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Home made cases (pics wanted)

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Cuper

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Has anyone out there built any completely home built case and have pics?? I am thinking of building a computer into a piece of furnature but would like to see what has been done.

Thanks
 

bose70

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cube case

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there you go you ca find more detail in my other post in modding to the extreme section its made out of 1/4 plexi

Bose
 

tft

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mine cost about $50 for materials, and about 15 hours to build, maybe a little longer, i'm not sure
 

Cluster

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FullTower: That's cool. Just make sure you put up a sign saying "This is NOT A REAL toilet. Plus don't treat it as such".

tft: I'm just building my plexi case now. I wanted to know a couple of things.

1: How did you get the motherboard to lineup properly to the I/O ports and the PCI/AGP slots. And what did you do to add a piece on so you can screw the Expansion cards down.

2: How did you get around static. Being a plastic material, it's susceptable to static discharge. I picked up a bottle of spary cleaner that has anti-static properties but i'm not sure that it will last all that long. I don't wanna have to disassemble, clean, reassemble every month.

3: How did you ground it. Since an aluminum computer case (frame) provides a ground for, how did you implement this into your plexicase.

4: LED's and Switches. Where can I find the momentary switches to go with PC's with the proper connectors. I was thinking of just getting a momentary switch from Radio Shack and using a jumper but I wasn't sure where I could get a button to fit over top the momentary switch to make it look more proffesional. What type of LED's are needed for the Power and HDD led's.

5: How did you connect the plexi-sides together. I has used an L shaped bracket. It connects them together fine but they are a bit bulky and would like something a little more discreet.

6: What did you use to cut the plexi. I was using a knife that is used to cut plexi. The only problem is it likes to stray a little too much and lives the case a little scratched around the edges. It is also difficult to break a section out of a sheet when not cutting it edge to edge. It cracks and I ended up losing quite a bit of my sheet. I tried the dremel and a cutting disc but my dremel couldn't handle it and burnt out. How did you cut yours out?
 

orangezero

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can't answer all your questions. do a search on here or hardforums, or arstechnica for some advice on building one.

i woulld strongly recommend getting some bonding solvent, i think "weld on" is one brand name, i got mine from a local plastic shop. it is very strong and basically melts the pieces together. the other normal epoxys or glues i tried were not good and they could be pulled apart easy. the guy at the plastic shop said you could use acetone also, but be careful as it will take longer and is hazardous to breath and flamable. i plan to try acetone when i run out of the good stuff. he gave me an applicator needle to apply the stuff. just tape the stuff together and run the needle across the seem.

i would just figure out all that you need and have them cut it for you or go to homedepot, etc, and have them cut it for you.

as, for lining up the holes perfectly, well, that's why i'm going to build another one. also, check out clearcases.com for ideas on how to attach the pci cards. i just glued on a piece of plexi with holes in it, at a 90degree angle. ended up not using it.

hope that helps a little.
 

bose70

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Hi
at first I used L shape brackets on my first case but it looked bad!! so I then made another in 1/4 plexi using weldon plexi glue
and 2 corner clamps from canadian tire ($9.00) each the glue takes about 10 mins to stick and 24 for full strength:) I made it so the leftside and the front come off in a L shape but it is still hard to work on I think I made it too small :D but that was my intent
it`s 12" high x9" x9"
I just bent the monting brackets on the video and sound card so I could screw them to the case from inside I also left the bottom clear so my 9" thin blue neon shines through

Bose:)
 

tft

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Sorry about taking so long to reply to your post clboertien.
I'll answer most of your questions here, but if you want to mail me, or IM me or something to discuss it further, you're welcome to do so.
Anyway, what i did for lining up the mobo, was I built the case first, and then laid the mobo down where I wanted it to go, and then got a marker, and put it through the screw-holes on the mobo to make marks on the plexi. Then I drilled out the holes where the marks were. Worked like a charm.
The pci, and agp slots were a pain in the *** to get right. first I thought I would just have a peice of plexi that each rested on, bad idea. So I just got a peice of plastic wall corner, and made a bracket sort of thing that screwed to the case, and made the corresponding holes to the holes on the cards, and now I screw the cards to the bracket. (It's similar to the way a normal case works, I'll send pics if you want)
I used metal screws on mine. some of them are touching the desk I have it on, (scratches up the desk if you're not careful) that seems to pretty-much take care of static.
For the switches, I just used the momentary thing you talked about. I should probably make mine look more professional, but my watercooling setup prevents that from ever happening.
For the sides, get the strongest clear plastic L you can get. The stronger the better, because if they're no strong enough the case WILL WARP (I'm seeing a little in mine, but its just the way its positioned, leaning to one side)
I went to the hardware store with my exact measurments for all my peices, and had the guy there cut it for me. He did a good job, and this was better, because I knew that I would have havked it to death if I had tried it myself
Hope this helps you out, any questions, just ask
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