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I'm currently in the process of designing another custom tech station (if you missed my last one, see here) and I am wondering what hardware you swap the most? To rephrase the question, what features in a tech station would make your life easier?

Also, any other input on what makes a great tech station would be helpful as well. I've learned quite a bit from my last one but I'd like some input from others as well. Thanks!
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post #2 of 43
Did....you....say....

another tech station? :

Right now, I'm probably swapping complete boards / cpus more than anything with these folding builds. Some kind of mounting hardware to make easy board swaps would be so much nicer than screwing around looking for my screwdriver.

Something like maybe a "thumb nut" that you get it finger tight, and you're done.just to snug it in place.
post #3 of 43
i swap my gpus the most
    
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Hmm. I would have to say hard drives. I used to go through 5+ a day that needed backing up, scanning etc etc.

Second up would be ram. Just easier to test in another machine. A mainboard that takes both DDR2 and DDR3 does the job
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GPUs. Definitely GPUs.
     
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post #7 of 43
GPU here as well. In fact, it's about to happen tomorrow.
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post #8 of 43
honestly i'd have to say ease of access for me would be gpu/cpu(cooler mostly), hard drives and power supplies
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post #9 of 43
GPUs for me. Fans too... but thats not required for a tech station ha?
post #10 of 43
A feature I'd love to see is a SATA Backplane that you can connect HDD's to, and just slide drives in and out of so they connect to the PCB instead of having to worry about cables.
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