Few years back I've built a tech station based on HSPC Tech Station design. It works great for its purpose but wasn't suitable for me to use with water cooling gears testing. I've stopped using it and just use the actual PC case and sometimes it's very pain in the sun don't shine for me to test the WC gears.
Today, I've decided to build a new unit for more fits with water cooling setup rig. This is will be my first prototype unit. I'll test, abuse it to find out its flaw for future revise version.
Objective: Afforable, light weight and functional design for quick water cooling components swap.
Design - I have no blueprint for this design but just few sketches. I have serveral designs are still in my head but this design I've chosed to build.
Building - I'm not going to post step-by-step of the build, it will be too long and borring, IMO.
Here it is.
The material is 99% of 1/2" sheet of plywood was use instead of 3/4" one due to light weight is the main goal here. The test bench is modular designed consistent of three parts; upper deck, lower deck and support legers.
The Upper deck is designed to have cable and tubing management holes, and CPU backplate cut-out. The deck's top surface is wide enough to support up to dual 120mm fans or one slim profile 240mm or 360mm radiator and a triple can be installed under the back of the deck. Overall you can install up to three triple rads.
Also, it has a hidden HDD and SSD holders and build-in 5.25" bay for fan controller. Since this station solely use for two loops water cooling setup therefore I need to install a fan controller. The deck is also accommodate power and reset switches and LED light. PCI-E support bracket is made out of alumninum and standard 5mm brass standoffs are used for the motherboard.
The Lower deck surface is large enough to accommodate a big thick triple radiator, multiple pumps, reservoirs and an oversize PSU. The deck has build-in 5.25" bay for DVD drive or can be use for other 5.25" devices. As you see here, I don't use any hardware mounting bracket or rail for one reason. No obstruction for quick componment swapping.
I decided to use these push momentary switches for only one reason "affordable" and they look more tecky than the ordinary case push button. I also pulled out some case wires from an old case. I'll use these wires for its 2-pin plug.
Colour - I have a colour picked out for this station but let's hear your choices and ideas.