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[FEB 2012 MOTM WINNER] LANDO - A Suitcase/Briefcase Computer done right

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LANDO - "The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy"

March 1st Update: Project (Almost) Complete!

Here's a link to the post with some images of the nearly complete machine.

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With LED ambient backlight

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Hello there OCN, I am back with another OCN exclusive modding project to start off the new year. With my last portable system Project Kestrel off to a new home and not enough money at the moments to buy a kick-ass gaming laptop to replace it right now I have decided to build a portable system with junk and stuff I have lying around my shop. It will be my LAN party rig for the foreseeable future, that combined with my love of all things Star Wars led me to one possible name for the project: LANDO.

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I am sure that by now everyone has seen lots of suitcase and toolbox PC mods on here and around the web, I took a good look around for ideas before starting.
Pretty well every single one falls into one of two camps:

1. No built in monitor but features a discrete GPU and is basically a poorly ventilated and crowded tower with a handle on it
2. Features a small built in monitor but uses on-board video because there isn't clearance for expansion cards and also has poor ventilation

Lets be honest. On board video sucks, and who wants to have to carry a monitor around with their LAN machine when on the go? Not me, I want desktop performance and a descent display in a cool running quiet machine.

So this really started at the local Home Depot where I grabbed a Plano toolbox for $5 from their discount section as someone had trashed the interior of. No big deal, I'll likely trash it some more before this project is finished.

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I found a monitor that would fit inside the lid of the toolbox perfectly, an Asus VH197D LED backlit 18" with a resolution of 1366x768. This was also a discount purchase $50 lightly used.

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Keeping everything low profile is a must so my trusty but lightly used Scythe Big Shuriken will be called back into service.

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I picked up a Zotac H67 Mini-ITX board, a Core i3 2100 and 8Gb of memory a few months ago for building a Minecraft server but never got around to it, so those parts have found there way here.

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For GPU duties I have a slightly modded Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1Gb that was not in use, it should offer plenty of power for my games at 1366x768.

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And here is the component that will let me use the 5770 while keeping a low profile: a right angle PCIE X16 bracket from my server parts bin.

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Drive wise, I am sticking to just a single internal 750Gb 2.5" SATA. I don't use optical drives often at all, and if needed I have a USB one back at my workstation. And I lucked out picking this up back before the floods in Thailand jacked all the prices way up.

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I have a bunch of 80mm Antec fans for moving air around inside the case.

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And more than one PSU to choose from in my parts pile.

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So with introductions out of the way I am off to choose and mod a PSU, updates to follow as I go.
LANDO
(11 items)
 
Kestrel
(13 items)
 
MacBane
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3 2100 Zotac H67-ITX MSI GeForce GTX 460 8GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 2.5" 750Gb 7200RPM SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Asus VH197D Gigabyte Cordless 
PowerCaseAudio
Modded Corsair 400W Heavily Modded $5 Sctatch and dent sale Plano T... Corsair HS1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Sapphire Radeon 6950 1Gb 8GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128Gb SSD Western Digital Green 2Tb SATA Pioneer DVD-R Corsair H50 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Home x64 Asus 24" Corsair HX-650 Heavilt Modded Lian Li PC-Q06 
Other
Ergotron LX Monitor Arm 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 860 @ 4.25 Ghz Gigabyte P55A-UD4P Radeon 6950 8Gb G-Skill Eco DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 1Tb Seagate Barracuda in RAID 0 DaemonTools Thermalright Ven-X Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 24" 1920x1080 MS Sidewinder X6 Corsair AX750W Apple PowerMac G4 - Heavily Modded 
MouseMouse Pad
Razer Deathadder Steel Series 18" 
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LANDO
(11 items)
 
Kestrel
(13 items)
 
MacBane
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3 2100 Zotac H67-ITX MSI GeForce GTX 460 8GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 2.5" 750Gb 7200RPM SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Asus VH197D Gigabyte Cordless 
PowerCaseAudio
Modded Corsair 400W Heavily Modded $5 Sctatch and dent sale Plano T... Corsair HS1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Sapphire Radeon 6950 1Gb 8GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128Gb SSD Western Digital Green 2Tb SATA Pioneer DVD-R Corsair H50 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Home x64 Asus 24" Corsair HX-650 Heavilt Modded Lian Li PC-Q06 
Other
Ergotron LX Monitor Arm 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 860 @ 4.25 Ghz Gigabyte P55A-UD4P Radeon 6950 8Gb G-Skill Eco DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 1Tb Seagate Barracuda in RAID 0 DaemonTools Thermalright Ven-X Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 24" 1920x1080 MS Sidewinder X6 Corsair AX750W Apple PowerMac G4 - Heavily Modded 
MouseMouse Pad
Razer Deathadder Steel Series 18" 
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I like mITX builds.
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Subbed, this is going to be good! Good luck mate. thumb.gif
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I to am a fan of the Mini-ITX form factor, subbed.
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Sub'd.
Fearless~
(20 items)
 
The Intel Side
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.8 Asus Sabertooth 990FX EVGA GrillForce GTX 465 SLI Mushkin Blackline 2x4gb 1600mhz [1.5v] 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB WD Caviar Black (1002FAEX)1TB Synology DS210J (4tb) Lite-on DVD Rewriter 16x IDE External 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Samsung Syncmaster E2320 Metadot Das Professional S Silent 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX 850 V1 [Original PSH] NZXT Gamma Classic Series Mid-Tower Logitech VX Revolution Razer Sphex 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DX Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Bose Triport/Klipsch S3 Blue Snowball 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 2100 Gigabyte H61M-S2PV Asus GT430 Corsair XMS3 2x2gb 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel X-25V 40GB Synology DS210j (4tb) Seagate Barracuda 120gb LG CH12LS28 Blu Ray  
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Thermalright X-Silent 120 Mac OS X 10.8.2 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Toshiba 46VX700VU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 XFX 450w Core Edition Silverstone ML03B Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 
AudioAudio
Realtek Onboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53ghz Apple Logic Board Nvidia Geforce 9400m 4gb @1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Scorpio Black 320gb Synology DS210j (4tb) Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.4/Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
13" 1280x800 Glossy Backlit Apple Keyboard/OCN Ducky Tenkeyless [MX... 65w Magsafe Aluminium Unibody 
MouseAudioAudio
Apple Trackpad/Logitech MX310 Fiio A1 + Sony Bookshelf Blue Snowball 
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Fearless~
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The Intel Side
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.8 Asus Sabertooth 990FX EVGA GrillForce GTX 465 SLI Mushkin Blackline 2x4gb 1600mhz [1.5v] 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB WD Caviar Black (1002FAEX)1TB Synology DS210J (4tb) Lite-on DVD Rewriter 16x IDE External 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Samsung Syncmaster E2320 Metadot Das Professional S Silent 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX 850 V1 [Original PSH] NZXT Gamma Classic Series Mid-Tower Logitech VX Revolution Razer Sphex 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DX Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Bose Triport/Klipsch S3 Blue Snowball 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 2100 Gigabyte H61M-S2PV Asus GT430 Corsair XMS3 2x2gb 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel X-25V 40GB Synology DS210j (4tb) Seagate Barracuda 120gb LG CH12LS28 Blu Ray  
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Thermalright X-Silent 120 Mac OS X 10.8.2 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Toshiba 46VX700VU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 XFX 450w Core Edition Silverstone ML03B Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 
AudioAudio
Realtek Onboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53ghz Apple Logic Board Nvidia Geforce 9400m 4gb @1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Scorpio Black 320gb Synology DS210j (4tb) Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.4/Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
13" 1280x800 Glossy Backlit Apple Keyboard/OCN Ducky Tenkeyless [MX... 65w Magsafe Aluminium Unibody 
MouseAudioAudio
Apple Trackpad/Logitech MX310 Fiio A1 + Sony Bookshelf Blue Snowball 
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i like this project a lot.
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Thanks guys, and now for the first update.

I picked out the Corsair 400W for this project as it has seen some use and I know it works without issue, and it is closer to the end of it's warranty than the other PSUs.

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Speaking of warranties, I will be voiding several more from here on in.

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With the cover off.

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Look how much space I just saved by removing the bulky stock enclosure!

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The power plug and switch are built so that they can not be easily disassembled. So I just cut them out of the back of the original enclosure.

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I then reduced the number of cables coming out of the PSU as I won't be using them at all.

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And here we have the PSU after going on a diet.

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And I even had a couple of minutes to put the components together in the case to figure out spacing and where I need to start modding the case.

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Next step will be to remove most of the cheap rivets from the case and replace them with socket caps and locknuts while reinforcing the entire case by adding some aluminum to it. thumb.gif
LANDO
(11 items)
 
Kestrel
(13 items)
 
MacBane
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3 2100 Zotac H67-ITX MSI GeForce GTX 460 8GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 2.5" 750Gb 7200RPM SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Asus VH197D Gigabyte Cordless 
PowerCaseAudio
Modded Corsair 400W Heavily Modded $5 Sctatch and dent sale Plano T... Corsair HS1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Sapphire Radeon 6950 1Gb 8GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128Gb SSD Western Digital Green 2Tb SATA Pioneer DVD-R Corsair H50 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Home x64 Asus 24" Corsair HX-650 Heavilt Modded Lian Li PC-Q06 
Other
Ergotron LX Monitor Arm 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 860 @ 4.25 Ghz Gigabyte P55A-UD4P Radeon 6950 8Gb G-Skill Eco DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 1Tb Seagate Barracuda in RAID 0 DaemonTools Thermalright Ven-X Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 24" 1920x1080 MS Sidewinder X6 Corsair AX750W Apple PowerMac G4 - Heavily Modded 
MouseMouse Pad
Razer Deathadder Steel Series 18" 
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LANDO
(11 items)
 
Kestrel
(13 items)
 
MacBane
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3 2100 Zotac H67-ITX MSI GeForce GTX 460 8GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 2.5" 750Gb 7200RPM SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Asus VH197D Gigabyte Cordless 
PowerCaseAudio
Modded Corsair 400W Heavily Modded $5 Sctatch and dent sale Plano T... Corsair HS1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Sapphire Radeon 6950 1Gb 8GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128Gb SSD Western Digital Green 2Tb SATA Pioneer DVD-R Corsair H50 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Home x64 Asus 24" Corsair HX-650 Heavilt Modded Lian Li PC-Q06 
Other
Ergotron LX Monitor Arm 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 860 @ 4.25 Ghz Gigabyte P55A-UD4P Radeon 6950 8Gb G-Skill Eco DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 1Tb Seagate Barracuda in RAID 0 DaemonTools Thermalright Ven-X Windows 7 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 24" 1920x1080 MS Sidewinder X6 Corsair AX750W Apple PowerMac G4 - Heavily Modded 
MouseMouse Pad
Razer Deathadder Steel Series 18" 
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Reply
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Nice I'm going to be starting on my first mod soon biggrin.gif
DESKTOP
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @4.8ghz 1.39v MSI P67A-G45 MSI Twin Frozr III 6950 2gb Patriot 2x2gb 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
250gb Western Digital Caviar Blue Patriot Torqx 2 32GB SSD Sony DVD/RW Drive (CPU) Stock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Acer P216HV 21.5in + x2 Acer A221HQV Microsoft Sidewinder x6 730W Raidmax 
CaseAudio
NZXT Gamma Logitech 5.1 X-530 
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DESKTOP
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @4.8ghz 1.39v MSI P67A-G45 MSI Twin Frozr III 6950 2gb Patriot 2x2gb 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
250gb Western Digital Caviar Blue Patriot Torqx 2 32GB SSD Sony DVD/RW Drive (CPU) Stock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Acer P216HV 21.5in + x2 Acer A221HQV Microsoft Sidewinder x6 730W Raidmax 
CaseAudio
NZXT Gamma Logitech 5.1 X-530 
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Love the whole concept. Subbed. thumb.gif
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I wish he would do some more on this :/
DESKTOP
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @4.8ghz 1.39v MSI P67A-G45 MSI Twin Frozr III 6950 2gb Patriot 2x2gb 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
250gb Western Digital Caviar Blue Patriot Torqx 2 32GB SSD Sony DVD/RW Drive (CPU) Stock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Acer P216HV 21.5in + x2 Acer A221HQV Microsoft Sidewinder x6 730W Raidmax 
CaseAudio
NZXT Gamma Logitech 5.1 X-530 
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DESKTOP
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @4.8ghz 1.39v MSI P67A-G45 MSI Twin Frozr III 6950 2gb Patriot 2x2gb 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
250gb Western Digital Caviar Blue Patriot Torqx 2 32GB SSD Sony DVD/RW Drive (CPU) Stock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64-bit Acer P216HV 21.5in + x2 Acer A221HQV Microsoft Sidewinder x6 730W Raidmax 
CaseAudio
NZXT Gamma Logitech 5.1 X-530 
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