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post #1 of 83 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 10:17 AM - Thread Starter
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Howdy buddies biggrin.gif


So it's that time of the year again, and I've got that itch to build something tongue.gif

This time I'm presenting you a pretty different and weird concept.
I'm going to build an all-in-one, portable, and desktop-based computer, with a built-in 1920x1080 15.6 inch screen.


The reasons why?


-1st of all because my last build, while being sort compact and sort-of-portable, was pretty heavy, and too wide to be carried with ease. And the screen was easily damageable, since it's hanging off there.

-2nd, because I wanted a laptop with some horsepower and a 1080p screen, but didn't find any that I liked at 600€ (you don't say, Captain Obvious!).

-And 3rd, and most important, because I really, really wanted to do a mITX Trinity build rolleyes.gif


So, less blabbering, and let's get to work. This is the components I'm going to cram inside:

Red means deciding, blue means on transit, black means received.

APU: AMD A10-5700
Motherboard: Gigabyte F2A75M-HD2
RAM: G.SKILL Ares DDR3-2133 CL9 2x4GB
Storage:Hitachi TravelStar 7K750 500GB.
APU Cooling:Noctua NH-9La
PSU: Cyncronix picoPSU 80W continuous, Wide Input series w/ 120W Sony Vaio brick.
Display: AU Optronics B156HW01 w/ LVDS converter.
Keyboard&Mouse: Logitech MK220 Compact keyboard w/mouse (will probably mod the buttons if the mouse ends up being too noisy).


Case specs:

-100% Aluminium made, with countersunk hex screws. Probably plain anodized, no color. Gotta keep those looks wink.gif
-Mechanical details:
  • Exact same dimensions as the LCD panel.
  • Target thickness: 50mm.
  • Target weight: 3Kg.

The total budget for the project is 600€. So far, I've got all my stuff right at 520€ thumb.gif

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Sketchup screenie without any blinky blinky, rounded corners, or flashy logos stamped. But it's enough to get an idea of what I'm trying to achieve tongue.gif




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post #2 of 83 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 01:39 PM - Thread Starter
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There we go, stuff has started rolling!

Sweet smell of new hardware biggrin.gif














Bear with the quality, a dirty phone lens with a 40W tungsten lamp as a light source isn't the most optimal of the settings, but did what I could thumb.gif



So far I'm seeing several things that will need to be fixed:

1) The tubing doesn't flex the way I want it to. It will need to be replaced.
2) The fittings don't rotate to the point that they're absolutely flat. I'll have to modify them and find a way to hold them in place.
3) The radiator straight fittings are going to cause trouble in my low profile race. I'll have to find a way to make them turn in 15mm.
4) A commercial VGA cable will not fit, will need to solder a ultra-flat one.


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So am I! On Sunday I'm going back home (in Germany right now), and I've already got all my aluminium ready to start working on it biggrin.gif


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And the crafting just started!!

This morning I picked up a nice 50x100cm 0.5mm brushed aluminium sheet to build a super lightweight shell, some countersunk M3 screws, and some L profile to reinforce the chassis.

Also disassembled the Kuhler 620 to replace the tubings and change the position of the barbs, since they don't have enough vertical clearance to be mounted on the place I want them to be.

Less thalk and moar pics! That's what people want biggrin.gif



Well done Antec, your backplate (unlike Corsair's) doesn't collide with components on the back of te PCB thumb.gif



Small L profiles to reinforce and join the edges of the shell, which will probably later on be screwed with back hex countersunk screws for the sake of it.



This is the shell all cut and folded (still needs to be trimmed to height the Dremel will do that when clearance tests are passed).



The shell and profile pieces stuck together with polyurethane silicone:



Closeup of the joint. Very dirty, I know. When everything's dry, I'll trim all the excessive silicone smile.gif



This is the teardown of the Kuhler:



This is what I wanted to reach but the stock tubing didn't let me (collided with the screws)




Tomorrow more! I'll be building the board standoffs, mounting the HDD cage, and so on biggrin.gif


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Alright, no updates in the shell, as I'm still trying to figure out the best way to build the panels in a sturdy yet lightweight manner, but I've got some new parts, and some changes biggrin.gif

Changes first:

1) Ditched the VGA LVDS converter in favor of a HDMI LVDS converter, because otherwise I cannot overclock the board (!). Plus, HDMI cables are thinner than VGAs, and provide better signal (I could see some rubberbanding on the VGA). Bad news is it'll take at least another week to get here. But I can still work with the VGA one until it reaches here smile.gif
Also, the stupid VGA one had a max res of 1440x900px (***!), and the new one is capable of fully utilising the 1080p.

2) I've decided to thicken the whole build 5mm, although will work on lowering this. Why? Because the radiator will blow air to the back of the screen, this way I can bolt it directly to the shell, put the fan on top, and the fan can suck air from strategically placed vents to cool the motherboard and the picoPSU.

3) I will cut a big AMD logo on the back of the case, and place some frosted acrylic on top, as well as adding some green light to it. The world needs to know what Trinity is capable of! biggrin.gif


Now to the parts that are here!

The PicoPSU, an excellently crafted beauty made in the USA by Cyncronix; with a corresponding jack to power it:





The DC power brick, generic VAIO 19.5V 6.15A one, bought it overrated by full 30W so it is still able to power the system in power peaks:






"Can accept exoteric interferences including the ones that may cause undesired operation"? headscratch.gif Okay, whatever that means...


Hopefully between tomorrow and next monday I'll receive the HDMI cable, the 24pin extension, and the keyobard/mouse set, as well as the Wi-Fi dongle smile.gif


Stay tuned! Tonight I'll start designing the screen cushion system biggrin.gif


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