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  1. yesterday I have built my first mini itx case. Below are the list of updates i would like to see in Cooler master Elite 130. Most of the Intel 100 series Mini ITX boards have a m.2 ssd slot on the back of the motherboard. This makes installation of the m.2 ssd difficult as the motherboard would have to be removed and is a very time consuming effort. It is better to have a access panel on the bottom of the case to make the installation easy Would love to see a completely detachable ODD drive bay instead of the fixed one. This would improve the space utilization inside The case has USB 3.0 cables which are very hard and upon complete installation puts strain on the motherboard connector while doing cable management and after mounting the PSU. The chassis fan power cable is a simple 2 pin connector fan. Good to have case fans with 4 pin connector as these would allow for variable air flow based on the temperature. Though it adds to the price of the case it makes sense to have in mini itx case very space is congested and air flow is crucial.
  2. Hi Mate, This will be my Entry for Cooler Master Case Mod World Series 2017 Tower Mod Category,. i'm using my Cooler Master HAF-915F and will turn into a Battle Tank, Code Name: SAF-915F-FALLEN44,. This Mod is Tribute to Our Fallen44 SAF Soldiers,.
  3. Hello everyone - Welcome to my build log for my current project, a scratch-built PC / Games Console designed for the living room. About the Build: After my previous project was primarily built from used components and recovered materials, I wanted to design and build something new and bespoke, with materials sourced for the purpose of the build. The move to smaller cases and living room PC's was also an area that I've found really interesting recently; lots of great designs from both big manufacturers and modders alike. So this is my attempt at the same challenge. I'll be including as much of the design process as I can, as well as the actual building (the design phases pre-build were very important!) The Build Spec - Primary Requirements: - Powerful enough to play games and compete with other living room systems - Small enough to fit in a unit under the TV and not look out of place (i.e. flat) - Quiet enough that it doesn't ruin the gaming/TV experience - The design must represent a visual showcase, one that provides Diesel Engine with a unique and clear identity. Secondary requirements: - The software must boot directly into a gamepad-navigable state. No Keyboard + Mouse - The case must not light up like the sun (this is very distracting when sitting under the TV) - The case should not use or require any specialist or custom hardware - Be able to support both 1080p and 4K system setups - Not require an external power brick Oh... (and this should go without saying) but the build shall not call itself an "ITX case" and still support full size ATX hardware and all the trimmings. Concept Artwork I drew and modelled a range of concept pieces first, free from any technical limitations, just so I could see where the art style was heading. Once the style was chosen, only then would I start to figure out if the design was technically feasible. A similar half and half design to the Xbox One and PS4, which have matt and gloss surfaces. A chunky hexagonal design in copper plate also sounded great A very slim, long and simple design. Minimising or hiding all controls and inputs from the front I explored some of the same shapes and colours in 3D, using Sketchup to create some quick and dirty mockups By this point I was aware of the size of ITX and SFF components and had a rough case size in mind. This helped me work with some units when modelling Technical Design I decided to pursue and modify Concept 2#, it was a simpler design and there were areas of Concept 1# would be technically more difficult to implement. I needed to determine what parts of the design were feasible and the layout of the components within the case. There were three main parts of the design up for negotiation: orientation of the graphics card, form factor of the power supply, choice of supported components and airflow solutions. It's worth mentioning here that I had also started investigating materials and fixtures. Like many cases, sheet steel construction would provide the strength and simplicity that I required for the inner shell. I planned on using premium materials to cover the steel shell and where possible, be fixed from the inside of the case so that no screws would be on show. My technical designs started to consider how the pieces would be made from bent sheel material and fit together. I had experience using graphics card riser cables, so I knew that I would be able to re-orientate the card how I liked. Many other HTPC cases that I had seen use rigid risers and have the card fan facing downwards. I really didn't want this, it was important that performance cards get fresh air from outside the case so I wanted the fan to be as close to the console lid as possible. I planned to incorporate a design into the lid that provided direct airflow to the components. I built a bunch of scale models to check the real-size of components. SFX and Flex ATX power supplies here. I'd recommend this technique since 3D models can sometimes detach you from the relative size of objects. An ITX motherboard and a SFX/short graphics card. Side note: the questionable meatballs are NOT mine I chose the Flex ATX form factor for its tiny height, just 40mm! The SFX power supplies were around 80mm and up. I started modelling and worked on translating my concept designs into a technical design I decided the simplest layout of positioning the components next to each other would allow me to keep the case in a flat console style. I explored a bunch of different front port options Investigating ways that the Graphics car mounting would work in the simplest way I started mapping the mounting holes for Flex ATX PSUs The front panel assembly for the USB's + power button was something that I would have to create. This was an early solution I came up with. The tolerances were going to be tight. I learned that folding very near holes in the sheet would likely compromise the shape of the hole, so I had to redesign some sections several times. I was having the same problem with the graphics car supports and was unsure if they would still hold thier shape after being bent Final Design I combined the learnings from my technical design investigation and produced a final concept design of what the case was going to look like and how it was going to work. The final design includes ventilation in the lid, mounting for all components, a front panel assembly and cable management solutions. I was also able to find solutions that would allow me to construct the case from the inside, hiding nearly all of the screw heads. Having a solid technical design also allowed me to go back and design the asthetic parts of the console, knowing that it would be feasible to create. I had started searching online to see what kinds of parts were freely available: thin panels of real wood, thin and affordable premium metal panels, fixtures. ....And there you have it! During the design of the final concept I also nailed down a lot of the technical details that you see in the images above. I'll go into more detail about the shell design next post and explain the role the of the spacers and also why I chose to separate the case into several different pieces. Other small decisions like the position of the power button were finalised, I really liked the idea and look of cutting the corner off the case. I also began using CAD software to translate my sheet designs into something that can be fed into a machine and made. I have many tips and learnings from that exercise that I can share here. Before I leave the first post, I should probably show some work in progress right? Oh okay, can you tell what it is yet?
  4. Introduction: Hi Guys, First of all, I'm Andrew Lee Adanza. I've been a pc enthusiast for just about a 2 years or so. Building a gaming rig was only my goal at that time. But as time/months passed by, my love for PC grew. That is the time when i was hooked up to modding. Right now, i'm in a foreign land and it is hard for me to grab all tools and materials to do modding since im still not familiar in this country. Anyways, I will stop this nonsense and proceed with my build log. I've already seen and followed some epic system builds and project logs creating a case using acrylic. some of these are wallmounted pc's like LORAMENTUM and some build using PARVUM like Darthbeavis, l3p, kier etc. This guys inspire me. so now, I will be creating a case with the idea of a case made of acrylic like PARVUM but with inline loops(coolant will pass in the case itself, like LORAMENTUM). If my work comes out half as good as other "masterpiece". It would be a great achievement for me. All cuts are done using a scrollsaw and by hand. hoping to have my own laser cutter to ease the work. I would also like to take this chance to say thanks to all of the sponsors. Thanks BITFENIX for sponsoring this build. Special thanks to BitFenix Malaysia and Clement for all the help. Thanks CORSAIR for sponsoring this build. Special thanks to Corsair Malaysia, Emily and Anson for all the help. Thank you guys. I would also like to give thanks to Intel and Intel Malaysia for helping me on this build. Thanks a lot guys. And to my wallet. hehehehehehe.... If you want to see our upcoming projects, you can visit Thanks ====================================================== Hardware List: Below is the list of parts/hardwares to be used in this build. Specs: CPU: I7 4790K - ✓ MoBo: Asus Z97i - Plus - ✓ RAM: Dominator Platinum 2400mhz - 2 x 8gb - ✓ GPU: GTX 760 - ✓ (to follow, all budget for GPU goes down the drain with all the tools and materials needed for this build.) HDD: WD 500gb - ✓ SSD: Corsair Neutron 240gb PSU: Corsair AX760 - ✓ Water Cooling: CPU Block: EK Supremacy CPU Block Nickel Plexy - ✓ GPU Block: EK FC670/760 - ✓ Rad: Black Ice GT Stealth 240 XFlow Rad - ✓ Pump: EK DCP 4.0 Pump - ✓ Reservoir: D65 x L170mm RES - ✓ Fittings: Compression Fitting - ✓ Fittings: 45 Degree Adapter - ✓ Fittings: 90 Degree Adapter - ✓ Flex Tube: Primochill Advanced LRT Tube - ✓ Coolant: Mayhem Pastel Green/Mayhem Blue Dye/Mayhem UV Green-Yellow Dye - custom color - ✓ MODS and Misc: Fans 1: CM JetFlo 120 2pcs - ✓ Fans 2: CM XtraFlo 12CM 2pcs - ✓ Led Lights: BitFenix Alchemy LED Strips(white) - ✓ Sleeved Extension Cables: BitFenix Alchemy Cables - ✓ Corsair Lightbar Kit Hardware Photos: Box Photos: Hardware testing/my current setup
  5. so i recently built interest in building a mini itx gaming pc but the gpu size (which i haven't bought yet) always make me unsure about the case size if it is going to fit or not, so i had a idea of a small case that can grow or shrink according to your needs. imagine a case where it is cut in the middle and there is a tube connecTed to the front and rear of the case, making it able to slide in and out. something like this (sideview): this kind of slider would have to be in all sides to work. the psu could go in the front of the case (psu's cooler would be facing the front of the case) so you can be able to use modular atx psu and would leave space for big cpu coolers on top of the mobo. there should be some small "O" all around the case to be able to hold all wires on the corners without having to use some kind of tape, a cable tie would be used instead. hdd and ssd could go on the top or in one of the sides, a radiator could go in one of the sides. make it yours.