Posted on April 20, 2005
Frank Fitzmaurice built his computer out of old motherboards, and uses it to decode satellite signals. It has an EPIA M10000 motherboard, 512MB RAM, 60GB HDD, DVD Burner and a DVB PCI satellite card. Frank turned the processor fan to pull air through the heat sink, along with a PCI blower fan mounted up high on the back. The old motherboards were cleaned up by knocking the electronic components off with a putty knife, shaping with tin snips, then grinding thinner to give the required flexibilty.
The tower is 16.25" high. Originally it was 2" shorter - but plan A turned into plan B...
The Hard drive is mounted horizontal in the mid tower.
The DVD burner. Some of the case boards still need to be tweaked into place.
Originally a laptop DVD R/W was planed, but connectivity / cost was a problem. Plan B turned to plan C... The PCI blower fan fitted in nicely and does a good quiet job. The air flow enters starts underneath the motherboard, up the tower and out. I turned the CPU fan to pull through the heatsink to prevent air flow conflicts
The fan grille on the back.
The cleaned off motherboards. "I like".