Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Hardware and Technology > SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs

Forums
· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions
   

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-28-2013, 09:28 PM   #1
AkumaX
Lifer
 
AkumaX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 12,515
Default WIP: Minimalistic Acrylic/Clear MiniITX System (4/15/13 update)

Since the main components are here, I'll just go ahead and post some pics.
Components so far: H61N-USB3, i5-2500k, 2 x 4GB Samsung LP/LV DDR3
Missing: SSD, PicoPSU 120w (150w/160w just to be safe)

To Do: Going to have to modify the case.
Note that I reversed the orientation of the back I/O plate to opposite of how it's supposed to be (higher), in order to fit the cooler.
Debating on cutting a hole for the CPU fan, or finding a Scythe Kozuti (and maybe drill in air vents)
There are versions of the acrylic case that are bigger, but didn't like them - will have to figure out what to do.

The case I got here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/C0AA-S1-1-Pe...item337f673210
Alternate Versions: http://www.ebay.com/itm/I0P15B-H1-1-...item4ab8202aed







Gonna dual boot Win7/OSX 10.8, heheh...


========================================
__________________________________________________ _____
========================================


4/15/13 update

it's almost done! i got the parts for the AC power brick i wanted.
also got the 2 x 120mm x 12mm height fans
in the meantime, i changed to a z77 board and got a dual core ivy bridge instead.
the tricky part is wiring it all together to the PicoPSU and hoping it doesn't fry everything i've done so far

the top -

the bottom -

i/o ports -

side angle -

you can see the gap underneath the i/o ports

there is a design decision that i could make - i'm still debating on whether i want that 120mm fan underneath the motherboard. should i just remove it completely and lower the motherboard?
__________________
............................
HeetWear
(o_
(o_ (o_ / /
(/)_ (\)_ V_/_

Last edited by AkumaX; 04-15-2013 at 02:51 PM. Reason: changed title?
AkumaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 10:25 PM   #2
TheStu
Moderator
Mobile Devices & Gadgets
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: New Cumberland, PA
Posts: 11,227
Default

How you gonna power that sucker?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by mfenn View Post
The 6770M can play Crysis 2, for suitably small values of play
TheStu is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2013, 10:48 PM   #3
AkumaX
Lifer
 
AkumaX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 12,515
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheStu View Post
How you gonna power that sucker?
PicoPSU!

http://www.mini-itx.com/news/story.asp?id=93517249
__________________
............................
HeetWear
(o_
(o_ (o_ / /
(/)_ (\)_ V_/_
AkumaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2013, 05:04 AM   #4
TheStu
Moderator
Mobile Devices & Gadgets
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: New Cumberland, PA
Posts: 11,227
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AkumaX View Post
That's adorable! So the whole thing is contained in the box, nice. Are you going to be using a mSATA SSD?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by mfenn View Post
The 6770M can play Crysis 2, for suitably small values of play
TheStu is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2013, 02:02 AM   #5
AkumaX
Lifer
 
AkumaX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 12,515
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheStu View Post
That's adorable! So the whole thing is contained in the box, nice. Are you going to be using a mSATA SSD?
Probably going to get a SanDisk Ultra Plus (and strip it from the case)
See: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6553/s...d-review-256gb
__________________
............................
HeetWear
(o_
(o_ (o_ / /
(/)_ (\)_ V_/_
AkumaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2013, 06:08 AM   #6
TheStu
Moderator
Mobile Devices & Gadgets
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: New Cumberland, PA
Posts: 11,227
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AkumaX View Post
Probably going to get a SanDisk Ultra Plus (and strip it from the case)
See: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6553/s...d-review-256gb
Oh yea, good call.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by mfenn View Post
The 6770M can play Crysis 2, for suitably small values of play

Last edited by TheStu; 01-30-2013 at 06:29 AM.
TheStu is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2013, 04:30 PM   #7
2timer
Golden Member
 
2timer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 1,803
Default

Wow, that looks nice, so cool to see something in it's actual form!

I'm looking to build a SFF PC, so I have questions - lots of questions!

Q: It's hard to tell, but are the sides of the case just open air? It looks like there is a top to protect against any collisions, but I can't tell if the sides are open or closed.

Q: I don't see the standoff screws - is the mobo just resting on top of the tray? Are you planning to fasten it in with standoffs?

Q: Regarding the HDD, so your plan is to buy an SSD and just remove the outer enclosure? Interesting!

Thanks, great build!
2timer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2013, 04:37 PM   #8
2timer
Golden Member
 
2timer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 1,803
Default

*Edit*

Ahhh I see what you did there. The CPU cooler wouldn't clear the top in the original orientation, so you flipped the case upside down for more clearance! Nice.

I'd drill a hole using a circular bit on the top, to give the fan some clearance.
2timer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2013, 05:27 PM   #9
Anonemous
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 7,216
Default

hmmm are you going to stick a discrete card in the pci x16 slot? Was thinking of building something like this for a ceton streaming/dvr box. Also where are you planning to put the ssd?

edit: Ah, there's space under the mobo:

http://www.lcdmodkit.com/specification/I0AA-H1.pdf

Last edited by Anonemous; 03-25-2013 at 05:33 PM.
Anonemous is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2013, 06:35 PM   #10
AkumaX
Lifer
 
AkumaX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 12,515
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2timer View Post
Wow, that looks nice, so cool to see something in it's actual form!

I'm looking to build a SFF PC, so I have questions - lots of questions!

Q: It's hard to tell, but are the sides of the case just open air? It looks like there is a top to protect against any collisions, but I can't tell if the sides are open or closed.
no, the sides are also acrylic
i'm considering drilling holes in the top to allow airflow. technically you shouldn't have the top open in case of spills/etc.. but maybe i'll side load it (or not drink anything near it )

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2timer
Q: I don't see the standoff screws - is the mobo just resting on top of the tray? Are you planning to fasten it in with standoffs?
There are standoffs, however I did not use the ones that came w/ the acrylic kit in this picture. w/ your reply below (how i 'turned the case upside down'), i actually just turned the back plate's lcd part (not the i/o plate) upside down.
because of how the build is done, i'm considering not even using the back acrylic plate. the dimensions don't match to what i need..

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2timer
Q: Regarding the HDD, so your plan is to buy an SSD and just remove the outer enclosure? Interesting!
yes, and i've already done that.
you can kind of see how it looks in this picture.


(that is the standard sata connector - not microsata or whatever, haha)!
it's also as thin as it looks!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Anonemous View Post
hmmm are you going to stick a discrete card in the pci x16 slot? Was thinking of building something like this for a ceton streaming/dvr box. Also where are you planning to put the ssd?

edit: Ah, there's space under the mobo:

http://www.lcdmodkit.com/specification/I0AA-H1.pdf
however, i do not intend to use the space underneath for the ssd (see pic )
in my picture, the itx mobo is lowered because i didn't use the included standoffs (i used my own)
also, that pic is of the 'recommended' case to be used with a core i3 setup.
the case i got was technically only made for integrated setups (using an atom or via cpu).
- http://www.ebay.com/itm/221204772256
i'll figure out a way..


----------

when i started this project (months ago), i've never even heard of thin-itx.
i researched it and initially i didn't consider it because it wasn't (easily) hackintoshable.
but it seems like the newer motherboards are, so i might consider switching out the new Z77N-wifi...
i wouldn't have had to worry about the picopsu if i went that route.

p.s. the parts i wanted came in so expect updated pics tomorrow (including a new cooler, picopsu, and that scythe )

-----------



a lot has changed since then (but not worth updating.. yet - if i finish my next milestone this week i'll update it).

main goal of this build is to dual boot osx/win8
luckily for me, i was fine with the HD3000 (now HD4000) graphics.
board has changed to a Z77N-Wifi.
cpu downgraded from i5-2500k (a quad) to i3-3225 (dual), although graphics have changed
also got a couple of scythe slim slipstreams (120mm x 120mm x 12mm high) fans

the original design of this pre-built kit was that there are riser holes that raise the itx motherboard 17mm from the bottom of the plate
- to allow for clearance of a couple of 2.5mm hdds
- a small 40mm x 10mm height fan

since i no longer need the clearance for the 2.5" drives, i could either a) lower it and eliminate the fan completely or b) slightly raise it to put in the 12mm height 120mm fan

this reply got to long, should probably move to my thread haha
__________________
............................
HeetWear
(o_
(o_ (o_ / /
(/)_ (\)_ V_/_

Last edited by AkumaX; 03-25-2013 at 07:01 PM.
AkumaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 02:21 PM   #11
MrX8503
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 4,530
Default

wow that's awesome! I didn't know such a thing existed. Thanks for sharing!
MrX8503 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 02:50 PM   #12
AkumaX
Lifer
 
AkumaX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 12,515
Default

4/15/13 update

it's almost done! i got the parts for the AC power brick i wanted.
also got the 2 x 120mm x 12mm height fans
in the meantime, i changed to a z77 board and got a dual core ivy bridge instead.
the tricky part is wiring it all together to the PicoPSU and hoping it doesn't fry everything i've done so far

the top -

the bottom -

i/o ports -

side angle -

you can see the gap underneath the i/o ports

there is a design decision that i could make - i'm still debating on whether i want that 120mm fan underneath the motherboard. should i just remove it completely and lower the motherboard?
__________________
............................
HeetWear
(o_
(o_ (o_ / /
(/)_ (\)_ V_/_
AkumaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 03:03 PM   #13
2timer
Golden Member
 
2timer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 1,803
Default

Where's the SSD? I don't see it in the update.

Unless you can squeeze the SSD up top, I'm guessing there will have to be a slight gap between the mobo and bottom side, anyway. Are your thermals worrisome that you need the fan on bottom?
__________________
I'm golden, it says so underneath my name. See?
2timer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #14
AkumaX
Lifer
 
AkumaX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 12,515
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2timer View Post
Where's the SSD? I don't see it in the update.

Unless you can squeeze the SSD up top, I'm guessing there will have to be a slight gap between the mobo and bottom side, anyway. Are your thermals worrisome that you need the fan on bottom?
I could have squeezed it up top or bottom. But them found out it could fit on the side

__________________
............................
HeetWear
(o_
(o_ (o_ / /
(/)_ (\)_ V_/_
AkumaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 10:16 PM   #15
2timer
Golden Member
 
2timer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 1,803
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AkumaX View Post
I could have squeezed it up top or bottom. But them found out it could fit on the side

Awesome, I love it! Good job on that one there OP.
__________________
I'm golden, it says so underneath my name. See?
2timer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2013, 07:52 AM   #16
VirtualLarry
Lifer
 
VirtualLarry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 26,100
Default

That's a sweet ITX build!
__________________
Rig(s) not listed, because I change computers, like some people change their socks.
ATX is for poor people. And 'gamers.' - phucheneh
haswell is bulldozer... - aigomorla
"DON'T BUY INTEL, they will send secret signals down the internet, which
will considerably slow down your computer". - SOFTengCOMPelec
VirtualLarry is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2013, 11:56 PM   #17
firewolfsm
Golden Member
 
firewolfsm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Detroit Area
Posts: 1,757
Default

Motherboard components don't really need cooling. Just lower the motherboard and widen the vents to increase air flow to the cpu. I think a quad core could easily fit in this system.
__________________
What I cannot create, I do not understand
firewolfsm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 07:53 AM   #18
MrX8503
Diamond Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 4,530
Default

Very cool. How did you know which SSD has the smaller PCB when you cracked it open?
MrX8503 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 02:04 PM   #19
AkumaX
Lifer
 
AkumaX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 12,515
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrX8503 View Post
Very cool. How did you know which SSD has the smaller PCB when you cracked it open?
AnandTech's review

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6553/s...d-review-256gb

I only got the 128GB. There are 2 x 64GB chips. The other side is blank. If I got the 256GB, there would be 4 x 64GB chips, 2 on each side.
__________________
............................
HeetWear
(o_
(o_ (o_ / /
(/)_ (\)_ V_/_
AkumaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 02:24 PM   #20
RU482
Lifer
 
RU482's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 12,591
Default

like!
RU482 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.