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Long story short, I'm conceptualizing a half-decent portable college dorm gaming/photoshop rig. I'm not particularly partial to the idea of security through obscurity (as in building a rig in the rattiest beaten up old gateway case so that no one would ever want to touch it) as it doesn't actually seem too secure once someone realizes its a gaming rig, isn't portable, is ugly, and quite frankly, is a poor case.

This build is not actually for me (although I would be building it and a lot of the concepts may apply to one of my own future rigs) and it will not be built for a few years, but to get a conceptual idea, I've been looking at several matx cases. So far, I've found this one particularly striking: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163157

My idea so far is to simply loop a bike lock through the handle of the case and some part of a monitor, and lock it to a desk. However, that does NOT secure the mouse, keyboard, wacom tablet, speakers, headphone...

So, what is the most elegant and effective way to secure these small (wired) items?

Ideally, they should be secured to the case, and not to the table/wall/whatever directly, as this rig will likely be moved frequently. It would also be nice if the method of securing them was easily removable (only by the owner of course) and of course, I'd prefer the method to not be hazardous to the items (as in, not tying a double knot in the mouse cable to prevent it from being pulled through a hole, as that would just damage the cable in the long run).

Lastly, what, if any method, could be used to secure the side panels to the case while still being removable? I'd hate to go through all the effort of securing the case only to have someone open up the panel and steal all the expensive guts out of it.

Oh, and the less tools (particularly powertools) the better. I'm living in a small apartment and don't exactly have easy access to equipment required to drill smooth holes and what not.

Thanks!
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Security and the thief is a constant battle and nothing is going to be 100% espically in a high traffic area like you intend to be in. I would certainly put identifying marks where you can,it will aid in recovery.
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To secure the peripherals: http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/case_accessories/bunker is a decent solution that is attached to the PC. For the side panels I recommend hex screws or security screws that are difficult to locate a key to unscrew it like this: http://www.acmelectronics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=700433

I would definitely set said PC up so a 'guest' account could be logged into w/o a password, and setup said guest account with a phone-home software such as prey project which can log screenshots as well as webcam shots at set intervals, as well as emit a loud beep at intervals so you could walk through the campus listening for it.
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if you are really paranoid you could screw through the bottom of the computer into the table or whatever its on, this way theres no way to take it unless they remove the screws
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if you have access to a drill, even if its a rough hole you can drill a hole in the side panel, pref near the top screw hole and run a lock through both holes locking the side panel to the case? and to the other stuff bike lock the case to the desk, let me try and come up with a perfferal locking system. that NZXT bunker is amazing for your situation!
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A roll top computer desk that also houses the tower would be perfect. My parents have one, both the roll top and the tower compartment have locks. Or, you could also get a cm storm series case with the storm guard thing, which basically attaches the wire to the case itself.
    
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I'd bolt it to somthing big and heavy such as a steel desk then to stop people getting into it i have seen some cases with a latch so that you can padlock the side panel shut as for the periferals I'd have a locker built into the table so I could lock everything up.some tv and monitors have Kensington locks


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Originally Posted by Ace_finland View Post

if you are really paranoid you could screw through the bottom of the computer into the table or whatever its on, this way theres no way to take it unless they remove the screws

That's an idea I've used in other situations (well, almost. I bolted through the feet into a cement slab for a fulltower built for a school project years ago.

That said, it's not really viable for a portable build like this. At any rate I think the bike lock idea solves the issue of the case itself getting stolen, I'm more concerned with the mouse/keyboard/other wired accessories and the internal components (gpu, ram) getting jacked. Any ideas there?
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To secure the peripherals: http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/case_accessories/bunker is a decent solution that is attached to the PC. For the side panels I recommend hex screws or security screws that are difficult to locate a key to unscrew it like this: http://www.acmelectronics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=700433
I would definitely set said PC up so a 'guest' account could be logged into w/o a password, and setup said guest account with a phone-home software such as prey project which can log screenshots as well as webcam shots at set intervals, as well as emit a loud beep at intervals so you could walk through the campus listening for it.

The guest account is a great idea. Never would have thought of it myself.

As for the screws, another great idea, but do you have any idea what threading is used for thumb screws? Also, if you have any idea, what would you consider to be the least-common type of screw/screwdriver set that I could still easily obtain?

That USB protector is a cool idea too, but it wont work in this situation. We've only got 1 5.25 bay available on most of these matx rigs and it'll have to be taken up by an optical drive. It also won't do anything about audio cables (headphones and speakers). It's on the right track though. Do you know anything like it that sits externally to the computer, or resides perhaps in an expansion slot?
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Security and the thief is a constant battle and nothing is going to be 100% espically in a high traffic area like you intend to be in. I would certainly put identifying marks where you can,it will aid in recovery.

Of course. The items will all be personalized both for this reason and also for personal artistic appeal. smile.gif
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For securing the computer case, this lock kit might be one option.

http://www.computersecurity.com/computer-lock/computer-security-cable-locks.htm?id=2

This cable is then passed through the frame/cross brace of a desk or a nearby bed (which is usually close by in a dorm room environment).

 

For preventing the side panel being opened up, some cases have a simple locking hole.  See pic below for an example. 

side panel locking hole.jpg

If not, use a cover lock shown in the link below.

http://www.computersecurity.com/coverlock/index.html?id=1


Edited by windfire - 2/20/12 at 10:52pm
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thats another reason i like my case the security locks on the lvl 10 gt are good along with a cable
 
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