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post #1 of 14
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Hey guys.

I'm looking for a generic, ATX-and-smaller test bench to reduce the pain in the ass that is going in and out of an enclosure repeatedly. The only ones I'm seeing right now cost well over what my current cases do. The only two I see right now for under $100 are here and here for $80, both from HSPC. Micro Center has the Lian Li one for a killer price, but they won't ship and have none in my neck of Florida. Any suggestions?
    
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post #2 of 14
You could always find an old case with removable motherboard tray and do what i did.........http://www.overclock.net/t/1309114/new-test-bench-style-build-updated
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post #3 of 14
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Heh, I just thought about that when I saw two old Dell computers in my media-room-turned-boneyard. I'm still interested in pre-made options, but I'm gonna take a look at what I have and see if I can chop-job these extra cases with minimal tools.
    
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post #4 of 14
Ya i was going to buy one, but none of the ones i've seen are very good for w/c rigs....now with 2 cases put together, all my drives and psu are in bottom case, leaves middle "shelf" with room for at least 3x 360mm radiators...that was my goal. I really want a mountain mods or caselabs case, but i can't justify/afford $500-$1000 on a case lol biggrin.gif
EDIT: only tools i used so far are a hack saw, drill with self tapping screws, pliers and spraypaint.
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post #5 of 14
best one hands down in your price range. ( abit )

http://www.overclock.net/t/1254522/dimastech-test-bench-review-and-build#post_17190567

Dimas Test bench,

damn near bullet proof, powder coated, italian made. Can't go wrong with it.
post #6 of 14
Nice case, but 150bux is a little much for what is essentially 2 big and 4 small pieces of steel.....i like it though
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LG BluRay Burner h100 Coolermaster sickleflow red x4 Windows 7 Ultimate x64  
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OCZ Vertex 3 Hitachi Deskstar 7200 LG Blu-Ray Burner Corsair H100 
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post #7 of 14
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Dimas Tech benches look very nice. And well they should for the price: €90 ($121) for the mini, plus €35 ($47) shipping. €122 ($164) for the Easy v2.5, plus €75 ($100) shipping.
    
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post #8 of 14
... I've always looked into buying one of these but never did. Honestly if you have the time/patience you can probably build something like this for less than a quarter of the price. This is definitely and item that I would pinch pennies on, that money can better go towards good upgrades.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
The old Dells were useless, but my old Xion case looks to be pretty useful for starting a test bench. Once I pop out the rivets, the motherboard tray and back panel can be turned horizontal and mounted above a lower rack with PSU, drives, and an ODD. I'll probably use a piece of thick plywood or scrap particle board for the base. I'll have to poke around Home Depot or Lowes to see what I can use for support struts.

Part of me is still looking strongly at Lian Li's bench, but the other part of me remembers just how much of a pain in the ass it was to build the ITX spider bench of theirs (being saved for a future project).
    
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post #10 of 14

I'm using the Lian Li tech bench right now. I'ts not bad, it's a tech bench. I wouldn't want to be pulling hardware off of it constantly if the handle is installed but it's not bad for housing my gear while I'm working on my case. It may not be a water cooling friendly so if you are running an air cooling it would do fine. There is also no 120mm fan mount so don't think you can run a Hydro/CLC coolers with out some ghetto modding. 

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