The Lego pc case?

Discussion in 'Computer Cases, Power Supplies and Cooling' started by dmullen1994, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. dmullen1994

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    So I've decided in going to build my case out of Lego. I was wondering if I should put the mb on the kind of Legos that are smooth on top or buy a mb tray as a base? I hear it's bad not use metal because of static or something. Any other advise would be appreciated!
     
  2. Machin3

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    Sounds like a pretty cool idea. Well actually the metal that they use for computer cases is only static on the outside. On the inside its supposedly not static. But you shouldn't have a problem with lego as it is plastic and not a conductor of electricity.
     
  3. tremmor

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    buying the standoffs for the motherboard won't make a diff. its interesting though the concept. if your not happy with that then maybe a sheet of plexiglass. seen some neat towers that looked good with this also.
     
  4. mihir

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    Any static electricity can damage semiconductors.
    Metals are conductors and conduct all the electricity.That is why they don't cause collection of charge at any point.
    Static electricity is usually for non-conductors and insulators because since they do not let electrons move,to cause electricity and it all gets stored as charge at one point on the surface of the material,that is why it is called static.
     
  5. tremmor

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    your right. ya have to have some kind of stand off. the cases are mostly metal. its the way they build and protect them.
     
  6. mihir

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    The standoff should be a bit more above the base compared to the conventional metal cases since static electricity is pretty dangerous in case of motherboards since they are very sensitive.
     
  7. dmullen1994

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    Thank for all the replies but I'm not sure I get what your saying? Should I just put the screws right I to the Legos or use standoffs?
     
  8. mihir

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    Definitely use standoff and compared to the normal case ones use ones that provide a bit more height compared to the metal cases.


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    Before building I would recommend reading all about static electricity and researching a lot because these are things which are difficult to do and needs a lot of study.That is why a lot people don't do that only few are ballsy enough to do this like you and I appreciate you for it.But before buying anything do proper research,we won't be able to help you that much compared to people who have actually done that kind of thing.I am not discouraging you or something just telling you need a lot of research and this is pretty difficult.
     
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  9. Demilich

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    If people can run their computers on towels, I think Lego's will be fine. I believe that static electricity is a bit over-sized.
     
  10. mihir

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    When building something innovative(unconventional) in terms of computers you can never be too cautious.
    And people treating their computer carelessly is no excuse to do the same with your computer.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/82184/avoid_static_damage_to_your_pc.html
     
  11. Benny Boy

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    I think you'll find that the material used to make Legos won't be a static problem. I'd personally do something to allow some air flow behind the mb and keep the solder joints from rubbing.
     
  12. mihir

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    You are right.
    I read up on it and LEGO are made of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

    And he is right about the air flow control.
    Also check out the weight structure.The mechanics of the case should be looked into and it should be properly balanced.
     
  13. dmullen1994

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    I read that article but I'm not sure I understand the concept of grounding. Does using Legos mean that my whole case will not be grounded by the AC outlet because Legos are plastic? Is the mono safe as long as it is on the stand offs? Also why should the ones I get be especially long? And can you give me a link to such standoffs? Thanks for everything.

    EDIT ok I just read all the new posts and I see static is now basically not a problem. As for airflow under the mb i mean they ARE Legos so I will just add an extra block where the standoffs. Also I plan on making the case horizontal with separate chambers for the mb, psu and drives. I am going to use permanent abs glue to make the thing sturdy. Would you all agree that i Should I add a sort of crawl space under the mb area for cable management throughout the whole case?
     
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  14. mihir

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    That link was just to tell you that static electricity is dangerous.

    Anyways checkout my last post.
     
  15. dmullen1994

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    Haha yea you posted that just before me.
    Read my edit to the post above. Btw I'm not sure if you familiar with Legos but do you think walls that are 2 dots think will be sturdy enough?
     
  16. mihir

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    I know what legos are.
    I am talking about suppose you add a motherboard and a GPU the case shouldnt be that imbalanced so it trips over to the more weighing side.


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    Horizontal case would be great actually.

    Now you have to work on the air flow.
     
  17. tremmor

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    i seen a tower made of plexiglass and i was impressed. In the trash on trash day. Saved the power supply 450w, 4 gig ram, seagate 250 gig barracuda and older duel video card. stripped it clean. case was impressive. You are going to have to secure the lego's some how. im sure others have done something similar. if you don't know then you might want to research more before making the move.
     
  18. dmullen1994

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    Yea I'm going to start doing some drawings tomorrow and I try and put them up but im in no rush bcz this isn't happening until June or July. Im going to bed so happy Easter everyone.
     
  19. dmullen1994

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    Ok update guys. Ive been thinking about to design the case and i forgot that i dont really have room for a horizontal case under my desk. So here are the ideas i has so far.

    These are the things that i am looking for.
    -A large window so i can see all the goodies.
    -Revlative ease to change parts.
    -Performance equal to or better then a regular steel case e.g. good cable management, airflow, # of fans.
    -A large area with no fans where i can build cool pictures and stuff into the legos.
    -Unique design

    1. Small form factor horizontal case with two layers. Im not sure about this because i dont know how well legos will support two layer but it seem like this is the most logical because it solves the issue of cable management, space and colling since all the hot stuff is on top. It also will give me the ability to put a huge window on top and there will probably be ample room to building cool picture with the legos. IN addition this case willl have all the upgradable stuff on top so it solves that issue also. The only thing i don like about this one is that it lends itself to being a cube shape which is kinda cliche especially if im making out of legos. I think i am going to choose this one because it is only lacking one thing that i want. I am slightly concerserned about how to orient the psu but im sure i will figure it out.

    2. An L shaped case where the l part is the MB and the - is the psu and drives. This case would have plenty of room for fans and decoration however i wouldn't be able to fit a full mb window. Cable management would still be simple but i am concerned about how well legos will support a vertical mb. This plan has more possibilities as i could put the motherboard on either side and do either a regular L shape or a reverse L shape with the psu and drives on the other side. Also i think this one would be harder to work on in any configuration. This idea is more vague but it is very unique and could work. If i put more thought into this one think i may use it as the shape could be very unique and i could be more creative. Also seeing inside the pc isnt really that important just cool to show off. After writing all of this i am actually leaning towards putting more thought into this design.

    Any other configuration ideas are welcome and wanted so please tell me what you would do. However you cant say just to do a regular tower case because then theres no point in using legos.

    I do have one question that will help me in my thinking. How many case fans do i need to keep my case cool? Assuming that they are all you can suggest sizes and quantities and where to put them and how to orient them. THanks alot everyone. This post is getting alot more attention then i expected.

    P.S. Also i am going to need air filter and i was wondering what material they are made from so i can make my own for cheap.
    P.S.S. How are the fans on VGA cards typically configured (intake or exhaust)? If its intake then where does the card exhaust and vis versa.
     
  20. tremmor

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    just an idea without to much thought. you might be able and sure ya could find another used tower and strip it for drives, burners etc.
    Plexiglas, any hardware store like home depot will have it. and likely cut to size.
    that would be later though.
    thats a start.
     

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