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post #31 of 47
no paint! sandblast it & let it oxidize. coolsmiley.png

great work man... what are the dimensions? looks teeny. battery.gif

also, how did you blind-drill/tap the standoff holes? i imagine the thick material helps...
 
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post #32 of 47
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These are temporary screws until I can determine the correct thread size/pitch and find some 100° black oxide's.



And what they are holding up:



So I need to tap another blind 6-32 hole on the back side of the motherboard tray to put a .25" tall standoff in. Braced against the bottom of the case, that will even out the motherboard tray (it's very heavy and tends to sag). For testing purposes I propped the motherboard up with a standoff, not using the threads (so .25" as if it were screwed in properly) to make sure I had everything right.

I tried my best to get a shot of the gap tolerance between the memory and the SSD....

This was the only angle I could get it from.



It's hard to make out at first because the bottom of the SSD is a mirror finish but there IS a gap there.

I've got Windows 8 Pro installed and up and running. I sent in for my free copy of Windows Media Center for Windows 8, just have to wait up to 72 hours for the e-mail from MS now.

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no paint! sandblast it & let it oxidize. coolsmiley.png

great work man... what are the dimensions? looks teeny. battery.gif

also, how did you blind-drill/tap the standoff holes? i imagine the thick material helps...

Overall dimension are 8 5/8" x 8 3/8" x 4 1/16". It fits one mATX motherboard, one 120mm x 25mm fan, and 1-2 SSDs (possibly 4 if I used the other side to mount 2 more, but I am pretty sure I can fit one more above where I have the first one before hitting the 120mm fan. Especially if I used a 120mm x 15mm fan.

I blind tapped the standoff holes using a drill bit with a wide tip angle (flatter) and I drilled ~7/32" deep then tapped using a bottoming tap (it has a flat tip and very short taper) that I flattened even more with some sand paper. It makes it a bit harder to start the tap but with a little pressure a patience it allows me to tap a bit deeper than the tap would allow unmodified.

The threads on the standoffs are 3/16" long for maximum stability so it has to be tapped at least that deep.
Edited by Shrimpykins - 1/9/13 at 9:55pm
 
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post #33 of 47
Looks amazing! A powder white would look nice on it biggrin.gif
 
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So I messed around with W8 for a while. Swapped back to 7 till I can get another license for it.

Tested all the wiring for the switches and it all works. I have the reset LED hooked up to the HDD LED header and the power switch to the Power LED header.

I made a terrible mistake when figuring this build. Apparently my TV doesn't support 1920x1080 through the VGA port and instead supports it only through HDMI inputs. Converting a VGA signal to a HDMI signal requires a converter and a good one that doesn't lag or stutter costs a good bit of money. Instead, I have just put some things up for sale that once sold should cover most of the costs of the motherboard and CPU upgrade.

The plan is to get a GIGABYTE GA-Z77N-WIFI LGA 1155 Intel Z77 and a Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz Dual-Core. It should also give me some more graphics power to run WMC and make sure playback is smooth.

WMC doesn't natively support MKV files or put them into your library and it doesn't put MP4's in your library even though WMC has the codec to play them so I dl'd a codec pack and did a registry hack to get WMC to display my MKV's and MP4's and I am working on getting it to recognize and play FLAC right now.
 
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Heyooo! 2 month update.

This thing has been sittin in my media room for a while now, been using a laptop. Been doing other things (lots of work, built a racing sim). Now to get back on track with this build.



Gigabyte Z77 mITX motherboard and I decided to get a 3570k instead of the 3225.
 
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built a racing sim)

Pics or it didn't happen (very interested) wink.gif
post #37 of 47
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Pics or it didn't happen (very interested) wink.gif

See pics here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1367415/best-bang-for-the-buck-for-my-racing-sim#post_19435635

Need to build a PC for it still.
 
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This project has been taking much longer than I hoped it would. I have been so busy at work lately (working 12 hour days cutting stuff on our plasma and building a whole separate upgrade table to replace our current plasma table) that I just haven't had any time to work on this.

So when I got everything mounted up with the new board I ran into a snag. The placement of the SSD ran into the new placement of the CPU cooler so I had to come up with a new way to mount it. My solution is two countersunk screws on the top lip of the case which will be hidden by the top.







Screws for mounting it are on the truck for delivery as is the matching 6-blade countersink bit.
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I also got the power brick to power the Pico-PSU in as well. The PSU is incredibly small and I see why. The power brick is equally incredibly BIG.




Edited by Shrimpykins - 4/3/13 at 10:07am
 
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This is very nice. Would love something just like this, matte black, with a slot BR drive fora HTPC.
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This is very nice. Would love something just like this, matte black, with a slot BR drive fora HTPC.

Thanks! That was something I had thought about but I convert all my media to digital form and put it on my server anyways so I didn't put one in this build. I do have a mod built for it that would allow for a slim-type disc drive so long as a 120x12mm fan is used instead of s x25mm.

I am still just trying to find time to finish this, it wouldn't take very long but any free time I get I have to spend designing other things like this:


 
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