Mini ITX Walnut Computer

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Project by Jimmy808 posted 03-08-2010 04:14 AM 4591 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Zotac Mini ITX 330 ION Dual Atom PC
4 Gig ram
Slot loading DVD
HTPC wireless remote keyboard/mouse
Walnut case unfinished

7” X 7” X 2.8” size

Originally this was made for my HTPC. I use it now for may main computer at work. It runs excel, word, corel draw, email, and quick books. I can also run games like DOW warhammer. The SSD makes it quick to load and run applications.

I should eventually add some danish oil for the finish on the case

I got the wood from an EBAY seller. Normally this thin wood is made for people that make doll houses. I cut it using my sliding miter saw, but I had a front and back -backer board. The wood is too thin to cut without it.

-- Jimmy

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#1 posted 03-08-2010 05:23 AM

very cool

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 03-08-2010 05:59 AM

Been thinking of doing the same thing, what did you use for the DVD drive? and did you use a wireless remote also? Yea the woodwork is a ++ J

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#3 posted 03-08-2010 06:01 AM

I have been building pcs for years. Started modding cases. Built one out of plexi.

Got a Mini ITX board years ago inside a portable camera case. I like this though.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#4 posted 03-08-2010 08:25 AM

Hi JH1427,

I used a Logitech diNovo Mini for the HTPC keyboard/mouse. I can not recall where I got the DVD player.

The size of the case is is about 7×7 X 2.8 inches.

-- Jimmy

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#5 posted 03-08-2010 09:55 AM

Nice work. I love wooden computer cases. Is the entire computer passively cooled (I don’t see any fans)? How’s the SSD compare to, say, a RAID 1 or RAID 0 drive setup for loading speeds? I’m also curious about the drive’s lifetime, as flash write cycles are rather limited.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 03-08-2010 03:34 PM

cough there are 2 type of SSD , MLC & SLC.. let say MLC ’s life is
about 5-10 years, while it is about 50 years for SLC.. since SSD controller
will come with leverage algorithm that will manage the writing of data wisely.
these days, SSD access speed become much much faster than harddisk now..
it almost utilize most of SATA2 3 Gbps bandwidth..

I was planning to make a wooden case for my pc one day too :)))

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 12:18 AM

Now, that is a cool idea.

-- "The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook." W.J.

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 05:40 AM

Hi Bob,
Initially I had no fan, but later added a fan because it was getting hot. I still only have that small hole for air. I have heard the cheap SSDs do degrade over time. If it lasts me four years I will be happy, most likely in four years i will throw away the entire thing and get a i3 pico sized board.

maluco- The RF could be a problem- for now I keep it away from my “nuts”

-- Jimmy

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 12:51 AM

haha..that’ great… love it!

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#10 posted 03-17-2010 03:42 PM

Nice case! Remember, DONT defrag SSD’s.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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