Cardboard Boxes

Seeing as Engadget can get away with posting old news about computers in cardboard boxes, I will too 🙂

Here are box (bottom) and box2 (top). Despite size and cost being the main objectives, I claim extra-green compared to the Recompute computer, because not only does this design not require new cardboard, it even reduces waste by reusing the motherboard box instead of disposing (er, recycling) it.

box box2
Processor Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 3.5 GHz Core i7-860 @ 3.3 GHz
Motherboard ATX Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 MicroATX Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2
Memory 2x 2GB DDR2-1066 4x 2GB DDR3-1600
Disk 3.5″ Samsung HD103SJ 1 TB
2.5″ WD1600BEVT 160 GB
3.5″ Samsung HD103SJ 1TB
Video PCIe x16 Radeon HD 3450 None
Power Supply Sparkle SPI270LE 270W Sparkle SPI270LE 270W
Cooling Stock HSF + 120mm intake Stock HSF
Case Motherboard box Motherboard box, bamboo skewers
Volume 5.3 L 4.5 L
Built July 2009 February 2010

Attaching components to the box used cardboard strips in box, and wedged bamboo skewers in box2. The former wasn’t very strong, but the latter was good. A short length of skewer was embedded into a hole in the box and glued, then split down the middle. A small bamboo wedge was then inserted to hold components in place. A pair of notches were cut into the skewer to prevent slipping out of the hole.

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