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post #1 of 8
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I want a test bench, well actually I want a Caselabs case, but I can't afford it atm. And I know I will get a LOT more use out of a test bench. So what are some of the best options? I don't have a budget in mind atm, so just throw all your ideas at me.
post #2 of 8
Just like a case, a test bench is very personal and subjective.

IMHO, Microcool Banchetto 101 is one of those among the best.
I am using the version 1 now and there is an 'improved' version 2 (see the 3 pics below) here:-

$250 Acrylic model
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=32544&zenid=5c602a356c957f523273d26fabac9047

$400 Aluminum model
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=32545&zenid=5c602a356c957f523273d26fabac9047
post #3 of 8
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Wow those are expensive! They also look really complicated, as in a lot of options. And the fan brackets are angled slightly up, adding the weight of the fans could only worsen that. I would certainly not expect to see acrylic in a $250+ bench, as I have heard that it can/will crack when exposed to LN2, at least all Al/steel. Also, I don't know why they don't use some high grade fiberglass reinforced plastic. That would be very strong (plenty strong enough to hold computer parts), and non-conductive. The only reasons I can think of not to use it are cost (both machining and materials) and possibly static electricity properties.

At any rate I think I'm looking for something a little less than those. Both a lesser product (at least a simpler product) and a lesser price tag. Because for $400 I could get started with an M8/M10. And while the two are completely different "cases" I would rather have the M8. Still on the look out for a bench though. Thanks for the help:)
post #4 of 8
You could just take a case with a removable motherboard tray, and bolt that tray to the top of the case. It really isn't that much different from a bench.
post #5 of 8
Check out this site they have a couple different types. $60.00-$100.00


http://www.myopenpc.com/
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post #6 of 8
Or maybe one of these all aluminum trays? wink.gif

ATXTray1B_QVga.jpg

PM me for details.
post #7 of 8
These IMO and they are cheap
post #8 of 8
Tecnofront HWD isn't all that bad. It would be easier to watercool than the Dimastech benches. However build quality isn't near as high.
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