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Hurro!

So..I was sitting around one thinking of cases I like and the reasons as to why i like them and the 'Why did they do that?' things that irritate me.
The first case that sprung to mind was the,quite EPIC,TJ07...the 'housewives' choice for modders for some time. Particularly the Unibody design which lends itself to a strong,stable design which can be built off of.

So...I started putting together an ATX case and all was going well....until I saw this....



Asus P8Z77-I DELUXE Z77 Mini ITX.
Imagine a Titan hanging off that,it would look ridiculous.


I like ridiculous.



Then I looked across at my SR2 and thought why on earth do I need to do a fulll size rig when I can go ITX and explore the SFF instead!

So..Ioaded up Solidworks and started the design process and came up with this basic design.



5mm Alu Unibody,midplate and backplate

I chose 5mm Alu plate as it will accept a M3 bolt thread within the thickness of the plate as will become clear later

2mm CF Sidepanels.

Dinoc doesnt do it for me anymore,I need the real thing!

The bottom rad bay can accomodate 2 240 Monsta rads or 2 AC AMS 240 rads,plenty of room for large rads which are becoming more popular today.

The mobo tray can acomodate mATX but i would need to redo the backplate,and this is all about ITX

Note to self: Resize the twill asshat....






So the basic mounts for the board and PSU are done but the doors are not to my taste yet.
I need to keep it relatively simple as Im not sure if i want to chop up pre preg CF....I dont see how i could get good edges and keep the design repeatable (Based on the response from the WC club thread,I may do a limited run of these)
When im finished and the build is done,I may well put the SW files up for DL,then you can could make one too.

I want to use a Aquaero for this so i added a mount in the front panel for it
You can get a drive bay in there but i want this to look clean,its my design philosophy that i have stuck to through all my build work and its done me well so far

Redesigned doors and 92mm fan mount added





Awwww....seems keyshot doesn't like my textures.....

Right then,lets brush up on my SW render-fu ph34r-smiley.gif

So this is what im working with...
The fan is not my work (good isnt it?) but the aquaero is mine.



Smack it with the render-fu!!



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Im sooooo glad i have an SR2 for this,its finally paying off!

There is the design as it sits today,the unibody has been sent of for quotes,once that been done (i have been promised a rapid turn around but its a bank holiday in the UK) then I can get the rest of the panels machined and tapped.
There is still work to be done on the back panel,vents for the Rad bay and PSU enclosure for one,and i need to sort some ducted intakes from the back panel as I do not want to change the front and top at all.

Feel free to comment if you think of a design feature that would look good and serve a purpose.





And Yes Derick,you can have one. biggrin.gif


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Subbed! ITX scratch-builds are always awesome, and your design looks promising!

I have a suggestion, and feel free to take it as you wish, but...
Reverse-ITX?

I was just looking at your design and thinking about how the curved front corners remind me of the TJ07(obviously you were somewhat inspired design-wise by the TJ07), and I was reminded of the many awesome builds people have done with the TJ07 in a reverse-ATX layout.
And I realized that with your current design it would be pretty awesome visually and maybe even beneficial for your GPU temperature-wise if you go that route; even considering you'll be going with watercooling, because you'll be able to vent air out of the top of the case away from the GPU, as opposed to how you have it now where the GPU is going to be sitting right on top of the midplate.
Just a suggestion, in my opinion that would look pretty awesome and I actually can't think of any reverse-ITX scratch builds of the top of my head.

Even disregarding all that I'm looking forward to see where you go with this, good luck! thumb.gif
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Subbed! ITX scratch-builds are always awesome, and your design looks promising!

I have a suggestion, and feel free to take it as you wish, but...
Reverse-ITX?

I was just looking at your design and thinking about how the curved front corners remind me of the TJ07(obviously you were somewhat inspired design-wise by the TJ07), and I was reminded of the many awesome builds people have done with the TJ07 in a reverse-ATX layout.
And I realized that with your current design it would be pretty awesome visually and maybe even beneficial for your GPU temperature-wise if you go that route; even considering you'll be going with watercooling, because you'll be able to vent air out of the top of the case away from the GPU, as opposed to how you have it now where the GPU is going to be sitting right on top of the midplate.
Just a suggestion, in my opinion that would look pretty awesome and I actually can't think of any reverse-ITX scratch builds of the top of my head.

Even disregarding all that I'm looking forward to see where you go with this, good luck! thumb.gif

Im a big fan of R-ATX,my SR 2 is in that format,I will have a tinker and get something up.
The beauty of this design is that its just a reshuffle on the backplate and moving the tray,the midplate and body dont have to be touched.
I have to give credit to the 07 so thats why its in the name.
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And Yes Derick,you can have one. biggrin.gif


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Go on about this mATX... That new Gryphon board would be sexy in here.



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Go on about this mATX... That new Gryphon board would be sexy in here.

Would you like me to make a mATX one up for you to look at?
It will be very tight in there tho.


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Too tight to fit a third pci-e slot in there? The only reason I'd want mATX would be for a second GPU.



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Too tight to fit a third pci-e slot in there? The only reason I'd want mATX would be for a second GPU.
No,mATX will fit,I left enough room for it,but the res will have to go on the back side of the tray and HDD/SSD's will have to go on the roof above the PSU,plus you would lose the Aquaero mount but you could get the LT without the screen and run it thru Aquasuite.

(I did think of mATX,I really did)

Cant find good DTX boards anywhere either,that was my second choice...rolleyes.gif


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Planned on putting the res in the back anyway, just to fill up some room.

 

I'll probably end up going with some thinner than Monsta rads and I was thinking about putting the HDDs/SSDs in the lower chamber in the middle. Or really wherever I can fit them in lol

 

What are your thoughts on mounting the Aquaero/5.25" bay in the "roof" of the case if the mATX takes up all the space in the front :)



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