe is how you classify metals other than sheet metal(plain old tin). But the tools I refer to would be a barfold, it has grooves that you slip your metal into to make a clean sharp bend. And a button punch, used for fastening two or more sheets together without screws. If you have a local HVAC shop that fabricates their own stuff I might go talk to them. You could possibly give them specs and have them build the rough case for you! Cut out your vents yourself with a pair of snips, and get some louvers t ocover the whole online or at a box store( i.e. Lowes, Home Depot) I could definitely give you tips to tackle it yourself if you would like, just let me know!
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I've seen barfolds before. Those are awesome. But, I don't think I need to go extreme. I'll see what we have around here.
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You could always make one w/ 2 pairs of pliers and a piece of thicker metal. Just lay the thick piece where you want to bend, grab it with the pliers and go.
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I actually thought of going open air. ATM, I have 4 bolts on the side of my desk, holding my stand. I could build off that.
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Old 04-30-2011, 02:56 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Nice, no cooling issues there, Heck you could just use a desk mount fan. One of those little 5" dia. ones?
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Or build a mount for a 200mm fan, cools everything on the board. :P
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