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    DIY Low Cost Benching Station

    Hi all,

    Ever look at a HSPC benching station, and think to yourself, "I could make one of those!"






    Well, I've decided to try and tackle this problem.

    Navig's shot at the Do It Yourself Low Cost Benching Station.





    navig

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    Very nice, I like it. I'll be doing something similar once I retire my first attempt at a custom case (the 2 foot tall thing ).
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    Awesome! I should definitely build myself one one day...
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    good stuff I've thought about it also...

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    Yeah its a very tempting idea.....bookmarked
    Last edited by Sam__; 09-23-07 at 06:16 AM.
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    This is perfect timing, as I've just recently sat down to start working on something like this. Your skills far surpass mine though, going to keep an eye on this closely for pointers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Navig View Post
    Hi all,

    Ever look at a HSPC benching station, and think to yourself, "I could make one of those!"
    Yes, I have.
    http://home.wmis.net/~jberg/NewPutr3.jpg
    Copper pipe soldered together is also sturdier than theirs is (and for $25 in materials, it's far cheaper).

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    Why is it called a bench marking machine? Its just a computer sitting without a case.

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    It's not "benchmarking station", but benching station.
    A benching station is a machine you use to bench test computer hardware as would a review writer or repair person. It's ideal for plugging in a Joe Sixpack hardrive for removing virus' or recovering data.
    It's also nice if you happen to change things a lot.
    The open design is so that you don't have to balance a flashlight/screwdriver/harddrive/cables all with only 2 hands.

    My current system is an open (case-less) design, but made entirely of fiberglass panels I laid in the garage. It's a µATX size,but holds all my hardware compactly.

    Some people (like myself) get more fun from playing with the computer instead of on the computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggrr View Post
    It's not "benchmarking station", but benching station.
    A benching station is a machine you use to bench test computer hardware as would a review writer or repair person. It's ideal for plugging in a Joe Sixpack hardrive for removing virus' or recovering data.
    It's also nice if you happen to change things a lot.

    My current system is an open (case-less) design, but made entirely of fiberglass panels I laid in the garage. It's a ATX size,but holds all my hardware compactly.

    Some people (like myself) get more fun from playing with the computer instead of on the computer.
    Agreed
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    Some people (like myself) get more fun from playing with the computer instead of on the computer.
    Isn't that the damn truth... I should find a cheaper hobby.
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    I think any case (open or not) is a pain in the ass. Anything I mess with goes on my desk or on the shelf above my desk... But I have done things that look what you guys are doing... better than a case I guess.

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    Its about convenience/access to components vs. structure.

    I've run computers on my desktop too. But if you look at it, one accidental elbow and the powersupply falls off the desk....there goes thousands of dollars. Or with the size of heatsinks these days.... Or running watercooling on a desk...


    Anyways, the original thread has been updated:

    1) Minor Metal Working

    2) PCI slot brackets


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    LOL, this IS my cheap hobby... Well, ok, its my middle hobby in terms of costs.

    Model Rockets... cheap
    PC's... not that bad
    CAR........... wait? why is all my money gone?


    Not to thread jack... But this was my version of a cheap benching station. It might still be running, but I may have turned it off a month or two ago when I went back to school and left it in my basement. -- Low cost? how about free w/ a small scrap of wood.






    I think I made a thread on it... Will edit link in soon.
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    to be (corey)( --> )"quite" honest with you i dont like the design of it because you dont have much acess to your main components.. if you were to use extreme cooling for an example seems to me it would be rather hard to put ln2 into a pot
    on the other hand the last one you posted looks awesome and has all the components accessible
    nice work!
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    you, sir, do some insane work.
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    That makes sense I guess.

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    Navig... thats insane If you were to sell a case like this, how much would it cost? btw: for my easy acess system: big long thick board, screws =

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    Obviously, I can't really talk about cost, this not being the for sale section. If anyone is interested, I can be contacted by pm. If no one claims what I make by the time I'm done, I'll put them for sale on in the classifieds.

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