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Building a micro gaming cube

post #1 of 30
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Well, I've just ordered all the parts required to convert my monster steel mid desktop tower into a micro gaming box! I'm really excited because I get to go to lans a lot and it will be fun to show this thing off. I'll post pictures and everything every step of the way so you guys can see what it's like. For now I'll post the pictures from newegg since the parts ovbviously havn't arrived yet.



The motherboard is the EPoX EP-8HMMI-A Socket 754 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX and the case is the Aspire X-QPack. Cooling will be a 120mm rear fan, a Zalman 7700ALCU, and ATI silencer 4. I hope it stays cool, but I'm not too worried about that since it won't be overclocked due to my cpu being absolute crap and taking .1 volts for every 100Mhz. Maybe I'll get a newark down the road but for now everything in my sig is going into it.
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post #2 of 30
Cool, good luck with it. Let us know how it runs.
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post #3 of 30
Good luck man, that case looks awsome. A gaming cube is great, so easy to move for lanparties, plus it will look really cool.
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post #4 of 30
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Thanks guys. I got my tracking numbers! Newegg blows me away as usual and shipped the parts out in 3 hours without rush processing. So everything is supposed to be here on monday! I can hardly wait! I just hope the two packages get here at the same time.
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EPoX also sells specialty boards i think their smallest mobo is about the size of a 20oz soda with 2 dimmslots socket a 2xide 1xfloppy all the nessesitys
    
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post #6 of 30
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chosen
EPoX also sells specialty boards i think their smallest mobo is about the size of a 20oz soda with 2 dimmslots socket a 2xide 1xfloppy all the nessesitys
That would be nice! Although I dobut it's socket 754. Do you know where I can read about this?
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post #7 of 30
I'm building a wooden case for a mini-itx computer, its not going to be a great gaming machine, but it will run emulators fairly well. The cool part is that it is a 100% custom made case, and computer, and it's tiny. The final dimensions of the box are 8.375" x 12" x 8.375"
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post #9 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fishie36
Maybe I'll get a newark down the road but for now everything in my sig is going into it.
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Now how can you get everything in your sig into that.. a 19" screen

Just kidding you, that looks like a sweet case. So what was the cost for the motherboard and case and does it come with the powersupply that is shown in the picture?
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post #10 of 30
I own the same Case but in Black!!Its a Great Case you will love it.It stays cool too.
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