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Planning Metal Briefcase PC

Discussion in 'Modding' started by davros01, 25 Feb 2010.

  1. davros01

    davros01 Death to Consoles

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    Hello all

    I have been building pcs and repairing them for more years now than I care to remember.
    I have built my own modded stacker case, with water cooling that I use as my main pc.

    What I want to do next is build a pc in a brief case, so its like a laptop. I know this has been done, but I am going to put mine in a smooth metal case, not a camera or tool type case, so it looks like something they thought was futurastic back in the 70s. I aim to get something like a laptop, that I have built myself, but that I can upgrade and have quad core chip etc and also look a bit different. I have seen some good cases that I want to use and will do a project log. I am going to use a ZOTAC mini mainboard etc, and depending on the room I have, will depend on if I use a graphics card or not.

    What I want to do is fit the monitor, in the lid, but have one cable to power it all like a laptop. I have seen a few case mods like this, and I was wondering about help and advice on what sort of power supply to use. I know you can get lcd monitors with their own power brick, but I was wondering on how to wire this into the pc power supply, what type to use, any help ideas etc!

    I dont want much do I??!!

    Anyhoo I am not scared of electronics, and soldering etc, I just want some advice and pointers in the right direction, then I can start geting the hardware together.

    I dont want to buy a psu and then find I cant use it as I am on a tight budget.

    Cheers gang, and its a pleasure looking at the performance modded pcs on here, I only wish I was half as talented as some of the people who put their work up for others to view!

    Regards from the Raven..
     
  2. Ransoman

    Ransoman New Member

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    I am not sure what the internal voltage monitors use however if they are under 12v i don't see any reason why a pc power supply couldn't power it. Of course you would have to remove the monitors power transformer (the circuit board directly attached to the monitors power lead if it doesn't use a brick).

    Monitors consume anywhere between 100to 150watts for a 19", Maybe less, not really much more so make sure you have a beefy power supply. Best stick to a samsung LED monitor to be on the safe side.
     
  3. davros01

    davros01 Death to Consoles

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    psu

    Many thanks.

    By beefy do you mean 550 - 650w rated? Also why a Samsung screen??? Not a problem, just curious. Is it because people have used them before?

    Here is a pic of the type of case I want to use

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  4. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    Just split the 240v power in between the TFT & the PC.

    I'm guessing the Samsung screen was mentioned as it's LED so will draw a lot less power (if you were going to power it off the PC PSU, which I wouldn't advise)
     
  5. 13eightyfour

    13eightyfour Formerly Titanium Angel

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    Really? Dell rate nearly all their monitors at around 20-25W under usage, now i dont believe manufacturers claims but i think 100+W is way above the mark.

    If you were to use fairly basic components you might get away with a 150W picoPSU. But if you're looking for upgrades along quad core and graphics cards thats never going to work. Id say a decent 350-400W PSU and maybe THIS cable. It would give you 1 cable but 2 plugs for monitor and psu.
     
  6. Ternix

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    Just thinking to save space which ever monitor you get trace the circuitry as may be lucky in the power and controller board be separate and if so shove a volt/amp meter on it and could get away with a straight DC-DC converter save having another brick.

    Also have a look at http://www.lumenlab.com/d/index.php as there are alot of home made projectors and may be able to find a screen that you want which has a complete break down guide.
     
  7. davros01

    davros01 Death to Consoles

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    Ahh

    Ahhh

    Duh I am an idiot. I never thought of splitting the power.... I think what I will do is, have the power cable go into the side of the case, either through or socket or some king of wind up/cable pull release method, and then use a standard electricians junction box , to split the power to the pc power supply and also to the monitor.

    I am an idiot!

    I remember back in the day doing something like this in my old room at my parents house, as I only had one power socket in the room, and I wanted to power a tv and hi fi etc.

    So obvious it was staring me in the face and I never thought! When all is said and done, at the moment my quad core pc is plugged into a 4 way trailing socket, along with the monitor, and then the charger for the mouse and also the broadband modem.

    Its been fine for over 10 years so something similar for a small case pc is not going to bother the mains supply!

    Dong......and the light goes on!
     
  8. Ransoman

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    Complete stab in the dark, I would rather be wildly over than wildly under in this case.
     

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