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.
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!