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DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC - The Final Countdown

Looking to attract some attention or save a few bob and build your own LAN party case? We show you how in this guide!!

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 21, 2008 4:00 am

The Final Countdown

 

Bolting on the USB bracket is a breeze and everything is hooked up inside.

 

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

 

Now we have come to a slight problem in the design. With all the components installed, how are we going to keep the GIGABYTE graphics card from moving around too much? - The prototype bracket worked well, but was a real bother to make again.

 

The answer was a simple one; using a long bolt and some nuts to essentially create a pin that pushed up against the lid when closed. The lid with enough flex held the card firmly in place.

 

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

 

Finally, the system was ready to roll. The fruits of my long labours finally ripen and are ready for the picking.

 

DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC

 

The fan above the CPU pulls in cool dust-free air to keep the criticals like the Kingston RAM nice and chilled while the fan above the HDD sucks it out, keeping airflow tight.

 

DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC

 

You will notice I used a 3.5" drive-bay fan controller velcro'd to the lid. This was a last minute decision to allow manual control of the fan speeds to keep the system cool as well as providing me with a cable that actually reached my fan headers.

 

DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC

 

With the case closed up and ugly lid hidden away, we see that this unit doesn't look half bad from the outside! - With no more weight than the components inside, this unit is easy enough to carry around to and from LAN parties. And I'm about to do just that...

 

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