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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Would it be possible to make a fully modular PC(out of wood or acrylic)?
i.e. a separate box for PSU, Mobo+CPU, storage, optical, graphics card (via thunderbolt), water coolering pump + res, radiators.
If done right this would make a truly incredible PC, it could even slot back together, either with connectors on part or a "dock".

With thunderbolt, i thinlk this is finally possible. i'll try in a year or two when i can finance something like this, until then, discuss.
post #2 of 25
Certinaly is possible. anyway subbed as would like to see how it turns out smile.gif
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post #3 of 25
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like i said, it's at least a year before i atempt this.
i need money and to finish the ubuntu PC first
Edited by Noskcaj - 6/5/13 at 8:56pm
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by Noskcaj View Post

like i said, it's at least a year before i atempt this

yep i know, i just like to see mods and i will be around in a year to follow your progress and look forward to seeing the end result. thumb.gif

Plus to see what advice you get on this thread i anm interested in as well.

BTW i wont spam your thread, just read what others have to say.
Edited by stubass - 6/5/13 at 8:57pm
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Subbed for the long run smile.gif
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post #6 of 25
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i need a way to crowd fund this. i'll sell them similar to compact splash.
I can't use kickstarter because i'm under 18.
post #7 of 25
i didnt understand the modular part , what do you mean , with the "boxes" and all that ...

u mean like some kind of Level 10 case ?

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post #8 of 25
I don't see the end-goal of this "exercise".

The PC is already by default "modular"...standardized ports and slots, many compatible devices over the same interface (USB for interface & display & storage, now thunderbolt too, PCIe, SATA etc).
Through standardization, everything but open water cooling loops is a couple of screws and a few power connectors away from being mounted to the main system.

Thunderbolt alone cannot do much, as it cannot provide enough power, nor enough bandwidth for everything. Even if it could, how that could lead to a "neater" or more versatile system than what we have now is hard to imagine. In theory insanely fast clocks could allow a dual link serial connection to handle everything, in practice it cannot, cause we cannot hit those clocks and latencies yet, end even when we will, "bundled" serial connections (i.e. that's parallel) will work better than a single uber fast one, just like smart coding allows multiple slower CPU cores to work better than a single ultra fast one.

Other than bandwidth, you will soon run into issues with power. USB and Thunderbolt can power 5~10W devices, but that's it. Cell phones consume more than that with their SoCs @ full blast.
You immediately need power connectors.

It is not like the industry doesn't try for what it appears to interest you. It is just hard. Nothing that can be easily solved in with acrylic or wood...biggrin.gif
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post #9 of 25
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similar, but more extreme.
every component except cpu+mobo has it's own box, with add ins.
these plug into a dock with internal water cooling tubes and cabling.
post #10 of 25
the idea is not "bad" its just , "not viable"

instead of being modular friendly , i think it will be more or a hassle , u gotta keep developing the idea more , because as i see it ..

... it has some flaws


btw , check how much that Level 10 case cost , and how popular it is
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