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    Default How towerize an Amiga 3000D motherboard!

    Hello,

    i was looking for years for a solution for my A3000D motherboard (to housing it!).
    Months ago, i have found, near a trashcan, on a street, an ATX case with some IDE devices.
    I have picked up all this good. The devices, as ever, i have played with it on my IDE card...and the Tower?
    Now, if you are experienced about this matter, you know that, for an A3000D motherboard, there is no room on an ATX sized case! You will be frustrated, even if the motherboard can be put in some position, no room at all for cpu card and/or Zorro board.
    A week ago, just because i need to move, and i wish absolutely to take with me my motherboard, i have resurected the tower. Obviously nothing has changed from when i have tested the usability of it, months ago.
    Anyway i have found the solution...the solution is...made it higher (or taller, call it as you wish)!

    Look!

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    I have forgotten to picture it on the original state. Anyway it was smaller...
    and now it looks in this way

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    After some heavily modification, the motherboard and all the add-on (cpu card and Zorro boards) need to fit properly on this new modded tower

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    ...to be continued...
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    The motherboard is settled down on six halters, three of them are screwed; the result is a very stable tower with the board strong fixed to the structure in metal and alu.

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    ...My first full length Zorro board...it is a fake, on rigid paper, just to test the position of the metal grid, to sustain the Zorro cards.

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    Hello,

    if you wish to donate for this project, i am looking for an A3640 and a graphic card. In not working state, please; it means, not used by you and destinated to be throwed into a trash.

    Thanks in advance!

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    That's some really nice work. Unfortunately a lot of the charm of the A3000 is the original case design. If I was going to tower something I would probably just do an A500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcade View Post
    ... Unfortunately a lot of the charm of the A3000 is the original case design...
    That's true! But my motherboard was without any desktop case...Anyway, new pictures!

    The CompactFlash-halter

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    And the plate-solution to complete the rear...Look!

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    Now, the hard part is to come...where my skill play the big role: to complete the front, with a solution with style...and the painting of the metal panels on the sides. I wish to do something new...will see.

    Ciao
    Stefano

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    Hello,

    the inner now look like this

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    I have changed my mind and done a different visual effect for the metal plate of the rear

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    You can do a comparison by yourself, against the rear of the A3000 Desktop case

    https://bigbookofamigahardware.com/b...3000_3_big.jpg

    ...and the original A3000 Tower case

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    Now, a bit of explanation about this project: it is more or less an improvisation; ideas come, i evaluate it and then, i try to realize it.
    Sadly, i haven't access to a complete tool to manage metal plate, so my works look a bit raw; anyway i feel that the design is good...and this is the most important part!

    Ciao
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    Damn, that's actually pretty cool!
    The original case looked like a bad fit.... but with a lot of work, i turning out nicely!
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    Hello,

    ok, thanks for your interest on this thread!

    New pictures of the inner part

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    Now the rear looks like this

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    Ciao
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    New pictures! Now the front is complete! Look!

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    A look inside the Card halter (Zorro cards)

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    Now painting work! I will use DPaint to sketch a solution for this tower...see you soon...

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    A picture like this, with low light, shows well the shape of the new design of the front...done absolutely with recycled parts!

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    ...and powered on...

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    And last but not least, for fanatics of LEDs, a bit of them on a fan inside the tower case.

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    Ciao
    Stefano
    Last edited by vibros; 19th July 2020 at 18:28.

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