Lego Home Server - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 07-20-2012, 08:39 PM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
jsw98765's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Just wanted to show off my latest build. Not a real unique idea, but I thought it turned out pretty cool. The hard drives are sort of on "Rails" with lego tires, which also acts as an awesome sound dampener. All the power cables were custom cut or spliced to fit just perfect. The SSD and USB OS Backup drive were put in a 3.5" bracket and take up the lower left bay. The motherboard only supports 4 internal SATA drives, but has 2 ESATA drives. So if I run out of space, I can just run an ESATA to SATA cable into the case and should be able to fit 2 more 3.5" HDD. Also the Mario Designs are not my own, I found them on a google image search, don't remember exactly where, but wish I could give proper credit.

Specs

Motherboard - Intel DQ67EP mini ITX (any Mini ITX would have worked)

Processor - I3 2120T

RAM - I honestly don't remember 8gb of something cheap (a bit overkill)

OS HDD - OCZ Agility 3 60gb SSD (probably overkill on speed)

Storage HDD - 3x 3tb Western Digital Green Drives

OS Backup - an old usb 500gb drive that I hacked out of the case and just hooked up internally.

Power Supply - FSP Group FSP270-60LE 270W (picked strickly for it's size)

Here's some pictures.

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
gonzo90017 likes this.
jsw98765 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 07-20-2012, 08:44 PM
Advanced Member
 
flocko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 707
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 17
WELCOME to the forum ! smile.gif

+10 on the build for creativity . Mario would be proud
flocko is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 07-21-2012, 08:02 AM
Senior Member
 
SUBCOB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 328
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Nice job! One of the coolest computers I have seen in a long time!
SUBCOB is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 07-21-2012, 08:06 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
assassin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 12,961
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 50 Post(s)
Liked: 241
Very cool. I dig it.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

assassin is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 07-21-2012, 06:22 PM
Senior Member
 
mcturkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 343
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked: 43
Now why haven't I thought of doing this already? That's awesome!
mcturkey is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 07-22-2012, 09:47 AM
Senior Member
 
DeadmanInc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 240
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Pretty awesome! Did you glue the pieces together?
DeadmanInc is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 07-22-2012, 10:08 AM
AVS Special Member
 
ilovejedd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 3,725
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
Liked: 59
So cool! Now I want to build a Zelda one. tongue.gif
ilovejedd is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 07-22-2012, 12:03 PM
AVS Special Member
 
gorthocar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 1,715
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 21
I love LEGOs. This reminds me of the original Google hard drive server made from the familiar bricks: http://infolab.stanford.edu/pub/voy/museum/pictures/display/0-4-Google.htm

Bazinga!

gorthocar is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 07-22-2012, 12:18 PM
AVS Special Member
 
Mrkazador's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,848
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Liked: 250

I've always wanted to build something like this, a lego pc or a mini-itx in a NES console.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Mrkazador is online now  
post #10 of 11 Old 07-23-2012, 05:42 PM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
jsw98765's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Thanks for all the compliments.

I didn't glue anything but I was very tempted to. The reason I decided not to was that I knew as soon as I glued it together I was going to need to change something. I think next I'm going to add a tuner (basic clear qam with alalogue atsc) and get dvblink up and running so I can move to a smaller form factor on my htpc's and not have to try and cram a tuner in there.

Ironically I did a nintendo htpc build a few months ago, and wasn't really happy with the way it turned out. I ended up buying a small case and putting everything in there. My biggest problem with It was ventilation. I even used a low power amd e-350 board, but I had to add so many small fans, since there really want room for big ones that it ended too loud for a bedroom. After this was such a success I was thinking of revisiting the idea, but with Legos. It would let me add extra ventilation where I need it, and maybe even size it slightly larger if necessary. I still have a bunch of Legos left over from this, (I bought a big bin of them off Craigslist), sadly I don't have nearly enough greys. Maybe I'll try it in yellow and red (still lots of those left) or something.

I also have an old original Xbox laying around I was think of tearing apart. Might be kinda cool. I also have a dead first gen 360 that I'm never going to try and fix again. Maybe I could try and fit something in there too. If I end up doing it I'll be sure to post it up here.
jsw98765 is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 07-23-2012, 05:48 PM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
jsw98765's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Oh almost forgot the Lego google server. That's actually what first got me thinking about it. I read an article about googles history and they mentioned that. Sounded pretty cool, so I started searching around. I found a few bigger full atx lego built servers, and one real awesome bitcoin box I found with 3 computers in one lego box. But didn't really find much in the small size I was looking for, which made me want to do it even more.
jsw98765 is offline  
Reply Home Theater Computers

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off