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I want one of these! 
30th-Dec-2006 09:10 am
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I've dreaming about one for a while but somehow has actually gone out and buily himself a TARDIS PC case. There was a brief article in this month's PC Format but the full glorious, step-by-step details are to be found here at http://www.m4gnum.com. Bloody Hell, I must have one. From what he's written, a case incorporating a full size ATX motherboard would be a metre tall but I reckon I can live with that. Probably need to be for the XP 3000 rather than for the X2 4800 as I can't see a handmade wooden case providing sufficient airflow and cooling for the latter. Besides, I figure it should be in the living room ;-)

Now, all I need to do is actually er... build one. Shame it's unlikely to be bigger on the inside. Be handy for extra drives etc. That said, at 1m tall, it's likely to have more than enough space for hard disks etc which means it might be handy for network storage...

Down at Sally and David's right now. Got woken up in the middle of the night by a cat tracking wet paw prints across my chest, shaking itself dry and howling at me to dry it off. Best I managed was "urgh..."

Need to fill up my five new icon slots too.
30th-Dec-2006 11:24 am (UTC)
Bearing in mind that the bloke reckons it's pretty impractical are you sure you want to bother...?
30th-Dec-2006 11:39 am (UTC)
Heh. If practicality were a major concern, I wouldn't have done half the things I've done to date ;-)

That said, he built his case for a desktop PC. I'm thinking that, if I did one, I'd be sticking it on the floor in the corner of a room/beside the TV so, as long as the cables are long enough, size and form factor are less of an issue. A more important consideration, even for a XP 3000 is cooling and the likely noise levels from fans, especially for a living room media centre PC which what I have in mind.

So, yes, it is pretty impractical but, yeah, I do want to bother ;-)
30th-Dec-2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
I've been pushing the mod-making bunnies around in my mind for half of this year... the guy is right in that mini-itx boards (or nano-itx boards) aren't the cheapest way to go about doing things, and I've come to the conclusion that it's not easy to make a profit on a mini-itx system!

That said, I do love the case! Do you have similar woodworking skills and tools? Do you have the time? as you always seem pretty busy with work or meets...

But kudos for taking the idea and rolling with it!
30th-Dec-2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
All very good questions. Not done much woodworking since design and tech lessons at school but at least I wasn't totally cack-handed at it back then and I do have a friend who's rather more experienced and better equipped and has said he'd be willing to help out. Time is probably the biggest concern but I'm not in too much of a hurry - got to start learning somewhere and I have a functional case to use for the living room PC in the meantime.
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