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post #1 of 34
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Sup guys and gals! Looking into building my own case for the first time ever. This will most definitely be a long and tedious task but I thought I'd go a head and start my thread just to show it off.

For now I unfortunately only have the layout of the parts. Plan on building the case AROUND the parts and just see how it goes.

I've designed it to be completely water cooling friendly...to an extend. Since I am building this for personal use I've decided on certain design factors that might NOT make this a runaway smash hit. For one I'm incorporating dual SLIM all-in-one water coolers (think Kuhler 620) with single push OR pull fan configurations. No space really for thicker rads or push and pull fan setups. This might not sit so well with a lot of people, though considering the size I'm trying to accomplish this is just a necessity. Power supply COULD be an issue as well. I plan on using the 600 watt that comes with the SG08 I currently own which measures 140mmx86mmx150mm...the same measurements as the Corsair shown in the pictures...don't know if this is standard or not. Will investigate further.

The most exciting thing about this case is that I'm going to try and incorporate a PCI slot opposite side of the main slots. I'm doing this, as you can see from the pics, for use of expansion cards (such as sound cards) using a mini-PCI Express to 1x PCI-Express slot adapter OR for anything really so long as it's single slot. This is something I know I have always wanted and I'm sure many can appreciate.

Basic design includes:

Dual all-in-one slim 120mm water coolers with single fan (push or pull)
PCI expansion slot biggrin.gif
Any sized video card (7970 in pictures)
Single 3.5 inch HDD and dual 2.5" HDD/SDD
Side mounted optical drive
Four front USB slots (2x2.0 and 2x3.0) (just two shown for now)
Front headphone and mic
Front power and restart buttons (not shown)
Full or partial mesh top and sides for air ventilation.

So here are some pictures showing the component layout...all I have right now, but hopefully will have more soon!

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PLEASE feel free to use this design or contribute any way you can! I'm not the greatest with measurements or CAD but if you are and you enjoy this stuff I sure could use the help! thumb.gif

Here is a MediaFire link to the SketchUp model I currently have made:

Layout.skp - 25MB

Again, if you can help in any way I'd greatly appreciate it!

Thanks for looking and stay tuned for me!
Edited by AndroidVageta - 1/14/13 at 12:50pm
post #2 of 34
The problem is you only have 1 pci-e slot but you want to have 2 pcie devices.
You will find it VERY hard to hit all of that hardware into a small place.
You will want to cut down all of the psu cables.
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post #3 of 34
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No no...I will be using the miniPCI-Express on my motherboard (which currently has a wireless card) with a miniPCI-Express to 1x PCI-Express adapter like this:

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It goes from the miniPCI to a regular 1x PCI-express slot. Either way it could always be used for other things like Firewire or USB expansion brackets or anything really.

As far as space goes this isn't an issue. I currently have a Silverstone SG08 with dual water coolers...so limited space I am used to...plus isn't cable management half the fun?! biggrin.gif

Also, the power supply I use now already has short cables since it was built for the SG08 specifically.
post #4 of 34
You should name it Sardines. biggrin.gif

I'm exited to see this develop. I'll also caution about cables & tubing... make sure you not only have a cohesive plan for routing and placement, but also a way to install everything. For instance you'll need room for the 90-deg power cable between the PSU & ODD. You also need a place for air to exit, assuming both rad fans will be intakes.

You might also want to buy the front IO panel you're going to use so you can make accurate measurements. Lian Li makes a bunch. Once you're 1,000% committed (not a typo tongue.gif ) you should also buy the rest of the gear so you can take your own measurements. I found SKP Warehouse model dimensions are regularly incorrect. Not hugely, but enough to be frustrating. Set your tolerances in SKP (if you haven't already) to .001 mm. You'll thank me later.

Keep us posted! thumb.gif
 
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post #5 of 34
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Oh yeah! This DEFINITELY is FAR from complete. For cables I'm not too worried honestly. There's plenty of room all around if you take in consideration of the space between the back of the GPU and power supply. There is also plenty of space for cable storage on top of the hard drives.

Tubing I'm not worried either...it is flexible and and can really just go anywhere in the case. Not worried about tubing placement, as long as it isn't resting against components and what not it should be fine.

The cooling will work by the radiators PULLING air through the radiators and OUT of the case. Will make the sides mesh/cut outs so air can naturally be pulled in. Also, the GPU in the picture has the cooler on it. In the final version the card will be bare minus the pump/block...so there will be room for a fan there. It'll all basically work like my SG08 now...which cools perfectly fine. Not as well as a full sized ATX case using the same coolers, but definitely better than air.

Keep in mind, I'm building this for looks and features more than uber cooling.
post #6 of 34
Dude this will be shiny as hell if you could actually pull this off. Thumbs up !
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post #7 of 34
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Oh, believe me, it WILL get built. All in due time...all in due time...wink.gif
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I don't understand the dual all-in-one water coolers. One for the CPU and the other for the GPU ? Also, I'm afraid of the PSU exhaust blocked by the optical drive.

That's all I've got. Have fun, it's going to be a hell of fun to mount all the pieces in this tiny place. tongue.gif
Edited by Benbass - 5/18/13 at 11:19am
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subbed for sure biggrin.gif
 
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post #10 of 34
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Yeah, the dual coolers are there for the CPU and GPU.

The PSU will vent out the front. Will have to reverse the fan. Thinking the fan sucking air over the components and blowing it out will do just as well. The one I'll be using is 600 watts, so I'm sure my current hardware won't be stressing it too badly.
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