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[SCRATCH] Photograph's LAN ROVER - 24" Supersized ITX Based Gaming Laptop (Updated Jan 8th)

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Hello Overclock.net I know it has been a really long time since my last worklog and recently I have had a few people ask if I have anything on the go PC project wise. As of this morning I am happy to say “hell yes!”, I am starting my most ambitious build yet.

Project LAN ROVER smile.gif



Current state of the project - Jan 8th - click here

New monitor arm in place



If you have followed any of my past build logs you will know I like try new things and build some very different machines in the process. I don't do normal, and I hope you like it that way. I have done plenty of builds lately but nothing I would consider a full on Mod until now.




Some Background on the Project

I had been looking at a gaming laptop for a while as a more portable option to my recently retired 24lb suitcase PC : LANDO.


LANDO: A 18" display equipped Suitcase PC that outlasted its suitcase

LANDO had been in use for almost three years now and the toolbox that it was built on has reached the end of its life with a few cracks starting in the acrylic deck, some loose rivets and dents and dings from a few careless airport baggage handlers and an all too often clumsy owner. That’s me of course tongue.gif

So a few months ago I got the go ahead from my better half to buy a new notebook. “Awesome” I thought, “Mobile gaming beast here I come!”


EXCELLENT!!... wait a sec

Well, not exactly as my wife was only cool with the cost of an entry level notebook, not a new gaming capable machine like an Asus ROG or something similar. So would this mean having to drag a tower and monitor to gaming events?

Trying to avoid being the dude on the left
ROVER is my attempt at not being the guy on the left, or the right for that matter.

And then two months ago I was given a pair of very broken MacBook Pros from a couple of family members to do as I wished with. A little homework, a few spare parts and a day off later I combined the two dead Macs into one perfectly functional notebook. Portable and useful? Of course and I am thankful for having a nice notebook. However it still isn’t gaming machine and is mostly dedicated to my work.


Just needed a little TLC, this one is not mine

So I was left with two options to ponder:
  1. Patch up LANDO and keep it in service a little longer, maybe with a new case
  2. Or use what would have been a entry level notebook budget and build a B.A.M.F. to replace LANDO


This is Overclock.net, and I am going with option number 2.


My kids do this when they have too much sugar


What to keep from LANDO


I started the plan for the Rover by making it address everything that bugged me about the LANDO build, and to keep and build upon everything I liked.

The list of what I liked is short, one item actually not counting portability.

  1. The ability to upgrade components cheaply and easily from standard desktop class parts.

This was the single best thing LANDO offered over a notebook option, that is about the only thing retained from the previous project. Gaming notebooks are nice, tidy and relatively light but they offer no real upgrade path and are very quickly out of date. And they usually cost double or triple what a desktop with comparable performance would. Thanks to my functional MacBook Pro there is no way to justify buying one now, desktop parts however are plentiful and inexpensive.

And now for the improvements to make over my previous project.
Edited by Photograph - 1/8/16 at 7:27pm
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ROVER Improvements

1 The weight factor, no mom jokes biggrin.gif

LANDO at 24lbs was a lot of computer to carry around, so a major weight loss program needed to be implemented throughout the design process. No clunky toolbox or starter case, only a purpose built lightweight enclosure made from strong low weight materials.

2 Feeling a little slow

The Sandy Bridge Core i3 2100 that I used in Lando is still a reasonably capable CPU for most tasks but the GTX 460 in there could use a replacement as it is an energy hog. So I started looking for a deal on something new and ended up picking up a combo of an i3 4330 with a Gigabyte H87N and a GeForce GTX 650Ti for $200 a few weeks ago. The 650Ti will go in my HTPC and the EVGA GTX 750Ti SC from there will go into ROVER.





So awesomely tiny!

Now these core parts are good enough for now, and effectively doubles the CPU and GPU performance over LANDO while cutting the power consumption in half! The GTX 750Ti is very efficient and runs cold even in Furmark, and it is surprisingly powerful even at stock as it can best my overclocked Radeon 6950 in almost every benchmark I throw at it. No PCIE power connections required at the moment but I will make sure two are available for any future upgrades.

The new core components used some of my limited budget so I reused some ram from my parts closet. 8Gb of DDR3 1600 is still plenty for almost anything I plan to do on this machine.


3 The Display

LANDO used a budget 18" analog panel (1366 x 768) and was merely adequate quality wise. And it was bulky and heavy. For this build I am going with a 24" digital 1080p IPS panel display from LG. A very significant improvement in resolution, viewing angles, and image quality. And it also weighs less than the old 18" by almost 100g, very impressive and it was on sale for half price as it was a display model and was missing the stand and has a tiny mark on the screen. The stand will not be needed and I can fix the mark.

A side by side comparison of ROVERs display beside LANDOs.






4 The Enclosure/Case

This is the biggest obvious area of change over the last machine as the first thing to fail was the old case.

The original toolbox was cheap, $5.00 at Home Depot] and though easy to cut holes where needed it was a piece of crap. It was listed as an aluminum toolbox on Home Depot's website but all of the case panels are actually just plastic laminated cardboard that wore quickly and was anything but rigid. Flex throughout the case proved to be a significant issue as LANDO aged, I was able to lift a corner by a centimeter or more before the rest of the case would begin to move. This was the eventual cause of retiring LANDO as sooner or later the flex would cause damage to the internal components.

LANDO: Not so nice inside, but it did the job for a while


ROVER: Will be MUCH nicer to look at and easier to access components for upgrades and cleaning



The new enclosure will be purpose built for long term durability providing good impact resistance and minimal weight for easier lug-ability. It will be wider but thinner than LANDO, and I am aiming for 3" tall even with the sub installed.

Here is a shot of the roughed out case skeleton, it should be 3" tall once I clean up the edges and joints:


For scale that is a red ITX board and a PGU in there, it is going to be a monster!



I have planned for a top and bottom deck made from polycarbonate or maybe aluminum bolted to a frame made of aluminum alloy with aluminum mesh panels and possibly carbon fiber reinforcements where or if required. Yes real carbon fiber, not that adhesive backed 3M vinyl junk that people plaster all over mice and cases that has no structural value.

Carbon fiber
Real Carbon Fiber, this is what I use to repair bike frames and ski equipment



4 A Sound System with a SUB!

LANDO did not have any built-in speakers and relied on carrying a headset or speakers around for any sound. Rover is going to have a built-in in 2.1 stereo system with volume controls on a dedicated T-Class amplifier with a built in 15w subwoofer. Additionally all internal audio cables will be shielded to maximize audio quality.


Starting Point for the built in speaker setup is an Eidifier Aurora


Extracted T-Class amp


The Amp and the sub will be used, only the control buttons will be kept from the left and right speakers as I have a pair of 2.5" Energy drivers with the same impedance to provide a noticeable sound quality improvement.

The Sub is mounted internally on a piece of clear poly:





5 Storage

Storage space and speed was another thing that needed an upgrade.

Lando featured a single 750Gb 7200rpm laptop drive. Rover will have a 240Gb Intel 730 Series SSD for the OS and a few programs and two 750Gb 7200rpm laptop drives for storage.

6 Input devices

Lando had an okay solution for an attached keyboard, it used snap caps bolted to the outside of the case that the keyboard mounted to when not in use. I plan to use a magnetic mounting system for the mouse and keyboard for this build, exactly how is still to be determined.

The Xbox wireless receiver will return but will be modified so that the sync button will be part of the case. Also seen below is the power socket and right angle PCIE x16 riser card to keep things flat.



7 Ergonomics

Monitor angle and position adjust-ability or the lack there of with the previous build caused a few issues. The non-locking hinges were not very safe for use anywhere but a tabletop, think about the weight of a monitor with square aluminum along the edges free falling down onto your hands. Now imagine having two little kids around and the situation gets to be a major concern. This caused LANDO to not see a lot of use at home when my kids are around.

I am building an adjustable pivot system to make the monitor fold flat for transport and storage, and to be easily opened and stay where positioned just like a display hinge on a notebook but much bigger.
It will also have a second adjustable pivot behind the display like what is commonly found on desktop displays. This will make using the screen on desks and tables of various heights and lighting situations much easier.

8 Power

The 400w Corsair with the case stripped off PSU from Lando is not coming back for this build. Instead this build will use a Seasonic SS-500L1U modular 80 Plus Gold rated 500w 1U server PSU. The old Corsair worked well enough but something that not everyone noticed was that Lando didn't have much of any electromagnetic shielding. This was the most likely cause of some very noticeable buzzing issues with analog audio output and relatively poor wireless network performance. The bare PSU was more than likely the biggest contributor to the problem and the PSU used for this build will keep its steel casing. It also features an all modular cable design so I won't have to decide between cutting off connectors and carrying extra weight.

LANDOs Electromagnetic Interference Device that also doubles as an ATX PSU


ROVER has a much more efficient modular unit with full sheilding, and it is a lot smaller than an ATX PSU thumb.gif





9 Network

As stated much of the chassis will be aluminum with plenty of mesh throughout so that will provide additional emi shielding to the unit. The wireless network will get around this with an antenna extension that will be mounted within the back of display pivot assembly outside of the aluminum chassis.

10 Cooling

For cooling Lando had four 120mm axial fans, three of which were thin 10mm thick models offering little airflow for their diameter. And they made the deck of the machine look like a range top stove and more holes means the increased possibility of objects falling into the case and running fans.
Yes, that happened numerous times.


LANDOs stove-top air intakes


I plan for Rover to have two 120mm fans, they are a pair of Delta rotary blower fans from my server parts collection that can move much more air than most axial fans, and they blow the air horizontally instead of vertically reducing the height requirement and moving the air in the right direction from the start. A fan controller is unnecessary with just two fans, they will be a set and forget item unless needed.


CD for scale, sorry no bananas on hand today

CPU cooling has also gone lower profile, instead of the Scythe Big Shuriken I opted to try out a Noctua NH-L9i this time around.









11 Additional Changes

LANDO had a less than optimal drive activity indicator LED that was out of sight on the back left. Sometimes I want to know what my drives are doing, so Rover will have a subtle HDD status LED that shines through a polycarbonate panel near the front of the case somewhere.
Edited by Photograph - 2/9/15 at 7:16am
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I am also dying for designs of desktop with reasonable priced components that can be carried easily.
Lando enlightens me deeply.
Rover project must be amazing!!!

In Taiwan, the LG 24MP55HQ-P costs about 173.23USD.
how about the rover's?
Edited by overclock888 - 1/31/15 at 12:32pm
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Loved Lando, really excited to see how this turns out thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by overclock888 View Post

I am also dying for designs of desktop with reasonable priced components that can be carried easily.
Lando enlightens me deeply.
Rover project must be amazing!!!

In Taiwan, the LG 24MP55HQ-P costs about 173.23USD.
how about the rover's?

Thanks and I am glad you like the idea. I picked up the monitor for $100 Canadian a few months ago, that is about $90 US but came without a stand and a few minor cosmetic flaws. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by aerodynamicfish View Post

Loved Lando, really excited to see how this turns out thumb.gif

Thanks man, this is already turning out better than LANDO smile.gif
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Building the case part one: Layout and Aluminum Skeleton

Figuring out where everything will end up is always the most challenging part of making a case from scratch, this project adds even more to the equation as I also have to make sure it is rugged and mobile and that the monitor is kept safe and the ports clean when in transit.

Fitting everything into a 13 Liter space should not be too much a challenge, I have made smaller machine and seen some on here that are super tiny. The case could have been made a 1.0 to 1.5cm shorter in height but the subwoofer enclosure and speakers need a minimum internal height of 6 cm in order to fit.

The skeleton of the case will be made from good old aluminum door trim, inexpensive and easy to find. Carbon fiber will be used as a laminating material on joints and corners. The rear of the case will be a piece of maple salvaged from an antique desk that reached the end of its useful life a few years ago. The tree that this piece of wood came from was cut down in the early 1900’s, it is by far the oldest thing I have ever used in a case mod. The LCD hinges, a carrying handle and the AC power socket will all be mounted in the maple along with an opening for the subwoofer to vent sound through.

Why wood on a machine with so much metal and composite materials planned? Simple. It is the best material for the job in this part of the case. I need a 20mm thick but easy to work with material to mount the display hinges and provide a rigid base that will bear the entire weight of the unit when carried. Machining something out of aluminum would have been ideal but prohibitively expensive, and a solid piece of polycarbonate would be even heavier than wood and very expensive even without any CNC laser work. Carbon fiber over some aluminum lugs could be a great option for this kind of part but at the moment I lack the necessary tools and associated engineering degree to pull it off tongue.gif

Aluminum pieces freshly cut!


Pictures of a piece of wood to come

The layout in LANDO worked well but caused a few components to overlap, such as longer video cards hovering over top of the hard drive.


At the moment with the current layout Rover can fit a 21cm long video card with two six pin PCIE power connections available if eventually needed.



I tried a bunch of ideas out to see what would fit well using the monitor dimensions as a constraint, all of these plans went out the window when I replaced the bare PSU with the 1U SeaSonic.

Old PSU




And now a few ideas with the new PSU



Oh, I did not have a junk ITX board around so I made one from an old socket 478 with a little help from my chop saw thumb.gif

Instant ITX dummy board!

I finally settled on this general layout:



Initially I was going to mount the subwoofer externally but opted to keep it inside the case for protection and to be honest it will just look better without a big black tube hanging off of one side somewhere. I chose to keep the sub inside of its enclosure as I would have to build an enclosure for it with the same volume anyways to keep the sound quality the same. And thanks to the bass being unidirectional the sub could be moved to almost anywhere in the case, it has ended up being on the far right with external vents in the rear of the case and on the top deck.




I am planning to make the core PC component mounting locations flexible to allow me to easily keep using the case in the event that component standards change or a new internal layout is needed in the future. Thanks to the 7cm of usable internal height I can mount the motherboard, GPU and drives on standoff equipped “sleds” that can be removed, re-positioned or reoriented as needed. The sleds will be made from polycarbonate instead of acrylic to allow for better thread strength and crack resistance, at this point it looks like I will try to get all my plastic parts laser cut. This will be my first foray into having things cut by machine, at this point I just have to get some pricing from a few local laser shops and finalize my vector files.

Pictures to come


The outside of the case will be made of laser cut polycarbonate panels that will be bolted to the aluminum skeleton with button head socket caps. There will be six panels; a top, a bottom, and four sides.

Panels
  • The top panel will have very few vents and openings, very much unlike its predecessor. The LED case lighting will be underneath this panel as it is planned to be translucent white.
  • The bottom will have an intake vent for the GPU and and audio vent for the subwoofer.
  • The left side will be the primary air intake with four 60mm axial fans on a common fan controller, these fans will blow cool air continuously over the motherboard and GPU.
  • The right side will be the exhaust.
  • The rear will cover and protect the maple underneath and provide a uniform appearance.
  • And the front panel will have all of the controls, ports and speaker grills.

All ports will be accessed externally, no random opening to the motherboard like the last project. The ports and controls will likely be together on the front panel.

Ports
  • 6 external USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 analog audio in and 1 out Oct 25th - "Smurf" analog audio, all my headsets are USB!
  • 1 HDMI out connection for hooking up additional monitors or TVs.


Switches
  • Vandal switch for PC power
  • X-Box 360 wireless sync button integrated into panel
  • Two or three separate power switches for the speakers and built in LED case lights
  • Volume up and down for internal speakers

Pictures to come

Edited by Photograph - 10/25/15 at 5:35pm
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Building the case part three: Monitor mount

This is the part of the project that really makes this a portable machine, and the biggest design challenge of the project. I want the monitor to fold flat and stay where positioned like a notebook, and to have an extra axis of adjustment for fine tuning the viewing angle. So I went to my parts bin and went through all of my notebook hinge spares, none were even close to being strong enough to handle the weight of a 24", so I started looking at heavier duty options for the main hinges.

What kind of hinge is made to handle a heavy load, be super durable, open and close in a controlled manner, stay where positioned and not weigh or cost too much? headscratch.gif

The answer: A heavy duty vertical cupboard hinge, the ones I bought also have the "controlled close" feature to prevent any slamming of the monitor.
Heavy duty vertical cupboard hinges


It was easy to find via the local hardware store and met all the criteria but one: staying where positioned.

That little problem was solved on the same trip to the hardware store, an adjustable brake unit also meant for vertical cupboard doors. It is a little big but is very well made, works beautifully and is very adjustable. It opens with very little effort, but stays where positioned and that is awesome! That takes care of the main hinge, the secondary hinge behind the LCD will be made from a chopped up desktop monitor stand from my pile of old and unused stands.

Hinge Clutch


The wireless antenna will be built into the arm that attaches the two hinge sections some white LEDs for monitor backlighting will also be built into the monitor arm. LCD power and DVI cables will also rout through the monitor arm. The arm itself will be made from a plywood core with aluminum edging and covered with a front and rear polycarbonate panel. The monitor mount will be a standard VESA 75 & 100 setup, it happens that I have a few pre drilled wall mount plates that could be used for this.

Wireless Antennas
WIFI antennas


I considered putting USB ports onto the arm but I doubt they would see much use back there and would just further complicate an already very busy space. The arm may extend past the monitor to have a latch of some kind to keep the screen closed and secure when being carried. The plastic on the back of the LCD is quite thin and may need to have a protective cover of some sort back there, maybe clear or white poly possibly with led backlighting behind it. If it does have backlighting there will be a power switch just for the LEDs there.

Switches, yes three of them. PC Power, LED power, and Audio power.
Switches

Loads of external port hookups so accessing the motherboard directly is not needed
external port headers



Before anyone asks if I am going to build a battery into the machine. The first thing to die in every laptop I have ever owned is the stupid battery. Apple, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Asus and MSI all had their batteries swell, quit charging, leak, and wear out too damn fast.

Batteries are for vibrators, not LAN rigs.

I very rarely use my laptop when not plugged in, my Android tablet or phone are better option when on the go.

It was -35°C here for the last few weeks so I took some time to make a few modifications to the layout to allow for a full sized video card to be a future option. The card in the Sketchup models below is a GTX Titan, if it fits most anything else will.










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Oh man, subbed to this one too!

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Want to do this so bad! Subbed to see where it goes!

Thanks guys, I hope with spring on the way I can get back to some real work on this machine thumb.gif
Edited by Photograph - 3/12/15 at 8:20am
LAN ROVER
(7 items)
 
Big Gray AL
(7 items)
 
LANDO
(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3 4330 Gigabyte H87N-USB3 EVGA Geforce GTX 750 Ti SSC Kingston HyperX 
Hard DriveOSCase
Intel 730 Windows 10 CUSTOM ROVER 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790K Asus Gene Z97 EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Kingston HyperX 
Hard DriveOSCase
Intel 730 Series 480Gb Windows 10 Lian Li PC-V1020 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3 2100 Zotac H67-ITX MSI GeForce GTX 460 8GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 2.5" 750Gb 7200RPM SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Asus VH197D Gigabyte Cordless 
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Modded Corsair 400W Heavily Modded $5 Sctatch and dent sale Plano T... Corsair HS1 
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LAN ROVER
(7 items)
 
Big Gray AL
(7 items)
 
LANDO
(11 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3 4330 Gigabyte H87N-USB3 EVGA Geforce GTX 750 Ti SSC Kingston HyperX 
Hard DriveOSCase
Intel 730 Windows 10 CUSTOM ROVER 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790K Asus Gene Z97 EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Kingston HyperX 
Hard DriveOSCase
Intel 730 Series 480Gb Windows 10 Lian Li PC-V1020 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3 2100 Zotac H67-ITX MSI GeForce GTX 460 8GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate 2.5" 750Gb 7200RPM SATA Windows 7 Pro x64 Asus VH197D Gigabyte Cordless 
PowerCaseAudio
Modded Corsair 400W Heavily Modded $5 Sctatch and dent sale Plano T... Corsair HS1 
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Wow this looks awesome subbed for sure.

Question about your screen, are you leaving it in its cover or are you taking it out and mounting it in a custom case?

I am currently in the process of making my own custom laptop and was curious how you intend to do it.
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