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Boddaker

Nanolith

Here is a quick little project for AMD to highlight their new small but powerful R9 Nano graphics card.  They wanted a scratch build, and were pretty flexible on concepts, but the card had to be the main feature.  They also wanted an emphasis on small. So after noodling around in Sketchup, I came up with this design:   

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I figured what better way to feature the card than putting it up on a pedestal?

For hardware, I picked out the best parts I could find, keeping in mind the goal of an extremely small footprint.  The obvious choice was mITX, so I went with an ASRock X99 board with an Intel 5960x processor, a Crucial M.2 500Gb SSD,  G Skill Ripjaw DDR4 memory kit, and a tiny Silverstone 450w power supply.  To cool the cpu I got a Corsair Hydro H80i AIO 120mm cooler.

Once I got the design finalized, I sent the files out for laser cutting.  Special thanks go to Primochill for helping me out on this!

With the cut pieces back, I could start assembling.  First up was lining out all the ribs and gluing the cross pieces in to connect them together.  I used a couple 1/4" pieces of acrylic to get my 1/2" spacing between ribs.
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After all the ribs were glued, I temporarily assembled the lower box together with the psu and set the rib cage on top for placement.  And I had to set the Nano card on it's pedestal to see how it looked, with the backplate taped on for good measure.
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This lower section will be the only exposed part of the ribs.  
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Another angle..
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And here are a couple shots with the motherboard in place.  I was testing out the fitment of the PCI-e extender cable that will be tucked under the curved support arm.
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Don't mind the toolbox, I was working on this during LANfest, while my son was gaming away next to me lol.
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So far so good!  I'll have another update in a couple days.  Stay tuned!
 

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Careful with that naming, friend. Bananas and monoliths draw a lot of monkeys here. :D

Looks neat. Do I see PSU modding?

 

Great!  The monkey the merrier.

 

No PSU modding on this one.

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Thanks Kyle!

 

Ok, update on the Nanolith..

Focusing on the bottom enclosure where the PSU and AIO cooler radiator will be, I glued the bottom piece to the back piece and added the sides.  Here's the PSU mounted to the back piece.  (dont mind the sticky mess on the PSU, I had double stick tape on it to hold the top piece temporarily.)
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Next I added the Corsair H80i.  I will add a couple acrylic blocks in to hold it in place.  Not that there's much room for it to go anywhere..
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I glued the top and front piece together, and will screw it to the rest of the box so I can take it apart later.
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And the assembled box.  The AIO hoses run thru the front and will bend up and over to the mobo.
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Here's a shot of the back where the PSU is mounted.
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Before I can mount the rib assembly to the box top, I had to do some port work and mount the video card.  I removed the bracket from the card and transferred the hole positions over to the red acrylic piece.  I will add another piece to the back of the card for additional support.
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More soon!
 

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Got the card mounted to the rear support last night, by using the tape method of transferring the hole locations.  I stuck a piece of blue tape to the card and marked the holes, then placed the acrylic piece over that and traced its outline to the tape.
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Then I took the tape off the card and placed it onto the acrylic piece, using the outline I just drew to line it up.
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I drilled the holes and followed with the chamfer bit.
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All screwed in and mounted!
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Work continues...
 

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2015, the year PCI Extenders met PC Modders!

 

Yes, they are really starting to appear in more and more builds arent they!  Companies like Li-Heat are stepping it up and coming out with good quality products.

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Nanolith gets lit up!

Making the led backplate for the Nano, and I'll be using this red ledstrip to illuminate the cutout nano lettering.
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I made a frame out of 1/4" acrylic that mounts to the back of the card using existing screw holes in the pcb.
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Then I took the clear backplate with the cutouts and covered the front with aluminum heat tape.
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The alu heat tape is perfect for blocking out the light, so it only shines through the cutout lettering. Still have to cover the edges, then I will apply the final silver vinyl wrap over it.
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I predict an intense 3-day modding weeked ahead!
 

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With the Nano card up on display, I needed some way to neatly channel the sleeved cables up to it.  So rather than routing them in between the ribs unseen, I thought it would be cool to feature them.  So I decided to use some thick eyelets as my routing medium and follow the curve of the card support arm.

After deciding my layout and how many eyelets to use, I simply marked my hole locations, drilled, and tapped.
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I gave the eyelets a quick shot of satin black..
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.. and proceeded to thread the sleeved cables through the eyelets, and up to the card.  The last one was a bit tight, but it fit!
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More wiring to come..
 

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Putting final touches on the Nanolith this week..

Cut some edge trim from a piece of black brushed aluminum sheet..
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Then grabbed a chrome 1/2" tube, which I think was a bathroom towel rack at some point, and cut a piece off to cover the nose of the case.
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Put some 3M double stick tape behind it and stuck it on..
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Also threaded the 24pin ATX cable through the front of the box.  Separated it into three groups of 8 wires so they fit in between the lower ribs.
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To cover the curved GPU support arm, I first skinned it with some styrene sheet,
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Then went back over it with some gun metal adhesive vinyl.
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And that's a wrap!  ..<yuk yuk>
 

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