Instructables
This is my first Instructable.

The intension of this project was to build a small computer case to a computer car. Using a small touch screen monitor and applications as Multimedia(MP3, Video, Photos, etc), GPS, wireless networking, surveillance, SMS and e-mail reader, car diagnostic via ODBII, etc.

This requires a combination of components with low power consumption. This project requires only 130 Watts. And uses a DC-DC power supply connected to the car battery.

Materials:

Main parts
- A pair of acrylic paper tray as seen on image
- A small and low power consumption motherboard - I used a MSI 945GCM5 Socket LGA775 to Intel Processors. Small and cheap. You can use a Mini-ITX (Via EPIA) but this motherboard performance is a joke.
- A Pentium Celeron Processor. I used a Celeron 420 1.6Ghz. This processor is one of the best Celerons ever made and requires only 35 watts! This amazing processor is build with the Conroe-L core. The same used in the Core 2 Duo processors. In fact it's a core solo processor nice and cheap!
- Memory. I used 1Gb 800Mhz DDR2
- Hard Disk Drive. I used a common 80Gb IDE HDD. Optionally you can use a notebook HD or even flash memory(pendrives) as HD.
- A small wireless PCI or USB card
- A big can to make the cover of the computer case.

Other parts
- Small computer fan for the case
- Power switch
- Hdd led
- Power led
- Internal speaker(optional)
- Fan grill
- Power connectors
- Screws, nuts, jigsaw, drills, knife, scissor, sandpaper, pliers, etc, etc, etc.
 
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Step 1: Cutting the tray

Picture of Cutting the tray
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Now let's cut the tray.
I used these paper trays because the moderboard fit exactly inside. But you can use something else.

Cut both paper tray to fit motherboard. The motherboard will be fixed in bottom tray. Use screw and latches to this job(last image).

siafulinux2 years ago
Brilliant! Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.
McAndrews (author)  siafulinux2 years ago
Thanks a lot! Have fun!
sk8er65 years ago
amazing
this is one of the best instructables i have seen
McAndrews (author)  silent_thunder5 years ago
You're very generous. Thank you so much! I currently use this computer as my backup with a remote desktop connection.
lnoels1 month ago
I like the way how you make the hole for the fan
abadfart3 years ago
what did you do for a power supply?
McAndrews (author)  abadfart3 years ago
I used an automotive DC-DC power supply to use it as a carputer:
http://www.mini-box.com/M1-ATX-90w-Intelligent-Automotive-DC-DC-Power-Supply
I could see using an old vcr case.
arikyeo4 years ago
Where did you get the paper tray from? I tried to find them in the megamart but found none matching the size of my mobo.
McAndrews (author)  arikyeo4 years ago
Thank you for your comment. I don't know where you can find it in your country. Here, in Brazil it is made by Acrimet: http://www.acrimet.com.br/por/main.asp?url=cxs_correspondencia
ipodgeek4 years ago
Awesome instructable!  Very nice design and you did a great job on your computer.  Only thing missing is a CD drive.  I'm thinking about building a car computer for my VW Bug and might use this idea for it.
JoUcO4 years ago
Very nice!!!!
Blackice5044 years ago
thats cool nice for a little router pc too. Rack mount anyone!!
xenint5 years ago
On this step (2) I had to do a facepalm, I can't believe I hadn't thought of this sooner. I didn't have a kettle like yours but was able to (carefully) use an empty can of fruit that was approximately the same size as the hole I needed. Thanks to you I was able to install fan holes in my machine last night. Needless to say this was a brilliant idea you had. I just couldn't believe that I hadn't thought of this before! Thank you
McAndrews (author)  xenint5 years ago
"Need is the mother of invention". Thank you Xenint!
xenint5 years ago
Nice project (and clever) I was wondering what size (fan) hole you have near the antenna , I know the top one but not the side.
McAndrews (author)  xenint5 years ago
It's a 2 inch fan hole. Thanks for your comment!
Thanks!
kdjo5 years ago
Ja!!!! tanto tiempo buscando un case y lo podia frabricar yo. Gracias por la idea, ahora colocare un mi servidor de correos central con un mb viejito que tengo.
peu1235 years ago
Just love it, wish I had read it before or thought of it, right now modding my case to fit in a drawer from my metal desk.
I love the idea I may do it soon But add another bit of the tray to the top with a Small monitor Fitted and a touchpad (Maybe ) ! Great instructable
agis685 years ago
Nice job dude!!! I will try it soon. 5/5
Sandisk1duo6 years ago
looks about the size of an Xbox 360? About how much did this whole project cost?
trooperrick6 years ago
Cool, hows the static with that? I wouldn't want it damaging anything. Great project! I may try with some other materials.
I saw another plastic case instructable where there was a lot of talk about static, but honestly I really dont think it would be a problem as long as everything is well grounded. I think of it like, I can release a static charge on a regular metal case which should get routed to the power unit inside and eventually the earth, so should any charge built up in this case.
nathan421006 years ago
nice job. i wouldn't have thought of that. One suggestion would be to trace the ports and take a 3rd piece of acrylic to cover it up. Dust is not good. Looks nice too.
McAndrews (author)  nathan421006 years ago
Thank you. I'll consider your suggestion.
Really Cool! Throw some RGB LEDs in their to take into the next level!
McAndrews (author)  joejoerowley6 years ago
Good idea! Thanks!
Scammah6 years ago
Great job man, it inspires me to do something like this.
gmjhowe6 years ago
nice job, i had the same idea, using metal trays, (the ones with like a grid of holes) but it was too much hastle, maybe a plastic set of trays is what i need!
bumpus6 years ago
thats a very clean finished project. i like it
McAndrews (author)  bumpus6 years ago
Thanks for your comment!
NeonLime6 years ago
Wow! This Looks Great! :P Also, Your English Isn't Bad At All, I Admit I Didnt Read The Entire Thing But From What i Did Read, Theres Not Much Wrong With It :P Nice Job!
McAndrews (author)  NeonLime6 years ago
Thank you friend!