Hi all, been reading this forum for a long time, but now it's time to start my first project log here. Project plan: - Compact LAN-party computer, volume about 22 liters - Scratch built from aluminum - Jet Age -inspired design Colors: - Exterior: Metallic red and black - Matt black / carbon fiber interior with a touch of red - Mostly black sleeving - White/red LEDs, indirect light Preliminary hardware specs: CPU: i7-3770K (Ivy Bridge) CPU cooler: Antec H2O Kühler 620 MB: Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Z 4x4GB 1600MHz GPU: ATI Radeon HD7xxx PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB HDD: n/a ODD: n/a Fan controller: Aquaero 5 Pro with Aquaremote Others: MDPC-X sleeving, screws and connectors Umm, yeah. I'm buying most of the components later when case is closer to finishing. However, I've bought some parts that don't get old too fast. For example PSU is ordered and should arrive soon. And if someone is wondering where the name 'Project ZOE' comes, here's an explanation: I started to number my builds when I got more serius with this modding stuff. So my first build was Z01 'Vanilla'. Second build was Z02 'Embolado'. And this one is Z03 - hence the name ZOE. Ok, let's go ahead to The Good Part aka pictures. First just some parts and then construction pics. First 16mm switch with white led ring. I'll be using one as a power switch and possibly a second one for reset. MDPC-X crimp contacts and 24pin housings. This build will have custom lenght cables since the case will be quite a compact. I think that for example GPU power cables should be like 20cm long. Aquaremote for Aquaero. Don't know if I really need it - I just had to get one. And the Aquaero itself. Bought the Pro-version since I don't like the capacitive buttons on the XT. These are the tools of destruction: And now finally - Lets get started on the case itself. First part is cut from 5mm aluminum plate that I happened to have around. Then we need a new sheet of 3mm aluminum. (There's a protective film over it.) Didn't took any pictures while cutting because I think you all know how it looks like. Anyway, here's a freshly cut part: And suddenly there was two of them! Sooo.. How will those go together? Ok, little bit of tape and lets hope it stays together long enough.. Like that. Now those parts just need sanding etc. That's all for now. I'm hoping to get next update online soon.