Custom Cube style SFF case with 140mm EK-MLC Phoenix support

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  1. Tazor

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    This is a personal project, a case design for my needs, so some of the choices may seem strange to some.

    The case concept is simple: ITX Mobo, ITX GPU, SFX PSU, 140mm EK-MLC Phoenix Radiator core in the front, around or under 10L.

    To help me bring this to light I have been chatting to the guys at PC Design Foundry who are a relatively new player in the custom case fabrication game and they've been extremely quick and responsive in helping me kick start this project.

    To see some more of their work either check out their website above or check out diceboii13's expandable case concept here.

    Currently I'm in the process of finalising some design decisions like the look of the front of the case and so on, but here are some of the initial renders:

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    Initial dimensions are:

    Height = 232.76
    Width = 160.4
    Length = 284
    volume = 10.6 L

    This will almost certainly change a few times before the final design is confirmed.

    There's more to come very shortly and as soon as the design is finalised production on the final case will begin, but I hope you all like the design and feel free to throw any thoughts or suggestions below.

    Cheers,

    Tazor
     
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    Final design and about to start work on the final product :D
     
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    That's awesome! love tiny builds.
     
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    Thanks man, will have some more updates next week with actual photos of the case coming together, seen some of the CNC Extruded aluminium parts that hold it all together and they look sick!
     
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    Pretty much the perfect design and layout :thumbup::thumbup: cant wait to see more :D
     
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    Thanks Defyant, means a lot coming from you mate :D updates coming next week, the guy making it was on holiday this week so there's a painful wait for some pictures of the case being made haha
     
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    Corner extrusions are done!

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    shut up and take my money...lol
     
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    :lol: if you want one, email Andy at PC Design Foundry, he'll happily make you one!
    We've done all the hard work of actually designing it lol
     
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    Big update for y'all, all the parts have been cut and bent and trial fit prior to powder coating.

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    Currently looking to get the case shipped by 20th of June from UK where it's being made.
     
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    That's awesome mate, coming along beaut!
     
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    Very impressive. :thumbup:

    Fortunate for you that you have access to the right machinery. If not I imagine this may not be a financially viable project.
     
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    It's purely a personal project so it's worth the cost to have control over the design and layout.
    It's not going to cost much more than a lot of other custom SFF cases on the market as Andy is cutting me an amazing deal.
     
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    Sorry if I came across as negative as that was not my intention. I for one give kudos to those that go down the full custom path, it allows them to have the case EXACTLY how they want.

    How many times do we read reviews of new cases and there always is a "oh..dear" moment!
     
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    You're not wrong mate. I'd be totally buzzed knowing the box on my desk was my own design - one day!
     
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    No offense taken! You were correct in your assessment haha

    That's exactly why I went down this path, I wanted a case to fit my needs and not have to conform to the masses #HipsterPCBuilder
     
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    Got some more photos for y'all with the case's metal parts mostly assembled - still plastic/acrylic parts left to make and powdercoating as well as a few minor details to clean up.

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    Also, Andy from PC Design Foundry put together a video showing the case actually being build, check below.

     
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    alloy sweet alloy:thumbup:
     
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    Enjoy it while it lasts, it'll be going to the powdercoater at the end of the week haha

    Trying to decide what I do for CPU cooling. I have 3 options currently:
    1. BeQuiet SilentLoop 120mm based loop
    2. Swiftech Apogee Drive II with DDC MX pump and EK XE 120mm radiator
    3. EK Vector CPU block, EK DDC MX pump/res combo and EK SE 120mm radiator
    Each has advantages and disadvantages, so just trying to decide what I would like to do in an ideal world!

    I think the DDC options will be better, as there's a chance I'll be able to mount a second SE 120 radiator in the bottom with a 15mm fan, so a more powerful pump would be necessary.
    Option 2 I think is the most tempting, I just need to work out how to fill it really...
     
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    Mate assuming there's nothing wrong with the LT in the BQ AiO (same risk as anyone else), it shouldn't struggle with two little rads.

    The one rig with an LT that always springs to mind (I love it) is BigDave's in his TJ08 - here :thumbup:
     
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