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FINAL PICS!!!

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post #2 of 18
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So I wanted to have a decent little gaming rig again. Problem is I'm having to do it with almost no budget, and it has to fit into the tower cabinet of my desk. So that is where we start.

Currently I’m running a very light weight system; an i3-3225, on an ASUS P8H77-I m-ITX board, in a Lian Li PC-Q07. On-board HD4000 graphics and 8Gb memory.


This is the space I have to work with; (the i3 guts are still sitting there while I get ready to do surgery!!)


Im basically doing this with only a couple hundred bucks after reselling my current board and processor. Only a few of my current components are being reused. Namely the memory and the case. I’ve been having to do my searching for bargains in the parts I need to buy. Here is what I have come up with thus far.



I5-3570K, cus if I’m going to switch to and i5 I might as well as be able to OC the thing.
ASRock Z77E-ITX, I basically got this for a song ($20 on Craigslist) because the guy was having bios reset issues. Turned out the battery holder had broken away from the board. Repair and re-solder, BOOM works perfectly.
Rosewill 630W PSU.
EVGA GTX 960 SSC, Basically brand new.
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Originally I was planning on only grabbing an i5-3550, reusing my current mother board and add the GPU. Then I would stuff everything in a Cooler Master Elite 130 with an h50 and call it a day. When I started trying to find a upper tier non K i5 I was finding I would have to spend between $130-150 on the bay. I stumbled upon the K chip as a buy it now and just couldn't pass up the offer. So I then wasn't going to use a 3570k with out being able to OC it. thus began the search for the Z77 board. Options are limited and expensive for the SFF Z77 stuff. So lets just say when I scored the ASRock I was beyond stoked.

So Then started the problem with the case and cooling. With the CM 130 It was basically going to be a hot box inside a box... Bot what I would call efficient. And thus killing off the OCing potential. Other case options were either too expensive (yes for this build a $60-100 case is blowing my budget in the wrong spot.) or was too big for the space in my desk which only measures 10.75"w by 14"h.

So here is the plan. The Lian Li is going to be set on its side, narrowed to 10" and shortened down to about 5". I'm going to mount the MOBO and the GPU on the top of the case w/ the PSU and drives internal. Seeing as I want a good OC out of the i5 I'm having to offset the GTS with an extender to make clearance for a full size tower cooler.

Basically its going to look like a small box with a big as$ cooler and a GPU on it. thumbsupsmiley.png Using this design I can get maximum effective cooling out of the space I have available.
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post #4 of 18
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SURGERY!!!

Case marked up for size reduction.
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Too late to turn back now.
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Temporarily assembled. Now I have to make the thing whole again.
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post #5 of 18
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Not much Interest in this little mod but I'm going to post for $**ts & giggles anyways.

Decided on the cooler. Thermalright Macho Rev B




The case is all put back together and is awaiting body work and paint. Got the New top plate fitted with stand-offs and test fitted the motherboard. Just have to drill for wiring access.






And lastly I decided to not go with a full backplate for the I/O. This is a pretty singular purpose box and wont accommodate anything more than an ITX in this config. So I just opted to just Fab up a support bracket for the GPU.
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post #6 of 18
Looks like an interesting idea to say the least.
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post #7 of 18
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Sounds like a nice way of saying "What the Eff are you doing?" thumb.gif

And thanks, basically me just getting bored and being cheap!
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post #8 of 18
Well you have to work with what you have and the space available.

Makes me think of lian-li's "test bench"(Li PC-Q06), but nicer looking.

Have you seen this one?
http://www.overclock.net/t/1552099/case-mod-designs-ongoing-design-thread/0_40#post_23821235

It has a similar hardware on top design, but is larger and shrouded in clear Acrylic.
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post #9 of 18
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I actually tried to track down a PC-Q06 but no luck. And actually the whole thing would have been too tall with the monster CPU cooler. Had to eliminate the rom drive to make the over all height work for me.

Taylor's Design is pretty kickass if he can pull it off. Seems like he is doubting himself now. Scratch builds are fun to design. Before I went SFF a couple years ago the same space (Little more vertical available then) Was slated for a pull out water-cooled SB-E monster. Would have been fun to finish that one. but needed all the cash from the components elsewhere. Hence how I ended up with the light weight ITX system that is now getting the upgrade.

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post #10 of 18
I have never done a scratch build.

Maybe one day I will give it a try.
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