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Topic Title: Pay attention Case Mfgrs...
Topic Summary: A nice SFF case finally...
Created On: 05/13/2009 08:58 PM
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 05/13/2009 08:58 PM
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Here is the prob

what a fricken mess...

I have been doing SFF builds for quite a while and lately switched over to the ATI camp (have always been AMDs #1 fan) I am really tired of the case mfgrs failure in designs so I took it upon myself to put up or shut up...
(so Mfgrs PAY ATTENTION)

Ok its simple PS on the top of SFF cases = Epic Fail...
(not only does it make it hard to use ATX mobos and decent CPU coolers but it really limits GPUs as well...

And dont get me started on how lousy the cooling is...

So I made my own case modeled after the Qpack/Microfly. I shrunk the case a bit smaller then the qpack and made my own CarbonFiber mobo tray.


the PS, Hdds and DVD are under the mobo tray freeing up tons of room up top for any GPUs and a proper CPU cooler..

Here is a shot showing the front and the iMON Ultra bay display


Edited: 05/13/2009 at 09:41 PM by MKmods
 05/14/2009 07:42 AM
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Where does the cd-rom fit?

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 05/14/2009 11:48 AM
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its going behind where the handle fits. When the handle in down the DVD will be covered. Il get a pict showing it in a bit.

EDIT:
here is a side shot showing the DVD sandwiched between the 2 raptors..


When complete there will be a removable CarbonFiber cage that holds the fan as well

My big prob now is deciding on GPUs. I am thinking of 2 X 4770,2 X 4850s or 1 X 4890...

Edited: 05/14/2009 at 12:36 PM by MKmods
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Ok this isant so much directed at the Poor case Mfgrs but how I see wire management evolving to...

Here is a before shot of one of my earlier SFF comps


Here is my version


this is how the copper rods connect to the PS
 05/14/2009 01:25 PM
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Can you provide links to large size pictures please?
Especially of the wiring setup, I cannot see much detail of the bottom of the motherboard picture

It is looking very cool so far!

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Originally posted by: geezer_wheelz

Can you provide links to large size pictures please?

Especially of the wiring setup, I cannot see much detail of the bottom of the motherboard picture

It is looking very cool so far!


First thanks..

I do not go into too much detail for several reasons---1-its a pain in the butt to stop working to take picts, 2- I worry about liability issues, 3-this guide is to show my idea and not necessarily a how to

Here are a few of my earlier SFF builds so you can see my progression

All of these comps are completely wired and functional and except for the Lego one run multiple GPUs and Hdds


LOL, it dosent matter how revolutionary my designs are people love the stupid Lego one I did the most..




This is a very small H20 cooled comp that ran a pair of 8800GTSs. Notice the pict of it next to a FSP PS box.



Edited: 05/16/2009 at 10:58 AM by MKmods
 05/15/2009 04:02 AM
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Well I for sure like some of the other ones MUCH more than the Lego one!!
If you showed me that one first you would not have a chance to show me anything else, I would be out the door.!!
But I really do like your work!

Sent you a PM

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 05/15/2009 12:38 PM
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Thanks a lot for the kind words. Most modders "Thing" is to add colors and graphics and some build to "Themes" me personally I try to improve the basic comp. My designs remove the clutter first than I move onto efficiency (most unrestricted airflow possible)

I actually made a decision (yea me) I picked up a Vapor X 1gig 4870 for the GPU (I have been crying all night as I love to see as many GPUs as poss)
But since I game at 1920 X 1200 the extra memory should help out.

The other prob is I know the 4770s are nice cards and have the DDR5 but to be the 128 bit bus reminds me of the Nvidia 8600GTs (good entry level cards)

1 HUGE plus on the 4870/4890 is the length (the Nvidia cards are just too long)

EDIT:
Ok there is a hardware update on this...I picked up a DFI mobo, a DK 790FXB-M2RSH
It just has a bunch of cool things the Biostar didnt, separated memory slots, 3 pcix slots and X16 on 2 of them. More options all around..
I picked up a pair of 4870s as well, looks like the 510 is gonna have to work a bit on this build...

Edited: 05/16/2009 at 11:32 AM by MKmods
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