As of February 27th, I have changed the color scheme of this build!
Surprisingly enough, it was my mother who suggested the change! I will be keeping with the original brushed red aluminum case. That means new cables, no paint, new heatsinks, etc. Because of the change of color scheme, I had to rename the rig: StompBox (yes, after the Qemest song!)
So how did this project come along? Well I had an absolute blast creating my ACU Camo big rig, however after putting in most of the components and fluid it weighs in somewhere around 50 pounds. I'm at friends houses for LAN Parties and other shenanigans almost every weekend and transporting this massive rig in both back seats of my small VW Jetta was a pain in the butt. A lot of people are doing mITX builds lately, and I wanted to join the crew to create a small but powerful LAN box to take to friends houses and whatnot.
This build is going to be relatively short, as there aren't even close to as many mods as my previous build. However I'm definately going for cleanliness on this one. Because everything is so small, even the smallest details need to be attended to. Another thing to note about this rig is that most of the parts are going to be bought used, I have a very strict budget of $250USD. The catch is that trades don't count, so if I trade somebody a waterblock for a CPU, that won't count towards the $250 budget. The final and most important thing: I am aware that some parts are overkill and other parts cause bottlenecks. I have enough experience to realize these faults, however like I said before, this is a budget rig and many if not most of the parts were actually traded for. So hopefully I have your attention, I'll turn you over to the parts list:
Case: Lian Li Q06R Mini-ITX Bench-Purchased from FrozenCPU
Motherboard: Foxconn G-41S-K "Extended" ITX Motherboard-Purchased from eBay
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600-Purchased from Schmuckley @ OCN
RAM: Not Purchased
Graphics: PNY GTX480 XLR8-Traded with dmanstasiu @ OCN
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 650W Power Supply-Traded for at TechPowerUp!
Hard Drive: Not Purchased
Cooling: Black Ice GTS 120, Old EK Copper/Plexi Blocks, Alphacool Ceramic Pump-Half Purchased...
Other: PCI-e Network Adapter-Not Purchased
Cut Display Window: FINISHED 2/6/13
Modify Power Supply Asthetically/New Power Supply FINISHED 3/6/13
Modify Bench to fit GTX480: FINISHED 3/5/13
Custom audio speaker front panel
Custom Water Cooling Loop
Here's are some beginning pictures of the case. I'll post personal pictures when I get a chance to update this this weekend:
Edited by WebsterXC - 3/6/13 at 6:10pm