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Mini Watercooled HTPC

It should come as no surprise at this point that I love building small wooden HTPCs; or just adding wooden elements to my case mods, for that matter. When AMD released their 25w socket AM1 CPU's a few months ago, I thought it would be the perfect platform for building a new low power HTPC. I picked up a motherboard and CPU combo, and went to work.

This, however, is where things started to evolve… Once I got the hardware, and found the stock fan, something had to change. I'm sure the stock fan does fine, but I wanted something else. I thought about modding an existing CPU fan to work with the 2-mounting hole configuration, but I quickly came to the conclusion of "Watercool it, because why not".

It's true, I've wanted to use one of those 2x80mm radiators for a slim watercooled build for a while, so I thought what better opportunity than now to make that happen.

Overkill? Not at all… mostly
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First issue I ran into… a 2x80mm radiator on a 25w CPU seemed silly… so I decided to pick up a low profile R7 240 GPU to go with it, so I could at least feel like I was getting some sort of use out of the watercooling loop lol.

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First I used InkScape to print a single slot low profile I/O plate, and glued it to some 1/8" plywood, and cut it out on my scroll saw.

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A little sanding of the edges to smooth them out, and everything looks great.

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Next I glued some 3/8" square dowel around the edges of the I/O plate I finished… never enough clamps!

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I filed down a threaded insert so it would fit in 3/8" without going through.

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Holding the piece in the vise to make sure it didn't split, I drilled and installed the threaded insert into the I/O plate.

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And there we have it, first installment of the mini HTPC build sees a completed rear I/O plate.

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This is the general layout I was thinking about going with, in a vertical orientation (top on the left).

Thanks for checking it out, as always feel free to ask any questions or leave any feedback
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That radiator looks massive compared to the case. Amazing wood working as always.

Be careful of that mouse pad. It may suddenly catch fire lol
 

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That radiator looks massive compared to the case. Amazing wood working as always.

Be careful of that mouse pad. It may suddenly catch fire lol
Thanks, the radiator felt so small when I started... somehow it seems to have gotten bigger lol

And the mouse pad was a freebie, useful for preventing scratches from the solder points on the back of motherboards, GPUs, etc
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I am hoping there is going to be more to the case? Good custom work, way better than I could do.
 

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I am hoping there is going to be more to the case? Good custom work, way better than I could do.
Should be a little more to the case lol. Thanks!
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Epic. Subbed. Nuff' said.
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Subbed. Looking good there. Any idea of the case dimensions? Will the rads be mounted externally?
Thanks man. It should end up being around 5"x12"x14" with a pedistal. It's going to be a vertical case, so 5" wide, 14" tall (not including pedistal), and 12" deep. That's the rough dimensions anyway. Everything will be mounted internal
 

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That rad+fans is like 1/3 of the whole case
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It's pretty close
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The rad I think is 54mm thick, and with the 25mm thick fans and the 3mm plywood it's mounted with it's almost 1/2 the width of the motherboard so that's about accurate lol
 

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Suuuuubbed!
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Suuuuubbed!
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We need updates
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I need more time to work on it lol I should have another update beginning of the week though
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Can you provide what brand/size the water blocks you used on the CPU and the GPU?
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Sure thing, they're Koolance GPU-210 blocks: http://koolance.com/gpu-210-video-card-vga-chipset-water-block
The mounting holes were too close together (diagonal) to use a regular CPU block on the AM1 socket (Also there were only 2). I used the same block on the GPU as well, because the low profile (and many lower end GPU's) use smaller screw hole spacing around the GPU. I also like that there are an inlet and outlet on top as well as on the sides
 

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Thanks! I do have an AM1 PC right now, but no room what so ever for anything water cooled. Now, I am working on a 14"x14"x4" case that I am designing myself. Might have to make provisions for a dual 80mm radiator.
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Thanks! I do have an AM1 PC right now, but no room what so ever for anything water cooled. Now, I am working on a 14"x14"x4" case that I am designing myself. Might have to make provisions for a dual 80mm radiator.
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14" cube shouldn't be too bad, depending on what else you've got in there. What I'm building should end up being around 14x12x5 or so, or such is the plan anyway lol

The Alphacool 2x80mm radiator might be a little thinner, if that would be helpful at all; but I believe it's also a bit longer too
 

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I've got a little more work done on the chassis of the case to share. I worked on the motherboard tray and the rear panel

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Next up I'm working on the motherboard tray to attach the rear I/O to.

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I used my shoulder plane to cut a rabbet on the front edge of the tray.

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Glue it up and ready to go.

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I marked out, drilled for, and installed some threaded inserts for the standoffs to mount the motherboard to.

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Next I moved on to the rear panel

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Nothing like a little hand work with a saw you've made yourself

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I also marked and cut out some holes to add metal mesh behind to act as vents.

That's all I've got for this one, thanks for checking it out
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