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Guide: Fueler's Custom Modded Folding Rig

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(Editor's note:  Fueler is a Manufacturers Rep for Automotive Tools, Equipment, and Paint and Body Supplies.  He has built several cases in the past, including one that featured on the cover of CPU Magazine.  This is his latest work-log, presented here for your enjoyment!  A selection of questions from the original forum thread are included as many of the answers are given in Fueler's descriptions and commentary.)

In an effort to get my electric bill under control, I shut down 8 of my folding rigs (I donated these to a local charity...I can use the tax write-off) and have replaced them with 2 E6300 rigs, running the new SMP client.

Now I need a case for them....here's the plan:

  1. Put both PCs in one case
  2. Run both PCs from one power supply
  3. No optical drives
  4. Integrated video
  5. Minimum number of fans
I have also set some parameters for the case.
  1. It has to blend in with the rest of the furnishings in my office
  2. I'm shooting for a retro look (sort of like the stereo receivers from the 70's and 80's with the wooden end-caps)
  3. Keep the case as compact as possible (I'm using mini ATX motherboards, but two of them still take up a lot of space)
  4. I don't want anything on the front bezel (no switches, ports, nothing....)
  5. Unlike my previous cases, this one will be made from aluminum not steel
  6. For ease of maintenance, the front bezel and side panels will be held in place by magnets (no tools required)
Okay, that's enough to get started - the rest I will just have to figure out as I go along.


  1. Introduction
  2. The Frame
  3. End Caps & Castor Wheels
  4. Power Supply
  5. Hard Drives & I/O Backplate
  6. Fan Brackets
  7. Top Fan Grill
  8. Panels
  9. Panel Retention
  10. Weight Reduction
  11. Finishing Touches
  12. Project Complete! (well, almost)
  13. Kill Those Watts!
  14. The Finished Case (Final Pics)
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