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Scratch Build – In Progress Project REAL CUBE (Wooden Mini ITX Gaming Case)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Minefoxi, 16 Dec 2015.

  1. Minefoxi

    Minefoxi SFF Modding!

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    My first Scratch Build wooden PC Case:

    PROJECT REAL CUBE

    The GREAT UNVEILING:



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    Check out the V2.0 Build Log: https://imgur.com/a/rWJlr

    Maximum Specifications and Features:

    ●ITX Motherboard: Z170 (X99)
    ●CPU: i7 6700K (i7 5960X)
    ●RAM: 32GB DDR4 OC
    ●ITX Style (17cm length) Mini Graphics Card: GTX970/R9 Nano
    ●SFX Power Supply Unit: 600W
    ●Slim Slot-Loading Optical Drive: DVD/Blu-Ray Player/Burner
    ●Decent Cooling: 95W (140W)
    ●Laser cut plywood panels and parts
    !REAL CUBE Shape! with 222mm Length/Width/Depth

    Hardware testing with prototype:
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    More renders, pics, info and videos will follow ;)

    My test and main rig specs:

    ●ITX Motherboard: GigaByte GA-Z97N Gaming 5
    ●CPU: Intel Core i7-4790
    ●RAM: 2x8GB Crucial B.Sport
    ●ITX Graphics Card: ZOTAC GTX650ti 2GB (MSI GTX970 does not fit)
    ●2,5" SSD: Samsung 850 Pro 512GB
    ●SFX PSU: SilverStone SST-SX600-G
    ●Slim Slot-Loading ODD: Panasonic UJ265
    ●CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D9L

    Let me know what you think and post all the questions you have! ;)
     
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  2. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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    Hello and welcome - can you please resize your images as they're far too large.
     
  3. ChrisHowell

    ChrisHowell What's a Dremel?

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    Pretty cool man! That's a small cube tooo. It looks like it's just going to fit together really easily given all the measurements are correct.

    Will you be laser cutting the wood panels?
    What wood will you be using?

    Also, what storage will you be using? A good excuse to use a little M.2 drive? :p
     
  4. Minefoxi

    Minefoxi SFF Modding!

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    First of all thanks for your feedback!

    On other forums
    (https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/177/
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1570056/scratch-build-project-real-cube)
    there is already much more information on the project because I already made some serious progress and got prototypes going (which are indeed lasercut ;))...I'll update the first post this evening with more info and more pics/renderings
    Btw there will be no M.2 SSD :( because I don't own one and I'm just using the parts from my main Rig for testing (would be in my signature if I already had one ;))

    I'm quite new to bit-tech so I need some time to get used to it :)
     
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  5. mal

    mal What's a Dremel?

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    I have a design sitting on my computer now of a similar mod with a GTX 670 Mini. Mine is a combination of steel frame with wood shell. Dimension creep got up to 210mm cubed. Why did you choose 222m?

    Cool how you interlocked the sides with those dovetail joints. "RC" reminds me of Rubik's Cube, but yours looks to be much less frustrating. How do you plan to get the logo on the front, burn or painted on?

    Mal
     
  6. Minefoxi

    Minefoxi SFF Modding!

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    Could you post a picture or do you have a link to your build/log...?
    The logo is burned in/engraved with laser like the edges :)
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    The edge length was more or less random (and a nice number). I just wanted everything to fit in. At first I wanted it to be 200mm even but that didn't work out...
     
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  7. mal

    mal What's a Dremel?

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    No log, haven't settled on one of the many designs swimming in my head.

    Here is my idea:
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    I'm trying to relocate the PSU. A Flex PSU woud sit in front of the motherboard but that would require a little more dimension creep. Maybe 215mm cubed, by then though it kinda defeats the purpose. :wallbash:

    Mal
     
  8. Minefoxi

    Minefoxi SFF Modding!

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    Nice idea!
    So I have 222mm cubed and ODD+nice PSU location+powerful tower CPU cooler ;)
     
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  9. mal

    mal What's a Dremel?

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    Every little bit adds up. 7" cubed is 5.6L. I'm at 8.25" cubed which is 9L. You're almost 9" cubed which is 12L. :jawdrop: Its not easy staying as small as possible.

    Oh yeah, I missed your ODD! I don't have one because I do alot of streaming. I guess I could add one if I shifted the 200mm fan towards the back a little. But I probably won't.

    The tower is not a planned part, just there for reference on what could fit. There is about 3.5" between the cpu and PSU. The idea is the 200mm fan brings cool air in and the PSU and GPU force it out. As such I may flip the PSU so more fresh air gets forced down to the motherboard before the PSU grabs it.

    The wood shell will hide all screws and the small size allows the power button and usb ports to be on the back.

    Mal
     
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  10. Minefoxi

    Minefoxi SFF Modding!

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    Currently testing hardware and I'm glad everything fits and runs smoothly :)
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  11. Herodj95

    Herodj95 What's a Dremel?

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    Well done so far ;)
     
  12. mal

    mal What's a Dremel?

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    Yeah what he said. Looks good. :thumb: We need a gratuitous Coke shot for reference.

    Mal
     
  13. Minefoxi

    Minefoxi SFF Modding!

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    Thanks! :thumb:
     
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    Minefoxi SFF Modding!

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    Yesterday I made this power button mounting thing and cut some holes into the back panel, also my USB 3.0 ports arrived:
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    Today I put everything together and took some pictures for you. Enjoy:

    Front view:
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    Back view:
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    Top view (PSU down there):
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    Inside view with SSD on one side:
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    and on the other side:
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    A happy new year guys!
     
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  15. Minefoxi

    Minefoxi SFF Modding!

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    Some new renderings of version 2.0 before ordering the panels ;) (I finally chose a much more realistic texture for the panels and switched the background color to a light grey)

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    Stay tuned, it's going to be awesome and I'm so looking forward to it right now
     
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  16. Minefoxi

    Minefoxi SFF Modding!

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    Version 2.0 incoming

    Late Christmas presents from QinX (my partner for laser cutting) arrived a few days ago :D

    Panels for REAL CUBE Version 2.0:
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    And a little mockup (scale 1:3) QinX did before cutting Version 1.0:
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    Stay tuned for the upcoming updates of V2.0!
     
  17. Minefoxi

    Minefoxi SFF Modding!

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    Finally I have got an update on this project for you

    Today I build a test system in the finished parts for version 2.0 with my
    Intel Core i7 4790,
    Crucial 16GB DDR3,
    GigiaByte Z97N Gaming 5,
    Noctua NH-D9L,
    Zotac GTX650 ti,
    SilverStone SX600-G,
    Samsung 850 Pro 512GB,
    Seagate 1TB HDD,
    Panasonic UJ265
    and 2x 70mm fan

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    Link: Album of Test Build Log with Real Cube V2.0
     

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