Project Index 000 - Start of project 001 - More chassis parts cut + finished motherboard tray 002 - Micro-update: Black RAM 003 - Sanded chassis components + chassis test fit 004 - More chassis photos + thoughts about the theme and other things Hi everyone! After a long pause, I'm back with new worklog. This time it's going to be HTPC/Steambox, but I wanted something more original than your usual HTPC case. Hence I'm going to build it completely from scratch using only hand tools - Jigsaw will be the highest tech tool for this build. Material is mainly 3mm aluminium, but there might be some acrylic too for light effects. Components are pretty basic for this project - Mini-itx board with some fast memory and an APU. Plus Noctua cooler and Intel SSD. Oh, and 150W PicoPSU too. I gathered these parts over a long period of time so photos are a bit random.. But let's start with the APU: If someone is wondering why I'm using 5800K and not the newer 6800K, it's because I bought this CPU several months ago. In fact the system has been in use for a while, but just without the case.. Here's the CPU cooler I'm using. I think it's not recommended for 100W TDP processors, but seems to work just fine since I've disabled turbo and undervolted 5800K quite bit. And by the way, this is my first Noctua cooler ever! Pretty cool packaging too, huh? It's a bit hard to see, but this cooler does have a couple heatpipes: Rest of the components: Components installed: And yeah, I removed heatspreaders from the memory.. Orange color doesn't fit to this project and it was rather tight fit between the cooler and the PicoPSU. Random beauty shot.. And system running: Everything is working just fine.. Surprisingly fluid too, seems like APU+SSD+W8 is pretty nice combo. And now onto the good part! I started building with this easy part. Bending it was the hardest thing to do.. I don't have any fancy metal bending machine so I used a couple aluminium plates and hands instead. Luckily this is the only part that needs bending in this project.. Next I started to cut sidepanels. Drawing is printed on paper which is then glued to the aluminium. Looks pretty good.. After a while I had another sidepanel too and I couldn't help myself.. I just had to make a quick test fit to see how it looks. And yes, it should become a computer case and not a spaceship. More soon..