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I don't know if i'm on the good forum but I will try here (move if needed)

I have a plexiglass sheet (3/32) and I wonder if I could make a tech bench with.

I think it is to thin.

If I use MDF, how thick should I take it?

Any other thing i should know about tech bench?

Thanks, Lee
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post #2 of 56
Have a look through this thread: http://www.overclock.net/computer-ca...chstation.html

How big is this sheet you have? I don't have any experience with plexi but that thickness seems a bit too thin.
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post #3 of 56
Hello. smile.gif

Imho, the 3/32" thick plexiglass will be too thin.

If you use MDF, then 1/4", 3/8", or 1/2" will be sufficient depending upon the design.

The only aspects that I can think of that might be more difficult insofar as fabrication is creating a rear PCI frame that physically supports cards in the expansion slots. You could always purchase a rear PCI frame and make your own support with it.

Also, if keeping cables out of sight is important then some design work will need to be done to create "baffles", walls or chambers to stow the excess cables out of sight.

Lastly, consider the environment you are in. Is it safe to have components exposed? (i.e. pets and/or young children)

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post #4 of 56
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I think I will make it with MDF but I don't know how thick I need to take it. I'm thinking about 1/2 to 3/4.

And thanks, I'm taking a look to that thread

Edit: I see ^ that post

If I put a steel flat bar to support my GPU, can it work?
Edited by Lee17 - 12/31/10 at 3:10pm
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post #5 of 56
1/2" will be sufficient.

You could use 3/4", but imho that would be excessive and only add to the overall mass of the tech station.

There are 2 build logs in my sig (Obsidian Silence and Anvil) that are related to tech stations. Maybe take a gander to see what some of the possibilities are.
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post #6 of 56
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Ok, thanks, I have and idea in my head, will try to do something with google SketchUp and show you (If you know better program who don't need powerfull computer, I want to know because I on my sig rig )
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If you're like me (CAD-challenged redface.gif), then Sketchup will do just fine.
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Fast question, how can I know how high I need to put my PCI Bar to hold my GPU? Just for now, an approx will do the job.

Thanks
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Quote:
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Fast question, how can I know how high I need to put my PCI Bar to hold my GPU? Just for now, an approx will do the job.

Thanks

It depends upon how tall the stand offs that use are. But, about 5" is a rough estimation.
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post #10 of 56
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It will be like that. It is just a rough model but it is my idea. It will be able to fit a E-ATX (Asus Maximus IV Extreme) and have a support for PCI card.

I have question, how many inch did I need to put around the mobo to be able to do cable manegement and pass some watercooling tube. I will put a rad somewhere (maybe on the side in the lowest section)






Hope you have enjoy my little poor skills in google sketchUp but I have made a good jog I think.

In that model, all is in 3/8 but I will do it in 1/2.

Thanks, Lee
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