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Project by Mosquito posted 02-15-2012 10:07 PM 3457 views 21 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first project that I did. It is a computer case that is supposed to [loosely] resemble an older style radio. It is a Home Theater PC, that I use with my TV and stereo/surround sound for all my music, movies, and recorded tv.

The top and bottom is Aspen, and the sides are red oak.

A full set of pictures through out the whole build can be found here:
http://www.mosquitomediaserver.com/projectLogImages/RetroHTPC/
However, I do warn that it is (obviously) really picture heavy, so it may take a while to load on slower internet. Click on an image to go to a larger view.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods





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JoeyG

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 10:32 PM

Very cool.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 10:42 PM

That is clever

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 12:24 AM

That’s the coolest thing I’ve seen all day! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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Muz

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 12:34 AM

Nice work, Makes me want to go build one too

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 12:39 AM

Thanks everyone, I appreciate your comments :)
It was quite fun to do.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 02:08 AM

very nice. thanks for sharing

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sras

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 02:09 AM

Very creative! I like the concept!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 02-16-2012 04:18 AM

Very cool and creative. Thanks for sharing.

-- Brock, Illinois

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Mosquito

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#9 posted 02-16-2012 04:58 AM

thanks oaskarman, Steve, and Brock, much appreciated :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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mm8ball

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#10 posted 02-16-2012 05:17 AM

I had worked on a client’s computer that he had built in a similar fashion. His problem turned out to be that he didn’t have enough ventilation in the case, so the CPU was overheating. (He was a better woodworker than computer engineer.) I mounted a couple of 120mm fans almost exactly as you have yours in the front of the case, and his problems all went away. Great build, and great design. I’m sure it looks a lot better than a typical “clone” case in your entertainment system.

-- Thinking you know something is the most perfect barrier to learning.

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Mosquito

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#11 posted 02-16-2012 05:27 AM

I have all lower power consumption hardware in it, so as to help avoid that problem, in addition to the fans. I’ve built probably 10-12 computers for myself and/or friends and family in the past 5 years, so I’ve seen my share of issues, and know the importance of good airflow…

This HTPC replaced the first one that I had built in 2008. It fit with the rest of my audio equipment style-wise, but it just wasn’t as much fun ….

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#12 posted 02-16-2012 11:41 AM

Really Cool Idea! I may do something similar for my HTPC. Thanks

-- Chris K

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#13 posted 02-16-2012 12:58 PM

Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#14 posted 02-16-2012 01:53 PM

Nice build.. Did you suspend the optical and disk drives?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#15 posted 02-16-2012 03:07 PM

Very well done. I like the retro look. Do you have good airflow for cooling?

-- www.thepatriotwoodworker.com Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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