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Case Mod - In Progress Worklog: Elementality pico pc

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by j0h89, 11 Sep 2010.

  1. j0h89

    j0h89 New Member

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    Heilà!
    this is my first post on this forum.
    Mi name is joh and I'm Italian (this is why my english is very bad :D)
    I am writing to introduce my new work!
    Maybe someone have already seen on other modding forums because I have seen many familiar avatars

    Let's begin.

    First, to understand the mod i want to explain why i made this new pc:
    The computer used by me every day is:

    Motherboard: Maximus II Formula
    Processor: Q6600
    RAM: 4Gb Dominator GT
    Video Card: 8800 GTS 512
    Supply: CM Real Power 620W
    Hard Drive: 2x160Gb
    Cooling: EK Ybris
    Case: HAF 932

    As you can see is a gaming machine, and so high consumption, noise and high temperatures.
    But now I don't play much videogames, then I asked myself: "It's good keeping a typically PC 20 hours on 24 just to get me the facts of the other on facebook, listen to music or download from the network?"
    So here come this project, a little and silent pc with very little consumes.

    This PC will be as follows:
    Motherboard: EPIA-en15000g
    Processor: Integrated 1.5 GHz VIA C7 Nano
    Ram: 1Gb 533MHz with Heatsink Thermaltake
    Supply: Pico PSU 150W
    Hard drive: not yet bought any case surely a 2.5 "
    Case: Home Made

    I called it
    Elementality Pico pc

    The motherboard EPIA-en15000g

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    It 's a 17x17cm great Mini ITX motherboard and is normally used for car computer (PC like this could also be used inside a car) this does mean that the PC will be very small (23x23cm maximum), the power could be a problem because the supply are usually quite large but wandering around on the net I came to the attention of Pico PSU, small power supply (like those on laptops) with 24-pin adapter for the motherboard.

    So I bought a 150W, even if the pc but consumes much less.

    The first problem was the power supply, because the supply was is 24pin and the motherboard is 20 pin, 24 pin could not be mounted because it touches the PS2 port, so I had to build a mini extension 20> 20 pin.
    I then unsoldered a female connector from a motherboard burned..

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    I recovered a male connector from a power supply burned (i do not know if the my hardware characteristics of burning can define a luck or bad luck)

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    A bit of heat shrink for a cleaner touch and here the result:

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    Attacked the pico psu

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    Fast and functional

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    As I've already said the case will be home made.
    I thought of different solutions but the one that prevailed was built entirely in plexy.
    I was inspired by:
    BluBawx Mod by E.E.L. Ambiense
    So I began to create projects with sketchup trying to minimize the possible spaces at the same time make it cool.

    So I started working on some pieces of colored plexy.

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    After attacking a strip of paper I drew on it the first window of this case

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    And I began to realize a rough cut of the shape ready to be refinished a couple of times to obtain the desired effect (all the mod is made with a Dremel)

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    After the first refinishing the cut looked like this

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    Still a bit raw.
    By finishing the second the result is different. From the picture you can't appreciate because of the flash
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    Then I reapplied the paper tape to outline another workpiece

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    Once this cut, I have drawn another one a few mm smaller on a second piece of plexy, this time transparent red

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    And I also cut it

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    These cuts are used to enter the power button on the PC that has been recycled from an old cooler master but was not good.
    Here are the panel temporarily mounted almost to see the effect

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    Ps: it is a bit dirty but you know how much dust is attracts by plexy

    After a lot of tests I was able to recreate the back cover

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    Finished

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    He didn't come fine but is not easy to work with the dremel on plexy and very small spaces

    Part of left side panel

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    With the same method used previously I made a hole for a fan on the red plexy

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    Finished with red plexy

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    The right panel.

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    compared with the first to see if they were equal
    the difference?..

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    The difference between the first and the second is made for the airflow

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    particular:


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    after I've finished the panels i glued all:

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    (Note the "weight battery" to keep the panel straight .... very useful to make modding the battery)
    I must say that despite doubts about the strength of silicon, contrary to expectations, keeps very well.
    Meanwhile, I realized the support of the case. In this photo you see the first painting

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    Finished

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    Here it is in particular

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    So I decided to mount the legs to the case, and also make the holes for the motherboard.
    here is the result

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    PC installed with the base (it is very dirty, needs a wash)

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    I made the hard disk support in plexy. I cut the plexy and I put 4 screws to secure it to 'Hard Disk.

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    I decided not to put the HD attached to the plexy to facilitate the recycling of air

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    In the case, the HD goes between the motherboard and the right panel pc,

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    To cool the pc I had put fan so I created a support for the fan side:

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    PS: The fan is 40mm

    After a long search I found the buttons

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    So I started sleeve some cables

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    in particular

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    and the SATA cable

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    Mounted

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    I made the bracket to close the case.
    The bracket was mounted on the back of the case

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    and I painted the top panel

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    Here it is the case with the panel mounted

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    In this photo you see the size compared to a PC mouse

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    In these last two pictures the case is leaning sideways (i can also remove the legs to put case in this way)
    Photos with reflected mouse

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    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
    And now ... The Elementality Pico Mouse

    Initially it was like this:

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    And had a blue LED

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    Now it has red LED

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    Now it is:

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    Thanks for watching. I will post final photos too.
    Probably it's not beautiful like other case in this forum but I like it :D and I'm so satisfied of it because is all made by me using only the Dremel

    PS: Final photos on page 2
     
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  2. Remmes

    Remmes Be One With Your Mod

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    err.. pics not working.... =[
     
  3. j0h89

    j0h89 New Member

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    :jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop:
    i see all the pics
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    ok i try to fix the problem
     
  4. brinkz0r

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  5. Matticus

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    No pics either, I really want to see it....

    Maybe re upload to image shack, photobucket, or even go to your user cp on the forums. Press Pictures & albums, create and album and upload them all!
     
  6. Bullitdodger

    Bullitdodger If it ain't broke....Tweak it.

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    Sorry mate.
    No pictures. Lots af very fine looking red x'es though....;)
     
  7. Xtrafresh

    Xtrafresh It never hurts to help

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    yer, no pics. Try Dropbox, that's a very easy way of getting your pics shared, as it's just a folder on your PC :D
     
  8. j0h89

    j0h89 New Member

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    I've tried picasa with public album. Can you see the pictures now?
     
  9. Razer2007

    Razer2007 Building Proxima

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    I can see the pics! looks awesome dude! I like the front window, ans especially the mouse mod. Good work!:thumb:
     
  10. j0h89

    j0h89 New Member

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    :hehe:thanks :D:thumb:
     
  11. llOriginll

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    Awesome man, that transparent red plexiglas looks awesome! Where did you buy it from? :)

    I'm sure it's getting lots of use as a little facebook checker :D
     
  12. j0h89

    j0h89 New Member

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    Thanks!
    I bought it from an Italian online store specialized in plexy.
    If you want i can send you the link trought private message.
     
  13. Anubus

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    This is an nice little pico pc.
    Good job there. :thumb:
     
  14. bobisgod

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    Amazing dremel work:thumb:
     
  15. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    wow, great work dude!

    It's cool how you can see your skills get better over the space of even one mod, looks fantastic :)
     
  16. WolfandAngel

    WolfandAngel Got fins?

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    looks good nice work


    wolfie
     
  17. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    Very clean looking


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  18. j0h89

    j0h89 New Member

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    And now...

    final shoots
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    Thank you all!!
     
  19. Elledan

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    Real Italian design. I like it :D
     
  20. Matticus

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    Looks fantastic, you have done a great job!
     

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