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Hey Guys! Been a while since I posted a new worklog. I guess time really flies when you are that busy. But anyway, I've got another project, and I wanted to give a huge shout out to EVGA, Thermaltake and Zadak for supporting this project again. Being a huge fan of Mini ITX systems, it's about time for me to start a new mITX project. Been a while since I did one, I think the last time that I did was a scratch build 4 years ago. Back then, when I built my very first mini ITX system, I was using a Bitfenix prodigy computer case. I was happy at first when I completed the build, but then I still wanted something smaller or slimmer than the prodigy. A few months after I finished my build, EVGA released they very first mITX case, the Hadron Air. After seeing a teaser video of it, I immediately grabbed one thinking that I'll try to chop it off and do a full, custom water loop system inside of it. I did started the project but ended up shoving it under the carpet for a little bit since my brain changed and wanted to do a scratch build first. So I had the Hadron Air computer case for quite a while now. The poor thing was collecting dust for years, so I decided it's time to get it done. First off, EVGA was kind enough to send me some awesome goodies that I will be using in this project. A year or two ago, EVGA sent me one of their Hadron Hydro computer case. When I got the case, that was the time when I remembered I still have my Hadron Air in the basement. I then decided to keep the Hydro and continue the work on the Air. One of the main reasons why I grabbed this computer case before was that it had a different power supply form factor included. My curiosity got tickled more since I was only used to seeing atx and sfx power supplies. Now, this was the Hadron Air computer case that I was talking about. I kinda dismantled it years ago and just left it like that. So after taking some dimensions for the case, I then proceeded on making a render drawing for it. I ended up coming up with an of tearing the front and back panel out, make a new one and completely changer the internal layout of the case to accommodate a full custom water loop inside. Original plan was to use the included power supply but it'll not work as I have originally thought. So I went back to the drawing board and altered some parts of the back panel to fit a sfx power supply. So after taking the dimensions, making a drawing out of it, time to throw some aluminum sheet and my not-so-leveled-bed CNC. Wasted a lot of sheet on this one, but it was all worth it in the end. Top (left) and bottom (right) panel. Front and back panel. Sometimes, since the bed is not leveled correctly, i'll end up murdering a cutting bit in the middle of the cutting job. Which means, i'll end up with a broken cutting bit and a wasted portion of the aluminum sheet. Sometimes, when the machine only needs to do 2 more passes to finish the cut, the cutting bit will break. Which means i'll need to cut out whatever I was cutting manually and hand filing the edges. Which is not that bad. Aaaaand, time to chop the Hadron Air off a little bit more. Test Fit time! That's all for this update for me right now. Next update, MORE chopping! See you on the next update! Ciao! P.S Here's a few of the photos that I was able to find when I was attempting to do a case mod for the Hadron Air years ago. Sleeved power supply Bending a piece of sheet metal to become the front panel Was trying to bend the metal sheet using a bed frame. Don't ask me why because I don't know either. Top panel attempt And for some reason, I ended up doing the top panel in acrylic. I think that was the time when I stopped and decided to shove the Hadron air somewhere in our basement.
Ok, so I have my Hot Sauce build mostly done (it will never fully be done since it's my 'test out this method' build) and I have been in desperate need of a project. I'm a big fan of all things EVGA and when they released the Hadron series I really wanted to work on one. Fast forward to now and I finally decided to get the ball rolling on one. I had a plan in my head (even when I was doing solo cabinetry, my plans never seem to fully go on paper other than scribbled numbers and small sketches) and I got to work gathering measurements and such for: Front mounted Alphacool NexXxus Monsta 120mm Radiator Corsair Air SP120 Fan MNPCTech Overkill ring (black) with round mesh Black Vandal Resistant Power Switch with Orange ring LED EVGA Z97 Stinger i7 4790K Corsair Dominator Platinum (originally Titan Black Hydro Copper) EVGA 980 Hydro Copper (soon to be released) I also knew I wanted to get some orange cast acrylic to make false panels for around the mobo and to hide the PSU. I know a lot of people are going to question my choice to go with a custom loop for CPU and GPU with only one 120mm radiator, but I really wanted to give this a shot with the Monsta series since it's crazy thick. If it proves to be a no-go, I'll pull the Hydro Copper 980 and replace it with an ACX 2.0 980. So, case teardown was first (and most fun) on the list. A lot of unfinished areas, which I knew would need some paint. But I also wanted to remove the drive cage since there will be no optical or HDD. I'm going to start with a single SSD 500 GB and take it from there. Out with the drill. And now even more unpainted areas. I figured since the case has some extremely tight tolerances for rivet heads it would be best to attempt to leave it together while painting the inside. Since that would be a drippy mess if not done perfectly I opted for flat black inside, high gloss outside and high gloss orange accents. If I were to drill those rivets, they would need to be replaced with perfectly flat headed rivets or the panels would not fully seat. Chopped a huge hole in the front so the radiator can sit half in, half out of the front of the case, keeping the size down as much as possible. Also, painted the front orange to sit behind the future orange acrylic panel. The rear panel has a clip that hides the thumb screws for the GPU. Given the tight tolerances of the case, those thumb screws are actually in the back of the case as opposed to inside like a full or mid tower. This begged for some accent painting. Again, trying to nail the smallest details, I made tape strips of screws so I could paint the heads. Finished look here. (Disregard that dog hair. LMAO) By this point my orange Mod Smart Kobra sleeving arrived so I got started on that. I have always cut the sleeving a little longer than necessary and then snipped it with a nose hair scissor once on the wire to avoid melting the ends a bit. Decided to try to melt ends on this build and ended up with ugly lumps under the surface so I'll be redoing it. But for the sake of eye candy this is it. And BAM! An MNPCTech shipment arrived just in time (Thanks again!) for me to get some more paint done before shipping out to Orlando for a family vacation. Orange paint on the mesh and some M3 Screw'd screws I had left over from Hot Sauce to give accent contrast. I also managed to get a first stripe of orange onto the case. I plan to carry a few thinner stripes as well, but needed this to fully cure first. Color scheme is coming along nicely. But sadly, I had to walk away from it for a week to go be a kid with my nephews in Disney and Universal. I'm back home now, got parts on order, sleeving to finish and acrylic to bend and snap. I got smacked by pneumonia which worsened on the return flight so I might be MIA for a day or two, but should have another update within a week. Let me know what you guys think and if you have a sweet name for this little monster, I'd appreciate it.
EVGA has released specs and pics of it's HADRON m-ITX chassis. 2 versions are available, one designed with air cooling in mind and another with watercooling in mind. Sleek look, extremely compact size!At only 12in/305mm height, and 6.6in/169mm width, the EVGA Hadron is one of the smallest chassis available for the enthusiast! mini ITX Form FactorSupports all mini ITX form factor motherboards. Integrated 500W Gold Rated Power Supply w/ 40A on +12V RailEnthusiast power supply capable of powering today’s fastest graphics cards, including the GeForce GTX TITAN! Supports most full size enthusiast graphics cards! (Up to 267mm, double slot)Top to bottom support for today’s latest graphics cards. 2 x 2.5/3.5in Drive BaysSupports up to two hard drives. Whether you use them for a RAID 0, or storage, the choice is yours! Can support either full size 3.5in drives or smaller 2.5in. Supports slim slot load optical driveIntegrated support for a slim slot load optical drive (not included). Slot is built into chassis. 2 x USB 3.0 PortsSupporting up to 2 devices of the latest USB 3.0 Superspeed protocol. HD Audio In/OutIntegrated HD Audio out/headphone and Audio In/mic. 2 x 120mm Exhaust FansIncluded large fans have the capability to move air, and operate silently! 3 Year WarrantyAward winning EVGA Support backed by a full 3 Year Warranty So what does everyone think? Anyone else's mind read it as Hardon? I had to read it like 4 times before I said it right :blush: