Intro: Mounting Monitor to Computer Case
I play quite a few games on my PC - sometimes I go to LAN get togethers, which requires I get up and move everything. What a pain.
I sat down one day and thought about ways to simplify that process. My first inclination was to create a small box that housed everything I needed -- had an industrial strap to carry it with. I was even thinking of using old jean legs for the strap material (recycling).
As I was measuring everything out on the computer case, I realized how heavy something like that could be. I've already hurt my back a few times - didn't need to do it again. I also couldn't think of anyway to do it - cleanly... professionally. I don't mind the home grown look, but nothing trashy.
I looked at the back of the LCD - noticed the four mounting holes. The PC case has two side panels - one with a fan and plexiglass - one plain. After taking the plain panel off, I thought it couldn't hurt to try mounting the LCD to the plain panel. Here's how I did it...
Step 1: The Monitor
The first thing I did was look closely at the back of the monitor. I wanted to make sure mounting this to the panel was feasible, and that I could indeed take the base / stand off. I also wanted to make sure that mounting in this manner wouldn't interfere with any cabling.
Step 2: Marking the Side Panel
I took off the side panel - transposed the mounting points by measuring / marking from the back of the monitor onto the panel.
You'll want to be aware of how the monitor will appear once mounted. Will there be enough room for cabling, keyboards, etc.
I then center punched each mark with a nail, then drilled through the panel. If you haven't drilled through metal before (and even if you have), you'll really want to do this. Drill bits tend to move all your work piece - punching them beforehand leaves a divit in the metal surface, which will help prevent the drill bit from 'walking' while in use.
Step 3: Mounting the Monitor Onto the Panel
I took the monitor with me to a hardware store - I found four screws that fit the threaded mounting holes perfectly, and were long enough as well. I also picked up a eight rubber washers.
I stacked the rubber washers two at a time over the mounting holes on the back of the monitor. I then lined up the side panel - put the screws in - along with a metal flat washer. I didn't bolt these down real agressively, but they were indeed firm. If I were to move this as often as a laptop, I would consider locking washers and some lock tite type glue onto the bolts as well. I've moved this for at least a year now - no problems.
Step 4: Mounting Panel Back Onto Case
I slipped the side panel back onto the case - just wanted to make sure it was usable. Everything seemed to be at the right height.
Step 5: Mounting the Carrying Handle
I wanted to be able to carry this around, so I picked up a cheap (barn door?) handle at the hardware store.
As with the monitor, I first found my desired mounting points, marked them, punched the points, drilled, and bolted it onto the top panel. These holes were a little larger - I drilled using a smaller bit first, then moved onto the larger size.
Unlike the monitor, I cranked these bolts down a bit - I didn't want this going anywhere! The metal did dimple / dent a bit around these bolts - which is fine.
Step 6: Putting It All Together
After the handle was mounted, I slid it back onto the case. After organizing the monitor cables, the project was done. I was able to use it that night - without any problems!
Two things I changed months later.
I trimmed the handle bolts - they were just a little too long and it took all sorts of strength to slide the top cover back onto the case. Just used my dremmel - made life a lot easier for servicing.
When I first put this together, I had some small straps that I tied around the entire case - connected that to a shoulder strap. I was leery of putting too much faith into the top portion of the case - didn't want to drop it. These straps were a complete pain in the rear - and weren't needed. I'm always careful when I carry this thing around - and I think the handle / top of case can deal with the weight - so I removed them.