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Old 09-22-07, 02:10 AM Thread Starter   #1
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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.





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Old 09-22-07, 02:24 AM   #2
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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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Old 09-22-07, 02:55 AM   #3
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Awesome! I should definitely build myself one one day...

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Old 09-22-07, 09:28 PM   #4
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good stuff I've thought about it also...
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Old 09-23-07, 05:09 AM   #5
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Yeah its a very tempting idea.....bookmarked

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Old 09-23-07, 11:53 AM   #6
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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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Old 09-23-07, 12:05 PM   #7
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Quote:
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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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Old 09-24-07, 03:52 PM   #8
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Why is it called a bench marking machine? Its just a computer sitting without a case.
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Old 09-24-07, 04:14 PM   #9
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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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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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Old 09-24-07, 09:57 PM   #12
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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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Old 09-24-07, 11:44 PM Thread Starter   #13
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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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Old 09-25-07, 01:02 AM   #14
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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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Old 09-25-07, 01:15 AM Thread Starter   #15
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For those unfamiliar with my work, this is my HI END Expensive Benching Station.


Trying to strike a balance here between!

I'm shooting for maybe a total cost of $50 on this bench.

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Old 09-25-07, 01:22 AM   #16
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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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Old 09-25-07, 02:13 PM   #17
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you, sir, do some insane work.

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Old 09-25-07, 03:52 PM   #18
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That makes sense I guess.
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Old 09-25-07, 04:06 PM   #19
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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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Old 09-26-07, 01:35 AM Thread Starter   #20
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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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