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Ammo can build
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Author:  ssand [ Tue Jul 08, 2003 2:49 pm ]
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Ugh. Finally finished my first PC!!!
All Mac computers before. Guess I'm a switcher! :D

Thinking I should have picked a stock case (easier project).


Some more --> pictures here

Here's what's inside:
Shuttle MN31N motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 2500+ Barton
Lapped Thermaltake Volcano 7+ (keeps a 34C idle and 39-40C load)
512MB RAM 333DDR
Samsung CDR/DVD combo drive
Samsung Floppy
Enermax fan controller - pretty worthless in my opinion - hey I thought it looked cool online :?
Green LED fan front and one in back
GeForce FX 5200 128MB 8X AGP card

Author:  slamEVIL [ Tue Jul 08, 2003 4:15 pm ]
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very, very nice! although it pains me to see a mac sitting next to a pc :cry:

Author:  ssand [ Tue Jul 08, 2003 6:16 pm ]
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I know, I'm mixin' the two evils. But, I have to have it by the Mac, because somehow during the planning/building I forgot that my network is wireless and didn't put a wireless card in it. So, in order to connect to the internet I have to network to the Mac with a tiny patch cable to share the web. doh! :wink:

Author:  Deathsythe [ Tue Jul 08, 2003 6:24 pm ]
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Well I guess if you ever have to parachute your comp anywhere it's well protected. :lol: I like it it's different. :D

Author:  White Raven [ Thu Jul 10, 2003 8:52 pm ]
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That looks really great! Nicely done.

Author:  tetsuo [ Sun Jul 20, 2003 2:41 pm ]
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can you post how you made the mobo mounts and the drive mounts?

Author:  ssand [ Sun Jul 20, 2003 6:45 pm ]
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I used this as an organ donor:
an absolutely worthless PowerComputer Mac Clone
I basically left the drive cage the same. Just chopped it off the front of the Clone and drilled some holes to mount it in the Ammo Can. After I finished I came across some sliding drive mounts that I would love try and mod for this case, but I think it might be too late, since I already have a big hole in the front cut.

For the motherboard plate:
I was planning on using the motherboard plate from the Clone but it was too narrow. I ended up cutting off a chunk of the case. Which actually is better, it has a small "L" with holes to screw to the back of the case and a little channel to slide out for upgrades, etc.

Unpainted showing bottom channel for sliding out of the case
painted black with posts attached
For the template I just laid the motherboard on a sheet of paper and traced the edge and hole locations.
I picked up some aluminum posts (33 cents a piece) from the hardware store that has threads on each end.

I cut almost the entire back out the ammo can off - I bought a piece of plated steel and cut holes for the power supply, i/o shielding panel, and rear fan hole. If I were to do it again I would find a junk PC case that can be used for the back or modded for the PCI cards - my graphics card isn't too secure.

While Dremels are nice, I found my jigsaw with a metal cutting blade works better and faster on big areas. And grab a pop-rivet gun it's easier than using screws - at least for non-showing and non-removable components.


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