A GPU is not the only thing one might want to put into the GPU compartment, and I've recently made a change to allow for a fan swap. What would you put there?Information:
After successfully finishing the Freilite Alpha
in the PC-Q12, I of course had to notice how much space was wasted in that case because it wasn't designed for the components I built into it.
So I got to the drawing board and managed to scrape off two more litres, arriving at currently just under 5L. This is the PC that I wanted to build when I built Alpha, and it is now time to make it happen! (Well sort of, I have to finish the design up, but I want to get it out there.)
I proudly present:The Freilite Brevis S
Isn't she a beauty? It's this small:Height:
4.96LIt will fit this stuff:
Apart from the second HDD and DIMM, the riser and the upgraded PSU, I have all of those already.Motherboard: Gigabyte B85N PhoenixGraphics card: GALAX GTX 970 OCGPU Riser:
Custom flexible B-Type riser from LiHeatCPU: Intel Core i7-4770TCPU-Cooler: Noctua NH-L9iRAM: G.Skill Value 8GBx1 1600 CL9
, maybe a second oneSSD: Samsung Evo 840 120GB mSATA
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB
, maybe even a second onePSU: FSP300-60LG
at first, hopefully the FSP500-50FSPTIt has these design ideas: (Improvments over Freilite Alpha)Intakes on only one side:
This allows the case to be placed under my monitor, be VESA mountable or even be placed in a HiFi-Rack without suffocating the components and allows an extremely clean look from one side. (Alpha runs without sidepanels currently, so that's a huge plus)Recessed GPU:
By recessing the GPU into the case, the PCIe brackets don't stick out the back and the cabling for its power connectors can run directly into the PSU cabling area. (The former is very important, I frequently stabbed myself with the sharp corners of the GPU mount on Alpha, especially when carrying it around)Portability:
By being very thin and short, this case fits into many sidebags or backpacks while still leaving space for other gear. (Alpha is quite thick at ~88mm which made it hard to put a keyboard alongside it into my bag. It was possible, but not really a pleasant experience)HDDs far from heat sources:
By being placed on the cold side of the PSU and far away from the underside of the GPU, the HDDs experience the most minor heat from other components possible in such a small enclosure. (That's not an issue in Alpha, fortuntely)Minimal waste of space:
By using an angled flexible riser, having the PEG connectors intrude into the area in front of the PSU, letting the HDDs connectors intrude into the Mainboards PCIe connector space and using the space next to the GPU for a front USB3.0 cable, the height of the case is kept at a minimum while using every little bit of space available. (2L less with the same hardware, I'll take it)Easy installation:
To ease installation, most panels can be removed, giving easy access to most components. (Installation in the Alpha is very challenging and must be done in the right order)What's left to do before I can make it:Tasks:
- Thermal dividers between all three main components, maybe made out of acrylic Done
- Stands for vertical and horizontal mode
- Sample of the flex riser from LiHeat to make sure it fits Done
- Redo intake and exhaust holes Maybe done, maybe I'll redo them again
- Should the case be made a little bit taller to make sure the HDDs fit with mainboards that have their socket right next to the PCIe connector and wider GPUs? Currently you can only have two of the three at the same time or resort to one HDD instead of two.
Yes, added 6mm to allow two HDDs always.
- How can I mount the HDDs? Adhesive tape seems like the easiest way, it decouples the drives and makes installation quite easy. But it seems like a cheap solution.
HDD bracket is designed with no drawbacks from adhesive tape.
- Is there space for a TRRS 3.5mm audio jack? (That's what smartphones use.) I personally like that as a solution for Front Audio because you only have one jack which looks sleek but still maintain all functionality you'd get from two jacks.
Yes, there is. Now to designing a PCB for that.
- Is it possible to design the PSU mount in such a way that replacement PSUs can be mounted upside down? They should always have the hot side facing away from the HDDs and I'd want to enable the use of other PSUs. Jup, done.