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post #21 of 101
Very inspiring build! I've been planning for a while to build a case with integrated speakers. Do you plan to run the amplifier off the pc power supply or it's own adapter? Will you connect it directly to the motherboard's internal audio pins?
post #22 of 101
I've wanted to build a small portable desktop for a while now and once skylake comes out I've decided to go for it.
This is a very simple scale drawing of all the components:



One aim of the project is to try and keep it under 7.5kg so I'm not sure about what material to use to build the case. Initially I was thinking of using 2mm aluminium but this would make the case nearly 3kg. So then I started thinking about using either 2mm acrylic or polycarbonate which will weigh less than 1.5kg but with these materials would it be better to take a large flat sheet and bend it to make a case, cut and use an adhesive to put it together or screw all the pieces together?

Out of acrylic and polycarbonate which is the better material to go for, from what I've read the latter seems to be better but is there any reason why it wouldn't be good for a pc case?

Advice will be appreciated.
Thanks for reading.
post #23 of 101
hey emgray

You might want to try screw it together, adhesives tend to be well... permanent, and you will probably take it apart in the future. also do you intend to build it laptop style like OP's cause do you want your cable from the gpu sticking out the side? That's why photographer has his gpu and mobo recessed back, to allow for internal wiring. also you could reduce the thickness of the pc section possibly by using a sfx power supply? only 64mm high or a 1u server power supply like photographer, only 40mm.

sorry just leaving some suggestions smile.gif

Also looking forward to updates on Rover thumb.gif
post #24 of 101
I've come back to using aluminium again, this time at 1mm thickness so I do plan on not having it be permanently fixed together.

Having the motherboard and gpu connection inside the case is something that I've been thinking about and I was considering using 90 degree adapters for the ports so I wouldn't need to recess them as much.

I researched the exact model Seasonic 1u psu that Photograph is using as well as the 500W unit that comes with the EVGA Hadron case but a part of me wanted to use 'normal' parts which is why I chose the atx psu. Another reason is that I can install 25mm thick fans to feed air to the gpu and a 15mm thick fan for the cpu cooler if I had the height of the pc part be the same height as the psu. Otherwise I would have definitely gone for a ~50mm high case. SFX and the L version weren't considered because for 23mm more in height I could have better airflow as well as a higher rated psu. My completed case should only be 25mm taller than rover.


I don't wish to hijack this build thread with my project so I started my own thread about a day ago.
post #25 of 101


My try.
It's still in progress.
quite heavy and huge...
Edited by overclock888 - 8/4/15 at 7:54am
post #26 of 101
Interesting build, really like the concept.

J.
post #27 of 101
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the comments, as of today work has resumed. Lots of changes thanks to several months of time to think of new ideas. Pics and an update to follow shortly, as for me it is time to get some work done. thumb.gif
LAN ROVER
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Big Gray AL
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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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post #28 of 101
\o/ woot!
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post #29 of 101
Thread Starter 
So after months of using the guts in an ATX box as a HTPC, work has resumed!

Remembering where one left off after months away from as project is always a challenge, let alone finding all of the parts. Took a bit of digging in the shop but I found everything, and after re-antiquating myself with what needs to get done work resumed albeit slowly.

Since my last update my SLR camera suffered fatal damage at the hands of my nephew, so cell phone camera to the rescue at least for now. Please excuse the potato image quality doh.gif

The first thing I got to work on was the rear of the case, starting with where the hinges would mount.
I built the rear wood panel out of a piece of maple that was once a part of my grandmother's colonial maple desk, she bought it used in the 1930's so the tree it came from was likely cut down in the late 1800's. The desk was damaged in a basement flood when I was a kid, I kept using it until it began to fall apart when I was in University. I salvaged all of the undamaged wood and it has been waiting to be re-purposed since then. This may be the oldest component ever used on OCN smile.gif It will be bonded between the aluminum U-Channel at the rear of the case using carbon fiber resin, in the pic below it has not been "pressed and bonded" yet. The round cutouts in the center are for the hinge mechanisms, and the yellow item with the wires is the AC power socket.





The intake and exhaust vents have their mesh cut:





I have opted to downsize the PSU for now to a 250W 1U Seasonic. It is less than half the weight, and more than enough wattage for a system based around an i3 and a GTX 750 Ti.
ATX PSU on top, the 500W 1U and the 250 at the bottom:





More to come soon, as I want this done before the end of next month in time for winter.

Safety goggles on, let's get to work

Edited by Photograph - 10/26/15 at 11:12am
LAN ROVER
(7 items)
 
Big Gray AL
(7 items)
 
LANDO
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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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