This is what the title says. I wasn't sure whether to put it in this subforum or not, but I couldn't find another section that seems relevant. I could always mod the case once I've finished so it fits in this category :lol:
This is my WIP Mini ITX case. I bought a working system from my friend (although I've changed the OS a few times since then), and I decided it needed a case. It needed room for expansion - I'm currently using a pico PSU - and it needed space for cooling, because although the specs are only slightly better than my Dell Mini 10v, I want it to run a lot cooler. The 10v easily reaches 70C just surfing the web, due to its passive cooling (read as "lack of cooling"
So here are the specs:
Mobo: Intel D945GCLF2
Proc: Intel Atom (not sure of the model number) Dual core (1.6GHz)
Graphics: Onboard Intel 945GC Express chipset at the moment (I may upgrade to a PCI graphics card if I decide it's worth it)
Networking: Onboard ethernet, possible PCI WiFi card (depending on whether I go for the graphics card or not)
HDD: 80GB 3.5" SATA Seagate Barracuda, taken (I think) from a PowerMac G5. VERY noisy, so will be replaced when I get the cash.
RAM: 2GB Unknown Brand
Cooling: Stock 3cm fan (may be replaced due to horrible whining noise, but it seems to be sufficiently muffled by the case) and 8cm intake fan (Probably overkill, but the HDD can get very warm)
So, that's what's going into this. I hope I haven't forgotten anything
Finally, onto the important bit:
The case will be made out of MDF (yeah, I know you're thinking "cheapskate" but I seriously don't have any money left after buying this). At the moment I'm leaning towards a gloss black finish. I'm not sure how to implement this. I have some MDF primer and black spray paint, but should I buy some gloss varnish/clearcoat, or get gloss black spray paint? Any advice would be appreciated.
I don't have any pics of my original design, as it's already varied greatly from that, and it really only showed the size of the case, and not any of the details. I've decided on the lid design as I've build it.
It's a bit tall compared to a conventional Mini-ITX case, but that's to allow for adding more HDDs or a DVD drive, and a more powerful PSU.
So onto some pics (not sure if these'll work, but I'm hoping copying Photobucket's IMG code will work):
My lovely glowing power switch:
My bodged wiring job for the switch and LEDs (this will be tidied up at some point):
A shot of the internals (it's pretty tight in terms of length):
The LEDs working (eventually):
Acrylic LED covers and a fan grille added to the lid:
Everything lit up:
It looks terrible compared to everything else on Modders-Inc, but hopefully once it's sanded and has a coat of black (and some I/O holes :lol: ) it'll look sleeker.
I'd like any suggestions or opinions you can give