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Saturn V - A 3D graphics, VR and Gaming Briefcase PC mod

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The story starts when I discovered this massive dual GPU sager 9570 laptop (now discontinued) and some briefcase PC mods out there(specially Lando Project). The first one was way out of my budget but the second one definitely reached my possibilities and convinced me about my own modding project.
So the following is intended to be just at an enthusiast level of construction but solid enough to move around without falling apart. I could make a phase two for the aesthetic aspect some time soon.

For graphics card I decided the compact zotac GTX 970 with only 19 cm long and 2 fans. I considered the Gigabyte mini ITX GTX 970, 16cm long but with only 1 fan and considerably higher temperatures according to user reports. Since I work in 3D graphics I must consider a possible GPU upgrade in some future like a full size 980ti or some titan. Luckily, I mean LUCKILY, there’s a 29cm gap between the PSU and the right wall where I can fantasize of adding a beastly full size GPU some day. SLI may not be an option.

Components:

Gigabyte z97mx Gaming 5 (micro ATX)
Intel i7 4790k 4.0Ghz (devil’s canyon)
Zotac GTX 970 mini ITX (coming soon)
Kingston HyperX 8Gb x2 1600Mhz
Samsung 850pro 128Gb SSD
Seagate 2TB HDD
Corsair h60 liquid cooling
Gigabyte Wifi-BT combo
PSU Corsair cs750m
Samsung S19E10 19 inch monitor (fits perfectly)
Different 12v fans reused from other ancient PC’s.
STW Fan controller (don’t recommend this one, has terribly cheap transistors)




I bought a standard aluminum 18 inch briefcase and started drilling and making holes according to the components. This part requires more solid planning than the rest as it is irreversible.



Some testing with components inside.



Covered the insides with black matte spray painting.



Here I fixed the motherboard base with mount holes and reconnected the AC input from the psu.



Arranging every component inside got very tricky and required several tests. It is best to have all the components in hand to try different combinations manually. At first I underestimated the complexity of rearranging so many cable connections and THE SPACE THEY TAKE, specially the PSU and liquid cooling.
Here’s the 29cm gap between the PSU and the right wall on top of the PCI’s, for a possible full size GPU. It would be connected through a PCI x16 extender that you can get for 6$ in amazon.




Motherboard’s complete peripherals. Once the GPU arrives I’ll cut another opening on the right side of this and reinforce with aluminum plates to maintain the case’s structure.



I’ve cut this aluminum plate to hold and adjust the monitor’s angle inside the upper lid.



Monitor finally fixed to the case.



DC cable reconnection for space saving. Bought some additional L adaptors for hdmi and vga from amazon, should arrive next week.



Another luck related detail is the monitor’s charger that fits neatly in this space, couldn’t be more convenient.



I've been working for months with this perfectly and even got to carry it to different places with a strap over the shoulder. It isn't light at all! I'll post it's weight soon. The keyboard and mouse has to be carried apart of course.

Temperatures are pretty normal even with hot weather. CPU's temperatures rendering with Blender Cycles at full load for prolonged times tend to stay at 80ºc max, which isn't odd with this corsair h60.

I'll summit updates with the GPU install, field trips and stuff. Cheers!
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love these suitcase mods smile.gif
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Very interesting man love the concept subbed for sure!
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Is this for sale for a broke man with no skills for making this 😊
post #5 of 9
Wow, that looks cool. I am following in your steps... What are some of the major problems you ran into?
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Updates with the GPU and other small changes
Making some tests with the GTX 970


GPU installed with a PCIe extension cable bellow the card




Side view with the new install. The HDMI goes in and out the case, from the GPU to the fixed monitor.
I was having problems with poor wifi signal with the antenna inside the case, so I had to make a hole for it that can be seen in the other photos.




My felines favorite spot! They love the warm air coming from the watercooling exaust, and of course, I can't see anything. Cat's logic!!


Field trip with the PC! It's fairly heavy and not so fun to transport at large walking distances. I hook a portfolio strip to the sides to move this thing.


So that's it! I use this... thing everyday to work and entertain myself like any other freelancer. I hope you like my setup, It's like my prodigal DIY son (,:

Cheers!
post #7 of 9
An awesome name for an incredibly cool build. I'm envious smile.gif
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i7 2600 (non k) P8h67-M Pro XFX R9 290 EDBD Kingston 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 Coolermaster 412S Windows 8.1 Dell Monicrap 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Seagate 7200.11 Coolermaster 412S Windows 8.1 Dell Monicrap 
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Originally Posted by Durbanrich View Post

Wow, that looks cool. I am following in your steps... What are some of the major problems you ran into?

Thank you! I had many issues with cable management, they take a lot more space than I thought! Also the ram didn't got along with the GPU and caused a lot of problems during post, I had to buy another pair of dual channel memories. Making space for the watercooling was also a headache since the stock cooler wasn't doing a good job.

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Is this for sale for a broke man with no skills for making this 😊

I would do another one for fun if the components are available! (:

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Very interesting man love the concept subbed for sure!

Thank you!

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love these suitcase mods smile.gif

Thanks! They require fairly hard work but it's very satisfying once working. The best part is to take this thing on a trip and just wait for the people to gather around with questions. coolsmiley02.gif
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Decent build, I reckon if you did a few more revisions there'd be some market for this. High end laptops these days are so bulky they might as well have a big handle on them to make them easy to carry around, but then they are probably too fragile. Depending on the weight of this thing, it could be a better option than one of those 6 kilo alienware lappies.
Edited by spinFX - 9/26/16 at 11:33pm
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Lite-On DVD-RW Noctua DH-14 CPU Cooler Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 24" LED 1080p 5ms DVI (S23A300B) 
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