Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Case Mods › Modifying a CD player chassis
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Modifying a CD player chassis

post #1 of 2
Thread Starter 
I'm planning on putting a mini-ITX computer, primarily to play back music, in to the chassis of an old CD player I have lying around. I have emptied the CD player of its old components (I originally had the idea to keep the PCB for the play/pause/etc buttons and wire it up, but the PCB was very badly corroded), and was looking for some advice on how to proceed. If I feel confident in my success, I will likely do a nice photo build log for all the friendly people of OCN.

The case is a standard slim audio CD player, measuring approximately 3 inches tall, 17 wide and 10 or so deep. The hardware I have chosen for the build is quite low power and low heat output: Intel 525MW Atom board, 2gb of RAM, a wireless-N dongle, a S/PDIF out bracket and a Western Digital 500gb Caviar Blue laptop drive. I also have a Gelid Silent 12 fan that I would prefer to reuse, if possible.

Here is what I need to do:

1. Figure out an airflow path. What I was thinking is to cut a 120mm hole in the bottom of the chassis (there is no room to mount it facing the motherboard, unfortunately, so it has to be flat on the case), mount a fan, and then cut some ventilation holes in the corner of the case that I intend to mount the motherboard in. I am hoping that by the magic of positive pressure air will be forced past the motherboard heatsink and out of these holes. In the best-case scenario, I will have fan profiles where the 120mm only turns on when needed, instead of running constantly, to save my ears.

2. Figure out a way to mount the motherboard and hard drive inside the CD player chassis. I was thinking of purchasing an ISK 300-65 and cannibalizing the motherboard tray and power supply, but I don't have any idea how to mount the tray to the metal base of the CD player, and I also don't think that the hard drive caddy from the ISK will work for me - ideally, even though it is a laptop drive, I want to rubber band suspend the drive to reduce noise, which will likely necessitate fabricating something.

I will post pictures of the case tomorrow for illustrative purposes, but for now you will need to make do with my (poor) MSPaint creation.

Any advice would be appreciated! I have never done any modifications before, so feel free to treat me like a complete newbie. I also don't have access to anything beyond the most basic tools at the moment, so any suggestions should be free of CNC machines or die presses.
Thinkpad L420
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3-2310M Lenovo i3-2310M 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 520 Optiarc AD-7710H Mint 14" LG D02EB 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Thinkpad 65w AC adapter Thinkpad UltraNav 
  hide details  
Reply
Thinkpad L420
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3-2310M Lenovo i3-2310M 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 520 Optiarc AD-7710H Mint 14" LG D02EB 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Thinkpad 65w AC adapter Thinkpad UltraNav 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 2
cut a motherboard tray out of an old computer maybe.

Hard with out photos mate, get some on maybe?
^3
(11 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 5930K  EVGA x99 Micro EVGA GTX 980 SC ACX 16GB Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black PC4-21300 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7 @ 2.6  GT650 16GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM 256GB SSD 
OSMonitorKeyboard
Mac OSX Lion Retina Display US layout 
  hide details  
Reply
^3
(11 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 5930K  EVGA x99 Micro EVGA GTX 980 SC ACX 16GB Corsair DDR4 Vengeance LPX Black PC4-21300 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7 @ 2.6  GT650 16GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM 256GB SSD 
OSMonitorKeyboard
Mac OSX Lion Retina Display US layout 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Case Mods
Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Case Mods › Modifying a CD player chassis