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Greetings.

I'm planning on starting my first ever computer case scratchbuild fairly soon, since I'm new to modding I have a few questions and would love some feedback. The case is going to be made entierly out of aluminum and will be as small as possible. I will be using a GTX 460 single slot GPU and a low profile cooler so let's just say it's going to be really small if all goes as planned.

Anyways, the first question I have is regarding fastening aluminum square bars. The plan is to build a frame consisting of 5x5mm bars in order to make the case sturdier and allow the panels to be fastened. I don't want any screwheads sticking out from the bars so the only option I could think of (except welding) was using epoxy glue, do you think that would work?

Quick sketchup model of the frame:

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The sidepanels will simply be screwed onto the bars using countersink screws so the screwheads don't ruin the looks. I might sand the aluminum panels to create a brushed look but I haven't really looked into that yet.

So basically; glue (epoxy) together a frame consisting of 5x5mm aluminum bars, screw the panels onto the bars using countersink screws. Do you think it will work?
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looks very similar to a silverstone sg05.

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If you plan on using solid aluminum bars, the case will be heavier than you'd expect, maybe 20% heavier than a comparable Lian Li mITX. Could be negligible on such a small scale but it's just not "good engineering practice". I'd recommend something like a right angle bracket(think: like a U channel minus one side). Also, just use the screws to fasten it, no better way short of welding(not economical, and it'd take an extra half hour). Metal fasteners beat the superglued look.

I don't have experience building cases in particular but I can tell you that epoxy is a bad idea for permanently joining metal to metal. I guarantee that if your case were to break, it'd be due to the epoxy cracking or coming loose. JB weld might work in this situation but it's an ugly dark grey. If you're using solid aluminum bars, you can just thread the holes and put all the screw heads inside of the case. You won't even see the ends from the other side, since 5mm is thick enough to thread in a short screw, with maybe 1.5mm of solid material left in the bar.

Overall I like that design, it's very interesting. Everything besides the epoxy could work well, mainly my rambling about solid bars is just for the sake of weight-saving(same reason for using aluminum, right?)
 
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How about some room for radiators for those of us that would like to water cool. biggrin.gif
    
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