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 Post subject: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:49 pm 
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Latest MiniITX PC case made by Gremlin

Features:

MOTHERBOARD
Gigabyte GA-B75TN

CPU
Intel i5 3570k (supports LGA1155 Celeron/Pentium/i3/i5/i7)

GRAPHICS
Intel HD4000 (CPU Integrated)

RAM
Kingston DDR3 2GB (supports 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL11)

NETWORK
Realtec 1Gb LAN
Intel WiFi b/g/n 300Mbps
Bluetooth 4.0

STORAGE
SAMSUNG SSD EVO 250GB (supports 1 mSATA SSD + 3 SATA drives up to 7mm thick, max capacity 4TB)

POWER
HP Adapter 19V 7.1A 135W

DIMENSIONS
Width - 184 mm
Length - 185 mm
Height - 50 mm

IDLE TEMPERATURE
Motherboard - 28C (82F)
CPU - 30C (86F)
CPU GT - 39C (102F)
PCH Diode - 43C (109F)
SSD - 34C (93F)

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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:29 am 
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Any suggestions in case design?
What is good, what is bad, what can be better?


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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:09 pm 
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That's awesome, great work! :)

I'd like to see it in coloured acrylic, or translucent black acrylic.

Do you have a link for that SATA power cable?


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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:30 pm 
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OFC, translucent color (blue/green) and black acrylic are in option.

I didn't quite understand question about SATA power cables?

On pictures there is one SATA power cable for one disk.
This cable has two wires, red is +5V and black is GND. 2.5" drive needs only 5v power supply.
If you need 2 more disks than you just attach 2 connectors (which i have) to same cable.
Notice that three SATA drives need to be up to 7mm thick because there is 21mm space available.
Another option is to attach 2 drives up to 10.5mm with bigger capacity.


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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:26 am 
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this case is awesome.

Is there any possibility of acquiring one of these? If yes, what's the price?

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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:08 am 
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FrankL wrote:
this case is awesome.

Is there any possibility of acquiring one of these? If yes, what's the price?


I can make thousands but transportation is major problem.
So far only available in Serbia. Price is not exact, and it depends on components inside.
All i can say is that price of case only is 10-15 euros.


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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:02 pm 
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amishware wrote:
FrankL wrote:
this case is awesome.

Is there any possibility of acquiring one of these? If yes, what's the price?


I can make thousands but transportation is major problem.
So far only available in Serbia. Price is not exact, and it depends on components inside.
All i can say is that price of case only is 10-15 euros.


I really want to buy one of these!


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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:08 am 
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Good idea, in the context of low power CPUs and Thin Mini-ITX with built-in DC/DC converters.

Some thoughts about your implementation:

1) Why not just provide a standard (or thin) I/O plate cutout? Then no customization is needed for particular boards.
2) The top vent for the CPU looks restrictive. Bad for cooling, which is also bad for noise -- it will force the fan (if there is one) to speed up & make more noise. Make it more open. With a Thin MITX version, the CPU position is always the same -- again no need for customization.
3) Don't know if it's worthwhile to ship as flat pack kits, assuming it's simple enough to assemble. No glue, right? Perhaps it's small enough that the size difference will not matter for shipping. But it might.

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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 3:48 pm 
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MikeC wrote:
Good idea, in the context of low power CPUs and Thin Mini-ITX with built-in DC/DC converters.

Some thoughts about your implementation:

1) Why not just provide a standard (or thin) I/O plate cutout? Then no customization is needed for particular boards.
2) The top vent for the CPU looks restrictive. Bad for cooling, which is also bad for noise -- it will force the fan (if there is one) to speed up & make more noise. Make it more open. With a Thin MITX version, the CPU position is always the same -- again no need for customization.
3) Don't know if it's worthwhile to ship as flat pack kits, assuming it's simple enough to assemble. No glue, right? Perhaps it's small enough that the size difference will not matter for shipping. But it might.


1) Standard I/O plate cutout is good because it supports all thin ITX motherboards, but increases case width by at least 1/2" and makes case more fragile at rear side. However it's only 2mm plexiglass on each side. On my market Gigabyte thinITX boards are only available, and almost all of them (both LGA1155 and LGA1150) have very same I/O layout which this case can accommodate.
2) This case supports CPU-s like i3, i5 and even i7 (which requires more cooling capacity). I havent tried i7 on board, but i5 3570k got much better cooling with Zalman CNPS2X (currently installed in the case) than intel's box cooler, despite it's size. Top vent is designed as cold air intake only, which is why more openings are not present. Othre reason is that more top openings will ruin case simplicity and minimalistic design. Side vents are for hot air exaust. This mechanism forces air blown by cpu cooler to pass through all components like PCH, SSD and DDR before leaving case at side openings. Zalman cooler is almost silent at idle (30C/86F) and very quiet at max load for i5 CPU, not to mention pentiums or celerons. As you already said, this case is good idea only in the context of low power CPUs. Who needs expensive i5/i7 CPU without matching external graphics card which this case and motherboard does not support?
3) Net dimensions for disassembled case is 18.5x18.5x1cm (7.3x7.3x0.4 inch). Glue is not needed. It constist of 6 plexiglass pieces (top, bottom and 4 sides), 8 metal spacers and 8 allen screws.


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I'm not familiar with sending packages abroad. Sure there is the way but i must make some calls to find out.

In meantime i made another miniITX case which is few cm higher in order to accommodate intel box cooler, with abbility to be mounted on VESA compliant monitors. It saves space on computer desk and 20-30euros for custom zalman cooler (depends on country), where cooling performance difference is negligible for use on low power CPUs.
Pics and additional info will be posted very soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:14 am 
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Specs and pics for new miniITX acrylic case can be found at:
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=68211


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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:16 pm 
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Nice project!

Is there a chance that you can send me the design so i can cut it on a CNC router?
How are the side panels mounted in position? I understand that is fixed only with 8 screws, no glue ...

Best regards!


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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:28 pm 
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Only if you show us your case when you build it.
Project is in *.cdr file version 12.
Top and bottom are made from 3mm plexiglass and four sides are 2mm thick.
As far as i know, only Gigabyte thin miniITX motherborads can fit in because of port layout.
But you can easily adjust it for any other thin mini ITX motherboard.
Just give me e-mail where i can send it.


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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:39 am 
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I will show the case, of course!
I have a Gigabyte GA-H61N-USB3 motherboard that's used in my car.
I think that i will integrate the I/O shield in the back, if there's a problem with the actual port layout.
Is it ok if i will make some modifications for the length? I will integrate a M4-ATX 250W power supply inside the case ...
My email address is: razvan dot florin2007 at gmail dot com

Thank you very much!

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 Post subject: Re: Smallest MiniITX PC acrylic case
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:13 pm 
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With this motherboard you will have to modify IO port panel because it is not thin miniITX MoBo.
I do not know exact dimensions for power supply, it might fit and if not just enlarge case.
If you wish to integrate IO shield, you should certainly enlarge case a little bit.
I already sent you *.cdr files (CorelDraw v12 or later).

Finish it soon and good luck. :)


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