UPDATE APRIL 2014:
Taking pre-orders for a limited run of L2 cases. Think L1 with dual expansion slots, or room for dual width, single slot GPU.
UPDATE MAR 2014: Better late then never. L1 2014 is in stock.
UPDATE DEC 2013: Currently out of stock (except for a couple blemished cases). Hoping to have new revised cases by Feb 2014.
UPDATE AUG 2013: Finished cases are currently available for order in limited quantities at loneindustries.com.
Like some of you, for a long time I've had this idea (probably silly to many) of building my ideal
mini-itx case. I finally went ahead and had a prototype built. I realize it's probably not everyones style. I added more vents to the prototype than probably needed, so I could test various configurations out. Despite the 1mm aluminum used in the prototype, my setup is very quiet (thanks to Noctua). I think the screw-on side panels help make the case very rigid when assembled. However, something thicker than 1mm might be nicer. There's a long list of minor changes I am going to make to the design. I've also since painted it black, and should have pics next week.
I'd be interested in any thoughts from silentpcreview readers! The case is a little taller than absolutely necessary so that I can clear the PicoPSU wires (on motherboards with side 24pin connector). With a second 80mm fan in place the PicoPSU wires come very close to the fan blades (see post below). Using 80x15mm fans would really help with clearance.
If there is some others with weird taste like me, I can make this available for purchase. Since these are made on CNC equipment, I can't really do one-offs. If I had 10 or more people interested, I could probably have a run of them made, and finished in powder coat of anodized.
Anyway, I never thought making a box could be so involved!
Intel Core i3 3225
Cooler Master 80mm PWM fan (with Noctua low noise adapter, running at about 1000 RPM - down from 1500 RPM)
PicoPSU 80 (60W power brick)
Simple as possible, PicoPSU powered, small as possible without being too small, and probably other stuff.
Mini-ITX tower (220 x 94 x 220 mm)
1.6 mm aluminum (powder coat or anodized finish)
Supports up to two 80x25 mm case fans
2x 2.5" HDD/SSD bracket (SSD recommeded)
Low profile expansion slot (single slot width)
Supports 2.5mm DC input and Mini-DIN power inputs
Aluminum power switch
Stainless steel threads (no rivets)
Black stick-on case feet
CPU cooler clearance: 60 mm recommended (71 mm to side panel)
Motherboard compatibility: Mini-ITX
PSU compatibility: PicoPSU, motherboards with built-in DC-DC converters
Made in Canada
Availability: July 2013
Approx price: $95 CADloneindustries.com
Current model as of March 2014: