Turbine case




Case : 20 litre tin can

Fan : 12v 80w car radiator fan

PSU: two old AT supplies stripped (no fans/cases) and fitted under motherboard tray (second to run car fan at 5v & 12v)

Hardware: old junk I had laying around

AT mb

AMD 133 (socket 3)

32 mg ram

264 mg hdd

2 mg pci graphics card

ISA sound card

network card

3.5" floppy

OS: Linux (redhat 6.2)

sorry about poor pictures



The fan normaly runs at 5v and is about as loud as a small fan heater ie.not to bad but at 12v you would need to be using headphones and the wind out the back can be felt over 8m away. At 12v the fan really works the second psu, I had 5 high intensity red leds in the case for mood lighting (looked good with the evil red glow)these were running off the fan supply and they really dimmed down when on 12v (I swaped them to the other supply but forgot the resistor and burn them out )there is a lot of hot air coming out of the psu area at the rear on 12v

The case dosn't roll around as the weight is centered and low

I know the hardware is old crap but it was free it was all found in rubbish piles that people were throwing out. The tin cans (2nd used for the lid as it sits over the hole) were found at the rear of a panel beaters. The comp parts from an old parcel cubing system at work. The 2nd psu and motherboard tray parts were from a 386 computer found in the rubbish on a loading dock

The only parts I had to buy were - 4x 3mm leds - 3x switches - piano hinge for the lid - old car aircleaner case to get the lid latches

Total cost less than $20.00

The slowest part of the job was drilling the holes in the back as each hole had to be drilled 4 times from pilot to full size because the tin is very thin and would have ripped with the large drill

This case was only done to see if it could be done and I didn't want to stuff up my good case putting the fan on the side of it as the air flow would have been all wrong, Thats how I got the idea for a tubular case with good air in and out

I was going to put it in a beer keg (I had one all lined up)but when I found out they are made of stainless steel I backed out of that idea (my hand tools would not cope)

The only tools used were - jigsaw - drill - file - screw driver - marker pen - grinding and sanding atachments for drill - soldering iron - wire cutters - pop riveter - vice grips.

From this to this

I think if someone wants to donate an abit kt7 micro atx motherboard , 700mz duron and atx power supply I could make a real good gaming machine with a slightly differant internal layout I should be able to fit in a cdrom

Thanks Keith

duenorth@optushome.com.au







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