Building a Framework Desktop

I’m toying with the idea of a building a framework desktop because of the sale prices.

Here is what I am looking to place into it:

I figure with the dock, I won’t need either an audio or Ethernet module. Have no desire for it to be wireless

Does this look viable?

I decided to not use the Framework charger because I wanted a little more headroom on the power.


Can’t see any reason why this wouldn’t work!

Only two things to figure out:

  • case. 3D print? Machined metal? Wood? Acrylic?

  • thermal management/airflow. Will you be using case fans? How will you get fresh air to the fan intake? How will you exhaust hot air?

Note that there are M.2 1 GbE and 2.5 GbE adapters which can be installed in the M.2 WiFi slot (A+E keyed) if you wanted to go with a simpler hub or get 2.5 GbE. I’ve always been curious about these and forum regulars are probably getting sick of me talking about them.

This is a very interesting project, please keep us updated!

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For the case I debated between a printed case or just using the Cooler master case that is made for the Framework Board. I was opting on lower aggravation and went with the Cooler Master case especially after seeing YouTube video about the Cooler Master Case from Elevated Systems

It is a case and screws, so it has everything to get up an running up and quick. The only complaint that he had was the fan produced a high whine during certain speeds, but I don’t have any qualms with taking a dremmel to open the top or bottom of the case to open it up for more air flow.

Not really worried any Ethernet speed above 1 Gbe because I don’t have any Network components that can handle 2.5.


Duh, you said so in your original post. Guess my enthusiasm got the better of me.

The headroom with 100W should be more than enough. These motherboards are more efficient that I could imagine. Initially I was going to get the FW adapter, but I could even power my setup using a 11th Gen Intel board with a Nintendo Switch adapter which only goes up to 39 watts. Granted, my USB hub I/O is more modest with just a single 3.0 port and several 2.0 ports, so you should need more power with yours just to be safe.

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I have used a 30 watt MacBook Air power supply and a 25 watt Samsung Note20 Ultra power supply with my 11th Gen batch 1.

I prefer a minimum of a 45 watt Samsung power supply though.

Went with the following:

All working fine, but I had to reset the BIOS for it to get to work, which is weird, but hey it is up

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Would love to see what it looks like!

Nah, don’t worry! We just learn to tune you out when we spot “GbE” in a post! :laughing:

Jk of course

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LOL, but is that not the proper technical term? Gigabit Ethernet?

If not I’ll stop using it. :slightly_smiling_face:

No, I mean it’s just easy to spot in a post. :smile:

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