Ongoing HTPC in the TV rack (1 Viewer)

mama

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Ok, as I´m not very happy with my solution at the moment, I´m planing a new "case" for my htpc. At the moment it´s in a midi tower that is placed in the corner of the living room between two furnitures. Doesn´t look good and because of it´s position, the very quiet CPU fan is strengthened a lot in this corner.

My TV rack has a nice little drawerfold without a drawer. So I´m now planning to build my htpc right in there. I´ll make some pics these days to show you from what I´m trying to tell you in my bad english here. :D

As my time is spare, I think it will take some weeks to finish it, but I´ll post every news here.
 

mama

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Ok, after some days of thinking about that (and asking my wife for permission... :D), I bought the needed things today. So here some first pics of my "project":

This is the raw material. Some wood to make the bottom and a second bottom for the DVD and card reader. Also the cards will be fixed there.
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This is all the stuff that has to go into the rack:
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And here all has to fit in. I already tested the two (well, how to tell it in english... :roll: ) "Schubladenschienen":
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And the rack itself with the new Panasonic plasma (yes, I gave the Hyiundai back):
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mama

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Ok, and here´s the result of my work today. It´s not finished, but it´s working. I want to fix the cables and build a kind of bridge to press the cards on the board. Also the reset button must be installed and maybe later a LCD. Then I´m thinking about some LEDs starting when you open the drawerfold.

Comments are welcome. ;)

Here are the pics:

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FlipGer

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    Hi mama,

    very interesting solution! :) Looks quite well.

    I also currently search for a good solution for my system. This is a nice inspiration. I think i will size my tv rack, to see if this would work at my home. :p

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    tomtom21000

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    Looks quite good.
    But no fear of vibrations?
    How about the air circulation?

    success for your efforts, anyway!

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    mama

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    Thx folks.

    Vibrations are nor prob. All drives and even the board are buffered with these little pads you can buy to nail under a chairs foot. ;) Works very good.

    For the air circulation, I´m thinking about a water cooling, or at least one or two 80mm fans at the back of the rack. But that´s fine tuning.
     

    mama

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    Ok, first evening watching TV with it, I must say there must be a fan the next days! It´s really hot in there and my ATI card began to flicker... :D

    I´ll cut a 80mm whole out of the back and put a fan there blowing out. Also on the front, I´ll search for a nice cover for the fan and place one blowing the air in.
     

    FlipGer

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    Hi mama,

    short in german: Er meint elektromagnetische Abstrahlungen. Das hatte ich auch überlegt. Ein Computergehäuse ist nicht umsonst aus Metall. Ein Farradayscher Käfig gegen Einflüsse von / nach außen ist oft angebracht.

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