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Cardboard computers - your PC of the future? (images)

Your next PC will probably arrive in a cardboard box. But if Recompute has its way the case will be a cardboard box.
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Topic: Hardware
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Your next PC will most likely come in a cardboard box. But if Recompute has its way, the case will be a cardboard box - saving energy by using paper-based material instead of plastic or metal to house a PC. Sean Portnoy tells more in his blog.

Introducing the cardboard PD. Credit: Recompute

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Recompute started as a student project that grew into a full-fledged online store. It offers 4 cardboard PCs - from a Linux PC that supports Fedora 12 and Linux Mint for $499; a machine with Windows 7 Home for $799 or no-OS for $699 that's powered by an AMD Athlon x 2 Dual Core 2.8GHz; an AMD Athlon II Quad Core 2.8GHz model with Windows 7 Pro for $999 or without an OS for $875; or a DIY almost-empty case with a 400-watt power supply for $199.

The front of the Recompute PC. Credit: Recompute

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Why won't the computer burn up from the heat of the computer? Recompute claims that the cardboard has an ignition point of 800-degrees F, the holes in its porous cover allows air to circulate in and out, the power supply and motherboard are isolated, and it's treated with a non-toxic UL tested flame retardant.

Side and bottom view. Credit: Recompute

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Decorated Recompute PCs. Credit: Recompute

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Empty cases ready for assembly. Credit: Recompute

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Where the USB plate goes. Credit: Recompute

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Inside the PC looking at the front window. Credit: Recompute

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Inside the Recompute PC. Credit: Recompute

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All hooked up to a monitor. Credit: Recompute

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Recompute PC with a design. You could probably draw your own. Credit: Recompute

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Preparing cutouts to build a PC. Credit: Recompute

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The box for the box PC. Credit: Recompute

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The  no-frills office with a Recompute PC. Credit: Recompute

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