Shortened Version, will include link to whole thread with more detailed pics if anyone is wishing to see exact details. Only 20 pics allowed in one thread and I didnt reserve any posts.
On my first (and only so far) computer build, I bought the case. I have done some light weight modding in the past ranging from Adding fans and blowholes down to cutting side panels to put in acrylic windows. Well now I am going to the heavy duty mod, I am building a computer case. I plan on building a few cases, with each one getting better as I go along. Right now the case I am making is going to be a 14"x14"x3" case with hot galvanized flash aluminum sheet metal that is 10 gauge with 1/8" SECC Steel supports. I choose the Aluminum, because besides copper, aluminum is used a lot in computers for its high thermal conductivity. I chose the SECC Steel supports because while the aluminum has a better thermal conductivity rating, it is heavier, more malleable and just could not be used efficiently without another substance helping it. The case will have enough room for the 9.5"x9.5" motherboard, A DVD drive to be placed above the RAM and part of the motherboard, while I will be buying a special PSU that is extremely small for this build. Right now the only problem about this build is that I am not sure that the 3" width will be a reality because the cooler on the CPU is higher than 3". It stands at 2.5" without the fan on it, but I will not have passive cooling on my CPU, that is unacceptable. I will be finding some 40MM Fans and putting them on the side of the CPU heatsink to blow cool air across it. My main concern for this build is the lack of cooling that is going to be in place and the accessibility to the inner components. I have not decided how I will be making the accessible yet, but I think I will be making a hinged door on one of the sides. On a normal case build it would be easy to make a removable panel, but seeing as my case will be extremely small, it will be more difficult as my frame will be taking up most of the edges. The system components will obviously not be high end as I am trying to make this a micro and silent PC, and who has every heard of a small and quiet race car?
CPU - 2.0GHz Celeron
RAM - 1 DIMM of 512MB DDR400
HD - 20GB DeskStarINWIN 300W Lower Profile PSU
Some old motherboard
Quick shot of the components and how they are set up now.
Shot of the side with one of the steel supports attached.
the tool of champions
I will upload pictures in this post as they become available and as I gain the ability to send them to my server. For some reason verizon cut off my access to sending picture of video messages which is one of the reasons I got an EnV2, so I could send texts and pictures.
Update Jan 15: Dremel is out of commission, I cannot figure out what is wrong with it, but luckily, Dremel(the company) is so confident in their tools and customer service, they back every tool they sell with a 5 year warranty for free. This is an amazing thing since it's a $50 tool, yet some other tools I own, such as a $2000 table saw came with a 1 year warranty for $100...