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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.
Introduction Welcome to my first build log here on The ModZoo. This build was started a little over a year ago over on OCN but its really taken off in terms of progress, mistakes, stupid ideas, and everything else PC. The idea of the build was to shove as much as I possibly could into the EVGA Hadron Hydro because case manufacturers really do give too much space in cases aimed at the mITX market. mITX is meant for small and compact builds, but with how case manufacturers make their cases to support 300mm GPU's and tall cpu coolers, I took it as a challenge to shove as much as I can into the build and show them that their versions of an "ITX" case are way off. Some companies are going in the right direction, but still arent hitting the mark. The EVGA Hadron Hydro is one of those types of case. It does really well in the overall dimensions and what should be included in a mITX system but its still a tad bit too big when the mITX market is trying to go as small as possible (Like the N1 case, Dan a4, etc...). So here's the challenge: The System Main Components Case: EVGA Hadron HydroMotherboard: Gigabyte Z97-Gaming5-MXCPU: i5-4690kGPU: 2x R9 Nano'sPSU: Silverstone SFX-600WSSD: 128GB Samsung 850 Pro (*optionally a m.2 ssd later on)Watercooling Components: EK Supremacy Evo Nickel-Plexi CPU block2x EK Nickel-Plexi Full Cover GPU blocksAlphacool DC-LT Pump/Res Combo2x Magicool G2 Slim 240mm radiatorPrimochill Hardline Fittings (Purple anodized)PETG Hardline tubing 1/2'' Goals The main goal of this is show that If i can fit a full watercooled crossfire setup in the case with some modifications than its too large for mITX. Secondary goals are to get a show-piece that I can take with me to LAN's. The system will most likely be sold off after completion, so any questions on the case or measurements will need to be asked before that time as a forewarning.
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: