AVS Forum banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
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.







 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #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.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top