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Poll Results: From what material should I make the hdd hot swap bay?

 
  • 25% (1)
    Acrylic (seems easier to make)
  • 75% (3)
    Steel (seems a bit stronger)
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post #1 of 17
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Greetings from Greece!

After many years I finally decided to make my own pc testbench.I didn't give it a name because I initially thought it's just a testbench,but if you have any suggestions,I'm open to hear them.It will be made completely from scratch with much work and patience.I am still 17 so my budget was really small and I don't have the proper tools to make it perfect,just the basic.Anyway enough with the talking and lets begin biggrin.gif

First of all I'd like to say that I will mainly make videos of the testbench because both it's easier for me,especially when cutting,drilling etc. and I didn't find any person to use the camera while I was modding.Although I'll post pictures too.

Info
Dimensions: 55x55x22 (cm)
Material:Aluminum and some steel(angles)

Here is one video that where I made the first skematic using Google sketchup

In the video,the dimensions were 50x50x22 but in the final version I changed that because I don't want to run out of space in the future.Also,I used two xspc rx360 radiator models to make sure that every rad would fit.After some calculations I found out that I can use 2 360/420 rads with max thickness of 10cm each!! (using one fan row).Another addition I made to the testbench was the hdd hot swap bay.The reason I did that was to give others the chance to test their hardware on my water cooling loop and push it to the limits (I think that using 2 420 rads this is possible).To swap the hardware will be very easy,just replace the motherboard and put the drive on the hot swap bay.



Hope you like my idea and what it will follow thumbsupsmiley.png
I will try to upload some pictures later
Edited by johnko1 - 7/28/12 at 11:49am
post #2 of 17
That looks pretty cool, very clean and simple. I take it you mean you can fit 100mm thick rads not 10mm yes? For handles maybe move the motherboard a bit more to the center and just put some handles on top.
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post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by MrKrrrinkle View Post

That looks pretty cool, very clean and simple. I take it you mean you can fit 100mm thick rads not 10mm yes? For handles maybe move the motherboard a bit more to the center and just put some handles on top.

Yes,you are right.Changed to 10CM smile.gif
post #4 of 17
cool...
Is this for personal use.. you speak like this is gonna be used by lots of ppl.
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post #5 of 17
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Well it's for personal use but sometimes we(me and a friend) gather many people and test the limits of our cpu,gpu etc. Usually each one brings his pc,more are w/cooled but we tested dry ice once.Usually people that come with their rigs have a 360 max so compared to what I'm going to install to the testbench (2 thick 420 - maybe more) there's a huge difference.Each one can test their hardware on my testbench and the one that has the biggest score gets a prize (all of us give a small amount of money to buy something special each time smile.gif )
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Well it's for personal use but sometimes we(me and a friend) gather many people and test the limits of our cpu,gpu etc. Usually each one brings his pc,more are w/cooled but we tested dry ice once.Usually people that come with their rigs have a 360 max so compared to what I'm going to install to the testbench (2 thick 420 - maybe more) there's a huge difference.Each one can test their hardware on my testbench and the one that has the biggest score gets a prize (all of us give a small amount of money to buy something special each time smile.gif )

That is a cool idea... dang I wish I had a few friends that are into overclocking... I have no one into it that live near me... it's a bummer.. hahah..
Well good luck and have fun..
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post #7 of 17
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That is a cool idea... dang I wish I had a few friends that are into overclocking... I have no one into it that live near me... it's a bummer.. hahah..
Well good luck and have fun..

Thanks.Too bad I can find ln2 or dry ice just in two citys in the whole country!Unfortunately I live far away from them frown.gif
Edited by johnko1 - 7/3/12 at 3:27am
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Ok guys I can finally start posting the first pictures.You can blame a little thing called card reader for the delay.My dslr is old (canon 350d) and it accepts cf cards,but cf readers are a bit rare nowdays.Anyway I found it so we are ready to begin.Also,I had to finish another home project where I had to build some furniture for the garden,of course I had some help from my father.Take a look below:
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What link should I use for the pictures?On imageshack there's short link,full and thumbnail size
Edited by johnko1 - 7/4/12 at 4:39am
post #9 of 17
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First pics are ready,but I'm too busy studying this year so I don't have much free time...
post #10 of 17
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ok guys lessons ended so I could finally work with the testbench.Today I got the galvanised steel sheets and they are HEAVY!!!Fortunately the testbench wont be moving a lot smile.gif
While I edit the pictures,check the rest of my progress in some videos
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