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DIY Case Mods - Suitcase turned into PC (Page 8)

By Andrew Jones on Aug 20, 2008 11:00 pm CDT - 1 min, 14 secs reading time for this page
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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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