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[Scratch Build] ITX Raven-like case

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Introduction
Hi everyone. After beeing absent from hi-end computing, moding, overclocking @ other cool stuff for ~5 years because of my two little daughters, I recently browsed some HW websites and I'm in again at the fullest biggrin.gif
Just in time before skylake hits the shelves, I was wondering, what kind of computer should I build. I almost hit the buy button with Bitfenix Prodigy, then Xigmatek Aquila, then Prodigy, then Parvum. Oh my, I was so torn between the choices. But the little worm in my head was still there, saying: I don't like how this and that is done in every commecial case. This shoul be redone and so on. So I had decided, it is time to make my own case with the layout I dreamt before!

The case

I had this layout of case in mind for a long time, I'm not trying to make something very inovative or something stylish, I prefer function over the looks. The greatest debate was what materials should I use. I like the colored plexi used at Parvum, but the spaces between the hexagons would have to increase and I didn't want that. However I liked the mass of the panels so I have looked into delrin and aluminium. The side frame is from aluminium for sure, it is 1x1cm bar, serving as support and feet. Panels are in current state from 5mm thick material, but if I go to aluminium I will shrink it to 3mm. The motherboard and GPU is to be attached to another alu pillars. The case is ready for an atx powwer supply, however I just bought Silverstone SFX-L power supply so I might shring the case a little. The GPU is mounted on a pcie extender in a way that it is thermaly separated from the rest of the components. I have made the case ready for watercooling with two radiators - one 240mm on left side and 120mm on right side. There is no place for any hard drive as I will be using M2 ssd that will sit on board, however there is plenty of space at the back of mobo to hold two 3,5" drives. Pictures speaks better than me:







Outer dimensions are 380mmx176x305mm (~20l). The case can hold itx board, any sized atx power supply (only standard lenght with wc), gpu up to 290mm, and wc as seen in the pictures. The funny thing is that with air cooling I can go to matx and SLI/CF but that would require different top panel and larger vents on back side. The cooling should be very good as the gpu is separated from other components and it is getting fresh air directly.

Current state
At the moment I'm polishing some details in the model and I have send inquiries to companies that laser cuts. I have received one quotation for 100€ to cut all panels in 3mm aluminium, the frame and pillars would cost less than 10€. I will powdercoat all parts with white and aquatic color probably. I'm still waiting for a quotation of delrin based side panels as it would be very interesting to make some engraving into them. The front panel will be from 5mm glass (or smoke glass), I'm modeling some holders atm for it. The gpu is held by two aluminium stripes to the pillars, I will not bother with bracket mounting. The mobo IO panel will stay as a cutout too.

Any comments welcomed thumb.gif
post #2 of 9
Looks like a slick little case! I've been trying to find something similar so I could house a 240/120mm custom loop. I think I may end up designing something on my own as well. Good luck!
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I don't want to stop you doing something awesome, but have you seen this: Hex Gear?
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Originally Posted by SimonOcean View Post

I don't want to stop you doing something awesome, but have you seen this: Hex Gear?
Yes of course wink.gif I like their case but it is just too big for my needs and would need a lot of work to be THE one. As I wrote before - I'm not trying to come with something new, I have borrowed many ideas from other builds - I have choosen hexagons as they offer best balance between open space for air and protection/sturdiness. The looks is just a bonus thumb.gif
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Cool Concept! thumb.gif
Main Rig
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Asus Z87-A MSI GTX 970 ADATA XPG V2 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SSD 840 EVO  Seagate 1TB Switftech H320 Windows 7 
PowerCase
Corsair GS600 Danger Den Tower 21 
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Main Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 4790k Asus Z87-A MSI GTX 970 ADATA XPG V2 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SSD 840 EVO  Seagate 1TB Switftech H320 Windows 7 
PowerCase
Corsair GS600 Danger Den Tower 21 
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post #7 of 9
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Some goodies arrived today, upgrade from Q6600 to 6600K biggrin.gif
now that supid wait for decent ITX board mad.gif



I also received quotes for laser cuts from delrin and plexi glass, funny thing is - they are the same as aluminium! 100€ for all 5 panels. Now they are making it hard for me to decide... I will probably let them cut one side from delrin to test it, even the guy from laser didn't know how the hexagons would behave so he offerd me to do test first. This is very nice from him so I will hopefully post some pictures next week.
post #8 of 9
I think the new EVGA ITX board looks pretty good. We'll have to see when they start rolling out, though.
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Looks interesting! Subbed!thumb.gif
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