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Nice! And as a fellow owner of an XP 2700+, that is indeed a good idle temp for that chip. Mine idles around 41/42, and loads to around 55, although it has reached 58 on occasion.
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Sweet. LOL
    
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Did you insulate the inside? Last person who did this, the Legos melted!

Nice work.

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Originally Posted by k1t
did you custom order a lego set for this case or you just get whatever lego pieces you get your hand onto to make this one?
Its actually a whatever I have project. I would have changed the color scheme if I actually ordered these lol. This may sound kinda corny, but I actually started a 'help build a lego pc' project, in which people who donated legos get to sign the finished project. I am not certain if this will be the FINAL build, as there were already 2 designs before this one, but so far its the most practical.

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That's flipping awesome man! Not a fan of the colors, but you could always paint them couldn't you?

Out of curiosity, did you use anything besides lego? Did you do anything to dampin vibrations and/or enhance structural integrity?
COULD paint them, but I choose not to. I want this to remain unaltered.

Nothing but legos, and no modifications to the legos, its all natural. As for vibrations, there are no vibrations, everything is compressed in there, and is so tight it cannot be moved short of disassembly. With regards to structural integrity, the hard drive holder also acts as a double reinforced side-to-side beam. It spans across the unit to hold the walls together, and also to keep their spacing proper. The entire unit is composed bricks, at alternating spaces, so that there is no point in which a crack could become an issue.

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Did you insulate the inside?
No, however the motherboard is elevated from directly resting on the lego pieces by the backplate for the cpu cooler, and using a couple lego pieces in non-thermal zones (mostly the corners). The 120mm fan blows air over the entire surface of the motherboard, and also of the ram, and a small amount of that airflow actually gets underneath the board to cool its underside. I am *hoping* that there will be enough airflow to satisfy the thermal requirements of the board.
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You can see the HDD mounted above the CPU Cooler. Kinda nifty design.
Great mod, but I can't help but think that hard drive will fall right on top of the CPU.
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Nothing but legos, and no modifications to the legos, its all natural. As for vibrations, there are no vibrations, everything is compressed in there, and is so tight it cannot be moved short of disassembly. With regards to structural integrity, the hard drive holder also acts as a double reinforced side-to-side beam. It spans across the unit to hold the walls together, and also to keep their spacing proper. The entire unit is composed bricks, at alternating spaces, so that there is no point in which a crack could become an issue.
Sounds pretty solid. I find it hard to believe that everything would fit so tightly. I figure somewhere things would be of odd dimension (such as the hardware you are placing in the legos), you must have done a good job. Are you able to pick this thing up and move it around without things falling/moving out of place?
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Great mod, but I can't help but think that hard drive will fall right on top of the CPU.
I had that concern too, so to avert such a disaster I made the hdd bracket supported from the bottom as well as the top, and then connected the two. The bottom support is independant of the top, so even should the top be weak, or the bottom, they reinforce each other

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Are you able to pick this thing up and move it around without things falling/moving out of place?
Definitly! Before I powered it on for the first time I did what I like to call the 'Shake Test'. Basically, I shake it up and down aggressively 3 times, and side to side aggressively. My general idea is that if something is to get loose, I would rather have it to so BEFORE I power on the system, so I can tell, fix it, and redesign if necessary. I wouldnt go so far as to drop it on the floor, but for minor bumps and such, it shouldnt have any problem.

I have put loads of thought into this beast. The wires all have channels in which they run, so as not to obstruct the airflow, and to make construction easier.
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post #18 of 53
Dude this is awesome

    
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Here is a zoom in of the side-to-side supports. The black rectangles represent the top and bottom of the HDD retention bracket, and the green rectangle represents the center support beam for the dvd-rom drive.



I say 'center' support beam as its also supported on both sides of the 120mm fan and on both sides of the 80mm fan for the heatpipe cooler. This 'H' Design double re-inforces the top, so that the weight of the dvdrom, added legos, and PSU+cooling+acrylic plate dont collapse the whole top inward.
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post #20 of 53
That is really cool . I think thats got to be one of the best lego case mods I have seen .
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