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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-30-2020, 12:57 PM - Thread Starter
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DIY PC Case - Aluminium all over the place

After fidling with custom cooling on AMD graphics cards(HD 7950, 290X, 5700XT) I used my "special skills" for creating my own PC case.

I wanted to do an upgrade of my PC and I also wanted smaller case, which would be placed right on my desk. I did my search according to mATX from factor and also I wanted simple color scheme without RGB - black/grey.
Here are components, which will be used for upgrade of my PC:

MB - MSI B450M Mortar MAX - under 90 € deal, decent VRM cooling, BIOS flashback, Ryzen 3000 compatibility, whole layout is "cup of tea",
CPU - AMD Ryzen 7 3800X - also nice deal, otherwise I would take 3700X,
CPU Cooler - Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO - great little cooler, cheap and great performer,
DDR4 - Kingston HyperX Predator 2x16 GB 3200 MHz CL16 - cheap 32GB kit, nothing extra, at least no RGB and simple black color,
SSD - ADATA XPG SX8200 PRO M.2 512GB - simple SSD for OS,
HDD - Seagate BarraCuda 2,5" 1TB ST1000LM048 - quiet HDD for data, will be placed behind MB tray through antivibration screws (inspired by Jonsbo RM4),
GPU - Sapphire 5700 XT + Raijintek Morpheus II + VRM heatsink - will see, how it performs in this new case,
PSU - Corsair SF600 - small but still great PSU,
Fans - Arctic P14 PWM PST CO 140mm - awesome deal for decent fans.

Here is most of boxes from components:



Well, the case itself will be a tough one to make, after some time of preparing and planning I decided to use 3mm aluminium plates for outside of case and 8x8mm aluminium profiles for inner frame. Everything will be screwed together by M3 screws. Dimensions will be 350 x 330 x 230 mm.



From old PC case (CoolerMaster Elite 430) I took whole MB tray and used it as template for new piece made from aluminium. This backside of MB tray I modified to match mATX MB and painted it with matte black spray.



A lots of things like push buttons, antivibration silicone screws, rubber wire grommets, PSU extensions, various screws and cover caps, etc I ordered from aliexpress. I still waiting for delivery on some of them. Thx to COVID-19.
4 feets for this case is gonna be used from old PC case - Jonsbo RM4, also 8 distancing screws for MB instalation are from old case - CoolerMaster Elite 430.



It took a lot of work and measuring, Dremel tool and straight saw were a big help at cutting. Almost done on MB tray, only rubber wire grommet will be placed near PSU position.



Backside panel of case is practically done, I need to screw it into inner frame and do top and bottom panel of case. I am not decided on side panels, maybe from acrylic or aluminium.



I did some preliminary test fit, if everything is fine and checks. So far so good.




Still a lot of work left and some little things from China to wait for.
Maybe painting everything into black color, I dont know. No RGB though.
So far, this is the progress. Hoping that I find more time to do this right.

Case: DIY Aluminium Case PSU: Corsair SF600 CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator 32GB 3200MHz CL16 GPU: Sapphire 5700XT + Raijintech Morpheus II mod
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Wow nice job on hand cutting the aluminum! Looks great so far.


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Thx guys, I will try to keep doing some progress, but it's hard to find some time to do this.

So here is at least some update:

I took a picture of aluminium leftovers from front and back plates, basically I drilled a hole in corner and then I cut those openings with jig saw. Mini files were used to smooth the edges.



I used miter box and hand saw to cut those 8mm profiles for inner frame. I tried to make them as straight and even as I could.



With this dremel accessory (a big help with this project and also with my 5700XT mod) I've made 2,5mm holes in those profiles and threaded them with M3 screw-tap. Inner frame was screwed together by M3 embedded screws, just like whole case will be.



I don't have all holes and threads finished, but I already tried to get the case together, yet without MB's tray. Here is how it looks right now.



The clearings between plates are pretty nice or "okayish", but I will need to adjust 1 place a little. It has like 1mm gap between front and top plate, but nothing serious so far.

For next update, I will need to embed those screws into plates around whole case to keep it clean. And maybe put MB's tray in. And secure it, off course.
See ya.

Case: DIY Aluminium Case PSU: Corsair SF600 CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator 32GB 3200MHz CL16 GPU: Sapphire 5700XT + Raijintech Morpheus II mod
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Well, another update is here.

Firstly, I drilled remaining holes a countersinked them.


I installed all four feet with M4 screws.


Also I cut a hole in MB's tray for cables from PSU. I hope a rubber grommet will fit in (if it actually will come from China)


Another cutting into 8mm inner frame was needed to make room for rear fan.


Here are some pictures of the case as it is right now:


Only one place is not fitting as it should, but it is covered by PSU, so no problem at all.


I installed hardware into the case so I could see, how it looks like and if there is some colliding problem. So far so good.


I also checked if a side panel behind MB's tray fits and how it looks. Good enough I'll say.


I'm still waiting for lots of things from China (rubber grommet, cables, screws, plastic head caps for screws, M.2 heatsink), so there is bunch of things left to do:
- transparent side panel,
- fixing side panels into case (4 screws in corners maybe?),
- front dust filter (one month more to wait for demciflex),
- cable management,
- maybe painting whole case with grey or anthracite color, I like that contrast between black and grey/silver color, but scratches - not so much,
- and other little things...

So, this is it.
For now.

Case: DIY Aluminium Case PSU: Corsair SF600 CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator 32GB 3200MHz CL16 GPU: Sapphire 5700XT + Raijintech Morpheus II mod
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awesome, love the look of fresh milled aluminum. dont paint it black just polish it!!

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I like that contrast between aluminium and black hardware, somehow I'm slowly changing my mind on that paint too.

Case: DIY Aluminium Case PSU: Corsair SF600 CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator 32GB 3200MHz CL16 GPU: Sapphire 5700XT + Raijintech Morpheus II mod
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It's going a little slower, because I already using this PC case. But some minor "little things" were done.

Side panel from 3mm acrylic is already cut, with jig saw like into butter.


However it is a little darker than I hoped, so maybe later I am going to try a clear acrylic.


Here is a photo of temporary support for GPU, I am already thinking of better and less conspicuous version.


Cable management is also done, it could be better, but I think it is fine as it is.



Right now I spending too much time with Windows 10 and reinstallation of games and programs, so it will be even more slower. :-)

Next time I will place a RADEON logo onto GPU from original 5700 XT cooler. And maybe mounting side panels and making that new support for GPU.
Will see.

Cheers.

Case: DIY Aluminium Case PSU: Corsair SF600 CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator 32GB 3200MHz CL16 GPU: Sapphire 5700XT + Raijintech Morpheus II mod
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