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Hey guys!

First post! And all because I broke a heater, and got a great idea! Ha! :lol:

I broke my heater, electricity gets to it, but it doesn't heat. Thought about taking it apart, and fixing it...then saw it sitting beside my computer, and an idea struck me!

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Why not "fix" a little computer (or even a beast of a machine?) inside the heater? It has vents all over it already. It even as a fan built in already. A power supply that pulls in up to 2000Watts. And loads of slots at the bottom for USB's, HDMI, etc. Mount this behind or near a TV, and you have a handy little server, noiseless (hopefully), and virtually invisible.

I got the idea from episode 3 of season 9. And it would be so much prettier in a photo frame. But this is still going to be fun to try!

Only problem I can see with this idea, is a graphics card. I saw this problem when I was watching this episode. I wanted to do this to my main machine too. But the frame would have to be insanely thick! The motherboard in the episode has on-board graphics. But I want a decent graphics card. So I can play games too.

Is there a way of putting the graphics card in the PCI-e slot, without having it at a 90degree angle to the motherboard? (In b4 "stupid question" ;) )

Also, does anyone think this is worth even trying? Any ideas for it? Through anything you got at me! Haha :lol:

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That is perfect! Exactly what I was hoping for!

yes there are cables that exten the pci slot, its used in crazy bitcoin machines.

Here is a quick link -- http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/B004XD74MC

It was the first one I found so look for cheaper and stats before you buy

On a side note, are bitcoin machines worth it? Everything I've heard so far is that they are not even close to covering the cost of running the machine?

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Depends on if you pay for power, and your secondary use of the machine.

I guess if you did not pay for power and build a rig it would take 4 or 5 months for it to pay for itself. Then you could test wpa keys at like 200000 a second with pyrit pretty easly.

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Ok back to the case idea -- I am looking for something to stick my file server in.

Its a mini itx atom board with no fans, 10 hard drives, and a laptop power supply.

So any idea of something cheap and cool looking would be greatly appreciated, also i would love to see pic of other peoples odd case mods!

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Ya, I would love to see weird, and whacky ones too. I had this idea because the day the heater broke, I had seen this:

http://thechive.com/2012/10/12/epic-diy-coffee-table-with-built-in-computer-20-photos/

You could do something like that? Show off the motherboard, and sexy inerds of the machine, and hide the hard drives under the wood (or show them off, whichever suits)?

I really love the server in a photo frame, and will definatly do that one day. Im even thinking of having multiple frames, with different parts in different sized frames, if possible. Shouldn't be a major problem to implement.... shouldn't. Haha

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Ya, I would love to see weird, and whacky ones too. I had this idea because the day the heater broke, I had seen this:

http://thechive.com/...uter-20-photos/

You could do something like that? Show off the motherboard, and sexy inerds of the machine, and hide the hard drives under the wood (or show them off, whichever suits)?

I really love the server in a photo frame, and will definatly do that one day. Im even thinking of having multiple frames, with different parts in different sized frames, if possible. Shouldn't be a major problem to implement.... shouldn't. Haha

I don't think he used stout enough wood for that.... :lol:

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