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This case weighs less than my dog

This is my entry for the Summer Case Competition over at eBuyer forums: http://forums.ebuyer.com/showthread.php?t=63367

The basic rules are you have a choice of 3 dirt-cheap cases from eBuyer and you can only spend £50 on the entire mod. Sounds like my cup of tea


Out of the 3 Casecom cases you could choose from, i chose the beige one, mainly because it was the cheapest by like 30p! http://www.ebuyer.com/product/108279

Plans

BEIGE MUST DIE.

That is all


Actual Plans

- Remove a lot of the shoddy thin steel that comes on the case
- Remove the beige
- Do some crazy stuff with the coloured brushed aluminium i have lying around
- Relocate the PSU
- Try and get some sense of design and style into this ugly mo-fo!

Stuff that is going in it

I am putting my AMD rig in it:

- AMD Sempron 140, unlocked to an Athlon x2 240 and oc'd to 3.8GHz
- Biostar T-Power 870+
- Sapphire 3850 512mb (or perhaps one of my 5850s)
- Corsair X64 64GB SSD
- OCZ StealthXtreme 500W PSU
- Either my AC7 Freezer Pro, or i may get a low profile heatsink and re-lock the Sempron to reduce heat

Cost list

I will keep a list of everything i spend. I don't plan to spend all of the £50 max budget that has been set at all. I picked up the aluminium panels aages ago and can't remember how much they cost (i got them dirt cheap from a car boot) so i shall just stick a guesstimate on the cost of them.

500x500x2mm Black Anodised Aluminium (x2) - £6
500x500x1mm Blue Anodised Aluminium - £2.50
Plastikote Metal Primer - £6.51
Plastikote Satin Black (half can) - £3.25
Vandal Switch - £6.55 (got em cheap in a Kustompc sale, normally they are £11!)
Modders mesh, 250x250mm - £2.10
Rubber feet - £1.50
MDPC sleeving (estimated amount used from another project) - £10

TOTAL: £38.41
 

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Update 1

The case arrived today, so i started work straight away!



Here is the case itself. First thing when the UPS guy handed me the box - 'is there actually a case inside this thing?' Well, yes there was! It is just so dam light and made of such thin steel!



Size comparison next to my TJ07



And here we reveal the glorious feature-rich interior... erm yeah



This 0.6mm steel is really strong and doesn't bend at all!



Don't need any of that.



I'll salvage these, they are useful



Pulled out the cheap drive bay covers



There is at least 5mm behind there



Lets get cutting this thing up



Don't need that



Less steel!



This is where i want to put the PSU.



Let's get some pictures up of the raw materials! Here is some mesh



2mm Black brushed aluminium - i got these panels ages ago really cheap from a car boot.



Marked up to cut



Set up a jig for the jigsaw - jiggity jiggity!



And cut



This is going to be the new right side panel



Taped it onto the side



Then tapped some holes in the frame to screw the side panel on to.



Mounted with some button-heads i had lying around.



Looking lovely!



The wrinkled effect is just the protective plastic on the aluminium.



Slimming down the case some more



I then cut a slot in the frame for the PSU.



Made a template



And traced it on to the aluminium



Used the jigsaw for the main cuts and the dremel for the small bits. Then cleaned it up with a file and 70grit sandpaper.



Plastic removed - looks rather lovely!





Another sheet of aluminium, this time 1mm blue brushed anodised.



Marked out and cut



Introducing the lazy-mans metal brake! All you need is a workmate and some strong arms.



Tah-dah!









It is now even smaller than before!
 

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Subbed!
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Righteous bro! If ANYONE can pull this off, it's you. Limited budget, :scoff:! I just put $2600 into my last build'. Good luck and subbed!

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Thankyou exnihilo! Honestly - no more than £50 into this build
 

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Originally Posted by Bastiaan_NL View Post
This is just epic win!
In stead of going bigger you decided to do something small

You still amaze me Oli, keep it up

Thanks Bassie


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thats quite funny
nice work though - think it will be enough to win eBuyer?

I think it will
I am quietly confident!

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Wow, that's a great idea. Limited CPU cooler space though.
CPU cooler: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/229090
 

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oooo this is neat you should mod in a vesa mount just above the cpu area and have the monitor sit in the space above the gpu
 

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I am also, of the June MOTM this month

Because there are only 3 people in it, and your mod kicks ass


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oooo this is neat you should mod in a vesa mount just above the cpu area and have the monitor sit in the space above the gpu

Y'know, that is an awesome idea! I reaalllly like that!

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Haha that's awesome. Subbed.
Thanks!

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Oli, you inspired me! I'm going to start building my make-do tech bench this weekend! Lol
Yays!

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Im subbed, where is the intake gonna come from though?
Got a few more holes to cut
 

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Overall height of the heatsink including the fan is 25mm
Should be small enough!
 

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Haha thats hilarious, I love it!

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Nice work! Subbed.
Thanks guys
 
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