The Danger Den Torture rack
Date Log; November 05, 2006
I would imagine we have all considered using the original packaging that came with our new motherboard as a try out before making the move into the case. There is something very ghetto about seeing such equipment laid bare as it were on top of a simple cardboard box. Some people actually specialize in this approach building pseudo cases out of cardboard discards. Mounting radiators in cardboard boxes is also a common practice for the busy on the go equipment tester.
The tedious process of constantly adding and replacing of parts into a computer case to undertake testing has been a major issue for us here for some time. Internal case space limitations often require costly and time consuming adjustments to fit products. What is needed is a space saving one size fits all product. What if you could put together something that would make you attractive to the ladies and also manage the flow through of new equipment under going testing. ( I lied about the ladies by the way). What if you could take the ultimate ghetto case with you to the next LAN and impress others with a very innovative development. Enter the Danger Den Torture Rack.
In the spirit of the trusty servant "Igor" and the "castle and the dungeons" beneath the Torture Rack raised interest from surprising quarters. Non were more inquisitive than our own Australian Customs Service who had to check by phone with us that we were not importing "real" torture racks. We thought that was amusing. But I digress. It is to the assembly of the Torture Rack that we must now turn.
Danger Den have been very thorough with this product and the quality, as you would expect, is very high. The Acrylic machining is very well done and the instructions are intuitive and simple. Straightforward and blind following of the instructions will quickly see the "Rack" grow.
The package we received is designed to protect the internals very well from crush and drop injuries.
Danger Den supply a complete set of instructions, fixing screws and a pair of gloves to protect the Acrylic from finger prints.
Assembly was simple with the instructions being remarkably easy to follow. If you haven't got much in the way of intuitive assembly skills just follow the steps set out in the instructions. The fixing kit has the screws clearly marked and ID numbers on each packet simplifying the process considerably.
Handy Hint One;
The metal PCI slot bracket fits on the inside of the case. It does not fit into the provided cut out hole.
Okay, so after fitting the metal PCI slot bracket its on to loose assembly of the motherboard plate.
The base plate will require the four mounting feet to be fitted. It was found to be a lot simpler to fit the feet early rather than have to upend the case later on. Next the two side rails can be put in place.
Handy Hint Two;
Avoid the urge to remove the Acrylic sheet backing paper until just before final assembly takes place.
Handy Hint Three;
Watch the cut outs for the PCI card tails entry into the motherboard and ensure that they are placed in line with the metal PCI mounting plate. Saves having to undo all your hard work to refit the motherboard plate.
Next we fitted the power on/off switch to trial the placement. It can be fitted to either side but for ease we used the left hand side for the trial fit.
With most of the loose construction done it is advisable to remove the backing paper from the ares that will be screwed together. What you should end up with is something like this.
So far so good now if I can only find Igor we can do some torturing on the "Rack".
Next;................The Victim is chosen.
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