Project [Mini]malist Hi guys! I use to venture these forums when I was a teen. Boy that was a decade ago and things have changed here! But same great work going on that still amazes me. I'm here to throw my hat in the pool for once. I'm not one for having an over the top looking computer in my home. I love to look at them, but find them too distracting for my living room where my computer is. Everything is very minimalist for me. So that's where I want to take my next computer build. Small and minimal. My computer still needs to be powerful enough to handle photo editing, 3D modeling, AutoCAD, and some light gaming (although I don't do that much anymore ). I searched high and low for the smallest, most unobtrusive looking case I could find and landed on this beauty. The Jonsbo UMX1. It measures 300 mm (D) x 160 mm (W) x 345 mm (H) This is a Chinese brand that gets rebadged globally. In the US, they get sold under the Rosewill brand. But the UMX1 was not one of the models that Rosewill elected to rebrand and sell in the US. I had to purchase this from a Chinese website and import it into the States. It also isn't a case meant for heavy duty hardware. For instance, no watercooling or discrete graphics mounts. I intend to keep as much of the exterior the same as possible. But I need to make a spot for a VGA card and watercooling. So that means: - Making a new rear case panel - Modifying the bottom case panel for a radiator and fans - Relocating the PSU - Making a new HDD mount - Mount for the watercooling pump THE GOODS Mobo ASRock Z87E-ITX CPU Intel i7-4770K PSU Silverstone 450W SFX GFX EVGA 750 Superclocked HD OS Samsung Evo 500GB mSATA HD storage 2x Seagate 3TB 7200rpm RAM Crucial Ballistix Tactical VLP 16GB Cooling 3x Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 Cooling 1x Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro 80mm Cooling Swiftech 8-way PWM fan controller Pump Swiftech MCP655 Variable Speed with G1/4 modded top Reservoir Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 40 Clear Radiator Alphacool Nexxos ST30 240 CPU Block EK Supremacy Clean CSQ GPU Block EK VGA Supremacy HWBOT Edition Connections Koolance fittings and QD3 quick disconnects How much can you cram into a mini-ITX case?!?! This will all be a very tight fit. I spec'd as many low-profile items as I could. All the goods so far! Wow this fan is thin I decided to buy the Ballistic Tactical because it was $5 more than the sport but it came with a black PCB! I didn't want the green PCB on the sport to muck my black and silver color scheme up. And off comes the heat spreaders... Yeah... that's very low profile. The watercooling goods! Beautiful big pump with g1/4 taps. Uh oh. CPU block mounting plate interferes with the msata. Well just a snip should fix it. Beautiful heavy little thing. Sir, we have our patient ready. We can make him better. Screwdriver. Alcohol. Allen wrench. Thermal paste. I think we did it sir. Machined back panels. Original in the middle. I got it made out of the same aluminum grade as the case. Amazing fit. And of course... making it look like its original. Got to give it that brushed aluminum effect. It was just a matter of making a jib to keep my strokes straight. 200 passes of 220 grit sandpaper, 100 passes of scour pad, and a matte clear coat to get it indiscernible in finish. I'm willing to say they probably anodized the metal, but that's just crazy for me. Can of clear finish will do! Can hardly tell the difference. The VGA tab was the hardest. The tab was milled down with a "V" groove so I could brake the metal by hand. It was difficult to begin the braking. But once I broke it enough, I grabbed some pliers and finished it off.