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Hi!

This is my build log for my first case build, I've been wanting to do something like this for a while now and finally thought "well I've got the money, lets do it biggrin.gif" so here we are

COMPONENTS:
Motherboard Intel Thin Mini-ITX DQ77KB
RAM Kingston 8GB 2 x 4GB DDR3 1600MHz PC3-12800 SODIMM SO DIMM Notebook Laptop RAM
Storage Vertex 3 60GB SSD
Cooling GELID Slim Silence i-Plus
CPU Intel Core i3 3225 - 3.30GHz - 3MB Cache
PSU In Motherboard
Adapter 120W AC Adapter


AIMS:
Slim (thin) as possible like it's not even there.
Stylish (my idea of stylish) so no flashy lights, lasers or anything like that.
Something that doesn't require constant maintenance.
Sturdy.
Quiet and non-obtrusive.


CHALLENGES:
Sorting out the cooling, I've got the cpu cooler which is 28mm high but how will I get the fan to have ventilation? Raise the lid a bit (making it higher? Make a hole in the top? Etc.
Attempting to get the PSU to work, as originally I was going with a Mini-ITX and a PicoPSU, then I decided to change to a Thin Mini-ITX with an inbuilt PSU but I already brought the adapter.
Seeing where I can squeeze in my SSD.
Moving house in-between all of it.


DESIGNS:
I suck at CAD (I attempted). It's in my head and it shall soon be represented in a physical form. If you really want something I guess I could work it out.


UPDATES:
Well I started this thread a bit late, I've already brought a few things, but here you go smile.gif


CPU - I managed to save myself $14 postage when I found out I was heading down Umart way and was only going to be ~130M from the store so I rang up and they let me cancel the postage (as it was still being processed) and pick it up smile.gif



SSD - Got this one at a bargain price, $43 shipped brand new from a guy who didn't want it (it was sealed, till I got excited). 60GB will do me as I have a 1.5TB NAS that I'll take advantage of, and if I don't feel as it is enough I can always upgrade.



Loving the sticker thumb.gif


RAM - This is the final item brought from an Australian seller so there will be a bit of a wait for the rest, this is from eBay, pretty good price, I'm happy with it smile.gif (2x4GB sticks)



For a better idea of what it will look like it will be around 20x20cm so I have a bit of excess room for the motherboard (17x17) it will have a bottom and top made out of a sheet of aluminium.

The sides will be made out of black acrylic and will cover the edges of the aluminium. The SSD will be held onto the top plate with a bracket so it will slot into a low space on the motherboard.

The top will be held on with strong rare earth magnets.

Instead of screws for the motherboard I will be using long bolts and nuts to hold it in so I can have the magnets on top for the top panel. Kind of like what Darren does in this video, but a bit different: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=71S9fek0FKA#t=888s

You'll get a better idea of with when I get the parts smile.gif

Stay tuned!
Edited by jakiejake - 12/18/12 at 5:39pm
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835203012

have you seen this? slimmer and made for that motherboard. hope it helps, and waiting to see more.
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Haha thanks I appreciate it smile.gif Sorry, I just moved house so it's all a bit crazy at the moment.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835203012
have you seen this? slimmer and made for that motherboard. hope it helps, and waiting to see more.
Yeah I looked at that but it's gonna take up heaps more room :L

The GEILD Slim Silence iPlus came, looks very nice, pretty thin too smile.gif

As of the 'holidays' the postman and courier have not been working, they don't work on the weekends here, Monday was a day off for them or something the courier said, and new years day was a public holiday waiting for a delivery sometime today, I'm assuming they have a lot to deliver after 4 days off.

Just waiting for the motherboard and the power brick, I'm a bit nervous as the power brick was brought for a PicoPSU, if it doesn't fit in the Thin ITX board, I either have to buy a new one and resell this one/keep it as a spare or attempt to put a new end on it. Hopefully it fits!
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That GELID looks pretty good actually. 28mm isn't much anyway. Looking forward to this (after the post sorts itself out)
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That GELID looks pretty good actually. 28mm isn't much anyway. Looking forward to this (after the post sorts itself out)
It does!! Postman came, only got some small stuff off eBay (internal card reader for another computer and the HDMI to VGA adapter (to use with a 15" or so LCD monitor I had laying around, until I find a good deal on a monitor.))
But! The courier has not come today so hopefully seeing as it's only 3:45PM, he/she may still come smile.gif
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Here's some more photos!

The cooler box:


The cooler with the rasta style cable :L:


Free Sticker! Bits and pieces and a piece of paper with some dimensions on it:


And my 'high quality' ($2 or something) HDMI to VGA adapter:
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The cooler with the rasta style cable :L:

LOL Rasta Style lachen.gif You know it looks awesome tongue.gif
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And my 'high quality' ($2 or something) HDMI to VGA adapter:
teaching.gif

It's not a High Quality cable, it's a 'High Quali' one, so you technically cannot sue them if it's actually piss poor bad tonguesmiley.gif
   
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LOL Rasta Style lachen.gif You know it looks awesome tongue.gif
teaching.gif
It's not a High Quality cable, it's a 'High Quali' one, so you technically cannot sue them if it's actually piss poor bad tonguesmiley.gif
HAHAHAH True!!
Also the Power Adapter came at about 5PM or so. It's 11:30PM now so I'll post pictures tomorrow smile.gif
Hopefully the board comes tomorrow!
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