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Hello once again.
So in the past year I have been doing some designing and creating some small cases in wood, acrylic, and aluminium.
Some have failed, others worked great. However those that worked just wasn't good enough for me.

But I think this one comes close biggrin.gif
It follows my last project: Project RAW which worked just fine, but when a SFX PSU had been installed the cables would have taken most of the view, and the GFXs waterblock is difficult to see.
Also I didn't need ATX support neither SLI or CF. So when I got a good offer on the motherboard and case, I sold them an began designing a case better suited for me.

This case is supposed to be small and really show off the hardware with their lovely waterblocks (hopefully with Meyhams Aurora in them).

Let us begin thumb.gif

The case is made of 3.0mm aluminium with 4.0mm plexiglass fronts. All of which is laser cut just as all my latest cases:


(The top is missing in the picture).

Now to cut out all the smalls pieces and get it assembled... An hour or four later:


The pieces is connected by a "T slots" which I also used in previous cases with M3 bolts and nuts (see above).

The bottom (in my situation):


Fan grill design was inspired from HEXGEAR biggrin.gif

With plexi installed using 11 Parvum modding cubes:


As some may have noticed, a removable handle is placed on the back which is made from 5 alu pieces that is held on to the motherboard aluminium plate (load is on all aluminium plates):




And from the other back:


So a little more talk/info about the case and the design.
It was meant to hold a mATX with a DDC pump + reservoir, a SFX-L and a 240mm radiator behind it.
It is designed primary for use of only one GFX (two is possible with small fingers, single slot cards and cost of higher temperature).
And water cooling is the way to go wink.gif

It has room for both a 120mm and a 240mm radiator (max 64mm thick with fans) and a SFX-L PSU (tight fit with the 120mm radiator installed).
Along that up to a 28 cm GFX (though not higher than the standard reference PCB) and up to three 2.5" SSD/HDD. (With no 120mm radiator some 3.5" can be installed as well).
With ITX motherboard a D5 pump can be installed (along with 120mm and 240mm radiator).

It has a built in holder for a DDC pump which can be installed in two places so the case can be flipped and used as inverted or normal lmaosmiley.gif
(that is if the DDC pump is behind the motherboard which is the spot for the 120mm radiator).

There is room for two intake fans (as seen in the bottom picture above (only one with 120mm radiator installed)) as well as USB 3.0 and start button on the top (both when inverted or normal).

The dimensions is (HxBxD) 31.6 x 28.7 x 14.8 cm which includes the material thickness of all sides. This adds up to only 13.4 liters thumb.gif

I was so lucky to find an ITX board for this build so my hardware will be:
Asus P8Z77-I deluxe
I7 2600k
8gb Vengeance LP white
MSI GTX 970 (980 reference PCB)
Silverstones new SFX-L (platinum version)
2x Intel 520 SSD + 1x 2.5" HDD

Swiftech MCP35X
EKWB X-res DDC 100ml
HW labs GT 120mm og 240mm
EKWB Plexi blocks for CPU and GFX (polished CSQ acrylic)
Monsoon fittings
Gentle Typhoon 1850 rpm
Aquaero 5 LT with heatsink

MDPC sleeving if possible (not sure if there is room, but will try).

The colors will be Green, White, Black (mostly from PCB) and sliver/nikkel.

Before I sold my mATX motherboard I tested it out in the case along with the 970 and the radiators:






Not much room for a DDC pump (is possible with my measurements at the front), so I would go with a CPU+pump combo if I had to use mATX or use the DDC + reservoir at the back where the 120mm radiator is located.

I should be able to get the ITX system up and running (with an external AX850 PSU) this weekend. Just to see that all works thumb.gif
I will first sleeve and paint the stuff (radiator, fans, pump, heatsinks and so on) when the weather becomes hotter here in DK and the PSU available in shops biggrin.gif

If any questions please ask. If any comments please comment thumb.gif
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EDIT: sff + watercooling = subbed every b***** time!
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Im in!

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keeping an aye on this, have similar ideas to what i wanted to make cept i gave up on matx and would rather move to atx
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Originally Posted by KaffieneKing View Post

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EDIT: sff + watercooling = subbed every b***** time!

And if bifurcation really does work, one would not have to use mATX anymore to run SLI/CF biggrin.gif

Really looking forward to see what comes out of @BoloisBolo build Project Chrome Leopard

I don't have the need for CF nano right now, but perhaps a PCI-e SSD could be my next upgrade thumb.gif
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keeping an aye on this, have similar ideas to what i wanted to make cept i gave up on matx and would rather move to atx

If one extend the height of the case by 2-3cm ATX would be possible as well biggrin.gif
Edited by Fruergaard - 2/26/16 at 12:54am
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And if bifurcation really does work, one would not have to use mATX anymore to run SLI/CF biggrin.gif

Really looking forward to see what comes out of @BoloisBolo build Project Chrome Leopard

I don't have the need for CF nano right now, but perhaps a PCI-e SSD could be my next upgrade thumb.gif
If one extend the height of the case by 2-3cm ATX would be possible as well biggrin.gif

bolois's build is another im keeping an eye out.

yeh indeed ATX would be possible hence i opt for atx instead due to the board's perks over matx for the x99 socket.

matx has crap PCIe layout and is lacking in ram slots. ITX would be interesting but by the time you lay the cards flat as per your build its back to similar ATX dimensions.

be totally interested on how you place your rads and PSU though, i intend mine to be able to vesa mount so i can pick it by by the handle along with the screen.
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yeh indeed ATX would be possible hence i opt for atx instead due to the board's perks over matx for the x99 socket.

matx has crap PCIe layout and is lacking in ram slots.

If you lay the GFX down the PCI-e arrangement doesn't really matter anymore?
Also most X99 boards that have 8 DIMMs is usually E-ATX which makes routing of tubes difficult (though not impossible).
Also if the card is just standard ATX size, the DIMMs goes lower on the board (removing the first PCI-e slot) so one might have to extend the height even further.
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ITX would be interesting but by the time you lay the cards flat as per your build its back to similar ATX dimensions.

That is somewhat true with these older longer GFX cards. But with the upcoming shift of Vram type the cards become smaller so it only goes 17cm out from the back and not ~27 as some E-ATX biggrin.gif
But yes, ATX have some extra features, I'm just not in needs of those any longer.
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If you lay the GFX down the PCI-e arrangement doesn't really matter anymore?
Also most X99 boards that have 8 DIMMs is usually E-ATX which makes routing of tubes difficult (though not impossible).
Also if the card is just standard ATX size, the DIMMs goes lower on the board (removing the first PCI-e slot) so one might have to extend the height even further.
That is somewhat true with these older longer GFX cards. But with the upcoming shift of Vram type the cards become smaller so it only goes 17cm out from the back and not ~27 as some E-ATX biggrin.gif
But yes, ATX have some extra features, I'm just not in needs of those any longer.

by PCIe layout i mean the slot lane assignment, most MATX kinda distributes it to 16x(gen3) / 8x(gen3) / 4x(gen2) which makes triple GPU a pain though granted matx is not meant to run triple.

im moving from ITX as i currently find ITX limited by dimm slots, PCIe lanes (possibly resolved by bifurcation) and CPU upgrade path(non X sockets are capped at hyper threaded quads). though with ddr4 i can get upto 32 GB ram on ITX but im not sure how long 32gb would last me. im using 16GB (ram capped) on my current rig and im hitting around 12-14gb with just chrome.

i cant wait for next gen GPUs to be out and if they would actually be short. nvidia doesnt offer 980ti class in short PCB while AMDs current offering is stuck at 4gb vram.

also its questionable if card manufacture would continue the short PCB market as "people" prefer big manly cards(compensator) over smaller ones. heck a 750ti with a triple fan cooler and even jay's 2cents jokes about big manly cards in his amd nano review

http://www.galaxytech.com/__EN_GB__/Product2/ProductDetail?proID=594 LOL

ether way i do hope they would continue smaller PCB cards.
Edited by akromatic - 2/26/16 at 3:13am
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