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Old 2nd December 2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Hi everyone

Please find pictures of my latest project, I have grown very tired of the poor pc cases available these days, even Lian cases have their issues !! so my project was to fit a pc into a hifi2000 rack case .. so at least it would look good in my front room, so instead of making a power amplifier I made a pc instead.

Its a quad core 3.2Ghz i7 has 2 SSD under the chassis and one 1tb drive for data. I use this for music (jriver18) and plays BlueRay discs using powerDVD 13 .. I have listed the construction photo by photo

I am really pleased with it as one point I nearly gave up, also I have no overheating issues at all.

so pic below of the main chassis being developed

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Front Panel completed ...

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Now the rear panel being completed ...

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Basic case completed ... now free standing

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Pics showing SSD drives ..

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More pics of underneath the main motherboard chassis

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Final PC all working

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what do you all think ?? also please note that brown and blue wires underneath are 12v not mains !! the 12v is used to power external CD optical drives etc. I have ripped my cd collection in wav via DP poweramp (which does tag wav files) and plays very good through Jriver18

best regards Nick

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Old 2nd December 2013, 10:04 PM   #2
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Hi

Just to add is that the PC is running windows 7 64bit

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Old 3rd December 2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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very nice
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Old 3rd December 2013, 07:59 PM   #4
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Neat!
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Old 3rd December 2013, 09:58 PM   #5
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Thanks chaps

This took a lot of work to complete this, do you like my hard drive springs that the main drive sits on? no vibration through the case

all the best

Nick
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Old 3rd December 2013, 10:22 PM   #6
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very nice!
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Old 11th December 2013, 11:05 AM   #7
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Congrats I'm really happy to see PC art exist
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Old 11th December 2013, 11:18 AM   #8
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Good enuf for older games and movies...
What graphics card do you use?
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Old 11th December 2013, 09:14 PM   #9
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Hi

Thanks again for the comments, the Graphics card is a HIS5500 1g DDR5 mem, as I had this card kicking around and the design spec was not a games machine.

How ever I was surprised how well this card with a i7 4 core cpu performed better then I expected. Most older Games run fine .. I am playing heroes over Europe with the settings set to high in 1080p at approx 40 frames per second. It plays all movies including Blueray etc, and the main use high res music files, on this build I was limited by the height, but I have just noticed you can get a ATI5770 in the low height spec now.

Watch this space for my next build in a rack case ... also I may try a version with off board water cooling in a separate rack case

Thanks again and a happy DIY audio Christmas to all

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Nick
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Old 13th December 2013, 11:42 AM   #10
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Very nice build!

Can I ask where you got the brackets that you use to hold the SSD's in place?
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