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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: 4M (9/3 - F I N A L S ! ! !) > Completed

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by quizz_kid, 17 Jan 2012.

  1. quizz_kid

    quizz_kid Squid

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    Project: 4M

    Some of the final pictures, check page 9 for more of them
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    My mom's computer broke down the other week. Since I am such a loving son I have to
    give her a new one. And since she´s not picky when it comes to performance,
    I´m going to use these modest components:

    Spcs:

    ITX MSI H61I-E35
    CELERON G530 2.4GHZ
    Zalman 9500A
    4 gb RAM
    CLUB 3D GF 210 512MB
    WESTERN 500 Gb

    The idea is to get done by her birthday in mid-February, so expect something relatively simple.



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    I ordered a 430W, but since I want to keep the volume down as much as possible,
    I now think I´m gonna use my old shuttle-250W instead

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    Modified Zalman 9500

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    Found a new bracket fortunately

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    For mom, this mediocre card will do the trick

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    Mobo

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    Mock-up for start button

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  2. Jay_UK

    Jay_UK New Member

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    Hi there,

    Intersting project... :)

    I believe you should be able to just cut the pins and remove the VGA connector (any reason you arent using the IGP?)

    In your config, a 20 pin PSU into a 24 pin Mobo should be ok (low power requirements)

    J.
     
  3. Mojo

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    Personally i would cut the pins with a set of wire side cutters..

    put some 1mm heatshrink over them one by one to protect them.

    Though not sure why you would need to remove them??
     
  4. quizz_kid

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    Thanks! The reason is a backplate design I´m working on... But I might leave it there. Don´t know yet.

    Thanks for the tip mate :thumb:
     
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    Another question, this time about the C14 plug in the PSU.
    What is that green thingy under the question mark? I´m a bit confused...
    The thing is that I want to extend the cable. Can´t I just cut the blue/brown and add Gnd to a new plug?

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  6. quizz_kid

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    Joystick ingredients

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    Some drilling

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    Alu fittings

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    This is the constuction inside. The placing of the metal spring had to be precise and it took some time to get the right resistance when pulling the ballhead

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    Close up

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    Also made two simple HDD mountings

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    Aslo started on the wood work. I changed the shape a bit. Less width / more depth

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    For an idea of the size... It´s not the smallest htpc, but it´s no monster

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    Layout on the roof. Mobo will hang upside down

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    Here´s where the GPU´ll be. Going to use pci extensions later. This will be left side, and the only side with attributes (such as mesh, DVD, USB-panel, fan controller etc) I want to keep it a clean build so nothing on top and right side. Front will just be joystick and brass window...

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    Right side with HDD
     
  7. quizz_kid

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    Btw, sorry for changing the title all the time... :p
     
  8. ASPHIAX

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    Nice start man !
    KUTGW !
     
  9. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Awsome work, m-itx AND mdf, two of my favourite things.
    Regarding the cutting of the VGA port. I did the exact same thing on my project. First I cutt the small connectors with a plier and then desoldered the rest of the connector. Your connector is however of another kind but you should be fine just to cut the VGA piece away. Might be tricky to remove the remaining pins since that black casing seems to cover their solderjoints. You could try and heat them from the other side while pulling with a plier.

    Just make shure to preotect the mobo from any metall/solder debris but i guess you already know that.

    Good luck
     
  10. Pranja

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    Your mom must be proud to have son like this. :D
     
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    Thanks mate!!

    Thanks Gnu! Yeah, hate those covered solder joints. But thanks for the tip buddy. Will try that heating and pulling later :thumb:

    It´s the other way around, but I think she´ll like it :D
     
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    Made new plates for the joystick today. Some perfection this time. All but painting left now.

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    Made some spacers

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    Cut some lumber today. Walnut of course =)

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    Made front/back frames

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    Also made some simple fittings for DVD and graphics

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    Just one last check before putting the box together. Drill some, mill some... Can´t miss anything here since it´ll be too tight for machinery use in there later.

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    Box glued!!
     
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  13. Waynio

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    :D This will be good & in a short time frame :jawdrop::rock:. 5 stars & rep :)
     
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    Much appreciated Waynio :thumb::D
     
  15. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    This is definitely a great idea for such a small build- love the power switch!
     
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    Thanks KidMod!
     
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    Sunday. Just sitting here trying figuring out what foot stand design to use. I have 3 options so far... Any thoughts are welcome!

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    A simple elegant wooden stand

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    A metal stand inspired by old industrial stools, painted in a color matching the front panel maybe

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    A stand with angle / nose pointing up
     
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  18. Pranja

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    2 would be my choice because it is most stable.
     
  19. AnG3L

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    Really nice idea, perfected execution, what else can I ask? Just mod on my friend, this looks awesome!!!!! :) +rep
     
  20. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Something that sticks out further in the front would be good. The handle gives you the potential to topple forward when pulled.
     

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