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First Time Custom Case Building

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Jul 28, 2016
New to the forums and trying my hand at fabricating a custom computer case. Something that will fit a mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX, and EATX motherboard. I'm staying away from the full tower style and going with more of a cube style to ease stress on some components and to fit under a desk cabinet. Hopefully this will be compact with tons of options and high air flow. My goal is to keep the height under 11" and still be able to support 160 mm air coolers. So far I'm at 11.5" but I'm also using 5mm foamboard so I expect to lower it some using aluminum.

Materials will be a 6061-T4/6 aluminum alloy. 2.3mm for the frame and 1.6mm for the doors and exterior covers.

I'm thinking about making this a Skyrim themed case mod with Dovahzul or Daedric writing along 45 degree slanted covers (doubled as fan grills) which will attatch the top, bottom, and front of the case. Possibly RGB lighting would be cool along with a cutout of the dragonborn logo that will light up to act as the power on light.

For colors I am thinking gun metal grey and black. Maybe powder coated with brushed aluminum texture.

I expect a lot of trial and error to be involved so I am starting out with some foam board to get a better idea of things. Anyway onto the pictures so far.

Motherboard tray cut out. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz2Efe24Gt33dkp5NnlJQU5hNzA

Rear w/o components https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz2Efe24Gt33N2FLVmk0NFRCek0

Side w/o motherboard - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz2Efe24Gt33SGVoSmVDbHE1UEk

Rear View https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz2Efe24Gt33MlRrZEk4ME9CaHc

Side View https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz2Efe24Gt33VkN1LVdQcDlGdXc

Support for full length GPU https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz2Efe24Gt33UE80aEJDLW9GYlU

10mm Spacing under power supply + 5mm for vibration dampening https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz2Efe24Gt33czlNSG0tVVBLbVk I'm not sure this is enough clearance for intake to PSU.

Motherboard tray removed https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz2Efe24Gt33b0RPSlJVMGdYUmM

Some good information for modding your own cases can be found here. http://gizmodo.com/5922506/everything-you-need-to-make-kick-***-custom-case-mods

Want to learn Dovahzul? https://www.thuum.org/assets/Learning Dovahzul.pdf

Any feedback is appreciated as I'm new to this! Thanks.