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    Question Stacked motherboards

    Ok, bear with me on this one, but I have a plan....

    I'm thinking of buying 2 cheap motherboards with as many integrated components as possible + a couple of cheap processors (Either 2nd hand Athlon XP or maybe Sempron 64). Get either 512Mb or 1Gb Ram for each and then...

    - Buy some plastic ~10mm thick
    - Drill holes at the standard ATX locations
    - Attach threaded rods (same diameter as the holes on the motherboard) into the holes, held in with either glue or nuts.
    - Slide the 1st motherboard onto the rods, raised slightly from the plastic base using nuts/plastic washers
    - Use more nuts and plastic washers to support the 2nd motherboard at about 6inches above the 1st.
    - Then add a couple of cheap PSUs, HDDs to make a cheap server network/maybe experiment with Grid/Clustering

    Am I being a bit crazy? It will work of course but is it worth it? I would eventually get round to putting the whole contraption in a cabinet of some sort with additional cooling.

    Any comments?

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    why do you want to do it?
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    If your using plastic that size, watch the static off it.
    Different types of plastic will cause different amounts of static depending on what its made of. Worth checking into
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    Cool, thanks for the link. pretty much what I'm after.
    However not going to need so many motherboards!

    The reason: I want to do this...

    I'm wanting to play with clustering, Oracle grid databases & general server for music. It's purely for playing around with. Originally I was thinking of getting a bit silly and buying carbon fibre sheets (or fake CF sheets) to make the cabinet, as a cool modding project as well. but I don't think I can justify the expense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent
    If your using plastic that size, watch the static off it.
    Different types of plastic will cause different amounts of static depending on what its made of. Worth checking into
    Cheers for that, I could also use MDF I guess. Basically, my project will be similar to Project Tranquility but less MBs and slightly higher spec. I was also thinking of getting an Ethernet HDD to simulate a SAN/NAS

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