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6.25L (was 5.05) ITX Billet Build

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I've been a lurker on these forums for a while and thought I wouldshare the build I have been working on. My goal is to have the most compact system possible with comfortable room for cable routing and ventilation. The overall dimensions are 101.6x203.2x244.5.


Motherboard: Asus Maximus VII Impact
CPU: I7 4790k
CPU Cooler: Thermolab ITX30
RAM: 16 GB GSKILL Sniper 2133
Videocard: Asus GTX 970 DirectCU Mini
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
PSU: Modified Sparkle Power 400w GOLD Flex ATX






I don't have any CAD or renderings to show. I'm a car designer by trade so I work with those everyday, this project is all about making things by hand and trying to teach myself how to machine.

Thanks!
post #2 of 43
Looking good! Love SFF builds, subbed!
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Yeah! I love me another DIY SFF gaming build thumb.gif Subbed..
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Aw yeah, some love for FlexATX! Good investment in the riser, too, that thing won't give you any headaches.
Judging from your spec list, there won't be any space for 2.5" drives, right? Not that you'd need it with a 1TB SSD biggrin.gif
post #5 of 43
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There's actually room for 2 7mm thick 2.5" drives next to the psu and under the gpu. Add the m.2 slot and I don't believe there will be an issue with storage. I was waiting on the 500w platinum in your thread but obviously there's going to be considerable lead time for new products. I've had some setbacks with machining the IO panel but should have some updates shortly.
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I'd watch the temp of any drives put next to the PSU.
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Originally Posted by platobrainchild View Post

There's actually room for 2 7mm thick 2.5" drives next to the psu and under the gpu. Add the m.2 slot and I don't believe there will be an issue with storage. I was waiting on the 500w platinum in your thread but obviously there's going to be considerable lead time for new products. I've had some setbacks with machining the IO panel but should have some updates shortly.

Yeah sorry about that, that's still in the making.
Hm SSDs may survive there, but I wouldn't put HDDs right under the GPU, that seems like a bad idea. They may survive it for quite a while, but it would probably reduce their lifespan significantly.

I'm thrilled to see your updates smile.gif
post #8 of 43
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So I've been pretty lazy and swamped with work lately I have run into some issues with the build.

First, I've blown through 5 pieces of billet trying to mill the rear io panel. Working on getting the depth right for finishing cuts.

Secondly, the 970 is pretty slow with my screen at the settings I want (3440x1440). So i bought an R9 Nano.

And finally, the PSU really isn't capable of supporting more than 220W without creating a noise that is disruptive to gameplay even with headphones on.

Because of all these things I have redesigned the layout. It now is 127x190x248mm. I will be using the SX-600G for my psu. Psu is now on top, but the motherboard and gpu will still be back to back.

I'll try to be less lazy. hopefully these next updates will come quicker now that I've done some testing.
post #9 of 43
Billet aluminum is gonna make that case so sturdy and classy. I'm trying to figure out how the CPU cooler is gonna get breathing room behind the PSU. Maybe turn the mobo back to back so they both get intake from the outside? Ah good, I see you are going with a back-to-back layout with the new design.

Also great choice on the R9 Nano. They have pretty good framerates for most games at your resolution. I feel 4k is quite not there yet for single GPU builds.

And moving to a SFX PSU-ah well. I guess it's inevitable if you are using a more powerful card.
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Thread Starter 
I'm moving to a Prolimatech Samuel 17 with a Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 14 fan. The powersupply even with a 970 is just too loud, even with a papst fan swapped for the stock fan. I like to think of these builds in terms of computing power per volume. Even though I increased the size from 5l to 6l, the overall space efficiency went up. Before it was 1 tflop/l with an overclocked 970 and now it's 1.33 tflop/l, so I'm not too disappointed.
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