Sunday, May 18, 2008

Frankenstein Lives!
(Another technical PC / Computer article)
The PC / Computer Open Air Tech Bench

If you take PCs apart over and over just to test things, you will probably appreciate this. I saw it on one of the most popular techie sites, and bought two: One for my regular job and one for my home workbench. I couldn't wait to put it to the test. I took me about 45 minutes to put the tech-bench together; but in reality it should of taken me no more than a half hour because I was scanning pictures on my other computer at the same time. It took me another 20 minutes to tear down an old machine and put the parts in the tech-bench to see how it would work. It works great. Now all I have to do is test the parts, before I throw it in my computers, or build PCs before I even have the case! There is also a bigger one for the extended ATX this is for standard ATX. One problem is if you have BTX - it does not fit well in this one, but we are trying to rig it so it does. The micro should work.

Yeah I know, you can do this without the tech-bench, and I have done it, and seen other techs do it: put all the parts on a table on some anti-static material; but this is a bit more stable and safer. You can also keep it as just a stand alone PC for testing different parts. Anyway, I like it.

Right Side

Angle view

The front is actually what would be the back of a PC. The white plastic bar serves as the stabilizer for the Add on Cards.

Back view

It comes with the power, reset, and hard drive lights jumper switches.


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