The Copper Top
November 15th 2005
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- Palomino 1700+ with L1 bridge mod running at 150 FSB x 12 = 1.8 GHz (stock 2500+ heat sink found from a dead computer in the garbage... the proc. works as well in my other rig. at 2.4 GHz), 512MB PC2700, 120GB Maxtor DiamondMax 9 7200 RPM, Matrox G400 32MB Dual Head (great picture on 27" TV), Hauppauge PVR 250, Turtle Beach Riviera 6 sound card, D-Link 520+ wireless card, SYBA PCI USB controller, TTGI 350W Modular PSU.
The case was made from three 10 ft. 1/2" copper pipes, 32 T connectors, 8 elbow connectors, and a butane torch (connectors had solder already applied which made connecting the beast much easier). All the cutting and grinding was performed with my cordless Dremel (if I only had a pipe cutter). The pics pretty much speak for the construction itself. The corners each have two horizontal bars for support and to act as handles. The hardest parts are making sure all the pipes for mounting the hardware were in the correct places since mounting on a 1/2" cylinder doesn't give you much leeway for errors. Additionally, a new top right mounting hole for the PSU had to be drilled so that the top left and right holes were both aligned rather than staggered as on most standard power supplies. When finally completed, the case is much lighter than one would expect and as strong as a tank.