I'm coming from a really bad membrane keyboard still using ps/2, and I feel like MX blue might be too hard. That's why I went for MX Brown. But I might try it before buying, I probably won't order online
do you know that feeling when you take a poop and the water splashes on you butt? that is how a membrane keyboard feels.
do you know that feeling when you are removing the plastic wrap on a sweet new graphics card? that is what a cherry mx red feels like.
Oh god. No one ever buy that power supply. It's a fire hazard and there's a good possibility it will fail to protect your system. Get a Corsair CX-series even, would be better than that. Also, there's no reason at all to get the G3258 and put it in that mobo, you can't overclock in that board. Get the G3250. It's the same but not unlocked.
Edit: Also nuke that motherboard. There's a gigabyte one that price too that won't be crappy.
Edit again: In this day and age there's no excuse for not running an SSD either. They are cheap and will massively improve your speed. Get whatever 120GB one you can find for cheapest. Sandisk has one for $45.
Here's an edit :
If you're new to this build log, I've made a quite few changes from the original design, and the information below is somewhat irrelevant to the current stage of the build. However, I spent a lot of time typing it up so I'd like to keep it there just for some context on how this build developed as time went on. Feel free to read, or not. Anyway, this build is based in a super tiny 6.2L chassis, that partly originates from my old Silverstone SG05. If you're a car guy at all and know what a certain (quite popular) 6.2L V8 engine is, then you'll know why I named this PC after it (and if you still can't tell, it's named after the LS3 6.2L V8 engine). And another note, some progress updates may say 5.5L instead of 6.2L, and that is due partly to my laziness to change it and due to it originally being 5.5L in size. Besides that, there's not much else. I hope you enjoy the build log as much as I do, thanks for taking a look.
Slightly outdated information, but read if you want to:
Hello everyone and welcome!
I've been teasing for a while now that I will be building a 5.5L, completely hand made, mini ITX chassis that still packs a punch in terms of hardware, and the time has finally come.
You may be asking yourself, "What's the big deal? People build their own chassis all the time!" Well I'm here to tell you, as the SFF guy here on LTT, that not only am I scratch building my own case (and doing it without the aid of machinery) but I am also setting, what I believe, is a new standard in Small Form Factor computing. Your average 'SFF' case on the market comes to a total internal volume of anywhere from 9-16L, while some go even as far to be 7.25L like the Dan Case A4, but this custom chassis allows for a total internal volume of just under 5.5L, 5.48L to be exact. To accomplish this feat, I had to use a very specific set of hardware, and the case will only accept a slightly broader range of components that are similar, which can be considered a downside if not for cards like the R9 Nano and boards like the X99E-ITX from AsRock.
Anyway, onto the build. First the first update or two I won't actually begin construction of the case just yet, as I am missing a print out of the template (that's also a single sheet as to make the cutting process clean and simple) and I cannot begin cutting the sheet metal without it. In the mean time, I will discuss my design philosophy, component choice and future plans.
The overall idea of this chassis was not only to use small components that take advantage of the space saving measures that component manufacturers have put in place, but also to make these components as space efficient and as compact as possible, without wasting any space. In fact, any space left is very much needed for cable management, making use of every cubic centimeter.
To achieve this, I kept the components in the best place, based on their size and shape. Things like the PSU sit above the GPU to take up otherwise empty space, and things like necessary additional length for the PCI-E power connector allow for things like a 120mm fan, and so on. I kept a basic idea of what I wanted in my head, and slowly revised it and refined it until it becomes a workable project.
Starting out with the frame, I decided to keep it simple, and make the entire frame (or at least most of it) from a single sheet of zinc-plated 22 gauge steel. After careful measurements and painstakingly slow trial and error, I came up with what appears to be a working chassis layout, so I can simply lay it on the steel and cut away, then bend it up into it's shape. Here is a screenshot of the work I've done on the frame:
And once folded up it should come out looking similar to this, with the rest of the sides being held in place by extruded aluminum cross members (keep in mind that this drawing is an early revision of the chassis and it may be a bit different than the template I showed above):
And although I do not yet have a finalized version of the exterior panels, I have this concept in mind (which you are more than welcome to improve upon if you have an idea that looks good). It uses thick anodized aluminum panels and a nice high quality gloss black wire mesh to give it an industrial but classy look:
And that's about it for design right now, I will of course be improving things as the build moves forward, but other than that, I think it's time for component choice.
This rig will actually be using all of the parts (plus a couple of new ones) from my current build, which is in a Silverstone SG13B-Q. That includes the following:
Intel Core i3-4170 3.7GHz Dual Core Processor
AsRock B85M-ITX Mini ITX Motherboard
AData Premier 16GB DDR3-1600MHz (2x8GB) Memory
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
Sapphire Radeon R9 380 2GB ITX Compact Graphics Card
Silverstone ST45SF 450W SFX 80+ Bronze Power Supply
Cooler Master Blade Master 120mm PWM Fan
For a detailed list as well as places to purchase these, you can take a look at my PCPartPicker list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Nr2C3C
And what's a component list without some sexy photos?
Alright! Well that's it for now, the build process of the chassis should be starting within a few days as I finalize any templates and get everything printed and ready to go. I hope you all enjoy the build log as much as I am going to, and please feel free to follow this build log if you'd like updates on the progress of this insane chassis. More updates to come!