First time this idea came to me when mini-itx Via Epias were the only brand on that segment and Athlon 64s something brand new. But now the situation is changed to better direction, mini-itx boards have became affordable with wide range of cpu sockets to choose from and most importantly proper slots for GFX card. Since local military goods shop (varusteleka) got these NATO .50cal ammoboxes in stock again I decided to throw together a compact and durable machine for Lan Partying. --The plan/goal -Fit lanbox into NATO .50cal Ammobox (id: 27.8x14.4x17.5cm LxWxD) -Build a insert for the parts from 1.5mm steel sheet -I/O will be facing up, since lid of the ammobox is easily removeable -Not a single change to the Ammobox itself --HW -A8-3850 -Asrock A75M-ITX -Powercolor HD7750 -8GB DDR3 -2TB 3.5" Samsung HDD -2.5" SSD (tba) -BQT 350W SFX psu the s0lid edition -Noctua LH-N12 in single fan mode + 2-3 60x60x25mm fans -Pci-e x16 flexriser --Todo firstname.lastname@example.org -Cut 2-3mm extra from the bottom of insert -> fits deeper -> more space for i/o and face plate under the lid and the gasket. -Bend face plates mounting flaps. -Smoothen and paint the insert so it doesn't look like it has been forget with a hammer (which it is ). -The face plate --(Crappy) pictures The box. Results of Day #1, the insert pretty much cut into shape and most of the mounting holes are done. Everything is fixed to the steel with m3 self-clinching nuts (drill a hole, insert nut into it and apply ~2tons of pressure). Hdd mount. Chopped lian li hdd tray and some angled aluminium. Nothing extra ordinary here. Just testing that the board fits with the holes. The psu. All the C(r)apxon capacitors have been replaced with proper NC KZE series caps exculding one tantalium cap and the mains capacitor (also NC but different series ofc). Cable shortening/removal inc... Tomorrow will be fun, gotta do the bends. Which are highlighted with red in the following picture. Those already installed S.C.Ns cause some consern and it's not really possible to install them after doing the bends (only got this big 20 ton hydraulic press -> flat sheet only). Those little flaps with S.C.Ns are used for mounting the face plate which will hold the GFX card inplace, power connector, intake and exhaust fans, power button and i/o shield. The face plate itself will be made either from the very same steel or aluminium. Reason why this is Scratch Build: There will not be any mods done to the ammobox itself which will simply be the outer shell and everything else is built from scratch.