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Custom open air aluminum tube case design

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I'm starting this thread to get some input on my design from others who have done this before. Depending on how it goes this might evolve into a useful 'how-to' for other people to follow.


I've got 4x 7950 cards, that I need to build a case for.

These are the design goals I have in mind:

1. Maximize spacing between the cards for maximum airflow and cooling
2. Easy/cheap to build
3. Compact as possible
4. Adaptable and expandable for alternate/additional components



This design is unbuilt/unfinished//untested at this point. The final design will require some tweaking once I have all components and start fitting them. But for the most part this is roughly what it will look like to scale.
I just want to get some feedback before I start cutting.
The design is done using Sketchup.
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Forgive the complete lack of detail, it's just a sketch.


-This design fits 4 cards, with 60mm space between them, using 20mm pcie risers.
-It can be extended to fit 5 cards, with the extra card using a 30mm riser. Or it could even fit 6 cards if the spacing is reduced.

-It can easily be made to be stackable, if desired. It would only require a couple of inserts inside the two front vertical bars, no changes to overall design would be needed.
-I placed the power supply above the cpu/motherboard. Normally I see this located off to the side in most other designs. But I don't think this will have much, if any, adverse affect.

-The position of the rear legs can be adjusted to accommodate for different lengths of cards.


To reduce cost, I'd like to try to reduce the amount of materials as much as possible. So I'm using angle bracket and flat pieces wherever possible, instead of tubing everywhere. Regarding the sizes, I'm thinking 1/2 inch tubing will work nicely.
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Eventually I'll be doing the same thing you are trying to accomplish here.

Personally I would stand it up for less foot print..
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One of the guys on OCN in the BOINC team actually makes mining benchs out of aluminum if you want to talk to him. His name is Spotswood and he should be able to hook you up with what you are exactly looking for. Just tell him that TheSocialHermit sent you thumb.gif
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