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The Rackmount DJ Project

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Hey there, this is my first post over at the The Mod Zoo so bare with me on this one. ;)

 

This computer is not mine but I have helped on the project and all the photos are taken by me so I am "in charge" of the build log apparently.

 

The Story in Brief:

A close friend of mine is a DJ and needed a system to run his software and store his music. Another friend used to work for a coach company and happened to have an old rack cabinet from work that they were throwing away. Long story short, we ended up with a really old crappy cabinet with an old Pentium 4 computer and some really heavy amps and stuff.

We decided the whole thing was perfect for his DJ setup and away we went.

 

 

The cabinet as we received it (minus the PC as we were too eager to take it out and have a look!):

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And the lovely beast itself:

(Ignore the third-party xbox fans in the front, my friend was seeing if they fit.)

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Now I don't have any images of the hardware that was used in the computer as I wasn't there when it was all pulled out to take photos but I do know it had an Asus P5PE-VM Mobo, Intel Pentium 4 CPU, 20GB HDD and I think about 512MB of RAM.

 

Anyway on with the show - We took all the old stuff out and gave it a little clean over with a sponge.

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The colour my friend decided on was blue so off we went painting the case and it's naughty bits...

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While the paint was drying we got to work on the flight case, ripping all the amps and wiring out and cleaning and painting the exposed wood on the inside.

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We then went a bit crazy with wires and setup a distribution board to power all the amps and the computer, complete with it's own plug socket on the front and custom made speaker wiring throughout to all the amps. The fans you see in the image were already in the case, we reused them and daayumn can those things blow!

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Anway... paint was dry!

 

I had an old temperature reader I had purchased from eBay many years ago so decided to put it to good use, even though there was already 2 on the front, you can never have enough illuminated numbers!

Here's my hand (and disgusting looking thumb) cutting a hole for the display.

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Now the computer was ready for components! The only images I have of that part (as I wasn't there and they didn't take photos!!) are these 2:

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Everything is all fine and dandy so far, the motherboard, CPU and RAM have been ordered by my friend and this is what he chose for his DJ rig:

 

Mobo: Gigabyte (I'm unsure which one he has but I know it's blue and comes in a bundle package >.<)

CPU: AMD FX6300

RAM: Kingston HyperX 16GB

GPU*: Nvidia Geforce GT610 2GB

*This is correct at time of this post. Due to the nature of the case it can ONLY have low profile graphics cards but we are thinking of changing it to a low profile version of one of AMD's R9 series cards.

 

Whilst the components were on order we decided to cut a window into the lid of the PC and place in some perspex and UV LEDs around the edge.

 

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And last but not least, we placed some LEDs into the case itself and the final product is as follows. I'll let the photos do the talking from now on.

 

If you wish to view the full collection of photos they can be found here: http://imgur.com/a/VOUct#0 (Including a lot more of the flight case build process)

 

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Looks cool.:D

Amazing what some people will throw away; especially businesses. I nearly had a seizure when I heard from a friend that they had thrown a bunch of SGI rack stations in a dumpster. -They worked too.:(

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Looks cool. :D

Amazing what some people will throw away; especially businesses. I nearly had a seizure when I heard from a friend that they had thrown a bunch of SGI rack stations in a dumpster. -They worked too. :(

Many thanks!

I completely agree, to them expensive stuff is nothing but as they say... One mans rubbish is another mans treasure eh :p

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Kick ass mod... and Love the blue color you chose...

 

I DJed for 8 yrs in clubs and bars 1988 - 1996.... I never got used to the dual CD decks when they first appeared... I'd order and buy imported 12" LPs every week for my technics 1200s

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Kick feces generator mod... and Love the blue color you chose...

 

I DJed for 8 yrs in clubs and bars 1988 - 1996.... I never got used to the dual CD decks when they first appeared... I'd order and buy imported 12" LPs every week for my technics 1200s

Thanks man!

My friend has DJ'd for years too and he started learning on proper vinyl but has since made the transition to time-coded vinyls although occasionally goes back to the real ones :P

Next I aim to get a video of the whole build in action focusing on the computer and flight case but with a bit of the DJing in there too.

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That's pretty cool.  Ive gotten rid of all my rack mount stuff.  Wish I hadn't after seeing this though...pretty inspiring.  

Many thanks! Ahh that sucks, should have kept it :P

 

Cool project. Something a little different!

Many thanks!

 

 

For those interested we have made this video about the project.
 
Excuse my weird way of talking into the camera. :P

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