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A Folding Farm PC Made of Lego
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/folding-farm-server-lego-case,13094.html

The ultimate DIY job.

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Having a modular, custom built case would be a dream for any DIY-er, which is probably why Mike Schropp decided to build his own server-class case out of Lego. Yes, that’s right, the learning toy from your childhood is used as parts of a case for a folding farm.

Schropp wanted to fit a triple CPU and motherboard system into one case, which slimmed his pickings considerably.

"I had an idea in my head what I wanted the case to look like, but after researching I couldn’t find something to fit my vision," Schropp explained. "With every project I do I always invariably arrive at the same point, 'Can I use Legos?' VOILA! YES! Lego! Lego and computers definitely sounded like a good combination. In reality the structure of a case built from Legos was going to require a fair bit of thought. I needed to get my case laid out correctly and able to support the weight of all the components without Legos buckling or falling apart."

He then set out with the following parts:

3X Sandy Bridge 2600k CPUs
3x Thermaltake Frio Cpu Coolers
3X Asus P8P67 Micro atx motherboards
1x Antec 1200 HCP Power Supply
2x Corsair SSD (System 1/Workstation)
1x Mushkin SSD (System 2/Touchscreen)
1x WD HD (System 3/Folding Only)
3X DDR3 for each system
8x Aerocool 140mm Case Fans
1x Metric Crapload of Lego Bricks (Technically it was about 2,000pcs)

Read all about his full build here.
http://www.totalgeekdom.com/?p=572

Such a simple idea, but executed very well!
    
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post #2 of 34
That looks brilliant! Can i have some parts from that?
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I love it. Awesome idea.
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Very cool!
    
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Will it brick?
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Thats pretty awesome! I couldn't imagine how much time that would take one to do, let alone the frustration of having the thing made of legos. Definitely looks cool!
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post #9 of 34
Since it's a dedicated farm he should have used linux, more points that way. Either way, that's pretty sweet
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Mother of god..
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