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post #11 of 43
Lots of expansion bays, plenty of room for everything
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If it is a standard tech station then I would presume most people are going to be swapping out the GFX's or CPU's quite a bit. I think the main thing you may want to think about is... the possibility to be able to add good water cooling to it if need be.


Also, what tator said as well about the backplane would be an awesome idea.
Edited by XiCynx - 5/22/11 at 9:14pm
post #13 of 43
Hard drives for me. I had a few go bad on me way back when, lost some data, and ever since then I've been a little paranoid about them. I don't keep hard drives in service long enough to die on me.
     
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post #14 of 43
Same, GPU's frequently. Fan's occasionally. Everything else...depends on the last time I cleaned it. Usually, that's a weekly/bi-weekly venture. Cleaning I mean.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post
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.
Actually, that is a really good idea. My L.L. doesn't lend itself to that mod easily, but it's worth looking at.
Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 5/22/11 at 9:17pm
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post #15 of 43
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Originally Posted by IEATFISH View Post
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!
I CONSTANTLY take out my GFX cards and HSF to try for better temps.
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post #16 of 43
I don't really use tech stations. I tend to install stuff and leave it until I have a problem with one or more parts. That said, when I DO have to move stuff around in my case it's always the watercooling and full coverage GPU block that gets in my way.

Quick release fittings for CPU/GPU blocks built into the sides of the bench so you could pull parts out with the blocks still attached might be a neat feature.
post #17 of 43
GPU's and Heatsink/Fans most.
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post #18 of 43
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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
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tator Tot View Post
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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Originally Posted by jsc1973 View Post
Hard drives for me. I had a few go bad on me way back when, lost some data, and ever since then I've been a little paranoid about them. I don't keep hard drives in service long enough to die on me.
My new design currently puts the hard drives very accessible but you'd still have to do the swapping yourself (cables). It will be much better than a typical case but I'll look into that backplate thing. Any idea if something like that exists already that I could just incorporate?

As for GPUs, those should be plenty easy as well as the CPU stuff.

Thanks for the input so far!
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post #19 of 43
Hard Drives for me then whole motherboards lastly swapping CPU's. It would make things easier if you could get to the backside of the mobo for the cooler removal without having to remove the mobo.
post #20 of 43
Of all components, graphics card is the category that get changed most often.

I like to see a tech station with well thought out cable management and dust control. I think these 2 departments are mostly neglected (because it is very hard to do well?).
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