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April 05, 2012, 07:17:02 PM
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Building my next rig right now. Just got the parts for a 3rd rig a couple of minutes ago.

I only have 2 PC cases, so this third rig will need to rest on top of something. Will a 2'x2' piece of plywood be ok? Can the motherboard rest right on top of wood without any issues?
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April 05, 2012, 07:19:04 PM
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Building my next rig right now. Just got the parts for a 3rd rig a couple of minutes ago.

I only have 2 PC cases, so this third rig will need to rest on top of something. Will a 2'x2' piece of plywood be ok? Can the motherboard rest right on top of wood without any issues?
You should probably get some standoffs to hold it away from the wood. It probably would work, but you risk the wood retaining perhaps a little moisture, and therefore being conductive. Or you could have a thin sheet of plastic in between the board and the plywood, that should work.

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April 05, 2012, 07:30:45 PM
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Building my next rig right now. Just got the parts for a 3rd rig a couple of minutes ago.

I only have 2 PC cases, so this third rig will need to rest on top of something. Will a 2'x2' piece of plywood be ok? Can the motherboard rest right on top of wood without any issues?
You should probably get some standoffs to hold it away from the wood. It probably would work, but you risk the wood retaining perhaps a little moisture, and therefore being conductive. Or you could have a thin sheet of plastic in between the board and the plywood, that should work.
I was thinking about cutting out the top of a lid for a plastic storage box (Will attach pic below). Would I have any melting problems with it? Also would it be alright for the PSU to rest on it as well?
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April 05, 2012, 07:34:15 PM
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Building my next rig right now. Just got the parts for a 3rd rig a couple of minutes ago.

I only have 2 PC cases, so this third rig will need to rest on top of something. Will a 2'x2' piece of plywood be ok? Can the motherboard rest right on top of wood without any issues?
You should probably get some standoffs to hold it away from the wood. It probably would work, but you risk the wood retaining perhaps a little moisture, and therefore being conductive. Or you could have a thin sheet of plastic in between the board and the plywood, that should work.
I was thinking about cutting out the top of a lid for a plastic storage box (Will attach pic below). Would I have any melting problems with it? Also would it be alright for the PSU to rest on it as well?

Won't melt, I assume you might even be underclocking the CPU since it is a dedicated rig.

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April 05, 2012, 07:41:21 PM
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Building my next rig right now. Just got the parts for a 3rd rig a couple of minutes ago.

I only have 2 PC cases, so this third rig will need to rest on top of something. Will a 2'x2' piece of plywood be ok? Can the motherboard rest right on top of wood without any issues?
You should probably get some standoffs to hold it away from the wood. It probably would work, but you risk the wood retaining perhaps a little moisture, and therefore being conductive. Or you could have a thin sheet of plastic in between the board and the plywood, that should work.
I was thinking about cutting out the top of a lid for a plastic storage box (Will attach pic below). Would I have any melting problems with it? Also would it be alright for the PSU to rest on it as well?

Won't melt, I assume you might even be underclocking the CPU since it is a dedicated rig.
Yes dedicated. I have an old AM2 Athlon X2 3.0Ghz 6000+. Pretty sure it's thermal design is 125, and I don't think I can underclock it since it isn't a Blackbox edition.
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April 05, 2012, 11:00:28 PM
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Building my next rig right now. Just got the parts for a 3rd rig a couple of minutes ago.

I only have 2 PC cases, so this third rig will need to rest on top of something. Will a 2'x2' piece of plywood be ok? Can the motherboard rest right on top of wood without any issues?

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April 05, 2012, 11:36:48 PM
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Because of the subject line, I had initially thought that this thread would be a complaint about trying to build a mining rig with a raging erection. How it might get in the way, knock things over, etc.

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April 06, 2012, 01:03:25 AM
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Building my next rig right now. Just got the parts for a 3rd rig a couple of minutes ago.

I only have 2 PC cases, so this third rig will need to rest on top of something. Will a 2'x2' piece of plywood be ok? Can the motherboard rest right on top of wood without any issues?

I have ten rigs right now.  ALL built on a plank of wood.  BEST way to do it bro.  Don't waste money and heat on a case.

I literally slap a mobo on a chunk of plywood, and use small nails to nail the board in place.  Works great!

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April 06, 2012, 01:14:07 AM
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Building my next rig right now. Just got the parts for a 3rd rig a couple of minutes ago.

I only have 2 PC cases, so this third rig will need to rest on top of something. Will a 2'x2' piece of plywood be ok? Can the motherboard rest right on top of wood without any issues?

I have ten rigs right now.  ALL built on a plank of wood.  BEST way to do it bro.  Don't waste money and heat on a case.

I literally slap a mobo on a chunk of plywood, and use small nails to nail the board in place.  Works great!

Interesting, never really thought of nailing boards to wood to secure them. I myself use enamel coated wire shelves from Target with a rubber foam layer to keep things sliding between shelves and messing up the works.

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April 06, 2012, 01:29:04 AM
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Building my next rig right now. Just got the parts for a 3rd rig a couple of minutes ago.

I only have 2 PC cases, so this third rig will need to rest on top of something. Will a 2'x2' piece of plywood be ok? Can the motherboard rest right on top of wood without any issues?

I have ten rigs right now.  ALL built on a plank of wood.  BEST way to do it bro.  Don't waste money and heat on a case.

I literally slap a mobo on a chunk of plywood, and use small nails to nail the board in place.  Works great!

Interesting, never really thought of nailing boards to wood to secure them. I myself use enamel coated wire shelves from Target with a rubber foam layer to keep things sliding between shelves and messing up the works.

Works great!!!  I have had rigs running since about September last year.  Never any fire, smoke or stress on the wood!  SUPER cheap!

I buy and sell GPUs, most 5850s and 7970s. 
jimzolorenzo@gmail.com  -- Make an offer.
http://myworld.ebay.com/i_buy_5850s  -- current inventory
I have a couple bare bone mining rigs for sale as well.

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April 06, 2012, 04:23:27 AM
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Building my next rig right now. Just got the parts for a 3rd rig a couple of minutes ago.

I only have 2 PC cases, so this third rig will need to rest on top of something. Will a 2'x2' piece of plywood be ok? Can the motherboard rest right on top of wood without any issues?

I have ten rigs right now.  ALL built on a plank of wood.  BEST way to do it bro.  Don't waste money and heat on a case.

I literally slap a mobo on a chunk of plywood, and use small nails to nail the board in place.  Works great!
I was thinking about trying nails. Went with wooden dowels instead.

Alright so quick update here guys. This is my first attempt actually making a board to secure electronics. I counter sunk small wooden dowels on each corner of the MoBo to lift it up from the plywood. Two 5830s are on their way from Ebay. And the PSU is just kinda sitting there right now. I think I will want to suspend it in case it ever dies and catches fire. I might put a sheet of metal on the one half of the plywood. From what I last remember, spontaneous ignition for wood is usually around 900'F. Granted that this is a mixture of wood, and glue, I will take a guess and say it's around 400-500'F. So as long as there is a peice of metal preventing a flame from hitting wood, and if it doesn't get 400'F+, I think I will be fine.
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April 10, 2012, 11:19:12 AM
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I use IKEA woodshelves(Is that the right word?) for 3 of my miners. Drilled holes to standoffs and has worked perfectly for over 3 months.
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April 10, 2012, 12:19:46 PM
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Because of the subject line, I had initially thought that this thread would be a complaint about trying to build a mining rig with a raging erection. How it might get in the way, knock things over, etc.

It's not a problem, just keep it away from the fans Cheesy
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April 10, 2012, 05:39:33 PM
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If you still have it, you could also try using the foam that comes in the box with the motherboard.  If you put that between the motherboard and the wood it will keep any solder points from have pressure on them, and will probably help keep the board from sliding around (which it might want to because of the torque from the power cable).

Also unless you don't plan on putting any cards directly into the slots, make sure you put the motherboard close enough to the edge of the wood that the end of the card sticks over and can get pushed down into the slot all the way.
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April 10, 2012, 06:03:22 PM
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If you still have it, you could also try using the foam that comes in the box with the motherboard.  If you put that between the motherboard and the wood it will keep any solder points from have pressure on them, and will probably help keep the board from sliding around (which it might want to because of the torque from the power cable).

Also unless you don't plan on putting any cards directly into the slots, make sure you put the motherboard close enough to the edge of the wood that the end of the card sticks over and can get pushed down into the slot all the way.
Just as long as it isn't static preventing foam, since that is conductive and will short the board out. I did that once. Avoid the pink foam if you need insulating properties.

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April 10, 2012, 11:24:28 PM
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I have a few wooden rigs.. this is the one i just finished today.

http://twitpic.com/989ano

here is another without risers.
http://twitpic.com/986xnl

another low profile one

http://twitpic.com/8cqc37

I removed the front wooden bar on the last one though. I wanted to make sure the heat could escape.

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April 10, 2012, 11:35:08 PM
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I use IKEA woodshelves(Is that the right word?)
I believe the term is WÖÖDSHELVES

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April 10, 2012, 11:44:58 PM
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When I saw the subject line, I was thinking along the lines of actually powering the rigs with wood.  You know, have a wood stack that boils water, convert the steam into electricity via a turbine, etc.
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April 11, 2012, 12:01:29 AM
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I have a few wooden rigs.. this is the one i just finished today.



here is another without risers.



another low profile one



I removed the front wooden bar on the last one though. I wanted to make sure the heat could escape.
Your cloudfront links appear to be broken.

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April 11, 2012, 12:05:28 AM
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I do the wood thing - not as slick as the aluminum frameless rigs but works well.  I'll go snap a picture...

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