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    Default Poker chip case turned into a micro PC case?

    For some unknown reason while I was searching for a carrying handle to mount to my current project I came across this in the search results (random, huh?) and had a crazy idea of wondering if I could turn it into a PC case... literally. On second look, it's actually TINY compared to most cases. Still, for some reason I think it would be cool to make something like that into a portable PC. If I had a bunch of ITX components just laying around I would actually do it. I know, I'm crazy. My mind goes in weird directions sometimes.

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    Default Re: Poker chip case turned into a micro PC case?

    Looks like it would work to me, If I had it, I know I would be tempted. I have the parts and pieces. Cable management would be tough unless you went with a full modular.

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    Default Re: Poker chip case turned into a micro PC case?

    Or....what about a picoPSU M4-ATX, intelligent ATX automotive power supply, 6/30V - power your PC in a car.

    Then, you could (perhaps) do something like this:

    Intel Core i5-4670K, Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti - System Build - PCPartPicker

    The Peak power on the PSU is 300 Watts. PCPartPicker uses the max TDP of each item to determine the load, and it says about 197Watts. (For the i5 4670k & 750ti)

    If you stood the motherboard a little higher than usual off the bottom of your Poker Chip Box (like say .5 inches or so), You could tuck this bad boy under the motherboard. You may have to build your own CPU Power connector, but that would seem fairly do-able.

    With some judicious fiddling of components, you could probably get a 960 or 270 in there instead of the 750ti. I know you could if you dropped the i5 down to an i3. You'd be pushing the PSU pretty hard at that point, but given that the PCPartPicker TDP's are all MAX draw based...I think you'd be OK.

    Damn, this looks like fun. You'd need a custom Harness for that PSU, as well as an external brick Power Supply.

    I wonder how deep that bottom tray is? If it was deep enough, you could run an HDMI connector, a USB Connector or two, and a DC Power plug through it, and simply run extenders to the MB connectors (Custom made). You'd also have to rig up a power switch someplace.

    Interesting....

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    Default Re: Poker chip case turned into a micro PC case?

    I can see a system in there. Will take some planning to pick the right parts and mounting locations. Would be pretty cool. I have all the parts for a project like that already. PCIe extension cables and all.
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    Default Re: Poker chip case turned into a micro PC case?

    ...and here I thought I was completely insane for even imagining it. Looks like I'm in the right place around you guys. lol

    I was actually thinking about this thing a little more while I was at work today. I thought that instead of cutting openings in each side for the motherboard I/O, and PSU, and PCIe slots, etc. I wonder if it would be possible to make it a sealed system with all of the necessary ports on one side of the top, pointing toward the back. Then when you want to use it you open one half exposing the ports and power connector. It might still be cool to add a power button and maybe a port or two on the the actual case front, though. I even had the crazy idea of attaching a fan or two on a hinge pin attached to the opening side of the top right where the two halves meet, then attaching the other side of the fan to a hinge pin with each end in a slide along the inside of top of the other half. That way, when you open the one side, the fan(s) would slide out and stretch across the opening. Like I said, I tend to have crazy ideas. Sometimes I think I like making things difficult just because I like a challenge. Of course, I'm not likely to actually build this, because I don't have the money or the parts... but I still love coming up with ideas.

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    Default Re: Poker chip case turned into a micro PC case?

    I had a similar thought...what about securing one half of the lid, and then putting your ports in that? I dunno. Perhaps that's a bit inelegant.

    Now, the sliding/hinged fan...that's a neat idea.

    You've got me thinking about a cheap project to do next....something to take up a little time but not be too expensive...I've got a Minnowboard Max laying around here, and an mSata drive...and...and...oh hell....

    LOL

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    Default Re: Poker chip case turned into a micro PC case?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gu3 View Post
    I had a similar thought...what about securing one half of the lid, and then putting your ports in that? I dunno. Perhaps that's a bit inelegant.

    Now, the sliding/hinged fan...that's a neat idea.

    You've got me thinking about a cheap project to do next....something to take up a little time but not be too expensive...I've got a Minnowboard Max laying around here, and an mSata drive...and...and...oh hell....

    LOL

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    Hahaha! You cannot run from the itch... and that cream never works.

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    Default Re: Poker chip case turned into a micro PC case?

    Give it a Poker Night At The Inventory theme, perhaps? Just tossin' the idea out there.

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