UPDATE: The server is now in its permanent location, you can see photos here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1387922/scratch-build-completed-vx-42-wall-mounted-media-server#post_20022350
Hey everyone, I want to say hello since this is my first overkclock.net post ever! I have lurked here from many months and decided to finally man up and join.
This is also my first custom case built from scratch, so I thought I would share.
The premise behind this project was the need for a large amount of storage. (3+TB or more) I have been wanting to build my own home media server for sometime and finally found an excuse to build one. I wanted to be able to stream media to my various mobile devices and run an FTP server, plus since im a gamer, I wanted to be able to host game servers for my buddies and I to play on as well.
My biggest problem was space. My desk was cluttered enough as it was and I didnt have anywhere to put it, even the small ITX cases were too big. Thats when I started browsing online for inspiration and thats when it hit me to put it on the wall.
For those of you who want to see final images, scroll to the bottom of the page to see final images, build log follows
So I started with some basic sketches to try and get a feeling for the form.
At this point I had already purchased the parts and had started doing rough builds and part layouts.
As for the parts I chose:
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX
CPU: Intel i3 3225
RAM: Corsair XMS 4GB
PSU: Athena Power AP-MFATX35 350W Mini ITX
Storage: WD Black 500 GB & Seagate Barracuda 3 TB
At this point I moved to a CAD program to start 3D modeling more forms with parts to get an idea of how it would all go together.
At this point I hit my first design that I liked:
From there I refined the concept into a final 3D model:
From here, I started the final build, I didnt have any pictures of the acrylic being cut sadly.
Final Build Photos (Pre Aluminum Plate):
Again, these photos were taken before I had the final plate which would be made of anodized aluminum, that came later:
After the anodizing:
Thats my work, its been a labor of love for the past few months. Thanks for viewing, feel free to let me know what you think or if you have any questions post them below, I would be happy to answer them!
Edited by Complx - 5/22/13 at 11:52am