This project will be an open case design dedicated for LN2 and Dice benchmarking. The challenge this build will present will be scheduling and budget. I have a benching meeting scheduled in mid May and I want this project completed well before then for trial runs. Also I'm in the process of updating my benching rig to the Z97 Platform so most of my disposable income will be tied up in that. Because of the set budget roughly 0$ (lol) I've decided to utilize scrap and re-purposed items. What's nice about this concept is it will prove that you don't need to throw money at a project to make it worth-while. With that said this build will be a function over form build, however, I think I'll be able to make it look very presentable even on this very tight budget.
Old donated Dell(?) Case (was garbage bound)
Scrap 3/4" MDF Particle Board
Old Busted Dresser (again garbage bound)
1/2" or 3/4" Closed cell foam (price TBD)
So to start I took the old discarded case and chopped out the portions that I wanted for this build. I used a Reciprocating saw to make the work faster and easier. I'll go back with the Dremel at a later date and clean up some of these cuts. But for now here's the 3x5.25" and 1x 3.5" bay, the PSU mount, the PCI support brace, and the plactic feet.
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Drive bay. I wanted a minimum of 2x5.25" and 1x3.5" so this will work just fine. Besides I still like having a Optical drive available even though they're a little dated now.
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PCI Support brace. Benching on air there's little need for bracing the GPU, but if you plan on mounting a pot you'll definitely need one. This was originally an eight slot but I lost one in the cut.
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PSU mount. I find it much easier to mount the PSU to a steel frame than a wooden box so this was a nice addition. The PSU I plan on mounting in here will be MUCH larger than the 200W unit that it used to house. Opening up the exhaust hole was a must.
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Case Feet. Because nobody like their case to slide around.
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That's all I have for now so stay tuned for the next update which should be soon as I want to get this done promptly.