[Beowulf] Cases for DIY boxen
prentice at ias.edu
Thu Oct 23 14:20:28 EDT 2008
Peter St. John wrote:
> On the subject of Doug's "A Case for Cases"
> http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7164 , I had noticed that the Helmer thing
> ("bewwulf in an Ikea cabinet") is not really in a wood cabinet (the
> steel box can be put inside a cabinet). I'm assuming it's unreasonable
> to actually make a wood cabinet? On account of humidy, or just weight?
> To me it just sounds easy to build a wooden rack for a bunch of ATX
> motherboards. And it could look nice. Thermal and electrical insulation
> would be OK, and humidy controlled with a good paint job on the
Wood isn't just heavier, it's also bulkier, since it can't be made as
thin as the sheetmetal used to make cases (and still be useful). It's a
much better insulator then metal, too. Most high-end gamer cases are now
made out of aluminum to take advantage of its superior thermal
conductivity properties over steel.
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