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In a first for The Mod Zoo we’re taking a look at the Streacom FC5 Alpha, which is a silent chassis. Unlike other manufacturers who call their case “silent”, this one actually is; it’s completely fan-less and intended to be used as a passive heat-sink for the CPU as well. Check out the Full Article Review Here
I've wanted to do a passive version of the Intel NUC module since I received it in the recent BitTech contest. the tiny fan that came stock was dead silent, but the heat blasting off of it told me an upgrade was needed. One healthy ball of dust could play hell with it. Let's face it; passive systems are NEAT. :D I have a set of monster server heatsinks that can be used here. First I needed to make make a plate to attach to one of those sinks... -The main reason this has taken a long time to get finished was that I burned up another motor controller. You can see all kinds of madness occurred while trying to cut the plate. That one path where the bit tried to go to California made it painfully obvious. This pic is after the cutting was completed properly, so some of the real horrors were deleted. That bottom edge still shows off some of the stupid, though. -So a big heat sink wasn't enough for the last motor controller? FINE! I watercooled this time. -I left a little too much of the heatsink mounting offsets. The mad motor controller lopped off a bit of the posts, but not enough for the chips to touch metal. -Here's an initial test fit. You can see that most of the cutting was to clear electronic bits on the board. -You have to mount the new plate to the NUC, then bolt the sink to the plate. -1st problem: I don't have a HDMI monitor, or a compatible connector. :( So I took it to a friend's to see if they had a cup of HDMI monitor I could borrow. -By some miracle, it booted and seemed to work even without TIM between the plates. I can start a log and build the enclosure part now. :D Here I'm cutting the edge of the plate even. You can see the countersunk holes for the NUC mount. I dug around in my jar of laptop evicera to find some tiny but long metric screws.
I was pressured to post this quick little build, even though I don't have any hardware and it will likely go straight to storage. I had some time to kill, and some scrap materials to get rid of, so I thought I'd build ol' crusty. A while back, I tried to get rid of some cast aluminum outdoor speakers at the local Goodwill. Apparently they have a policy against taking anything slightly rusty, so they stayed around as garage clutter. On a whim, I checked to see if I could fit an ITX motherboard inside. It turned out the fit was perfect, and I tore into the speakers so violently I have no pictures of the start of the project. -Here's the inside of one of the speaker back panels. I have already sawed the mounting pegs and stuff off the inside here. The plan was to take the two speakers and attach them back-to-back, then use the backplates to make faceplates. -I had to sand the faceplates down a bit to fit them in the raised border on the speaker fronts. I pried the metal mesh of the fronts and tossed it immediately. That's some of that stuff there's no pictures of, bear with my rambling for a bit... -A back becomes a front, and a back becomes a back again. -what? I added an 1/8" bit of plexi scrap to get these flush with the lip. I have some nice metal from a control panel for an old X-ray machine here... No, I don't have the X-ray part. :( I had to remove some spot welded reinforcements off the back. These bits are to splice the two speaker bodies together. -I drilled the body holes first, then traced the hole pattern onto the splice. -Here's a good size reference shot. I countersunk the holes so the expanded bit of the rivets would sit inside the splices. Grandpa's safety goggles served me well for this project. The sander throws filings straight up and forward, so even sitting off to one side you end up looking like Ziggy Stardust. -I clamped the halves together while adding the rivets. -There used to be grit on this poor sanding drum. I used it to remove some of the rear speaker face. (the whole back-front thing is giving me hell.:lol:) -I got this far with the sander and a jig saw. The aluminum is close to 1/4" near the edges. -I filed on the edges for a long time. I filed the rivets down even with the splices too. The extra room will be needed. -I have the fan already fitted in this pic. The speaker mount was almost a perfect match for a 92mm fan, and I have this insano-thick 92mm fan I want to use. I'm fitting a box for the power, LED, and USB. This was originally an order-clearing button box from a certain local fast-food establishment... Are you keeping track of the sources yet, 'cause it gets better. -Some work on the switchbox. I've blasted the entire setup with oven cleaner at this point to get the "crusty" effect. The switch was originally shiny nickel and stood out way too much. I tortured it until it matched the rig a little better. -I added this spacer to make the switchbox and the fan level with each other. -What is that? It kinda looks like a tiny engine head... -Yup. It was once a weed-eater engine. Here I'm chopping the top off of the itty-bitty piston head. The plans I have for that will have to wait for the next update.:D
HI all, Just wanted to show you some pics of my latest build. Havent had time to add captions to the pics so I hope you dont mind. This is my personal machine that I will use for gaming and LAN's. Let me know what you think ! INSPIRATION : Now to start adding some work pics !