Published on February 5th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Lack HTPC

Mikael wanted a computer in the living room so he could play old school games and have as a media center. So he build this Ikea Lack htpc.

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18 Responses to Ikea Lack HTPC

  1. Anonymous says:

    Get the flexible pci-express extender from ebay cost ~10$ for the graphic card.

    Btw something stunning is coming, Lack of movies…

  2. MonkeyWiz says:

    F-ing brilliant! You are a genious!
    I am so going to steal this idea… =)

  3. Mike says:

    *bump* Anonymous. The grounding question is an interesting one. I suppose you could run a shielded ground if that is absolutely necessary or if you were so inclined. I have an old HTPC with bad airflow and weak fans – I’ll definitely be making one of these.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious about grounding. The motherboard gets it’s grounding from the screws, right? Here the only thing grounded is the power supply… does it matter that much? If I can answer that question, I’ll build one on the Lack coffee table!

  5. epdrama says:

    marvelous!! just the one im looking for..

  6. Nico Klingner says:

    nive one!!!

  7. Roberto says:

    Wow … I think that now I can prepare my game pc table!

  8. dorion says:

    wow. i would do something like that if i knew how… and which components i should have ^^

  9. Anonymous says:

    Great hack but definitely not EMC compatible. You might get interferences with other electrical devices.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Dear Anonymous,

    Leaving the electronics hanging freely would not give better airflow. The heat would collect under the table (because hot air rises) and there would be no airstream.

    You can verify this if you have a normal computer with temperature monitoring software. If you take the cover of that pc off, you will see the temperatures rise. This because the air from the ventilators is no longer passing by the components but going strait into you room.

    And in this case even more because the wood does not give off the heat as good as the metal casing of a normal PC and in the pc without a cover the top is open so the hot air can go up en out.

  11. JHJHJH says:

    Would be nice if a gfx card could fit – Hackintosh delight.

  12. Alexa says:

    Finally! Someone puts the ventilation in before everyone jumps on them!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I would have actully left the electronics haning freely, without the extra wood. Better airflow, still hidden from view and not noisier.

  14. GPSchnyder says:

    I should do the Same with my old PC…

    Cool Hack

  15. Agnes Tan says:

    Marvellous!! No more ugly electical appliances in the living room.

  16. That IS cool!

    I think a lack table would be a great idea for a charging station as well.

    Fabulously Broke in the City

    Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver.

  17. Heinrock says:

    Must be one of the best looking computers I’ve seen!

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