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Initial Design sketch

I have an addiction to building all these scratch cases but yet I get bored so quickly of them or find some flaws in them.
My last scratch build "powered up" was awesome but it ended up being too wide for my liking.

So here i am back at it. I've been designing this case for a few months now. I will be incorporating my previous parts that I already have as well as a few new items. Basically a case transplant.

I wanted to go with something with as much room as I absolutely needed with the things that I already have. Which, sadly haappens to be large Everything... Lol.
So the case was built around the height of my 360mm UT60 mainly. But it is an itx build.
So lets get to it.

Parts list
Hardware:
  • CPU: Intel i5 4690k
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte z97-n gaming 5
  • Memory: Avexir Blitz 1.1 DDR3 2400 (2 x 4GB)
  • SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 120GB
  • GPU: EVGA GTX760SC 2GB Blower cooler watercooled with modded blower shroud and EVGA Backplate.(hopefully an upgrade soon)
  • PSU: Corsair RM850 (Sleeved Extensions for MB and GPU


Cooling:
  • CPU : Swiftech Apogee XL
  • GPU: EK Thermosphere and Alphacool ramsinks with evga backplate
  • Rads: Alphacool UT60 360mm and xspc 280mm280mm
  • Pmmp: EK DCP 2.2
  • Fans : 7x 120mm Aerocool Dead Silence fans, 2x corsair AF140 and a thermaltake commander Hub.
  • ANd a 250mL Bitspower Z-Multi. (possibly changing to another reservoir.


Materials:
  • Case - 20g Sheet Steel
  • Brackets, supports - Aluminum angle
  • Partition/shrouds/motherboard panel - Plexiglass
  • Side Panel - Plexiglass

I've already gotten started on some things so here is a glimpse of what's going on as of right now!



Lots of work ahead of me! Cutting drilling sanding painting wrapping and mounting! Stay tuned!
Edited by spacetoast31 - 10/20/15 at 12:04pm
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Reserved for finals!
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post #3 of 35
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Originally Posted by spacetoast31 View Post

So here i am back at it. I've been designing this case for a few months now.

Looking forward to your next build, but I need to ask some quick questions first:

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Originally Posted by spacetoast31 View Post


Is that a galvanized sheet? It reflects like a galvanized and/or zinc sheet. Looks like a plasma cutter being used.

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Did you weld the corners of said galvanized sheet? I see flash marks and spatter indicative of MIG welding.

If the answer to either question is "yes", my next post will be this reference. I don't mean to lecture, just don't want you to get sick spacetoast. exclamation.gif We gotta look out for each other.

If you only TIG welded some docile aluminum, then of course disregard this post.
post #4 of 35
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Originally Posted by teashelves View Post

Looking forward to your next build, but I need to ask some quick questions first:
Is that a galvanized sheet? It reflects like a galvanized and/or zinc sheet. Looks like a plasma cutter being used.
Did you weld the corners of said galvanized sheet? I see flash marks and spatter indicative of MIG welding.

If the answer to either question is "yes", my next post will be this reference. I don't mean to lecture, just don't want you to get sick spacetoast. exclamation.gif We gotta look out for each other.

If you only TIG welded some docile aluminum, then of course disregard this post.

There are. Lot of yes's to those questions. But there's a no. Basically yes to all of the above except I was not the one doing the welding. A guy I know did it for me. He has a shop in his garage and everything was in the open so any fumes made were released within reasonable distance from myself.
The plasma cutter is super awesome. I'm gonna give it a try the next time around. This time was only on scrap. I will also be doing all of my cutting/drilling etc outside. Yea they were mig welded. I didn't do a good job at separating all of the responses, but in short response, all is well, I'm very safe when it comes to modding and whatnot!
Thanks for the looking out!

I found out a little trick today though, since finding u/c channel edge moulding is near impossible to find besides online, I took an old cord, (the one I used was an old svideo cable) cut a slit about an inch down the 6ft cable to the core, grabbed the core out and pulled slowly basically leaving the shield coating. And BAM, whatever color moulding your heart desires lol
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post #5 of 35
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Small update here... I Have mounted some temporary feet (properlocation) to keep the case elevated so it doesn't
A) scratch surfaces
B) get in to anything wet causing rust etc.

I have everything drawn out where it needs to be. Grill are being done by V1 Tech. I'll update more soon.





This is a preview of a nice aesthetically pleasing addition!
(BTW, the lighting makes it look pink bit its white carbonfiber vinyl)

Edited by spacetoast31 - 10/14/15 at 12:35pm
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post #7 of 35
I wish I had a garage.
post #8 of 35
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Did a quick mockup of the layout.


I have gotten everything drilled And all the other parts marked to be cut as well. Im waiting on a few deliveries. Mainly this one!
No more fighting a jigsaw and a file trying to get fan holes cutout.


I forgot to take some pics last night of all the other parts that are ready. I have to get the rest of my plexi panels ordered/cut soon too.

Also orderend my 10 port fan hub. As well as my sleeved sata power and data cables.

Hopefully i can get this done in the next few weeks. Im trying hard not to rush anything. Just measuring a lot and taking my time. But heres a couple of quick pics.

Here is one of getting the surprise panel done.
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post #9 of 35
I like myself some original mITX rigs, and this seems to be one of them. Subbed!
post #10 of 35
It's progressing well! Good documentary photos too
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