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 Copper Tube Case Mod, Part 2
The end of the road
By: Alan Vincent, June 13, 2002  Print this article

Sometimes you're better off not telling the truth. Really. Because who in their right mind would admit they're buying 80 feet of coppertubing, about a hundred copper fittings, blowtorches et cetra for their new PC case?


I tried my best to make it into my apartment before anyone noticed me. Unfortunately, the 'clink clink clank' from the armload of copper tubing had already caught the attention of my upstairs neighbor. "Hey fella", he smiled, peering over the balcony rail, "you adding another bathroom?". "Something like that", I said back, hoping I sounded both rude and polite. Rude because he's nosy and polite because my momma raised me that way. Before he could think of another question to ask, my apartment door thunked shut and I was safe inside.

An hour spent at the local Home Depot store yielded eighty feet of 1/2 inch copper tubing and a bag containing about a hundred copper fittings along with an assortment of other small hardware. The total price for materials was $110. Eighty feet (25m) of copper tubing at 35 cents per foot came to $28, while the fittings and hardware made up the $82 difference. More than enough materials to add another bathroom, and then some.

Using my livingroom floor as a workbench, I started my project by building the CDROM/powersupply carrier. A pair of stacked CDROM drives is the same dimension (W x H) as a powersupply. I simply place them back-to-back and use angle stock to frame them together. other than the hard drive(s) and motherboard, the powersupply and optical drives are the largest components you'll have. I'll simply work outward from this CDROM/PS carrier and build a case around it - keeping in mind the necessary relationship (cabling) they have with the motherboard.

My goal for this project was to build an all-in-one desktop computer with an integrated flatpanel monitor. Something along the lines of the new iMac, with the monitor attached to an adjustable arm. As you will see, the finished product is nothing of the sort. It just goes to show that I'm not right in the head.

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