Build a Kitchen PC

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After listening to my wife tell how hard it is to keep track of recipes I decided to build a under the counter PC as a Kitchen PC. But I put some restrictions on the build.


-Keep Build cost to minimum
-Use Parts from around house when possible
-Keep Counters clear of Clutter

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Step 1: Monitor

 Use LCD monitor. Cost $0

Step 2:

 Mini Computer and Case. Cost $0

Step 3: Mounting LCD

 Under cabinet LCD monitor mount. Cost on eBay $20.50

Step 4: Monitor Mounted

 Mounted

Step 5: Wireless Is Best!

If you don't mind the batteries then use a Wireless Keyboard and mouse to connect to your computer. Wireless internet adapters are also great! 

Step 6: Connect It All Together.

I suggest testing it all before drilling the holes for the cables. The computer was set ontop but I sill need to run the cables. This LCD mount can be adjusted to turn any direction.  

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    batvanio

    8 months ago

    I do not think it's a good idea to put that type of computer there. The kitchen has great moisture and will be damaged quickly. And it's more practical to use wireless mouse and keyboard. There is no benefit of dragging unnecessary cables. I think a computer like Raspberry Pi 3 is suitable and can be monitored behind the monitor itself, saving space.

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    Werewolf6851

    3 years ago

    If don't mind using Linux, might try using a touch screen with Raspberry Pi 3 (has wireless built in) on a VESA mount. Then using gourmet for your recipes. Bonus project, adding a bar scanner to scan in and out products as you buy and use them.

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    Werewolf6851

    3 years ago

    If don't mind using Linux, might try using a touch screen with Raspberry Pi 3 (has wireless built in) on a VESA mount. Then using gourmet for your recipes. Bonus project, adding a bar scanner to scan in and out products as you buy and use them.

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    Werewolf6851

    3 years ago

    If don't mind using Linux, might try using a touch screen with Raspberry Pi 3 (has wireless built in) on a VESA mount. Then using gourmet for your recipes. Bonus project, adding a bar scanner to scan in and out products as you buy and use them.

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    greenguy27eight

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Alot has changed since I posted this. I would just use a cheap tablet now.

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    natriniclegreenguy27

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Try instead a Playstation 3 Keypad for around $40.  They are basically the same thing as the Dinovo, use bluetooth, and have a touchpad mouse built in with the press of a button.  I'm using one for my media center pc currently and it works great!  The only downside that could easily be fixed with a dremel and a few minutes would be the connector at the bottom that holds onto a controller.

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    macwhiz

    8 years ago on Introduction

    How about this keyboard? http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Multimedia-Remote-with-Keyboard/dp/B0036VO67I

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    lemonie

    9 years ago on Introduction

    That's nice, I like the build-for-function aspect.

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    greenguy27

    9 years ago on Introduction

     I'll admit that these plans are a little old and alot has change in the last year since I made it. Thanks Karossi and ironsmiter for some great ideas! I would of used an old laptop if I had one available to save space. An old tablet PC would of been perfect since the screen flips around and could flip up when not in use. If I was building new then I think I would of used the Dell Zino HD for its small size and price tag. HD Nation did a great review in episode 38. A touch screen monitor would be great but I dont know where to find one and how much it would add to the price tag. As for a good keyboard and mouse combo I would like the Logitech diNovo Edge-2.

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    karossii

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea!

    A couple of suggestions for others looking into a similar cuisine console...

    > A touch screen eliminates the need for mouse and keyboard.
       > Short of that, a combo mouse/keyboard could be used, to save one wire (if you're not going with wireless) and the counter space.
       > Another mousing option to reduce countertop clutter; build a trackball into the countertop - much more work, but not a lot of cost.

    > If you can handle the space requirements, and your mini PC is not prone to overheating, storing it in that cabinet above the monitor could help reduce cable clutter; drill a hole in the bottom or side of the cabinet and run the monitor cable (and keyboard/mice cables) up along the wall and into that. Power cables still need to go somewhere; the same hole could be used - it would be a great position if there was a free wall socket on the backsplash area very near the monitor.

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    ironsmiterkarossii

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I worry about putting a trackball into the counter. Unless you can find a good, sealed, industrial model. It is a kitchen after all, and eventually SOMEONE is going to spill something near that trackball. Better option might be to mount the trackball onto a bracket, under the cabinet, next to the screen. Touch screen, while more expensive, might work better for SOME people, But I would worry, if it weren't a sealed touchscreen. Again, this is a KITCHEN pc, and inevitably, wet dirty fingers will be used.



    "> If you can handle the space requirements, and your mini PC is not prone to overheating, storing it in that cabinet above the monitor could help reduce cable clutter; drill a hole in the bottom or side of the cabinet and run the monitor cable (and keyboard/mice cables) up along the wall and into that. Power cables still need to go somewhere; the same hole could be used - it would be a great position if there was a free wall socket on the backsplash area very near the monitor."

    Or, even better, if you're handy and have a few tools.
       Mount the Monitor to one side of the computer case.
    Mount the pc/lcd combo onto the monitor mount (if it will handle he extra weight).
    Now you have good ventilation, and easy access for thy optical drive and usb ports.