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Building a LEGO PC Case. Help?

Hey, guys.

I've been thinking about building a LEGO PC case, and I've got a few questions.
1)How many bricks do you think I'll need?
2)How would I put in fans?
3)How awesome would it be if I were to build Mindstorms into the case?
4)What else would I need to think about?

EDIT: Now with video! http://bit.ly/lMBv7

jeff-o5 years ago
1. Depends on how big the bricks you're using are. 2. Screws and Technic pieces with holes in 'em 3. Very awesome. 4. The weight of the components, and securely attaching them so they don't vibrate themselves or the case to pieces.
cam42 (author)  jeff-o5 years ago
Yep, the Technic bricks were what I was thinking to build almost the entire case out of. FWIW, it will most likely be a desktop (horizontal) and not a tower (vertical) If I can get my hands on a mindstorms NXT, then I'll hook up some buttons to open up the case, and maybe open up a door to provide access to the DVD Drives. Maybe a temperature sensor mounted near the CPU to tell me when it gets too hot.
jeff-o cam425 years ago
Wait, so you've got the nearly limitless possibilities of LEGO, and you're going to just build a box? You can do better than that! "Think outside the box" has never been more appropriate!
cam42 (author)  jeff-o5 years ago
Nope. I only said that it was going to be horizontal. I have a giant bucket full of assorted LEGOs out in my garage, and I plan to build something ridiculous. I just need to get a bunch of Technic bricks.
cam42 (author) 5 years ago
Alright, I've got the hard drive enclosure done http://twitpic.com/khqdn
cam42 (author) 5 years ago
Oh man. I'm gonna need a /lot/ more bricks. Anyone know where I can get a lot (and I mean a lot) of them? For less than the $0.24 PER 2X4 (!!!!)that you pay if you buy through LEGO online?
northantrim5 years ago
If I were you id use those litle bricks that have the chris crosses, you know the fence ones on the back for extra ventilation (if you don't under stand I might add a picture.)you could also use them for screw holes.
cam42 (author) 5 years ago
Oh, and because I knew you'd ask, Yes, there will be an instructable on it once I'm finished.
Burf5 years ago
I never thought about using Lego's for a PC case, but thinking about, I think I would buy a cheap aluminum case and laminate the Legos to the box. Save a whole lot of time and effort in trying to figure out how to mount all the components in the box.
Re-design5 years ago
Google "lego pc case" and you'll get lots of examples. Surely one of them will give a parts list and you can interpret from that.