I want a secondary machine in case the main battle station ever has a severe hickup or does not feel like working.
I also want a machine that can be moved easily. And while at it, I don´t want to take two walks when setting up at a LAN-Party. The final goal is to make a portable machine with integrated monitor and room to store mouse and keyboard while not in use.
IIRC, someone on here made this beauty (if the maker is you, I got some questions further down in this OP):
The first plan was to buy and customise an aluminium tool case.
There are several problems with this approach as a box big enough to fit a monitor are big enough to fit two computers.
As lots of prototypes at my uni are made from aluminium extrusions, I abandoned the alu-box idea.
20x20mm alu extrusion, super cheap for what it is.
Build a case that fits a 24 inch monitor. Luckily there are locking joints so I do not have to come up with a system to hold the lid open.
As there are loads of accesories for the alu-profiles, I can get handles, feet, corner connectors angles and nuts for the slots. Total cost for the alu-frame is arround 150€ (high end case).
Then there will be some 1mm alu sheets to turn the frame into a case. Holes for fans and “front panel” will be cut using the waterjet at my uni.
Front panel will be done with these:
And they will all get covers
I am not going to list all the parts and little bits, but it adds up to just under 400€
Then there are some other bits including keyboard and screen, screws, fan grills and whatever adding up to another 250€
As I have to keep it relativly cheap, the plan is to go with this setup:
(I am open to suggestions here, keep in mind it needs to stay low profile)
|ASRock B450M Pro4||76€||Needs to be mATX due to limited space|
|WD Blue 500GB||80€||M.2 Drive (reduce cable clutter)|
|G.Skill Value 2400||60€||2x4GB, may upgrade later|
|Sapphire RX580 8GB||230€||Might go for an RX 570 8GB|
|SeaSonic M12-II 520W||60€||Need a modular PSU to keep cable clutter down|
|BeQuiet PureWings2 PWM||4x 8€||Will use 4 (requires fan splitter)|
Total project cost will be arround 1300€, 550 of wich go into the case.
Questions and open problems
- The GPU will be fans-up (as in the picture of the suitcase machine), I need to screw it in place somehow. If anyone has specs on mounting hole position or ideas on how to support the other end, I need all the advice I can get.
- I would like a monitor with FreeSync over HDMI. The Samsung one I listed is light weight and has freesync, however I only have 33mm clearance between case and monitor. So a monitor with right-angled power connector (or downward facing ports) would be nice.
- The motherboard tray will be one meant as a replacement part for test benches (made by DimasTech). If anyone has better ideas, let me know.