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Scratch Build – In Progress New basic HTPC - 31-Dec-2014 complete

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Waynio, 16 Dec 2014.

  1. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Here is a new HTPC I started to make today. :D

    Spec
    Gigabyte GA-Z97N-GAMING-5
    Intel Core i3 4370
    Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile CPU Cooler
    2x Enermax UCTB12 T.B.Silence Fans
    Corsair ATX PSU
    4x 3.5 HDD
    1x 2.5 SSD
    5.25 optical drive



    Sketchup.
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    Printed, cut & tacked together.
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    Stuck on 2mm aluminium sheet.
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    Cutting the panels to size.
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    Sanding to the edges.
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    Drilling all the mounting holes.
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    Countersink to deburr the other sides from catching on the scroll saw.
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    Making a slit for the optical drive eject button, a dremel would have been better but I don't have one.
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    Eject button done.
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    All panels basics cut, drilled & sanded.
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    Now the 45 degree bevels, I've grown to like edges like this.
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    Bottom.
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    Back.
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    Sides.
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    Stacked & that's all for this update.
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    I'm yet to come up with a name for it. :D
     
    Last edited: 31 Dec 2014
  2. Big_malc

    Big_malc Well-Known Member

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    Call it after your lvl nice work

    My bad not a lvl its the saw arm :D
     
  3. storm-83

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    Yay, documented manufacturing!
    I'm in
     
  4. Bartacus

    Bartacus Member

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    Holy crap, you don't waste any time do you? :) Subbed!
     
  5. Shinuza

    Shinuza New Member

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    Good stuff, subbed
     
  6. siliconfanatic

    siliconfanatic Johny-come-Lately

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    Subbing bright and early this time, looking good!
     
  7. acmods

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    pieces that neat, although the manual . good job
     
  8. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Hmm, still no name. :D
    Thanks.

    Once again, I started going really crap on the logging part lately so I'm trying to sort that out. :)

    :) Fairly easy project this one so wouldn't take long.

    Thanks Shinuza.

    Thanks, I was pleased with how good the alu looked after pealing the protective backing off, not far from mirror finish.

    Thanks ac. :)



    New update. :)



    The handy 10mm nut blocks lack a 3rd face mount so have to add them manually, here drilling & tapping.
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    Cut 2 lengths of square bar to mount the optical drive, drilled & tapped to fit to front & back panels.
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    Optical drive mount, square rods & a little 3mm sheet.
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    Fans going into this.
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    More square rod for the cases feet.
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    Mounted.
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    Base complete with added nut blocks.
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    Add the panels.
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    Walls up & optical drive mounted.
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    Sturdy to pick up by the optical drive.
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    All panels on.
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    To do...

    Add mobo spacers, add HDD cage which I made earlier, stick some mesh on the front & side, install hardware, do a photoshoot & then just use it.

    Should get that done tomorrow. :)
     
  9. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    Looking good Wayne, not hanging about with this one
     
  10. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Thanks Jeff, was just a basic quicky. :D



    It's complete, well minus an optical tray cover.



    Motherboard mounted on 30mm spacers.
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    The HDD cage is made of 4 2mm panels & 8 nut blocks, holds 4 HDD & 1 SSD.
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    The big spacers allow excess cable to go underneath the motherboard.
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    Bit of a snake pit behind the optical drive & yes I'm using an e-sata cable for it. :D
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    Mesh being stuck in place with JB weld in the background.
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    All assembled & good to go, shame about the slight bulge above the optical drive, must be a smidge out of place to cause that.
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    But the gap isn't noticable where it is & the eject button works. :D
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    Temps. :)
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    Dimensions of it are.
    143mm high including feet.
    220mm deep.
    517mm wide.

    I could really do with making a collapsible light tent for completed shots.
     
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  11. storm-83

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  12. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Thanks storm :) Aluworks is Attilas book but he is a strong inspiration for getting better at it. :D

    I'll take some time out now until I design something more challenging to build, I'll take my time on the next design, might be spring or summer next year.
     
  13. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Added the finishing touch with an optical tray cover.

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  14. siliconfanatic

    siliconfanatic Johny-come-Lately

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    Well that was done mage fast.

    Great build nonetheless!
     
  15. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    For a quick knock up job it looks bloody good to me mate lol
     
  16. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Thanks sili. :)

    Thanks Jeff, :D the less time spent on a build the more I like it so imagine how much I don't like Lean & Green. :hehe:

    Think I'll start a design thread in the modding section when I have some ideas for next project. :)
     
  17. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Can't sleep so messed about with the design. :lol:
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    Possibly. :D


    Not got the material though so it'll have to wait. :)
     
  18. Meelobee

    Meelobee New Member

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    A Waynio build that's done already?! What has the world come to?! :D :p

    Nice clean build Wayne, nice detail on the eject button! The second design just involves another faceplate? I like the design!
     
  19. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Yeah, just an alternative faceplate, not too bland, not too busy. :D

    I'll do it when I have the materials.
     
  20. Bartacus

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    That second design has much more artistic flare to it. Great idea!
     

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