Backing up Computers

Computer Cases

Copyright 2010 by Stephen Vermeulen
Last updated: 2010 Oct 24
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  • 2010-Oct-24: The Recompute cardboard PC is a computer, built from conventional components, except the case is made of cardboard. I recall that HP once did some experiments with building server units where the modules were mounted within some sort of foam inlay within the main case - this helped improve airflow for cooling and isolate vibrations. [9422]
  • 2010-Jul-26: A rather elegant wooden computer case, designed as a tall side-table. [9326]
  • 2010-May-17: Rackmount Solutions has a wide variety of rackmount computer cabinets and parts. [9118]
  • 2009-Sep-18: A rather nice case cabinet that allows a computer case to be disguised as an end table. Now if only Ikea would think about doing this sort of thing. [8519]
  • 2009-May-25: Here is another take on the idea of building computers into furniture, in this case a computer desk. Putting one in a desk drawer might be a good idea, then you could just pull out the drawer to change components. [8029]
  • 2008-Dec-19: The Tech Report takes a look at a lot of computer power supplies in a power supply round-up, discussed here on Slashdot. This article also includes information on the type and lengths of the cables on these supplies, which can be hard to find. I have found that Antec makes pretty reliable power supplies (the review only takes a look at a very low end model). Don't forget that these days, unless you have some monster graphics card installed you likely do not need anything bigger than 400W, in fact you may find your system is really in the 100-200W range. If you do have a smaller system you will find that the power supplies below about 350W get harder to find, have fewer peripheral connectors, use smaller fans (so potentially are noisier) and get more expensive, so you might just end up getting a larger supply anyway (which might not be a bad thing as the 80+ supplies in this review all tested at about 90% efficient when run at 25% load which is very good). A power meter (such as the UPM EM100 energy meter) is quite useful for seeing what is really going on. [7366]
  • 2008-Nov-25: StarTech make wall mount brackets that can be used to provide a small 19in rack. Though at $80 for a small piece of punched and bent steel it seems rather expensive. [7261]
  • 2008-Aug-29: PlayTool has some good pages on PC poser supplies (PSUs) and the various types of power connectors that have evolved over the years. [6760]
  • 2008-Aug-08: A rather impressive black tower case built out of Lego (that's a lot of bricks). Now only if there were some standard Lego bricks that offered USB, FireWire, eSATA and 3.5mm audio jack connectors. [6651] [1]
  • 2007-Dec-16: Pelican Case makes tough (and water tight) cases for protecting electronics during travel. [4436]
  • 2007-Dec-03: This ES 750 UPS unit from APC has an interesting feature, there is one socket you plug your computer into, and three "slave sockets" you can plug additional devices into. Then the UPS monitors the power consumption of the computer socket and when that drops to near zero (probably something below 5-10W) then the UPS automatically turns off power to the slave devices. This would be useful for saving energy on things like external speakers, monitors or external USB devices that are not needed when the computer is off or in hibernate mode. [4389]
  • MemoryExpress is now carrying the Startech 12U wallmount bracket for 19 inch rack equipment, just screw it into a wall (or perhaps the side of a desk or other immobile object) and you have 12U worth of rack space for $99. Obviously its closed at the back, so it will be harder to work with than a true rack, but then, its not a thousand bucks either. [2754]
  • Making cheap rackmounts out of houshold wire kitchen racks, but something like this rack for instrument modules might be better. has a number of rack rails and small rack cases. Rack rails are also available from smarthome. [2753]
  • A rather fancy front panel IO port add-on that installs in a free drive bay, includes flash readers, USB and Firewire, fan controller and temperature monitoring and audio IO ports [2752]
  • Another article on building a quiet, air-cooled, system. [2751]
  • Making a quieter PC. [2750]
  • Here's the Thermaltake Hardcano 5 which includes thermocouple monitoring of component temperatures. [2749]
  • Looking for some knobs to add to your case? How about this array, its a fan speed controller and will allow you to turn up the "volume" (or airflow that is) from the front panel of your case. [2748]
  • Antec hard drive cooler with temperature read out [2747]
  • Tom's Hardware guide to computer cases [2746]
  • How not to build your own case out of spray foam [2745]
  • Dell's rack mount page, I never seem to find a way to actually get to this on their web site... Of course the average home PC does not need rack mounting, but at work we often configure server sets in these for our clients [2744]
  • VANTEC makes case fans [2743]
  • All about fan performance [2742]
  • Heat transfer in the computer [2741]
  • OrigenAE are showing a prototype home theatre PC case that has a built in 12in touch sensitive LCD display and 12 bays for 3.5in hard drives. [2740]
  • Winston's Lego Computer, here the case for a VIA EPIA-M9000 is made out of Lego [2739]
  • A tutorial on how to bend acrylic, which could be useful if you are making a custom case [2738]
  • Adding a video display to a computer case (fits in about 3 drive bays) [2737]
  • Building your own rack mount system, including using mini-ITX as the core motherboards. This also has a couple of ideas about making nice mounting modules for multiple drives and making a "case" out of a front and back panel plus rods to space them appart (remember this is going inside a rack). [2736]
  • How about making a case out of Lego? [2735]
  • The Travla C138 looks like a nice mini-ITX case [2734]
  • Hush makes a silent ATX case [2733]
  • Building a no noise PC [2732]

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