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DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC

By: Andrew Jones | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 21, 2008 4:00 am
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The Second Coming

 

There is a very good reason why I started again from scratch and wrote the initial design off as a prototype. That was due to my home coming to England. That's right, I returned to blighty from Taiwan and there was just no room to take the LAN case with me.

 

I have to say, though, I wasn't particularly teared up to leave the case behind; it was half way messed up already. This time I started fresh from home where I had access to better tools and DIY stores where I could actually describe what I needed in English and not my cripplingly limited Mandarin Chinese.

 

First thing was to wire up the buttons. I found some nice industrial looking ones in Taiwan and brought them home with me. Here you see them quickly connected up to 2-pin headers, ready for the GIGABYTE motherboard.

 

DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC

 

DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC

 

The IKEA motherboard tray this time was drilled out using the pen-through-hole method, saving a good chunk of time and effort. And this time the HS/F mounting bracket hole was done at the same time too.

 

DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC
DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC

 

Unfortunately the company that makes these cases decided it would be a right jolly to glue the foam to the top of the case, making it look as ugly as sin when ripped out.

 

DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC
DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC

 

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