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Author Topic: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC - COMPLETE 22/03/2010  (Read 28753 times)

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Re: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2009, 11:28:44 AM »

Bear in mind it is made out of 2mm aluminium. The mesh will not be load bearing as such, but will add some structural strength to the front and back. The bottom of the case is solid aluminium. The motherboard is resting on an acrylic plate which is then attached via posts to the base of the case. So in reality there is not actually a huge load on the outer shell, the only thing is the radiator. The top, left and right have acrylic panels in them with the aluminium frame which gives it alot of strength. I am pretty sure this will be strong enough, i used a similar design for my last build and it worked well.
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Re: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2009, 10:19:11 AM »

Nice design. Looking forward to watching this project unfold.

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Re: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2009, 05:58:29 PM »

Update #8


Stuff!



Sponsorship from MNPCTech arrives! Thanks Bill!



Anodized black aluminium feet









Anodized black aluminium fan grill :D This thing is awesome!









And yays bill sent me a free t-shirt :D





e-sata backplate. 99p off ****! What a deal!





250W 1u power supply



Soon to be sleeved





This psu is actually tiny...



I bought myself a present :D Razer Deathadder :D









Oh what's this... another present :D Razer Lycosa Mirror Edition









Touch sensitive buttons. Can turn the keyboard lights on/off/just WASD, control media player and volume :)



Keyboard approved





Back to the project! Decided to do some work at school today, these are some mock-ups i did on the laser cutter in black polystyrene sheet.







Cube. These are 1cm cubes made on the laser cutter.









They are very very small



Setup with the new keyboard and mouse





Still approves



Omg where the sun go!













Back to the mod! I adjusted the sketchup model a little to make the gfx card fit well



Fan controller V2





CAD design for the left hand acrylic side. The text will be engraved, not cut. The rest of the black lines are cut, the green is reference for the aluminium frame



This is the right hand panel. Will be the only plain one



Here we have the top of the box. Fillport hole top right, radiator mounts in the middle.



That is it for now! Time for some hardcore CAD design on the back, front and bottom.
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Re: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2009, 10:12:41 PM »

Nice, that is my favorite keyboard (well, I only have the standard, non-mirrored edition, but otherwise the same)
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Re: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2009, 01:15:30 AM »

Yeh i can't get over how awesome it is! I had a problem with the enter key, but i just popped the key off and resat it and it was fine. I have a few problems with the deathadder, it is so dam sensitive it is moving itself! So today i am going to make a mouse mat at school :D
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Re: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2009, 10:48:22 AM »



I would like to introduce my newest sponsor, AC Ryan! They will be sponsoring me with some materials like Aluminium sheet and CCFL's and such things. Thanks Guys!
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Re: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2009, 06:37:11 PM »

I spent all of today making a mouse mat for me deathadder:



more pics here: http://www.overclock.net/other-hardware-mods/573617-project-custom-led-mousemat.html
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Re: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2009, 06:00:16 PM »

Update #9

I am very pleased to announce my latest sponsor, AquaTuning!



They are going to be my watercooling sponsors. Watercooled-pcs have lost contact. I am not sure what has happened. THanks so much to Pascal for bearing with me!



My AC Ryan sponsorship has arrived! Yay for awesome brushed aluminium!







Slimline CD Drive







USB backplate



More CAD work is done.

Black line = cut
Green = reference
Red = engrave

This is the bottom plate for the slimline drive. The screws are so dam small for the drive i have decided to glue an acrylic plate to the bottom of it and then screw into the plate.



The aluminium base plate. The circular things are the feet, top left block is the psu, top right small block is the fan and fan mount, middle bottom box is the cd drive and bottom right is the HDD bay. You can see the amazing clearance of 1mm between the hdd bay and the PSU!



Fan mount



HDD Bay. There are 2 of each of the bottom pieces



This is the motherboard tray. I promise all the crazy holes will make sense in the end!



Finally, the masterpiece is unveiled! The completely redesigned fan controller and ccfl/led power board. This is the control hub of all the lighting. The board measures 8cm x 4cm.


So not a very big update. I have ordered the acrylic, should be here tomorrow. Then i can cut up some acrylic!


Oh wait i nearly forgot something...




Custom made waterblock for the 9300 chipset FTW! Thanks so much to duniek, can't wait to get some money so i can pay him and get it shipped to me!

Ok that really is everything now!
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Re: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC
« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2009, 05:25:00 PM »

Update #10



Left side acrylic panel cut and engraved! Aqua tuning sponsor's logo.



eBuyer logo etched out



Holes for the GPU fan. Around 180 holes!



More shots of the engraving



The entire left side panel. There is a version of this without the sponsorship logos so when the time comes i can submit it for MDPC (MDPC doesn't take PCs with sponsorship logos on).



CD drive base. This will be glued onto the cd drive (please don't kill me! I swear it is the only way for this to work!)



Right hand acrylic panel



Top acrylic panel with holes for rad and fillport.



Motherboard tray (i told you it was complicated!)



Here we have some orange UV anti kink coils. These things are great!





SATA laptop optical. This thing actually isn't the right cable, and it annoys me greatly, since it took 3 weeks to ship from hong kong! I have no idea what it is, but it isn't a normal sata optical.



4gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer 800mhz - 20 from someone on OCN!





It is finally here! My nickel-plated-custom-made-insanely-awesome 9300 chipset waterblock for the zotac 9300-itx wifi motherboard! Thanks Duniek! The craftsmanship is stunning...





Perfect base



Latching vandal switch (blue LED)



Pins for...



24 pin and 4 pin connector



Approves!



Some mesh from MNPCtech! Thanks Bill! http://www.mnpctech.com/moddersmesh.html



Hard drive bay. Not glued yet





Test fit of CD drive, cd drive base and hard drive bay





This is the design for the aluminium front surround. The 2 larger holes are the power switch and the light switch, the two smaller ones are fan controller potentiometers. The slot hole near the bottom is for the CD drive. Those funky designs wrap around the components :D



And finally, V4 of the fan controller! This now measures 83mm x 33mm and is gonna be awesome! I have ordered all the parts for it. I will start PCB manufacture maybe on friday.

Thanks for reading!
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Re: Project MiniMe - World's Smallest Watercooled mITX PC
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2009, 05:19:22 PM »

Update #11

My watercooling sponsorship arrived!



Thankyou so much to aquatuning! http://www.aquatuning.co.uk . Thanks especially to Pascal for putting up with me!



Here we go...



Black Ice GT120 lite with 45 degree compression fittings on. These things are so cool, they rotate!



More rad



Fractal Design 60mm fan



Cable ties + bases



Fillport with compression fitting



Low profile straight compression fittings



45 Degree rotary compression fittings



90 degree rotary compression fitting



Mah lovely black nickel plated compression fittings!



Bitspower T-block with compression fittings



Couple of tube clamps for the block



Momentary dot-illuminated vandal switch



Primochill UV Pink Dye Bomb



Distilled water



2 pairs of UV cathodes



Tygon 3/8" ID 1/2" OD tubing



Scythe S-Flex 1600rpm



Apogee drive top



3/8" barbs on the drive



This thing is so cool!



45 and 90 degree fittings on my custom 9300-itx waterblock



Shipment from Rapid is here, bringing with it a multitude of goodness in electronics!



Some cheap sleeve and heatshrink



500 resistors (i'm not joking!)



2 and 3 pin molex housings/headers



Transistor



Capacitor



MIC502 chip. These things are SO TINY!



No that is not a giant key!



Capacitors, diodes and potentiometers



Put some dye in my distilled water. ooooo!



Test fitted the top of the PC (fan grill, acrylic, rad, fan). The rad is literally just as far over as it can possibly go. Another 0.5mm and it would be out of the edge!



From the top



Layers



Fillport in place



Fan/rad assembly



Removed the 9300 heatsink from the motherboard. Messy thermal paste underneath!



Installed duniek's waterblock



Installed the Apogee Drive! It just fits!





How close the parts are!



And finally, PWM Controller V5! I think it is done! Wait, no, just seen a problem! Time for V6...
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