HEY HEY HEY!! Back at it again with a new scratch build! This project was initially meant to be a secondary entry for CMWS20, and was actually supposed to be a whole different project, but as happened with ONDA, I ended up scrapping away the original idea for something a lot more unique and exotic. So here comes Menhir! The name obviously suggests a tall and vertically designed build, and that's exactly it! Here's come initial renders. The idea is to have a properly watercooled build, with ITX footprint and as high as needed (about 67cm). The main frame will be made out of 8mm aluminum and wooden parts are going to be made out of Ayous wood. You see, the renders display the wood in a black painted fashion, but you'll soon see that I didn't follow up with that. Before getting started, I'd like to thank the sponsors for this project: HWLegend Modding - Asrock - OCPC - Seasonic - TouchTheGame Roma - Alphacool - CableMod Enough. Let's go! First things first, I set up the 8mm aluminum on the CNC, ready for cutting all of the parts needed from this material. There are a bunch of little brackets to mount the big pieces together, threaded modding cubes would've probably done a cleaner and easier job but no way I'm spending 2€ each cube, better use the biggest percentage I can on this 8mm sheet. For finishing, I wanted a raw finish on the aluminum, so I hit it up with 180 grit orbital sander. I would've liked to get a glass-blasted finish but I don't have a blasting booth yet and you know I want to make everything in house, so a raw sanded finish will do just as well, and probably be a little more unique! Coming together nicely! Next to the big winner boy!