I got a rpi2b for Christmas and I am deploying it as a file, web, mail server.
The problem is that there are no nice cases avalible with room for a 120mm fan.
(I have a 120mm fan spinning on top of the open case for now)
So my idea is to build a case, I came to ask what sort of wood, what tools, how to finish it, if anyone has done this before.
I have basic woodwork class experience and think with some guidance I could come up with a decent first project.
pic related is sort of what I'm going for. still some touches to add.
The RPi2 generates little enough heat that you can handle it with a heatsink at max load for extended periods of time.
The whole system maxes out at 4 watts- for comparison, modern smartphones such as the iPhone 5 series discharge around 2 watts in operation. Those aren't even air cooled, and typically operate inside a protective case.
You don't need a fan, and probably don't even need a heatsink. If you're really concerned, you can buy appropriately sized heatsinks for spare change.
How well would a rpi2 handle being a tor middle node? Im on a budget, but I still want to help the network. I know how to set it up, I'm just not certain what I should expect regarding cooling. I'm aiming for 1mbps.
120 mm fan is so much bigger than the pi bro, consider the tontec case with the 50mm or whatever it is fan, and heatsink the hot parts
ive been using pi's for a while, in my experience if you run them hot(e.g. media player) they don't last very long. The heat sinks do make a difference in longevity, but i haven't actually run a fan on one so i cant speak to that.