Hi, I've been watching and reading this forum for a while and I've done some modding before but this time I thought I would post my new build on here, I wanted a new gaming PC but I also wanted a true dual purpose PC so that I could game and access the net at the same time, I've tried dual monitors but they don't really work when your gaming as the cursor is locked in the game and won't move to the other monitor so I decided the way to go was to have two motherboards so essentially two PC's in one case also I only have one main PC for everything and it annoys me having to boot up my gaming rig just to surf and check emails etc, so why not have a dual mobo PC I am a big fan of aluminium/aluminum so this build was going to be big and very shiny and called "Al - 13 - "Duplicity" The name stands for : Aluminium - Element symbol - Al Aluminium - Atomic number 13 "Duplicity" because of the two motherboards. I bought one of the popular motherboard bundles from Utopia computers.co.uk called the Utopian Stinger it's a Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 mobo with an i5-2500K overclocked to 4.5GHZ with 8GB of corsair vengeance RAM and a corsair cpu cooler for graphics I bought a MSI N560GTX-Ti TWIN FROZR as these cards are getting good bang for your bucks reviews. I also bought a corsair force 3 60GB SSD which will be used just for the operating system with HDD's for storage. The case of course would be made from aluminium, aluminium for the chassis, brackets, panels and finally 2-3mm thick ali for the case sides which would be laser cut by a local company that I have just discovered the build would use 180mm silverstone fans which I liked the look of so I bought two of them...mmm, 180mm fans there quite big (duh) when you actually see them and a Lian Li mobo tray from kustompcs.co.uk to get started with. after making a rough layouts of where everything would go I realized I would need some more of the aluminium profile that I would be using for the case chassis this case was getting bigger already! I'm using 20mm square aluminium profile for the chassis and some of the support struts and brackets it's quite easy stuff to work with and fastens together with small 90 degree brackets and allen headed grub screws and has a 6mm slot down each side which you can slide bolts into for attaching brackets etc. it makes a very solid structure as long as you keep the ends square when you cut them so I use a mitre saw fitted with a metal cutting blade. Once I have a basic idea of what I want to build I don't spend time using design programs to work things out I much prefer to have a pile of parts in front of me and see what I can make with it all, I knew I wanted the gaming mobo to be in a completely separate area to the PSU and the drives with the PSU at the bottom of the case below the drives in the front rather than in the back of the case. So after playing around with the parts for a while I realized that there was not enough room to have the drives and PSU all at the front as the front fan was in the way so I decided to mount the mobo turned through 90 degrees so the input output panel is at the top of the case and the 180mm fans sit in the bottom of the case and blow the hot air straight out the top of the case, having the layout like this meant that there was no big fan at the front of the case taking up space where I wanted the PSU. Now I had the basic layout for most of the parts the next thing was what to do with the second mobo this was an ASUS mini ITX mobo I made a mini motherboard for the ITX and there was plenty of room to mount it but after trying a few places I thought that rather than hide it away inside the case why not make a feature of it and mount it so it can be seen, after all it does have a rather nice big blue passive heatsink on it and it seemed a pity to hide it away so the only place it could really go to be seen properly was at the front top corner of the case, the heatsink will not be covered but exposed directly to the air to cool it. I have played around with the ITX before and had it booted up on the bench, it has a feature called Express Gate which is an instant-on environment that provides quick access to the internet and it will run with Linux Mint. I'm sure many people would probably be far more sensible and just get a laptop just for using online but computer modding like most forms of customizing has absolutely nothing to do with being sensible has it! Then I got to try out my new sheet metal bending brake I marked out a piece of 2mm ali sheet that would be the new ITX mobo tray and went bending and it worked a treat with nice crisp folds, this bending brake cost a bit more than some you can buy but it is made by an engineering company in limited numbers and it's quite heavy duty and should bend up to 3mm ali and it's so much easier than trying to bend sheet metal in a vice between bits of wood and stuff, there are still a few on ebay.uk if anyone wants one, I can recommend them. I drilled some mounting holes in the ITX mobo tray and fitted some stand offs and bolted it all to the new chassis where it's mounted at 45 degrees and amazingly it all fits, mounted the ITX mobo I placed the fans and PSU in position just checking for size and space and now there is plenty of room for the drives and fan speed controller. That's it for now, back soon.