PC-in-a-box (Part 1: 02 – 03/2008)

I’l like to show you my first “modding” experience.

I had already published a sort of worklog here, here and here.

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…It was January 2008, I had just bought my gaming rig (estimated power consumption: 185W) and wanted to build a more efficient one for everyday use (web browsing, p2p, coding, …).

So I pulled the trigger on a Mini ITX mainboard by Intel, D201GLY2, mounting a Celeron 1,2 GHz (Super Pi in 1:03!).

At the time of my purchase, the mainboard as well as most of the components were not available in Italy, so I had to buy them on ebay from the US.

Checklist:

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Total: around 230€ including shipping and duty costs (prices in 2008)

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The parcel arrived on Februrary 8th, 2008 and I was so impatient to try it that I mounted it inside the very box it came in.

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Pics of the outside…

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…and the very messy inside (note: LEDs and power switch pulled from a real cabinet, “suspended” hard disk :D)

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To prevent short-circuits, I added some washers for the mainboard.

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Despite the insulating power of cardboard, the system was very stable and cool, even when loaded (guess at what time my mother opened the window… 😄)2008021010h21cpu

The box became soon filled with dust, so I decided to add filters on the fan holes, made with tights…

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Added one more fan pulled from a stock P4 cooler…

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Some attempts to improve the cooling system: raised fan, window w/ filter (more tights), lowered fan…

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Here’s a small gallery for this first part.

(End of Part 1, to be continued…)

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30 04 2010
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