Lego PC Project

Alright, as many of you may or may not know, before I got my swanky MicroATX I was using a slightly modified eMachines T1120 running Ubuntu as my primary machine due to problems with my previous main rig (which oddly turned out to be the memory, even though I checked the memory many times over the span of months.)

Anyways, that little PC has been with me since right after Windows XP came out. It was the first PC that I played a multiplayer first-person shooter on, the first PC I used with a broadband connection, and obviously the first XP machine I ever used. After I got a much more gaming oriented PC, I began to use the llittle guy (now named MaegServ) for various tasks. He’s been a server for Counter-Strike 1.5 and 1.6, Half-Life Rally, UT99, as well as being a IRC bot loaded with that TeamTrivia game. Before I tried Linux though, MaegServ went through some changes. I stuffed him in an odd Lego case I attempted to build:

HASTILY MADE IN PAINT.NET FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE:
Crap mock-up design

As you can see, the walls were only halfway up. Also, he had no CD-ROM drive once I had the OS on there. I later put him in a Shoebox case complete with CD-ROM drive.

Well now, I will attempt to give MaegServ a proper Lego case this time around, with the motherboard laying flat instead, and this time with a DVD-ROM drive instead.

Here’s the specs:

  • Intel Celeron @ 1.2 Ghz (256 kb cache)
  • 256 MB PC133 SDRAM
  • 40 GB Samsung Slim 40 GB HDD (SP0411N)
  • LITE-ON DVD-ROM Drive (XJ-HD166S)
  • Intel 82810E Graphics (8 MB leeched off of the system memory)
  • Built-in AC ’97 Audio
  • Linksys LNE100TX Etherfast NIC (Version 5)

I began the project around noon on Sunday, January 28th, 2007. I began by laying the motherboard down and putting the base of the side walls in to place.

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From there, I built up the walls, and slowly started to bridge the two walls over the motherboard’s back panel. I also began a slot in one of the walls for an outgoing fan.

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After some deliberation, I decided to put the PSU on the fron-left corner of the unit, held above the motherboard by only two long pieces. This allowed me to use the rest of the floorspace for a vertically aligned setup for the DVD-ROM drive.

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The final piece of the actual PC that needed to go in was the slim 3.5″ 40GB Hard Drive. With almsot no room left, my only option was to put it on a supported plate about 2 inches above the CPU. The airflow in the case, along with the low power of the PC itself, allowed me to do so without having any heat problems.

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At this point, all that was left was to finish building the outer walls, and devise a way to put a lid on the whole thing. I decided to use some hinges and another big flat green base piece to do so.

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As you can see, I added a palm tree for a minimalist decorative touch. The PC now sits atop my mATX WinXP gaming machine.

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6 Responses to “Lego PC Project”

  1. Sweet! Good job Orange Juice!

  2. looks pretty kick-ass. needs a hula dancer (like the ones on dashboards) on top

  3. Brilliant. I’m especially fond of the color theme.

  4. nice job, i remember when i saw the drawing of the first one in school, come along way.

  5. You Bent My Wookiee! Says:

    I came.

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