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Silver B0X: A Mini ITX case mod

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Since I first caught glimpse of a mini itx setup, I've always wanted to build one. When these small form factor boards first piqued my interests though, the technology just wasn't there yet and if you wanted to go small, it would mean you would have to sacrifice performance. Yes, this was back when these types of boards only had the option of having a 500-700mhz VIA embedded processor in them. Then they finally released boards that had AM2, 775 sockets but the only types of expansion slots offered on these boards at the time were either pci or pci express x1. So after the tech on these boards matured, and the price dropped considerably things were looking more promising. With my old rig giving me so much issues, I figured it was about time to pursue this pipe dream. So after getting my tax return, I ordered all of my parts and last night I managed to piece it all together.

I don't have too many pics of the internals at the moment since it was a bit of a task just fitting all the wires into place. But here are a few pics of my mini itx setup assembled, next to a 360 slim:
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Fitting in most of the components was a breeze, until it came time to route wires and put in the power supply. If anyone knows of a good ATX PSU that has a minimal amount of cables and doesn't have a protruding fan grill, please link me to it. This thing doesn't need a whole lot of power. Also here's a rundown of all the things I stuck in it:
2x Mushkin 60gb 2.5" SSDs
1x Samsung 2tb 3.5" HDD
ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe Motherboard
2x4GB of gskill SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 laptop memory
AMD Athlon II X4 645 Processor
Powercolor Radeon 5770
OCZ 600 watt power supply with a boatload of un-needed cables.

My plans are to put some white leds in it, maybe cut a window out on the top of the case and maybe even sleeve the wires. I need some input on what to put in the 5.25" bay as I don't use optical drives anymore and I don't have anymore free sata ports.
ASUS G75VW-BBK5
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3610qm 2.3ghz ASUS Proprietary Nvidia Geforce GTX 660m 2gb 4x4gb ddr3 (16gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
128gb crucial m4 ssd 1 tb 7200rpm  DVDRW ASUS Proprietary 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8.1 Pro x64 17.3" laptop display 2x Acer 23" lcds ASUS proprietary + Lenovo media keyboard 
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Big 'ol power brick trackpad, logitech g400 + microsoft wireless mo... none klipsch pro media 2.1 speakers 
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Sennheiser HD 360 headphones 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3610qm 2.3ghz ASUS Proprietary Nvidia Geforce GTX 660m 2gb 4x4gb ddr3 (16gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
128gb crucial m4 ssd 1 tb 7200rpm  DVDRW ASUS Proprietary 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8.1 Pro x64 17.3" laptop display 2x Acer 23" lcds ASUS proprietary + Lenovo media keyboard 
PowerMouseMouse PadAudio
Big 'ol power brick trackpad, logitech g400 + microsoft wireless mo... none klipsch pro media 2.1 speakers 
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Sennheiser HD 360 headphones 
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my only advice would be to get a modular PSU with those flat cables.
    
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Agility 60GB SSD ASUS DRW-1814BLT Ubuntu, Windows 7 x64, OSX Asus MS23H 1080p Monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
ABS Mechanical KB Corsair TX750 750 Watt PSU Cooler Master "Cosmos S" modded with holes Logitech G5 BF2142 Edition 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Agility 60GB SSD ASUS DRW-1814BLT Ubuntu, Windows 7 x64, OSX Asus MS23H 1080p Monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
ABS Mechanical KB Corsair TX750 750 Watt PSU Cooler Master "Cosmos S" modded with holes Logitech G5 BF2142 Edition 
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fUnc Industries F10.s Spyder3Express Calibrator 
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My 5+ year old OCZ PSU finally took a crap and died on me. Thankfully newegg had a sale on some Antec PSU's and I even picked up an XFX 6870 biggrin.gif

With the PSU out I thought it was time for some modding. I bought 2 white led stips meant for car interior lighting at walmart today since newegg only has blue led lighting and I'm tired of seeing people use blue LEDs in cases. These lights even come with a 12 bolt battery so you can see how they look without getting out an old PSU to test. (which I don't have at the moment) So here's the results:

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Tomorrow night I'm going to solder these to a molex connector and then friday night I should be getting my new PSU and my 6870. Hopefully my old PSU didn't take anything else with it. >.<<br />
Also I'm thinking of converting the front 5.25" bay into a window since black trim along a hacked up silver square hole in the top would look out of place on the top of this case. tongue.gif
ASUS G75VW-BBK5
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3610qm 2.3ghz ASUS Proprietary Nvidia Geforce GTX 660m 2gb 4x4gb ddr3 (16gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
128gb crucial m4 ssd 1 tb 7200rpm  DVDRW ASUS Proprietary 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8.1 Pro x64 17.3" laptop display 2x Acer 23" lcds ASUS proprietary + Lenovo media keyboard 
PowerMouseMouse PadAudio
Big 'ol power brick trackpad, logitech g400 + microsoft wireless mo... none klipsch pro media 2.1 speakers 
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Sennheiser HD 360 headphones 
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ASUS G75VW-BBK5
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3610qm 2.3ghz ASUS Proprietary Nvidia Geforce GTX 660m 2gb 4x4gb ddr3 (16gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
128gb crucial m4 ssd 1 tb 7200rpm  DVDRW ASUS Proprietary 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8.1 Pro x64 17.3" laptop display 2x Acer 23" lcds ASUS proprietary + Lenovo media keyboard 
PowerMouseMouse PadAudio
Big 'ol power brick trackpad, logitech g400 + microsoft wireless mo... none klipsch pro media 2.1 speakers 
Audio
Sennheiser HD 360 headphones 
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