Working Title ExoSkeleton Me and my buddy starting thinking about our own casemod. My Buddy SqUed is great with with iron and has always good input and solutions. Together we decided to build a new case for me, from scratch. Transport of the case will be easy. We bought ourselves an American Audio ABS DDR-4 flightcase 4 HE[/b]. That was our first limitation. It had to fit in this flightcase for transport to lan-parties. Hardware Hardware which will be used (it’s currently in my own game-pc: -MSI G41M-P21 -Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor Q9550 -4GB RAM -MSI HD6870DC -Corsair 120GB SSD -Corsair H50 waterkoeling -Coolermaster 600Watt PSU Silent Pro M As you can see, minimal in it’s hardware as well. So no dvd player, 3,5inch harddisk etc. Global Idea at start of project -Should fit in our flightcase and should be easy to put in and out. -SSD will not be visible and will come together with the PSU in the bottom of the case. -Cablemanagement -Led lighting with led controller to adjust colour of light. -Case will black non shining. First drawings for the impression: Idea is to work with iron bars, that will go through halfway the case at both sides. In the double bottom the PSU and SSD will be located. On top of the PSU/SSD cover will be the motherboard. A detail what we want to do with the PSU cover. We want to use metal shields to cover the PSU-box. Update 1 First we created the bottom, using 20mm metal studs. They have been cut open and soldered together with silver. Soldering the bottom frame. Bottom getting into shape. This is the bottom view. Fits like a glove, after polishing and sanding. Polishing, probably this will be matte black with some power coating. Putting the PSU on the bottom. You see that we have narrowed down the bottom frame in order to get the PSU to fit. In the bottom a hole will be drilled for the PSU. If we unscrew the bottom plate, only the bottomplate will be come loose. All other elements will be fitted to the top part of the frame. Some additional pictures. Update 2 The PSU Cover Continued with the PSU cover. We had a look to the angle, but this seems to be a nice angle to start with. The idea of the bars is clear in below picture. Between the bars we will get 3mm space for the led lightning. Basic shape has been arrived, no we should further work on the detail. Possible also bars on the top, depending on how it looks. We have created ‘spacers’ for the bottom plate using m5 bolts. Backside of the PSU. We needed a bracket to fit the PSU. Getting in a comfortable angle… [/img] Update 3 Created a hole in the bottom in the plate for the PSU fan. Looking for the right drill This size was a little bit to big... This seems to be just right. Starting drilling with some oil of course. The iron is really though. Some additional pics. Bottomside. This was the original idea with the bars.. But we came with a new and better plan… For that we needed to adjust the PSU cover. It looks worse, but it is not so bad… The new idea is shown below. In the oblique angle the SSD will be placed on raisers. This SSD will be visible for 80%, 20% will be covered by the PSU cover. Ideal for the cablemanagement! In the oblique angle the 2 usb ports will be located. Update 4 Started working on the motherboard tray, which consists of these metal studs. Backside of motherboard will be visible through the holes. The backplate will be made in such a way that is can also be used for ATX boards and not only my current mATX board. We started drawing the shields on the PSU cover, and it took us over 50 drawings and 100 of lines to get to this design which is not symetric. Our inspiration was found by Lamborghini Aventador. The lines you see below will be the space between the shields. Space between the shields will be around 2mm. Side Front/top The round button will be for the power en reset button. In the part above the SSD-bay will be 2 usb ports located. Side/top In global the idea will look like this. Update 5 Some more work done. These buttons for power and reset will be bought. Unfortunately the idea with the leds did not work good. The leds are laying down in a ‘ring’ which makes it impossible to shine their light to the side. It can only shine to the top. Therefor we switched to CCFL. Did some shopping... 4 CCFL blue 10cm 1 Converter 1 Sleeved PSU 24 pin extensioncable 2 Sleeved GPU 6pin extensioncable 1 Internal USB hub 2 Power switch 2 Power switch cable Global ideal, final lights will be blue, but this gives a good impression of our ideas. Also the SSD bay will have its own lightning. Dremel the cover. Impression. With some proud I can announce our first sponsor. Thanks Andrea for your fantastic mail, we are getting a mouse sponsored which fits the case! And our second sponsor will be NDF Special Light Products in Roosendaal. They will produce custom CCFL's of 2.4mm to our specific design wishes! Thank you so much Coen, for your support and all the tips you gave us in relation to lightning! And we also have our third sponsor right now. Rotako is a company located in Zevenbergen, The Netherlands which is a divers company in the metal-world can be divided in four lines of business: Engineering: From idea to solution, through innovative assembly Assembly: Created solutions, installed at site. Production: Watercutting technique and construction work Maintenance: Professional maintenance. We want to thank Hans Rongen and Rotako for the help, with the watercutting machine for our Exo-S logo!