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  1. Hi guys! Sponsors: So this is Spectrum! Spectrum is an ITX scratch build that at its core is an "open" system, with that i mean that the components will be exposed. The general idea for the "case" is that it's supposed to look like the components are "rising" up from the base as if it all was the same piece. The name Spectrum comes from yea you guys guessed it, RGB :)! The case will be constructed out of 10mm acrylic sheets and in the bottom layer i will place an rgb strip that will be facing up so that the whole base will shine. This version will not be watercooled im afraid but i might do another in the future with watercooling. PS. components in the sketchup model are placeholders, i have not decided yet on exactly all the hardware. I would love to get your feedback so do not hesitate to comment :).
  2. Project ITX Treasure

    Project – ITX Treasure Hi all its been a while since I have done any mod project, but that’s down to moving from London to Kent and popping out my best mod ever my son AJ. Anyway back on track and welcome to the new build I am about to embark on this time. Back in 2010 before mini ITX gaming was even a thing I scratch built a mini ITX gaming rig, since then I have done quite a few mods, but have yet to venture back to mini ITX and with so many sexy and great looking mini ITX builds coming around and on the web, I thought this time round I would try something different and by different I mean scratch the case, scratch any ideas of making my job easy and put myself into a corner. So I present to you my latest build based on a pirates treasure chest, first off though I would like to give a big thanks to the sponsors of this project without who this would of never got off the ground. Website/Facebook/Youtube A big thank you goes out to the guys over at ekwb for stepping up and supplying the watercooling solution for this product, they were kind enough to supply everything that I needed for this build and more. Website/Facebook/Youtube Also a massive thanks to gigabyte for supplying the GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 mini ITX motherboard for the project something that will be needed in such a small form factor due to limitations I have on size. Website/Facebook/Youtube A big thank you to Corsair for supplying the SFX PSU, Memory and SSD for the Project Website/Facebook/YouTube Thanks to Dremel who seem to step up on every build and supply me with accessories and tools. Website/Facebook/Youtube A Massive thanks to the guys over at XFX too for managing to grab me a AMD Fury NANO for the project, this again is another important piece due to the size limitations of the project. Well let’s begin shall we and show you what the plan is roughly, first off let’s take a look at what is going to house all these products. Yes that’s right I chose a small treasure chest, to give you some context on how big this chest is in real life here is a picture of the chest with some of the boxed hardware and products that have arrived. Yes already you may be thinking I am crazy, but in all honesty I am thinking the same thing too and all that is meant for this little chest and that’s without taking into consideration I have to fit a PSU inside this chest too.. let the fun begin as well as the headaches as I attempt to do this. Until the next post :D
  3. Captain CurrySauce & Mosquito take an in depth look at Fractal Design's latest ITX offering. Be on the look out for some of the Munky-DNA in this case. *Note/Full Disclosure: This Case was a review sample sent to us by Fractal Design.
  4. A thin itx scratch build that I just completed. There will hopefully be some more updates to follow
  5. Bill asked me to repost this log here. This version cuts about 16 pages of banter on the original Bit-Tech thread. If you want to read the original, just search the tags for "pedobear." :huh: ----------------------------------- It's time for me to get back to my roots.:D There's been a lot of cardboard box mods, but the level of construction has always been too simple for my tastes. Honestly, the material is as cheap as you can get, why not make something really special with it? -Like, special in the head... This mod may take some time. The glue is very slow to set up, and a lot of my building material ran off to the recycle bin. I actually started about 3 weeks ago. So let's build a really kick-butt fire hazard! -Here's my start on a basic frame. I have two of these motherboards. This one is dead, but I think the other one is OK. Mobo risers are the cut offs from the toad re-mod. I tapped the material with a sharpened stick.:D -My tools this time around are quite simple. I shouldn't have to tell anyone how they work. I'm going to use cardboard, some construction paper I found, and flooring glue. I may splurge and use some old rags later too. -No macaroni this time... I think... -Oh, I'm using these high-end clothing clamps during the gluing process. I may also take advantage of anything heavy in my vicinity. (No, not my neighbor...) -More to come later, for now- "eeek! get it off me!" -------------------- Here we are... talking shop on a tech site about cardboard. -I have a set of 60mm deltas lying around. You know I love to make ducts, even if I never get to use them. -CHEEZIT! -ahem... Card stock is ready for the laying of the keel. -Part retaining devices for when the material is too thick for clothespins. Did I say "clothespins"? I meant "wooden clamps." -I made some notches in the frame. -Tab A fits in slot B. The whole rig should disassemble into 3 parts, (if I don't let the glue drip into a critical area.) I started one side of the covers' edge.
  6. It begins... Unveiled at CES 2014 the Raven RVZ01 became the first SSF member of the Silverstone Raven series of cases, this gaming chassis is among the best of compact designs I've personally seen for cramming a fully-fledged enthusiast PC into an impressively small space (I hope so at least or I'm screwed). Being a member of the Raven series, the RVZ01 is very aggressive looking and features the same design found on the much larger RV04 (ironically I thought it's bigger Brother looked cheap and tacky lol), it's also worth noting that Silverstone have also released a more conservative styled version of the same chassis called the ML07. Measuring 382mm wide, 105mm tall and 350mm deep, the RVZ01 has a capacity of just 14 litres and weighs 3.71kg, making it only slightly bigger than the Xbox One. The RVZ01 has support for enthusiast grade kit in abundance however; GPU's up to 13" (330mm) long can be accommodated - technically leaving enough room for pretty much every GPU currently on the market. The case is designed to either stand vertically as a conventional tower or lay flat as a desktop case - the Raven logo can also be orientated horizontally regardless of whether the case is used as a tower or desktop, which is a nice touch. The case itself has a matte black finish (the paint is of a very high quality), while the plastic front panel and side are fairly finger print resistant, the steel side panels (top and bottom panels dependant on case orientation) are extremely prone to gathering fingerprints. If you lay the case flat in a desktop type orientation the left and right side panels are ventilated to allow hot air out, Silverstone has gone with a positive air pressure design. Some of the ventilation slots can also be used to install the rubber feet which are provided in the package should you choose to stand the case up like a tower as I have - alternatively, when laid flat like a desktop there are self adhesive rubber bumper feet that can be used to raise the case about a centimetre off the ground. The fan grills are machine cut into steel panels that I mentioned earlier (top and bottom when the chassis is in the desktop position, side panels when positioned vertically). The top panel features a single 120mm fan (CPU intake, removable panel) grill while the underside panel (non removable panel, basically the floor) there are two (GPU intakes), the third smaller grill is for the PSU. Three magnetic dust filters come included with the RVZ01 - a highly practical way of keeping dust out of the RVZ01 and can be quickly removed for cleaning without having to take the case apart. The dust filters work extremely well due to the fan configuration of the RVZ01, the air drawn into the case is filtered; the positive pressure then means dust can't get in through the unfiltered slots/vents around the case as the airflow is constantly being expelled from these openings. And now to the build itself… The brief is simple enough (he says now), R@v3N will utilize an overclocked Intel i5 4690K, with a view to energy efficiency to facilitate a general purpose come gaming rig with some graphical cojones and a decent onboard audio capability (tall order I know and did I also mention I wanted it to run virtually silently?). We'll just have to see if I can pull it off... ;)
  7. Jump to final photos! Well, hello! *waves* Hm, what's that? ...Ah, yes. LilyPC. Yeah... See, here's the thing. It was time to move on. The project was simply too big in size. That's it. That's the reason. The thing is she's a kid. Giving her a watercooled setup probably isn't the smartest thing to do, nevermind the simplicity of the loop, etc. She's a kid. So I decided to go a different direction. And I've considered the original project abandoned. So, very much like Hollywood's current film-making process, I've decided to reboot things. I just hope it'll be a different outcome in that it will be a little better than the original. ;) Once upon a time (going on 5 years ago), I had a project I was literally on the doorstep of using a Zotac ION ITX board (brand-new just streeted at the time; circa 2010). It was going to be my next Noire build, as well as being my next HTPC. It was going to be using Lian Li's brand new (at the time) Q-07 chassis. I had the custom powder ready to go. Acrylic done. That project was going to be called "Noire HD". Here's a mockup I did for the project log that never happened: The kicker is, I spent so much pre-design and planning on the project that I designed a custom full-cover waterblock conversion/re-purposing that would replace the stock cooling on the mobo, effectively simultaneously cooling the CPU and the GPU. Nothing new. At least now. 5 years ago it wasn't very common. Fast-forward to today -- it seems like a lot of the waterblock companies have their own version of an ITX block that cools everything on the mobo. Final block, tested working perfectly: Ironically, when asked if I had any new ideas for products, I presented the idea to one of PPC's EK contacts at the time a couple years back who was involved in R&D; he shot the idea down saying it wouldn't work because there wasn't a large call for that kind of thing. He moved on to other things shortly after that. ...EK now make tons of full-cover ITX blocks. :lol: It's a shame I didn't get around to the project, because just before I threw the switch is when I got laid off. And signed a lease the same day (before getting laid off). And found out we had a kid on the way. Etc., etc. Same story that I've already gone into in other (completed) logs. Anyway, Clean-slate. Fast-forward to now, I decided after building a floating desk in Lily's bedroom that the original LilyPC was going to be way too big for it. So I decided to also abandon (abort?) the Noire HD project (which I no longer have a need for a HTPC) and re-design everything for a new ITX LilyPC. I decided I was going to stay with aircooling too, so no waterblocks now. It's for the best. And for ease-of-use and maintenance. Now I'll be able to just give the rig a blast of compressed air with the compressor in the shop and clean out dust, bugs, etc. once in a while instead of draining and rebuilding occasionally. Besides, the ION chip isn't really supposed to get all that hot considering TDP. Although it seems (seemed) to get hot when everyone was buying them. Stock cooling sucks. It's as simple as that. So I have an easy plan to fix that using stuff I had laying about that just happened to work out with it. And with the wonderful help and support from great companies like MNPCTech and ADATA (who have both shown an extraordinary amount of patience with this project), I can make it happen! Now, on to the log proper. Here's the case I will be working on. Lian Li Q-07, ITX form-factor. I had already removed the front pair of USB ports; not necessary. Besides... I don't think Lily knows what USB ports are. :) ...And removed. Now, moving on to the motherboard. Zotac ION-ITX-K board. Stock cooling left much to be desired. :/ So I ripped it off and cleaned all the chewing gum crap they usually slather all over board's chips. I also began installing standoffs for a old Thermalright cooler I had that looked like it might fit. It did. :) Shot of both the CPU and the GPU chips.... ....and new cooler installed on the GPU chip. :) Closeup of the almost non-existent clearance for the bracket holding the cooler on... I also installed a passive cooler on the CPU using thermal adhesive. The board seems to run flawlessly with a fan somewhat pointed in the coolers' general direction, which is great because I don't plan on putting a fan directly on the cooler. I'm going to have a pair of 120mm fans in the case; one intake and one side exhaust. The air should simply run through the case, through the coolers, and out the side. Temps should be more than acceptable, and certainly lower than the stock cooling offers by far. Alright, back to the case now. Some of the mods I'm going to do to this case involves removing the PCI bracket area, since I won't be needing it at all. I'll also need to drill out the rivets that hold the ATX PSU frame on. Not needed as I'm using a Pico-ITX PSU and power brick to power this lil' thing. I'm going to be removing the stock feet on the case, since they kinda...well...suck. Replacing them with MNPCTech's mini feet of course! Let's do some drilling! If you're a modder, you most likely relate with this... :lol: Let's drill out those rivets now. I'm also going to remove the 3.5" HDD bracket since I won't be using that either... ...And removed. No matter how much experience you have with rotary tools, etc. you should always mask off your work-area. Just need to remove this little tab. It doesn't even need to be perfect as it's getting covered over anyway. ...And done. Masking off the front of the case so I can start marking out the holes I'll need to drill on the case. A good trick for fans is to mark out the four mounting holes and using a ruler, you draw lines criss-cross and the intersecting middle will give you the center of the fan's opening. ...and done. I went ahead and clamped down the entire chassis on my table-vise, since it's small enough. Drilling out the smaller holes and getting ready for the large one... Holesaws are very dangerous; use with caution and proper protection. I like to use eyewear, hearing protection, and condoms. Drilling.... Go slow; let the saw do it's job. ...And done. Just need to clean up the edge with a file or rotary tool sanding drum. Drilled out the 16mm hole for the new power switch and dropped in a dead test switch for checking. Looks fine! Alright, that's it for this log update. I'll be back with more in due time. Toodles!
  8. The Iron Turnip

    This project is brought to you in collaboration with the following companies Mod Zoo Munky PC Case badge designed by Cheapskate! http://mnpctech.com/pc-case-badges-en/mod-zoo-munky-case-badge.html I have been threatening to do a salvage build for some time now. I've lost track of how many times I was asked why I was named "cheapskate." I swear! Do a few high-budget builds, and everyone forgets the cardboard bear. Sadly, my stockpile of old denim that I had saved for "ghetto carbon fiber" disappeared when I wasn't looking, so I will resort to metals. I have a fair amount of stainless steel thingamabobs, and lots of aluminum. It's quite possible everything including the kitchen sink will be used, (as I have at least five of those at the moment.) The plan this time around is just to use as much junk as possible. The first option will always come from my garage, or my attic, or the woods behind the subdivision. There's going to be hammering too! :D I love to beat the shit out of stuff with hammers. This will be a very therapeutic project. -I settled on this sucker for my primary container. I'm hoping to chop it down as much as possible. This is an old stainless steel soda syrup container. I'm sure anyone who follows me knows I pick up weird stuff from vacant houses. It's unbelievable what you find sometimes, and you have to wonder what they were smoking to steal/keep one of these. -Wait, I kept it... What was I smoking? -The first thing that had to happen was the heavy rubber end had to come off. I wanted something vaguely BOMB-like for the look, and that squared tail wasn't working. I had to sharpen the chisel anyway, so some heavy rubber chipping happened. -I made a glorious mess. :D The pliers were because I found the rubber could be torn easier than it could be cut. -I had to switch to a rasp closer to the metal. -After an attack with the sander, I found metal. As soon as I saw that seam I was worried it would look like a thingy. I appropriated a few aluminum pans for possible re-cladding. - I have to get inside somehow, so I chopped the top off. Here I've hack sawed a start just above the top weld seam. This promptly went outside as it was already smelling like a drag race. For using the jig saw, I made the mistake of sitting on the tank to keep it steady. .01 seconds of ultrasonic vibrations to my nethers later, I decided that was a bad idea. I also had to explain that the exclamation I made wasn't because I had cut myself to everyone in earshot. I did NOT tell them why I suddenly did a Rob Halford impersonation, though. -This shot should have captured the white smoke of burning rubber wafting out of the tank. It didn't. :( -It looks like I can fit a 650W power supply barely. I might look into small form factor power instead. -There was some flower arranging, only with computer parts. I decided the radiator I had laying around was too big, so that's the first item I didn't get to use salvage for. -I resorted to a cardboard mockup of a 2 x 140 radiator. I think I'll center two 120mm fans on that. -Say hello to restaurant heat shield. Apparently, If enough people drop a part because it's hot, the welds on the shield break, and someone throws it away. :D It said it was hot. You would think they would know better with that big warning on it. A small eternity after this pic was taken, I drilled through the stainless steel rivets to remove the sign. -Tough little bastards! :( -A little SMACKIN' with a ball-peen sledge, and it matches nicely. Big rubber doormats make a good anvil. I have a bit of microwave surround in the pic for possible use too. -I drew up a fan hole and sawed. -and sawed. -and SAWED. Did I mention cutting the top off earlier dulled a NEW jig saw blade? I resorted to a hack saw since it was much quieter than ringing this big metal drum with a power tool. -No, that's not a reference to my earlier junk oscillation. -It took forever to dremel a start hole in the flat cuts. I had to use one of these horrible things: a hack saw blade holder. It's amazing how many times you can bend a blade without it breaking. -Like this, I can have the radiator flush against the inside wall, and have more room for other stuff. Bending was done with a really big crescent wrench. -Here's the other reason to use only 120mm fans: They fit the heat shield perfectly. :D With a little slap, she fit and stayed in place with a friction fit. -That's where I'm at now. I have nothing lined up for hardware, and only a vague fuzzy feeling about where I'm going with the design. I gotta make stuff FIT first. Looks come after.
  9. Slimline HTPC

    Hello Mod Zoo! I plan on modding this case from my old HP Slimline to create a compact media center with some gaming capability. I got this back in 2006 when I started college, its small size was excellent for frequent traveling and moves. let's open it up. Definitely close quarters in here. The ITX mainboard (recycled years ago) was located under the fan shroud. The optical and hard drives (still in use on my main rig) attach to the cage in front. The original 100W PSU is still installed it is a Flex ATX form factor. Now to clear it all out. Still not a lot of room but now we will have some space to work with. I did a little looking into Flex ATX PSUs but didn't find any I was thrilled about. So Instead I am going to put in a SFX where the hard drive cage was. I picked up a used Silverstone ST45SF 450W SFX on ebay to play around with. It should arrive before next week. I am planning on shortening the leads to help with cable management. If anyone knows of a helpful tutorial for this please point me in the direction. I also would like to figure out some way to route the power cord out the back. For the hard drives I plan on using 2x 2.5 drives and mounting them where the old PSU went. One cool idea I have is to gut the old PSU and turn it into a HDD caddy but might cause problems space wise. Will have to wait and see where the SFX will sit. Might try to squeeze in a laptop Blu-ray player too. A big concern of mine will be airflow, I will need to add some fans maybe a cutout for mesh on the side panel. I will most likely scrap the stock front panel and fabricate something smooth and sexy with switches, USB3, etc. My first instincts are to paint case black with possibly some subtle graphics and minimal LEDs but I am open to theme suggestions. I am still looking into my options for the ITX motherboard and CPU. Also debating on getting a half height video card. That's all for today! Thanks for reading. Questions, Comments, Ideas, Concerns? All feedback appreciated.
  10. 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:
  11. SFF fun!

    Hey folks! Time for another mod from me. This came about from a decision where SFFreview.com would sponsor a minecraft tournament at a LAN local to me - Aucklan.com I decided to take the opportunity to introduce local LANners to two things - SFF and mods! I bought two of these cases, one for the prize mod and one for my own mod, and both will be shown in this thread as we go along. 47 days to go to get both done! Right,. lets do this! First of all, I've started with the Aywun A1-1001 chassis. It features a 250w SFX PSU, an external 5.25" bay and an internal 3.5" bay. It's pretty small too - coming in at around 11.5L external volume, under HALF the size of the Bitfenix Prodigy and just over half the size of the Coolermaster Elite 120. I will cover upgrades as we go through. I apologise for the quality of the pictures - my camera has packed a sad so I'm relying on my 3MP smartphone camera! First up - better cooling. The stock case comes with a 80mm front intake spot - and we all know 80mm fans aren't that great for moving air quietly. I've cut a larger fan position here - to fit a 120mm fan! This area will fit a regular 120mm fan if I decide to go with a custom HDD rack, or a Scythe Slim 120 if I keep the standard drive mount. Also done: The addition of a custom power switch and 16x2 line LCD unit. The LCD can be used to scroll messages, RSS feeds and pretty much anything else you can think of (except temps thanks to the plugin being abandoned :( ) Thats all for now - in the next few weeks I will be replacing the window with something nicer, sleeving the PSU, painting the case and adding some special touches :D
  12. Crusty McBeanbags III

    I was pressured to post this quick little build, even though I don't have any hardware and it will likely go straight to storage. I had some time to kill, and some scrap materials to get rid of, so I thought I'd build ol' crusty. A while back, I tried to get rid of some cast aluminum outdoor speakers at the local Goodwill. Apparently they have a policy against taking anything slightly rusty, so they stayed around as garage clutter. On a whim, I checked to see if I could fit an ITX motherboard inside. It turned out the fit was perfect, and I tore into the speakers so violently I have no pictures of the start of the project. -Here's the inside of one of the speaker back panels. I have already sawed the mounting pegs and stuff off the inside here. The plan was to take the two speakers and attach them back-to-back, then use the backplates to make faceplates. -I had to sand the faceplates down a bit to fit them in the raised border on the speaker fronts. I pried the metal mesh of the fronts and tossed it immediately. That's some of that stuff there's no pictures of, bear with my rambling for a bit... -A back becomes a front, and a back becomes a back again. -what? I added an 1/8" bit of plexi scrap to get these flush with the lip. I have some nice metal from a control panel for an old X-ray machine here... No, I don't have the X-ray part. :( I had to remove some spot welded reinforcements off the back. These bits are to splice the two speaker bodies together. -I drilled the body holes first, then traced the hole pattern onto the splice. -Here's a good size reference shot. I countersunk the holes so the expanded bit of the rivets would sit inside the splices. Grandpa's safety goggles served me well for this project. The sander throws filings straight up and forward, so even sitting off to one side you end up looking like Ziggy Stardust. -I clamped the halves together while adding the rivets. -There used to be grit on this poor sanding drum. I used it to remove some of the rear speaker face. (the whole back-front thing is giving me hell.:lol:) -I got this far with the sander and a jig saw. The aluminum is close to 1/4" near the edges. -I filed on the edges for a long time. I filed the rivets down even with the splices too. The extra room will be needed. -I have the fan already fitted in this pic. The speaker mount was almost a perfect match for a 92mm fan, and I have this insano-thick 92mm fan I want to use. I'm fitting a box for the power, LED, and USB. This was originally an order-clearing button box from a certain local fast-food establishment... Are you keeping track of the sources yet, 'cause it gets better. -Some work on the switchbox. I've blasted the entire setup with oven cleaner at this point to get the "crusty" effect. The switch was originally shiny nickel and stood out way too much. I tortured it until it matched the rig a little better. -I added this spacer to make the switchbox and the fan level with each other. -What is that? It kinda looks like a tiny engine head... -Yup. It was once a weed-eater engine. Here I'm chopping the top off of the itty-bitty piston head. The plans I have for that will have to wait for the next update.:D
  13. Project : Package

    This is the 100th Build In 'TheModZoo' Hey, JakeGFX is back to bring you back another great build. I'm back to bring you project : package. What is Project : Package ? It's gonna be a prodigy build. Yes I know that prodigy has been modded by many modders. But mine is gonna be special in some way I'm going to use black and gold theme beleive it or not. What is the inspiration ? Since asrock itx bord has a black and gold theme, I mean hell why not. I'm gonna use black as my main color. With a few gold highlights like my fittings and maybe my pump. Why ? I'm always moving. Weekdays at home and Weekends at aunt's house. I mean I love my Blacklist build but it's in home. So I wanted to have a second computer which is compact and I can transport around. So I pick a small computer. I normally hate small form factor cases but I hope I can do it justice. What to expect ? Things to expect in this build is that this build is going to be slow. I have plans for ordering parts worldwide. Plus my funding has been cut short meaning I have no funds. Meaning that I have no funds and I have to wait for my pocket money. You will expect disaster, a little bit modding. Some types of rant. MNPCtech's Computer Case Handles. You will expecting a very clean build. Meaning no airbrush or any airbrushing details. Only spraypaint will come close to this. A very special window I have planned. Watercooling
  14. Completed Log Feb. 2009 Here I am again to start off the new year with a new build. But it's not going to be huge. Not this time. I love large full-towers full of 800 lbs. of liquids and heat-producing hardware, sure, but I've decided to go the exact opposite direction. I've always wanted to build something small; like really small. I just never got around to it. And I was waiting for the hardware to get up to snuff for what I wanted to do with this vaporous idea of a build that had been bouncing around in the noggin. I think it's finally here. And a few of my piers on Bit-Tech have repeatedly stated for me to do a scratch-build, so I'm relenting. I'm throwing caution to the reckless wind. I'm just going to see what happens. This will be a HTPC build. And I've been hard at work on it already. Hell, I even scratch-designed a quasi-Blu-Ray font for the build's name because I'm anal. :lol:/> And yes, the "I" in the name signifies that I may continue to build future editions of it if this one works out well. Anyways, I present to you my first 'scratch-build' project. I'm going to be designing and cutting this thing out of different kinds of acrylic. Namely, transparent blue, solid black, and a cool mirror-blue acrylic for accents I've been itching to try. I may change things; I may not. Just have to see how it goes, ya know? ;)/> This build will comprise a few familiar parts. Namely, the motherboard. Bit-Tech was kind enough to review this board and what they found really perked my ears up (and eyes, if that's possible). Finally, a board that can get desktop performance out of a mini-ITX board, and fullHD playback too. ;)/> Of course, I speak of the J&W® Minix™ motherboard. System Specs (subject to change since it's not totally set in stone yet): Motherboard: J&W® Minix™ mini-ITX 780G AMD board CPU: AMD X2 5050e 45w AM2 RAM: GSkill DDR2-800 4gb SO-DIMM kit HDD: Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 2.5" SATA II Optical: LG GGC-H20LK Blu-Ray Disc / HD DVD / DVD combo unit SATA OS: not decided on yet, but probably Vista Home Premium 32-bit PSU: not decided on yet, but I have an idea Let's get started, shall we? Here's a concept of what I'm going to build... It's been interesting, to say the least. I've probably revised things with this build design over 17 times at this point. :hehe: I keep going tiny, then I expand it back out because I want more airflow, then I shrink it back down because of size. I've had designs with fullsize PSU's in it; others with 5 HDDs in it; even one with it on water with a custom chipset block, etc. I just realized I wanted to keep it simple and easy to maintain. As well as reasonably efficient, but mostly QUIET. While I'm working on finalizing intricacies with the design, I'll start with some of the actual hardware. Here's the motherboard. Bit-Tech was right; neat packaging! Here's a CD-R on top of the box for size comparison. It takes a bit getting used to looking at, I know. :lol:/> Here's some more of the junk-- er, stuff going in the build... HDD chosen.... Let's have a closer look at the chipset on the board. Hmm... I'm curious as to why this thing seems to cook so bad. Let's pop the stock sink off and have a look, shall we? That would be part of the problem. Augh. Okay, let's fix this up a bit. ...I really hate this stuff. Frackin' dried-bubblegum-under-the-lunch-table-at-a-filthy-elementary-school-style TIM... ugh.... It's ! After a quick cleaning with some TIM cleaning solution, this should make it a bit better. And a little bit of some Céramique... And pop the sink back on. I haven't been able to check on temps because I haven't actually run electricity through it at this point, but later on I was able to check power at the wall. Seems like the system under OS install was hitting 141w according to my Back-UPS. I don't think it's that high, TBH. Have to think I only have one HDD, and it's a 2.5". As well as one optical unit, 45w CPU and I'm not OCing or anything of that sort, and two 120mm low-power fans. Anyways, after I got into BIOS and let it sit for a while, BIOS was reporting that the NB was running around 52-degrees with a fan gently blowing over it. That seems consistent with others who have this board, but I haven't been able to flex the system's muscles just yet, so I really have no idea, lol. You're stressing me out, stop asking! :lol:/> System idled at 95w or so, according to the Back-UPS. Again, I don't think it's that accurate. I really hope the PSU I'm thinking of going with will handle this system fine! :worried: I'll get to that later. Installing the RAM... angle insert...click! Let's install the CPU... And some TIM of choice... There we go. All done. Here's the CPU cooler I've tentatively chosen. The Silverstone SST-NT07-AM2 1U cooler for up to 65w CPUs. Seemed to fit the bill fine what I need. Fitting on top of board to see if I have any clearance issues. Everything looks fine. Looks like it'll fit like a glove in there. I'm thinking of tossing the stock fan also for a thicker 25mm 80mm fan. I'll get to that later on though. ------------- Until the next update, I got nuthin'. :thumb: