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At the moment, down the bottom of the garden, we have an 8ft by 6ft summerhouse (a couple of tiny windows, solid door, apex roof). It's used for storage currently.

I do a lot of IT work in my spare time, most of which is done in the conservatory at the moment.

I've been told that the summerhouse is now mine to use as a PC workshop. Which for me, is absolutely fantastic, especially since the amount of old PCs and parts I appear to be hoarding is now filling up my bedroom.

What I intend to do is have a worktop or table stretching across the entire right hand side, with a small chest of drawers, or maybe a filing cabinet, underneath one side. I would have one or two LCDs based permanently down there, and I would also have a workstation rig down there (Don't expect miracles, it would be a Pentium 4 @ 3GHz at best). Spare parts and other rigs would be stored down there too, maybe on a storage cabinet on the back wall, depending on room.

It's going to be lined, so it's damp proof. Then we're going to board the walls.

There are some small caveats though.

The main one: Budget. There is none. Bits will be obtained on the cheap or through Freecycle.

Internet access may be an issue. My intention is to set up a D-Link DIR-615 that I have, running DD-WRT, as an Ethernet bridge, connecting to the main household router via wi-fi.

The tumble dryer and fridge freezer are down there. They will need to stay, and they take up a good 2ft by 6ft. These will be moved to the left hand side. The tumble dryer will not be used while I am down there, however.

There will be a maximum of 2 4-gang extension leads down there. My plan is to have 2 monitors and 2 desktops on one, then the light, fridge freezer and router on the other. That leaves one free plug, for a laptop charger, or the tumble dryer. Bear in mind that the other 4 gang would not be on at all when the tumble dryer was in use.

I've done a Sketchup model, but for some reason the file won't open now, so you'll have to rely on description. It basically looked like what I described, with some random desktop PCs from the 3D warehouse.

If anyone has any advice, suggestions, or comments, feel free to share.
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Will it have AC? Spending summer in a shed sounds hot as hell.
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No it won't have AC, but a fan might just be doable. Not got nowhere near enough room for AC down there.
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Pics?
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Good luck with build. I imagine that houses and floor layouts are somewhat different than here in the states, or at least here in southern United States anyway...
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Pics will come this weekend when I start clearing out. When I get the SketchUp model rendered in Kerkythea, I'll post it up.

This isn't going to be a quick build log, it will take a few weeks, maybe a couple of months to do.

And thanks, GoHigh, I kind of got the idea from you
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Originally Posted by Markeh View Post
Pics will come this weekend when I start clearing out. When I get the SketchUp model rendered in Kerkythea, I'll post it up.

This isn't going to be a quick build log, it will take a few weeks, maybe a couple of months to do.

And thanks, GoHigh, I kind of got the idea from you
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Progress has been very slow this weekend. The news is, however:

- The workstation PC that will be based down there is up and running. It's a Pentium 4 630, 3GHz with HT, FIC P4M-915G/PD1, 1GB RAM ATI X600, 200GB SATA I, in a Tiny ATX case. It was on XP but now it's running Ubuntu 10.04 (my 10.10 disk was being funny). However, seeing as it's not down there yet, and the DIR-615 isn't set up, I need another USB wireless adapter. The Belkin one I'm using is stolen from my HTPC.
- The monitor that will be based down there is now fixed. A Relisys TL565, which needed the cable soldering, now works fine. In May, this will be joined by my Proview MA782KC and possibly my Dell E171FP, as then I will upgrade my sigrig's monitor.
- We've got a workbench. It's a 4ft Ikea desk. It's beech/silver, so won't look too bad down there. It's about the same size as the dining table I currently use, which can easily accommodate a desktop, 2 monitors, a keyboard, mouse and my HP Mini 210. Best of all, it cost absolutely nothing, it was being given away on Freecycle. My idea now is to have this closest to the door (outward-opening), then have a 2ft storage unit in the corner, perhaps big enough to accomodate ATX cases, or a chest of drawers for storing parts.
- I also have a subwoofer for down there. A Mercury SW1980R, supports 4.1 but would only be used for 2.1 with some cheap (or free) speakers. Best of all, the subwoofer was also free.
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Don't wanna point out the obvious, but if you are going to get another wireless card, forgo the USB route and go with the PCI versions instead. You can upgrade the antennae (dont you Brits add "e" at the end?) to a stronger gain one which should give you the best possible connection to your router... I have been playing around with how to maximize wireless bandwidth in my house (6000SqFt, 3 Floors including the basement) and basically I added a router to each floor of the house, which gave me the best bandwidth possible, albeit a little pain to remember to switch APs depending on which floor I am working). USB wireless cards just didn't cut the mustard though even with the 3x APs, and with the new Linksys PCI Wireless N card, I get almost 94% internet speed as wired, from 20FT away, in the kitchen.
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Bear in mind that the wireless adapter would not be used, it's only being used while I'm setting up the PC. When done, it would be connected via Ethernet to the D-Link, which would be acting as a bridge.

The latest news is...
well, none actually. No progress until the start of March now, on holiday next week.
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