Media Storage

Published on June 7th, 2010 | by Jules Yap



Materials: IKEA PS Cabinet (without wheels), PC parts and wires.

Description: This is maybe more a proof of concept than a full blown, elegant hack.

We have a Home Theatre PC, used for recording tv shows, watching movies, storing our music, photos and so on. After we became parents, I had to find a way to keep my son’s curious little hands away from the delicate hardware.

I was unable to find a cabinet that both looked good and could accommodate the rather large computer, so after a while I thought of simply taking the parts out of the computer case and reassembling them inside a PS cabinet we had standing around.

There is plenty of space for the parts and wiring inside the PS, and there is already a hole in the bottom for running power/antenna/network/HDMI/USB cables back and forth. The vents are perfect for 140mm fans.

The PS is pretty much made for this, and the operation is pretty straight forward, if you know your way around the inside of a computer.

If I had to do it over today, I would cut a hole in either the rear or the bottom of the PS cabinet, and move one of the fans there as an intake to increase air flow. I drilled screw holes for the two fans, but you could probably super glue them on for a nicer finish.

~ Soren, Denmark

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

5 Responses to PS HTPC

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m the builder :-)

    It’s actually pretty quiet. The power supply is fanless, expensive but completely silent. The hard drive (there is only one 2TB 7200rpm at this point) is mounted in a NoiseControl elastic suspension unit.

    The two 140mm fans are transferring vibrations to the cabinet, sure, but I used a fan speed controller to turn them as far down as they will go. Even at that speed they move enough air to keep the system within sane temperatures.

    Luck or design, the noise is not an issue…it’s quieter than my wife’s notebook :-)

    All components are mounted on non conductive materials.

  2. Anonymous says:

    isn’t there any problem with static electricity? ……

  3. Anonymous says:

    magnets magnets magnets

  4. elle pee says:

    Can you show us a picture of it closed?

  5. Anonymous says:

    the ps cabinet seems a little “thin” for a htpc. i guess the fans and 3,5″ hdds keep the whole thing a little wabbly and kind of loud. otherwise, i realy like the idea of having the whole system in such a small rack

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