MikuITX (Elite 120 case mod)

http://modcontest2012.coolermaster.com/

Moderator: CM Moderator

MikuITX (Elite 120 case mod)

Postby PFULMTL on Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:39 pm

Image

This is a build in progress using the new Cooler Master Elite 120 and will be themed by my addiction, Hatsune Miku (初音ミク).
Image


I received the case on July 23rd and went into thinking mode. I have since started working on some easier interior things, but still have much to do to the exterior. Since I really only have a day of free time a week, the progress might be slow. Do note that I will take some proper pics and a vid when I'm finished. For now I am using my cellphone.

The general idea was, I wanted a small Mini ITX case, but wanted to use a full size heatsink and GPU. Because of the design of the Elite 120, I have to remove the drive bays and put my PSU in the front. Simple enough.


Current progress in order

Already naked and we just met.
Image

It would have been too easy if I could just put the PSU in the drive area haha, but the PSU was too tall.
Image

Test fitting the PSU width. Just wide enough for wires to come out both ends. Perfect!
Image

A centimeter free space from the GPU. WOO!
Image
Image

Drive bays are gone except for the front fan bracket. Test fitting at the moment.
Image
Image
Last edited by PFULMTL on Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:54 pm, edited 1 time in total.
https://www.facebook.com/BonusGet
User avatar
PFULMTL
Aerogate Geek
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:13 pm

Re: MikuITX (Elite 120 case mod)

Postby PFULMTL on Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:51 pm

WIthout cluttering the previous post. Here's more progress.

Chopped off the front fan bracket.
Image

Test fitting again. Perfect fit. I will be using a right angle plug. It will go over the top and exit out the rear.
Image

Mail came in.
Image
Image

Prepping my fans.
Image
Image
Paint! I just held it out of my face while twirling it to make sure it gets covered.
Image
Image

The result.
Image
Image
https://www.facebook.com/BonusGet
User avatar
PFULMTL
Aerogate Geek
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:13 pm

Re: MikuITX (Elite 120 case mod)

Postby PFULMTL on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:00 am

And here is todays progress. I masked off the center of the heatsink and painted the sides and top. Painted the magenta stripe first, then the teal. The design at the top is to represent her hair tie accessory. Since I couldn't figure out how to disassemble the PSU fan, I just masked the frame and and painted it. Looks fine when I put it back together. I may or may not use the fan grille in the end, but I'm sure Miku would love the snowflake. :3
I might just replace the fan it with a white LED 140mm fan if the front is too dark when I'm done.

Image

I realize that outdoors the paint looks more blue, but indoors it looks more green. That's fine because Miku uses any shade of teal.
I will be making a completly new front from plexiglass and also relocating the power switch. That's all the info I will give for now ^^

Image
https://www.facebook.com/BonusGet
User avatar
PFULMTL
Aerogate Geek
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:13 pm

Re: MikuITX (Elite 120 case mod)

Postby PFULMTL on Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:21 pm

Just an update. I rarely have free time to work on this build. Just as I have a few days free, a friggin hurricane decides to ruin it. I have to evacuate the city tomorrow morning and I might not have a place to return to, so this project will be put on hold for a while.

I did however pick up some plexiglass since then. I also did order a new GPU, but had to cancel it because I know it will be delayed getting here because of the hurricane and I might not even be home to recieve it.
User avatar
PFULMTL
Aerogate Geek
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:13 pm

Re: MikuITX (Elite 120 case mod)

Postby confusis on Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:28 pm

Now that is SFF! big cooler, big PSU in a small chassis.

Hope all goes well with the hurricane, hate to see another modder in a tough spot :/
confusis
Aerogate Geek
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:35 am

Re: MikuITX (Elite 120 case mod)

Postby frozensnail on Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:41 am

Yeah that's going to be tight in there + noisy, have you thought about maybe water cooling the hardware? I know it would be a huge change, but worth considering?
frozensnail
Praetorian Soldier
 
Posts: 212
Joined: Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:46 am
Location: Village near Reading

Re: MikuITX (Elite 120 case mod)

Postby PFULMTL on Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:30 am

It's not a tight fit. I have more than enough room for the components, just look at the pics. Even the PSU is far from the mobo. The PSU cables will be shortened to the minimum length, so there will be no clutter.
It's not noisy because I'm using 1,000RPM fans. I have even used it without the fans while OC'd and it doesn't even go past 58°C. With the fans, it floats in the 40's.

You say it's going to be tight fit and then you suggest watercooling, which will it make it even more cramped...
User avatar
PFULMTL
Aerogate Geek
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:13 pm

Re: MikuITX (Elite 120 case mod)

Postby PFULMTL on Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:20 am

I'll never finish ahaha. Stupid hurricane screwed me over. Didn't work for three weeks because...well it was flooded down here. I've been working everyday to catch up without a day off /shake fist at the sky

Here is some progress though. Picked up a GTX 660Ti and painted it. Also put an LED in the enclousure. There will be a few in there.
Image
https://www.facebook.com/BonusGet
User avatar
PFULMTL
Aerogate Geek
 
Posts: 6
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:13 pm


Return to 2012 Mod Competition

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron