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Power supply is here, and it's beautiful. I'll be busy with school for the next few days- hopefully before the weekend I'll have made some progress.

I've been waiting for this thing- here are the phone camera shots (as are all of my photos, heh):




It has an appealing heft to it- I never imagined such a sturdy, high quality feel. Comes with a standard C13 to NEMA 5-15 cable, a mounting plate, screws, and cables (which were reviewed to be bothersome and rigid but I'll figure that out when I start installing it into the case).

As for the hard drive, I'm still working on it as I type this. I've decided to just back up the entire 300GB of data on it to an external terabyte drive. Once that's done, I'm going to wipe the whole thing.
Will just deleting the entirety of the contents work as far as a new drive goes? I know storage is formatted and such, so I'm not sure how to approach this.

Until next time.
Edited by furdieur - 5/4/17 at 3:54am
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Earlier this week I achieved POST with this mess:

It's the i7 2600k with Intel HD Graphics 3000, stock Intel cooler (that came with my 4790k), 8 GB HyperX Blu DDR3 1333, a WD Scorpio Blue 500GB, and the Silverstone SFX Gold 450W power supply.
The power button was something I pried out of the case that was given to me with the processor. It's functional, unappealing as it is. It will be replaced.

My mind was blown (holy crap the dang thing works) when it successfully booted to BIOS on the first try- not only was this completely ghetto rigged but it was also my first time actually doing something like this. My regular desktop was set up by a friend.


I then took on the task of installing Windows 10 on this thing- something that Intel claims is "no longer supported"...


So here it is, running. The dilemma I'm facing now is how to cram this thing into my diminutive briefcase. But it's stable! I'm absolutely amazed, I honestly had no idea if any of this would even work... yet it does.


Right now it's the little things that are stumping me- how I want to access the IO, how I want to install the power button, how and where I want to place the cooler, etc... I'm going to watch a SketchUp tutorial and see if I can't take a crack at 3D modeling this thing. It's quite simple, just basic polygons that for some reason I can't fit together for the life of me.

the sort of things I will need for adapting the motherboard back panel jacks... right angle connectors

Does anyone know if I can use a standard corded drill (I've only drilled wood with it) into aluminum without any, well, consequences? So far my google searches haven't given definitive answers.
Also, I'm going to need to purchase an XACTO knife. The case is covered in glue and paper from where the leather was torn off.

...another issue is that I can't seem to figure out how I'm going to get a graphics card in here.
I'm looking at mini cards, but even so; with motherboard IO on one side of the case and 24 pin ATX/ SATA on the other side- the PCIe slots are impossible to access. A $90 3M PCIe extender will allow me to physically overcome the limitations of graphics card placement altogether... but that's really not the ideal option. Neither is integrated graphics, however...

3M PCIe Shielded Twin-Axial Riser Cable

anyway
more progress to come (what did you expect)
Edited by furdieur - 5/4/17 at 3:55am
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Even if no one is commenting, that doesn'T mean we're not following yo.
Oh... I'm new to this- all I see is other case mods getting hundreds of comments, to me it looked like I was abandoned ;(
I'm pleased to know that there are people interested in this project. Thanks to everyone who's stopped by to check it out, and to those that have subbed! Apologies for my ignorance.

Anyway, today I discovered something: water.

This is what the case has looked like for the past few days:

A tad drier, perhaps. I went at the paper and glue with a scraper, used for removing spackling paste. It was hardly effective, and what you see in the above image is after I went at it for what was probably a combined total of an hour.


It was after this that someone suggested I use a hot, wet rag to soak the glue before scraping it. I had considered the idea but was too lazy to give it a try before.
And this is what it produced:


Well, I'd call it a success.


There are some noticeable scratches- nothing some anti-static spray paint can't fix. I have yet to confirm that even exists, but I want something to coat the inside with- NOT anything conductive.


But all the paper is off! That stress is over and it's time for something more daunting- planning where the holes will be drilled in the case.


If anyone has any thoughts, don't hesitate to leave them- I need someone to confirm/dismiss my doubts.
This might be the last update until the weekend...

Until then.
post #16 of 34
Have you thought about doing a custom WC loop?

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-annihilator

Should fit in the case, hard part would be the radiator.... but a watercooled GPU would be easier to fit a full-size GPU into the case then hmmm
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I know ive said it before but i love portable builds and this will look beautiful,
Nice work scraping the paper out ( i would have been equally lazy)
you could buy some plasti dip and spray the entire inside to a rubberised finish that would definatley look cool and cover your sins.
Nice work dude +1 rep
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I know ive said it before but i love portable builds and this will look beautiful,
Nice work scraping the paper out ( i would have been equally lazy)
you could buy some plasti dip and spray the entire inside to a rubberised finish that would definatley look cool and cover your sins.
Nice work dude +1 rep
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Plastidip is actually what I was thinking too, for the interior.
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Looking good, keep posting biggrin.gifthumbsupsmiley.png
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Have you thought about doing a custom WC loop?

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-annihilator

Should fit in the case, hard part would be the radiator.... but a watercooled GPU would be easier to fit a full-size GPU into the case then hmmm
It was actually the original plan. I wanted to do something really 'out-there', and I knew that the Sandy Bridge chip would only be effective with a good overclock (meaning a lot of heat, those old chips aren't particularly efficient)... however two things got in my way:
1. The total cost came to about $240 for all the watercooling parts.
2. I wanted a case that would fit in a backpack (because holding a briefcase in your hand is strictly for looks only- that thing is heavy), and the limited space was already causing a lot of compromises.
Honestly, that's still something I want to think about. I'm not completely sure what I want to do. The GPU is the main worry right now.
NEXT DAY EDIT:
A water block greatly reduces the thickness of a GPU- but that's really about it in terms of raw space-saving measures, and vertical (girth) clearance is not an issue in this build. It's the side by side where the space issues come in. What I need is an "ITX" or "Mini" GPU, and right now I have my eyes set on a Gigabyte OC Mini 1060 6GB. With discounts and rebates, it still hits a whopping $215- the most expensive part in this 'budget' build. eBay prices aren't better, I'm serious- the best non-blower 1060 6GB was $209, and it was refurbished (I'm sure there will be better deals on other days). I don't think I'm going to worry about a GPU until after the entire build is complete and working- this is meant to be modular, so it's something I'll have no trouble fitting in when the day comes.
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I know ive said it before but i love portable builds and this will look beautiful,
Nice work scraping the paper out ( i would have been equally lazy)
you could buy some plasti dip and spray the entire inside to a rubberised finish that would definatley look cool and cover your sins.
Nice work dude +1 rep
keep em coming! thumb.gif
Thanks! I've heard of plasti dip... but the product just sounds, well, "thick". I want something that's going to be super low profile, and adding even a couple millimeters of plastic to the bottom might complicate things. The factors for a potential coating are static prevention, rubberiness, and general ease of use. That's why spray paint seemed like a great option. I'll check out the options for plastidip, that might be what I'll go with.
NEXT DAY EDIT:
Wow- I'm impressed. They claim it's very durable, resistant to weathering, color changes, and in general very reliable. I also saw the FAQ mention 'ESD spray', designed for use on plasti-dipping car tires..? I'm going to look into options for U.S. retailers, although I might still just go with spray paint + ESD prevention. Not going to think about it much until the weekend.
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Plastidip is actually what I was thinking too, for the interior.
Well, that's two people in agreement. I'll definitely look into it. Aside from guesses, I really have no idea what it's like to work with or use.
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Looking good, keep posting biggrin.gifthumbsupsmiley.png
Thank you! I intend to.

Appreciate the attention. This thing is becoming an obsession and I'm proud. Will definitely keep y'all updated.
Edited by furdieur - 4/11/17 at 7:18pm
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