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    With all the recent problems I've been having with my BookPC, I've decided to try and relocate the unit under my front passenger seat. To do this, I need to build a new case for the motherboard, CD-Rom and hard drive that is less than 2.5" tall. I went to the local hardware store in search of sheet aluminum that would suffice for building a new case but couldn't find any that was thick enough to work.

    Has anyone else done something like this before? Where would I be able to find materials to build this? What are normal computer cases made out of? Would I be able to find a place that might custom make a case for me?

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    believe it or not i used a cheap aluminium square cake pan. called a lamington pan in aust. approx 2"1/2 tall and fits my gigabyte ga-5ssm mobo no prob.. has a 10 mm lip all the way around to screw a flat sheet of ali to !! room for mobo, 3"1/2 hdd no prob... even room for dc-dc c0nverter.
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    I plan on building a case as well, one for a mini atx power supply, small mobo, 3.5 hard drive, 5.25 cdrom, one floppy drive, one zip drive, one agp video card on a riser card and one serial port pci card on a riser. I'm hoping that I can make something nice that will fit under my seat but am not quite sure of the material to make it out of.

    I was wondering if there would be any problem making it out of a plexiglass type of material (like some of the spiffy new clear tower cases being custom made) ? My main concerns are grounding since I'm used to installing motherboard and components in normal tower cases. Would hate to turn on my computer for the first time and fry hundreds of dollars worth of computer equipment.

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    you can use the plexiglass. but it will be better to use metal sheet because the graunding issue.

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    I used plexiglass on my first car computer and it is hard to work with because it is hard to fasten one piece to another unless you glue it up and clamp it; and it tends to crack if you want to drill holes through it. Its flexibility is not particularly helpful either. it did look pretty cool though. for my second go around i used wood for ease of construction. Whateve you use its probably best to use or line your case with metal to block interference and it makes grounding easier.
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    Alrighty, this leads to my next question. I'm not really much of a electric wizard of any kind, so excuse me of my ignorance. But should I use those little motherboard risers that you use in tower cases? I always assumed it was extremely bad to have your motherboard or any component touching metal. Thanks for the advice guys.

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    I used plexiglass on mine and use L-brackets to connect pieces. Its very easy to drill if you get decent plexiglass from a hardware store.

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    i made a case for another project out of a old desktop puter cover

    nice solid steel
    might be worth a try

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    blkdragon6, where did you get an agp riser?

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    killadam: I used plexiglass to make my case. It is very easy to drill if you have a set of sharp bits and use minimal pressure. I didn't crack anything. For fastening, I used small angle irons. Works great. No noise problems either, but that could be because I am using DC-DC. By the way, who's Adam?

    blkdragon6: You will need to get little plastic standoffs. Any electronics store should be able to provide them if you tell them what you are doing. Even Radio Shack has a small kit.

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