So, hi there, all! I'm a new-comer to Bit-tech. I've read articles here and there for years, and have of course, ogled many of the mods, but I've never gotten involved in the forums - I've mostly hung out at Tom's Hardware. The reason for that is because I'm a college kid who has absolutely no access to tools, even when at home. While that has slowed me down, I haven't let it discourage me. I've been building computers since I was twelve, but my first year of college was when I began modding, mostly thanks to ManofChalk, over at Tom's Hardware, convincing me to get into watercooling. Fast forward a year and I had saved up for my own dremel, modded my poor bitfenix prodigy within an inch of its life... and still hadn't taken any of the pictures I had been promising ManofChalk for a year. A year after that and I'm ready to tackle a bigger project. I'm doing a scratch-build, with some unique twists. (And no, it's totally unrelated to the articles that Bit-Tech is writing up about how to do a scratch-build; that's just awkward timing.) Since I'm doing something a lot more interesting than adding a second PCIe card to a mini itx motherboard through the mSATA port on the bottom of the motherboard, I figured it would be a good time to document the journey... and finally fulfill my promise of taking shiny pictures. So here's what I'm up to. I'm taking my computer and shrinking it down as small as possible. I've always loved small form factor, and after upgrading a while ago to an mATX rig, I realized that I really don't need it, and will be selling that motherboard, taking my gaming rig and the family HTCP, butchering them both, and coming up with a unique beastie. Here's what makes it rather odd: its combinations of priorities. First of all, I want it to be as tiny as possible - my goal is to make it under the "official" limit of 20 liters of volume. Second of all, I want it to be quiet... which isn't usually a concern of miniature rigs. Third, it's watercooled. And that watercooling is in the form of an external radbox. (Which, yes, is counted in the total volume.) Oh, and it's going to be totally open, so just a frame, not a case proper. Sound like fun yet? I'm going to throw some props where they're due, first off: I want to say a huge thank you to the guys over at Tom's Hardware who have been helping me brainstorm this thing before it was even close to the stage where it was ready to be turned into a build log. I also want to thank ALS of overclock.net - his velociraptor build log from '12 gave me a lot of ideas about my layout and got me thinking hard about heat and putting things where they wouldn't normally go. Finally, I want to give a HUGE thanks to , who actually sponsored me for this build! I was looking around trying to find a good PCIe riser cable, and unfortunately since all the bitcoin miners have realized they can use x1 to x16 cables, the only cheap cables out there have month-long shipping from China, a 30% failure rate, and a chance of taking out your GPU or motherboard with them. When I was looking for alternatives, I wrote to the good folks at Samtec, and I explained what I was doing, and they donated a custom, ~$100 cable for me that I would not have otherwise been able to afford. They were wonderful to work with, and the cable is head and shoulders above anything else I could have found. Mods, I'll be updating the rest of this with pictures and proof of work in the next couple hours - I have it all, but I want to take the time to write up a proper build log from my notes over at Tom's Hardware and to put things in chronological order. Thanks!