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LaBe    0

Hello everybody!

I thought I would enter into this contest. The first thing I thought was that there weren´t so many that I would compete against. Especially when most people seemed to mod a chassis instead of building one from scratch.

However, I found that I could not have been more wrong. I've been looking in the forums now for a while and realize that I'm totally screwed in this competition. But maybe I can learn something and I could probably use the comments and suggestions on what I do.

I am building my chassis in wood, namely glued laminated timber (I think it´s called) of pine and the primary aim of my chassis is to create an as quiet a chassis as possible with simple means and a very limited budget. I have already realized the many substantial errors I made in the meantime. But above all, I probably would not build a chassis of real wood again.

I am a regular guy from Sweden without any training or relevant to the topic. However, I have been a computer geek most of my life and I have quite often have a bit more original ideas that I want to test. Besides, I have wanted to design and build my own chassis for a long time now.

The computer that will sit in the chassis is an old AMD Athlon 3200 + CPU with 2GB RAM. The case will be for a headless server that, among other things, will act as a file server to the home network.

The design of the chassis I am building comes from my ideas of how to make it as silent as possible rather than anything else. So the design is from the function. However, I hope it can eventually become neat and stylish.

I have been working for a couple of weeks now, and will update with pictures shortly.

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Okey as promised here are the first pictures.

Materials i have been using.

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Foam for sound insulation

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Door hinges and a lock

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Misc

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I had the wood cut to correct size when i bought it. Fits really good.

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Gluing and screwing it together

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Reallt sturdy... could probably use it as a chair

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Fitting the side

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Making holes for fans. Using the wrong tools....

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Not as sturdy anymore

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One side is in place

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Will update with more pictures soon... I have a lot more ready.

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Have a couple of minutes now, so here are som more photos.

Asphalt rubber, for stopping any vibrations

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Testing with side, dust filters and start button

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Start button and leds

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Adding wood to distance the fans from the front of the chassis

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Have added some sound insulation foam, and also some paint on the wood

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Here you can also se the wood in witch the mb tray will sit. I will make sense when i start adding components to the computer

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Creating a hdd rack

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Hdd rack fits really good

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I Have a couple of more photos that i will upload shortly. But thats it for now.

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Yet another update. After this update i will have uploaded all my progress so far.

Side door hinges

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Side door lock

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Holes for power switches

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Holes for cabels

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A well deserved break. Highly recomend this whiskey.

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Trying to even out the edges

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Wood sealer

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After sanding all the edges

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And on with some paint. Think i forgot to take som more pictures during painting

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Paint paint paint...

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Paint paint paint...

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Paint paint paint...

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Paint paint paint...

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Paint paint paint...

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Paint paint paint...

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Almost done with the outside

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Fitting som leds in the front under the fan

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Closeup of leds

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Just some cabels...

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Testing all the fans and led

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I dont think that the users guide says its okay to short out your power supply ;) But it works.

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Now im gonna slaughter my old server chassis and steal its mb tray....

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