Crafts » Suitcase PC II (2004)
The first suitcase PC was kind of cramped, so it could only hold hardware matching special requirements. For example, when using a full-sized graphics card it was not possible to close the lid completely. So I wanted to build another case-con based on the same idea, but respecting the ATX-specifications this time.
Unfortunately there was no suitcase in the right size available, which would still be cheap and easy to work with. Therefore I had to use two suitcases this time, connecting them via a big wire harness which could be detached for transportation. At the end it did not match the ATX-standard completely, but I could use it for arbitrary hardware while loosing only a small amount of mobility in turn. Both suitcases combined can hold four harddrives, one floppy disk drive and one CD-ROM drive. Because there was some unused space left, I also added two speakers, one 5-slots network hub and a keylock which controls the power switch.
This con was exhibited at the 2nd GC CasemodMasters during the Games Convention 2005 in Leipzig, Germany. There I realized that having a cheap mod which focusses on practical values is no match for professionals putting much more time and money in their creations. However, it was still an interesting experience which I got lots of valuable feedback from.
Cases in use
Upper side with window
Left side containing power supply and speaker
Air vents on the right side
Interior of the upper suitcase