HSPC Tech Station Alternative?

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  1. Gillbot

    Gillbot [H]ardness Supreme

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    Way back, one of my favorite ways to assemble a rig was on my HSPC Top Deck Tech Station. It made it easy to swap parts and tweak till my heart was content, but since migrating to more of a server type setup and with larger mobo's, I ended up selling my tech station a while ago. Is there a current offering out there that's better suited for EATX/EEB sized boards? I've even debated on a home built setup with a frame like many miners use but i'm not sure if I want to bother. I'm all about convenience anymore and if there was a good offering that could be bought i'd be interested.
     
  2. Reefa_Madness

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    This is one of my favorite mobo trays for building custom tech stations, but is no longer available at Performance PCs (O/O/S), where I've previously bought it from, however, you might get lucky and find one elsewhere (or perhaps open up a WTB thread). On top of a simple frame (like the miners') and you're good to go.

    http://www.performance-pcs.com/lian...le-motherboard-tray-d8000.html#Specifications

    A simple alternative to a manufactured mobo tray is an aluminum cookie sheet (turned upside down) such as the ones linked below. I bought a few a while back at Sams Club that were similar. Just drill holes for the standoffs and if you want to take it further, drill holes for cables and cut out behind the socket area for ease in swapping CPU coolers. As you can see, they aren't too expensive so if you trash one while modding it, you aren't out big bucks.

    https://www.hotelrestaurantsupply.com/WNC-ALXP-1826.html?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=products&{ignore}=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwvuDPBRDnARIsAGhuAmYnL5svRlKOkb7r5e9hDvBWhu7WJQN_1KpmtKbgO0zmPFo6bIHmdskaAn2AEALw_wcB

    and another one

    https://www.webstaurantstore.com/ba...t9LeFGeyV-IP-ajUCcae0QhtKO70M3VYaAo7vEALw_wcB

    Edit:
    Not sure, but I believe that these might be the ones that I got from Sams:

    https://www.samsclub.com/sams/half-...sel:people-who-viewed-this-item-also-viewed:1

    There are still several store-bought and ready to go options available, some of which are linked in this thread:

    https://hardforum.com/threads/open-air-open-bench-case.1930252/

    Hope some of this helps and good luck with your search.
     
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  3. Gillbot

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    Awesome, thanks Reefa!
     
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    This tray is still readily available on Ebay at the moment, for about 85-90$ US
     
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    fwiw my HAF-XB is used this way. Since you can pull off top and both sides.. it's basically a shell and everything is very accessible.
     
  8. Gillbot

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    but I don’t see eatx support
     
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    hmm.. I don't have eatx but it appears to have room. edit: looks to be a good to go.

     
  10. Reefa_Madness

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    Good to know, but that's quite a price hike from the $45-$50 which is sold for at Performance PCs.
     
  11. Reefa_Madness

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    Yeah, I included this one in the list that I made which was linked in my first post. Another plus is that it is reasonable priced option compared to some of the alternatives (even goes on sale every now and then).

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119265&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC-_-pla-_-Cases+(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-N82E16811119265&gclid=Cj0KCQjw4eXPBRCtARIsADvOjY27g1URMCxXyKI3sGzjTdXvB1NE-u42gfq0hdeQTZLBYTxcPg5GYwgaAlWVEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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    BTW, another mobo tray alternative, which could be easily mounted on a miners-type frame, is the Mountain Mod mobo tray for the SR-2.

    http://www.mountainmods.com/modular...-p-567.html?osCsid=bokkcvva7dgco7jknv2gimoii5
     
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    I got a rise case from eBay, fits a eatx but I had to remove the drive bays for it. Sucks since I prefer an open case. I can’t seem to find that lian li fs anywhere.
     
  13. Gillbot

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    What’s the diff between the half and half Evo?
     
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  16. Reefa_Madness

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    Yeah, those are nice.

    @ Spotswood...while it may appear that your cases weren't included, we didn't forget you. A link to the Spotswood products was included in post #2 of that thread that I linked in my first post of this thread (see the last link in my earlier post above). :)
     
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    Gillbot What did you decide to get?
     
  18. Gillbot

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    I got a rise mid tower but hate it. Still haven’t pulled the trigger on a tech bench just yet, got a lot of work stuff going on and haven’t had the time I’ve wanted to even start my build.
     
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  20. Gillbot

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    Because i'm mostly lazy? lol
     
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  21. slomjom

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    Maybe give the model to a metal shop and let them make it for you?
     
  22. Reefa_Madness

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    I would think that it would end up costing more to do it that way than to just buy one at retail ($140).

    http://www.highspeedpc.com/product_p/org_techstation_lrg.htm

    This is such a basic table that if you were so inclined you could make something very comparable yourself for very little (relative to the $140 retail price).
     
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  24. Gillbot

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    That is awesome, but OOS everywhere. Crap!
     
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