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"Aunt Hagar's Mini-ITX"
By Greg Sowell - Posted on January 31, 2003

Introduction

"Greg, can you build Hagar a computer?" I said, "Sure, what you want in it?" "You just build it and we will pay you whatever it cost you." Wow, that might be something that you don’t want to say to me. :) So first off this project has limited desk space. Secondly, this computer was built to be cost effective, so I will throw in the prices for you. Mini-ITX ($120.00) to the rescue, and I also wanted to build a mini system. I was then thinking to myself "What can I put it in?" This led me to Hobby Lobby, my local craft store. I began to look for a suitable "box" that would house my system. To aid in the female look of the box I brought along my fiancé Kristi. I found just the right one and got it okayed by the boss. It was regularly $25.00, but I got it for half price ($12.00). I must say that some of my methods may seem somewhat unorthodox, but I assure you that the strength and structure of the final install is sound.


C
alm before the storm

Let's do it!

First, I stuck everything inside the box and tried to see how I would mount it. I first decided that I wanted the DVD drive ($40.00) to eject straight up, but after Kristi reminded me how CDs can fall inside, I realized I needed to change that. I knew that I was going to put a "lid" inside the box to cover all the computer components, so Kristi suggested I set it on top of the lid. What would I do without her help? Besides having CDs stuck in the DVD drive, I would be wearing dirty clothes and be malnourished. LOL. Now that I had the general design down, I moved on to cutting out the holes for the Mobo connecters.

Before I begin marking where to cut I need to know just where to position the template. I want some ventilation in this thing so I drilled holes in the bottom to be the air intake. This also allows me to see how thick the bottom wood is. After digging through some boxes I found the metal back cover plate thing. I covered the back in the general area where I was going to be cutting with scotch tape ($.75). I know that most people would probably use masking tape, and I suppose there is nothing wrong with that. I just prefer to see my working surface while I cut it. I did a little measuring and traced the connecters onto the tape. Time for a little cutting.


Templated

I’m sure you all know how to use a Dremel and a jigsaw so I will save you the time. I did a little modding to the power supply unit (PSU - $30.00) to get it ready. Everything that protrudes out of the back of the PSU is going to add time and work, so I decided to save myself a little of both. This PSU had an on/off switch as well as the voltage switch that were in the way. I must say here that I take no responsibility for what you do. I recommend not opening a PSU. It is dangerous and can seriously harm you. Having said that, I opened my PSU. I cut the wires going to the on/off switch and spliced them together. Bye bye switch. I then took out the screws for the voltage selector and wrapped it in electrical tape. After I shoved the voltage switch back inside, I closed the PSU back up. I next made a template of my PSU. I used a cereal box ($2.50 man this stuff ain't cheap) just like I always do. If I were you, I would save this template, because full size PSU’s have a pretty standardized size and shape. I then used the template to cut the box in the same manner as with the Mobo connecters. Now, how to hold down the accessories?


Now you see them


Now you don't

This may look ghetto to you, but it will never be seen and it does a tremendous job! To secure the floppy drive ($35.00), hard drive (My old HD $30.00), and power supply I used little bungee cords (4 for $1.79). I took screw eyes (20 for $.89) and attached them on either side of the object. I then fastened the bungee to one side and hooked it to the other side. The power supply required two bungee cords going from side to side as well as top to bottom. The floppy drive set some distance from the bottom of the box so I made a bracket of sorts out of a Halloween candy dish ($.79). The bracket screwed (tiny screws $1.00) into the box, and the floppy drive sat on top if it.


See the bracket at the bottom?

The motherboard required further support, so I decided to build a bracket. I went to the local hardware store and picked up a shelf bracket (less than $2.00). The bracket is about 12" long and is straight and flat. I am living in some apartments now, I had to move away from home for a job, so I don’t have access to all the tools I used to. Anyway, while I was at the hardware store I went to their tool corral where they keep their vices. I stuck my bracket into a vice and bent it to my desired length (borrowing their tools, free :)). When I got home I trimmed it, then used the Mobo as a template to tell me where to drill my screw holes. I don’t have a tap and die set here, so I drilled the holes too large, and used epoxy to keep the Mobo screws in. Once I was done with that I dry fitted it.


Motherboard bracket

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