Display-z all started as a personal project for myself. Nearly six months ago, I was reading an article naming the greatest value graphics cards of all time. Some of my graphics cards made it others didn't. After reading I started wondering where my old computer was. Was it rotting in a landfill somewhere or collecting dust in my attic. Luckily for me it was just collecting dust in my attic and I decided to bring it out and take a look. I pulled off the side cover and after the dust cleared, I was happy to see everything intact and still looking great.
Instantly I got a rush of memories from years of using this computer. Getting home from school on Friday, turning on my computer, and playing great games until Sunday night. Games that I had played and completely forgotten about until I saw my old computer again. Simcity 3000, Dark Forces, Half Life, Diablo 2, Counter Strike, Jedi Knight and Mysteries of the Sith, Baldur's Gate 2, StarCraft, EverQuest, Dark Ages of Camelot, Dungeon Siege, Carmageddon, Quake 3, and Grand Theft Auto 2. All of these memories and games I played that I had forgotten were completely brought back to life at that moment. After that I couldn't just leave my old hardware up in the attic to rot. I wanted to bring it out and help remind me of those good times. Problem was I didn't really have the space to display the whole computer. I decided just to take out my Voodoo 3, simply because the graphics card for me is really the most important piece of computer hardware. I wanted to display my card and started looking online for a solution. Vendor displays, trade show displays, personal displays, and nothing existed. After giving up looking for a solution, I decided to make my own and Display-z was born.
What are Display-z?
Simply put, Display-z are a simple, affordable, and stylish way to show off some of your most beloved and best looking computer hardware. Over the course of a six months every detail has been scrutinized and refined into a 4th generation prototype.
My original goal for Display-z was to make a display stand for my agp graphics card. When I decided to manufacture and market Display-z I knew I needed to have more options to help me reach as many people as possible. After all was said and done their are 72 options to choose from! Let's look at all of them.
The Dual Slot+ x16 Display-z is used for larger pci express graphics cards. Newer generation graphics cards have massive aluminum and copper heatsinks. All that extra weight makes the cards very front heavy and makes them more likely to tip over, when used with my Single Slot x16 Display-z. Adding the extra width was essential and makes the base very sturdy, even with large graphics cards.
The Single Slot x16 Display-z will cover any single slot pci express x16 graphics card or pci express x16 component made. 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, or 3.0 doesn't matter.
The Universal AGP Display-z will cover ANY AGP graphics card. 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x. Agp 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5. 3.3 V Key, 1.5 V Key, it doesn't matter.
The PCI Display-z will cover any pci slot component. Whether that be a graphics card, sound card, or network interface card, or whatever. If it has a pci connector it will fit.
Base Color Options: Black, Metallic Silver, and White
Connector Color Options: Black, Grey, White, Red, Green, and Blue
Any combination you want!
I really wanted people to be able to match their Display-z as best as possible to their computer case or to the hardware they were displaying. Their are three different base color options, black, metallic silver, and white. All the bases are powder coated providing a beautiful and durable finish that will last a lifetime. There are six different connector color options to choose from as well, black, grey, white, red, green, and blue. With all the color options alone there are 18 different combinations to choose from.
Also available is a white base and white connector and metallic silver base and grey connector, or really any combination you want.
Everything has been thought of.
As I said earlier Display-z are a fourth generation prototype. Each new version I made improvements to find that perfect balance between looks, durability, and making the base as sturdy as possible.
In both pci express models and the agp model there is extra space machined out to allow for the end connector(s), the piece(s) that usually "hooks" into the connector on your motherboard, to fit snugly into your Display-z out of sight, providing a clean look.
The base and connector is the perfect height. It allows the metal bracket that usually connects to your computer case to sit up off your desk. This makes sure that the bracket won't scratch anything.
Who was Display-z built for?
Anyone that loves computer hardware. Whether you have some emotional attachment to specific hardware or just love the way they look and you want to proudly display them, Display-z is perfect for you. Also businesses will benefit by using Display-z to showcase some of their best selling and up and coming hardware.
- Hardware Enthusiast
- Pc Gamers
- Displays for Retail Businesses
- Displays for Trade Shows
- Movie Animators
- Game Developers
- BitCoin Miners
- Anyone who thinks their hardware is sexy and they want to show it off.
What are Display-z made from?
Each Display-z is machined from a solid block of 6061-T6 aluminum. Aluminum was the perfect choice, it provides the base with enough weight to properly hold the card and it looks great. Also each Display-z is powder coated in your choice of three colors, black, metallic silver, and white. Powder coating also was the perfect choice, most computer cases are made from painted steel, powder coating allowed me to get a look much closer to an actual case, but provides a much more durable finish. What you get when you buy a Display-z is a product that will literally last a lifetime.
Display-z are Made in the USA!
Each Display-z is machined, powder coated, and assembled in the USA. I personally wanted a quality product built to last a lifetime. I chose smaller manufacturers who could give me great customer service and people who would really value my business. The machining company is based out of Lafayette, IN and has been a family run business for over 30 years. The people I chose for powder coating is based here in Indianapolis. They do work for many IndyCar and Formula 1 racing teams, they have an excellent state of the art facility, and have been great to work with.
Where you come in.
I have designed, tested and refined 4 different prototypes to deliver to you the best possible product I can make. Ordering parts, website design, marketing, and starting a business in general is very expensive. With your pledge I can start production on Display-z and get them into the hands of people who want them. Also, if you know anyone who would love to have a Display-z please share this project with them on Facebook or Twitter.
Waiting for funds to clear can take up to 20 days.
Week 1 - Send out the survey, this allows the backers to choose the options they want.
Week 1 - Order all the various connectors, pci express, agp, and pci.
Week 1 - Place order with the machine shop.
Week 6 - Receive machined parts and hand measure each one to ensure quality.
Week 6 - Place order to powder coat each part.
Week 6 - Order all shipping and packaging supplies.
Week 7 - Receive powder coated parts, assemble, test, and inspect each one.
Package and ship! I expect to start shipping orders in December.
I've loved computers the moment I got my first one. I love to build them, use them, and repair them. I've been building and repairing computers as both a profession and a hobby for nearly ten years. I'm also a nerd, I love anything with the word star in it, or the words fire and fly! If it's got a spaceship, an alien, a dwarf, or a magical sword, I'll watch it, play it, or read it.