Project: Flightline

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  1. slipperyskip

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    Introducing my new project based on the thin mini-ITX form factor. Intel developed this thin version to support the AIO (All In One) PC market. It was in response to the popularity of the iMac which bundles the monitor and system into a single thin chassis.

    I have other ideas for it.



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    After a 20-hour work marathon I put together this chassis. Wood of course. It is the medium I work in.


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    18 pieces of wood assembled onto a 1/16" sheet of birch plywood. The wood is all basswood (AKA lacewood) except the darker center piece. That is 1/4" thick maple.


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    Many of the boards, including the maple, are simply to stiffen the structure. 1/16" (1.6mm) plywood is easy to work with and keeps the project thin but needs a little help to prevent flexing.


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    Gigabyte offers three thin mini-ITX models This is the high-end H77 chipset version.


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    One of the tricks in keeping the board thin is use of laptop-style SODIMM memory


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    The thin mini-ITX I/O shield is exactly 1/2 the height of a standard ATX standard I/O shield. Some board makers include a full height shield to use in a standard chassis.


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    If you installed a "normal" heatsink onto a thin mini-ITX board it would no longer be thin. Intel makes this heatsink and AFAIK it is the only such product on the market.
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    The heatsink uses a blower instead of a more common axial fan. Blowers are typically noisier and less efficient but Intel spent some serious R&D on this bad boy. This is the first blower I have ever worked with that allows air intake from both sides simultaneously. Testing will be done.



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    Thanks for looking!
     
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  2. Dumpty

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    dat thermal solution! :thumbup:
     
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    512GB SSD main drive?

    Can't wait to see this finished, looks very promising, as usual.
    Cheers,
     
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    Loving it already! Keen to see how this turns out :)
     
  6. MUTMAN

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    lookin good skip. i want one already :)
    any plans for filtering the air going into the blower?
     
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    slipperyskip

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    It is pretty cool! (pun intended)

    Yes sir!

    Cool! I'll be getting a 256GB mSATA SSD but until then I'm testing with a 64GB mSATA. First time I have ever used these type of drives. :thumbup:

    Thanks. :thumbup:

    Not really. I'll use it for a couple of hours and then put it on a shelf with the rest of my collection. Crazy huh? :D
     
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    :thumbup:Another work of art in the making
     
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    What are the dimension of the footprint of this system?

    What are the aesthetic influences going to be for this system?
     
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    MORE....I WANT MORE!!

    Haha, looks great mate, love that thermal design. Like always, can't wait to see the progress and finished look.:thumbup:
     
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    geez, you've had 12 hours since first post. where's the updates slipperyskip?

    I know you retirees get relaxed down in Florida, but hell man ... :lol:
     
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    subscribing :D
     
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    Big Dave! This should be a good ride.:thumbup:

    I don't give up much info until later in the thread. I like the mystery. Kinda my thing.

    Nick! Good to see you here mate. :thumbup:

    MUTMAN! Some of the old crew! Awesome! It will always be yesterday in Florida for you so I'll never catch up. Makes my brain hurt.

    Welcome


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    Working on the base. Wait.....what?


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    It is gonna be an "up and downer".


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    The backside will remain virgin. No screws, holes, paint. Nothing. This will match up to a similar surface in the cover.


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    Adding more material to complete the base structure.


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    Though it looks like a horizontal-stepped base it is actually made by building vertical steps.


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    I call them reversing pinwheel butt joints. Each layer reverses direction of the joints and cause them to stagger back and forth across each other. Engineered strength. Veneer will hide the crudeness of the butt joints.



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    Thanks for looking!
     
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  14. electro rc

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    NO! No no no no no no no! Do not cover those beautiful butt joints with veneer :lol:. They look unbelievably good!
    Cheers,
     
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    Thanks. I like a nice tight joint. That one is for my homies in the NSA. Sup?
     
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    You've got a Big Brother hey :lol:

    I'm with Electro Rc i like those beautiful butts as well :thumbup:
     
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    What glue are you using Slip? Are you still cutting everything by hand with a guide?

    I like the way you layer all it all together.
     
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    Gigabyte's Facebook page just posted a pic and link to your build log, congrats mate!
     
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    At 30% completion...

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    :thumbup: looking good as always :lol: :cool:
     

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