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Hi again PCPP community, and back with another build.

First things first a shout out to the designer of this mini ITX case vfalendysh you can find his design for download on thingiverse. He did an amazing job with the design and that it can be printed on such a restricted print bed size which is amazing (designers details posted below)

Mini ITX PC Case by vfalendysh Published on July 12, 2018 www.thingiverse.com/thing:3001247

So where to begin, I set out to 3d print a mini ITX case to serve as a,

-NAS -Remote access to monitor 3d prints -HTPC -Light game emulation -An excuse to build another PC

It should look good and suit my tastes, I love copper, fabric and of course the wooden accents.

The case itself was printed with two separate filaments, Black PLA and wood PLA post processing includes sanding the wood staining, sanding rinse and repeat until you get the desired colour and tone. The body is wrapped in cloth and all seems and edges are hidden to make it as clean as possible. The two rings up top and the bottom where sprayed with copper paint.

Approximate print time is about 30 hours with 15 pieces in total with an additional 5 hours give or take of post processing the material to as it is now.

All materials came to a total cost of about =15euros Total cost of hardware =99euros (board/cpu combo and ram)

Now onto the hardware I just wanted to get something as cheap as possible and throw all my old 2.5 inch hard drives into it. I chose a fairly new board (with and older AMD Carrizo architecture) the Biostar 8800e, it has 4 cores and a low TPD it pulls about 15watts from the wall on Idle and 55watts under extreme load which it will never see in its life primarily as a NAS.

Reviews on this board commented on the high cpu temps the tiny heatsink comes with a 40mm fan, I printed an adapter and used a 60mm fan I had spare, Idle temps are around 32c and under load with stress tests it can hit the 80c mark.

It’s running of a 60watt 12volt power brick paired with a 90watt DC/DC Picopsu and running like a dream. So really happy all in all and stuck to budget.

Thanks for stopping by, feel free to ask any questions,

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 8 points

Feature?

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

I second this

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

was right

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup

  • 3 months ago
  • 6 points

+1 because wood

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah I love it all my builds have a touch of it somewhere.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

You are the guy who made the atari themed enthoo shift! great job.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup that's the one it's still kicking too, still my main build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 5 points

A feature or we riot.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I used to say that

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build. Very creative.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a stunning design - would be cool with one of the 3rd gen Ryzen APU's as a tiny little gaming machine.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me I was tempted to transfer my 2200g into this case or wait for 3rd gen but a can't justify having two gaming htpc's. Tried to stick to budget for once.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok, this is just straight up cool!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

That blows my mind. The materials alone! What 3D printer did you use?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an Ender 3 smaller version of the cr10, had it for a year and I love it. Thanks for the compliment.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

This is flippin epic

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks mate appreciate the comment.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

What do you plan on using it for? Also, very pretty and feature worthy +1

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it's multipurpose,so primarily a NAS (mass storage) light retro game emulation, HTPC, remote access for work files,and monitoring 3d prints live. And it was a perfect excuse to do another build lol. Thanks for the feedback.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I see. Thats cool!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you take such gorgeous pictures?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, with a bit of practice, also my Cannon 70d is an exceptional camera which is helpful for amateur photographers such as myself.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

You have my vote and I truly hope you get featured. Amazing build, my friend.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words mate.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Featured w00t!! Congrats bud! Do you take online orders? ;)

Cheers!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thanks pretty stoked, sadly they can't be sold, but I'm contemplating making my own design.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Let me know if you ever design a small MicroATX case. :D

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn, that is beautiful!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, appreciated.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you cut the wood? was it laser cut or did you do it by hand?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The build was entirely 3d printed including the wood, it just needed alot of post processing like sanding and staining the wood. Fabric wrap was added onto the 3d print.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, the wood looks so real. That is amazing, well worth the feature.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I demand that you open a store online and sell these cases. You've impressed me. You have talent, you could easily be making some side money on this.

When I start shooting videos, I'd like to review one of these!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It would be a dream, though this case is not my design it's created under the "creative commons license" so you can print it and use it, display it but you must pay attribution (credit) to the designer but not sell it for profit. The intellectual property belongs to vfalendysh the designer of the case. That being said you can still "review the case" but never mass produce it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have the skills to modify the design, and make it your own? Or did you just print it up and polish it.

I honestly might start doing designs for cases. There's not enough variety.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I redid the shell and the rings and the feet myself frame and top and bottom bare original design.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

great love it exept that monitor is not good ive had one and screen tearing and goasting was insain! 1+

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been flawless for me and Nvidia gsync has worked a treat to. It's the 144hz version. Thanks for the comment.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

ah makes sense I had the 60hz one

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Great work, Really cool!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers, thanks.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks beautiful, nice work!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This is hot :O

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This thing is perfect. I clicked on it because the wood caught my attention!! It's PLA but it looked like wood. So small, I just love it.

  • 3 months ago
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Thanks, it's a mixture of PLA and wood about 60/40 ratio I believe. Looks fantastic when stained.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn AMD Console Fusion and now this dude you need to make a youtube channel and also we want a feature for this

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I want to, but with two kids, wife and and work. I have all the equipment but hmmmmm maybe the wife will understand lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This is Incredible!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Damnit! Yet another cool thingy to covet until I fold and spend money...+1

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Good excuse to invest in a 3d printer ;)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't tempt me.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

apple mac pro but is cool. LOVE the style, great build! +1

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely a worthy feature. Very clean. :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words, pretty happy :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing!!!!!!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the motherboard? I've been looking all over the internet and can't find it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in Europe if that helps, seems readily available here. Search biostar 8800e. Good luck

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's like a good looking iMac pro!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey,

This is a mouth-watering piece of kit you have there. Kudos for the DYI approach and the flawless result!

I've been wanting to build a NAS myself and this build REALLY tickles my fancy. Bonus points for the color, I love copper, brass and gold myself (even consider myself a gold digger lol)

I have a few questions, if you don't mind!

1) Is the GPU on the FX-8800P sufficient for light 3D gaming (I'd like to play Multiplayer Worms on this setup, as an example)?

2) Where did you source the Notebook parts?! In addition, I see the 8800 being rated as DDR3-2133, yet you're using DDR4. Any problems?

3) What software suite (ex. OS, media manager, etc) will you be using to enjoy NAS features?

4) As a first time NAS and HTPC user, I ask of you, do you recommend using this setup directly plugged into an AVR via HDMI? I'd like to show off such a beauty!

5) How are you utilizing it as a NAS? Simply plugging in the Ethernet Cable into the mobo, enabling Network discovery and sharing for the 2 drives, and voilà?

6) Would you mind me copying your build and attempting to build my own? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery they say ;)

Thank you so much for this gorgeous and practical build, as well as for your time!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey mate and thanks for the feedback I'll try my best to answer in order of your questions.

1) The APU/GPU is fairly decent if your talking the 2d worms then definitely, there are few reviews of the board to give you an idea of the horsepower.

2) The board takes standard RAM, the board is designed for ddr4 think of it as an older CPU with updated features. Files are just shared across my local network.

3) Running 10 pro with remote access, freenas is another excellent OS option.

4) It sports HDMI so I'm just plugging directly into my monitor, will move it into the living room when the little ones loose interest in pushing buttons constantly.

5) Correct.

6) Please by all means take whatever ideas you like that's what this community is for. If you need help in the future with it just PM me I'm online most of the time.

Best of luck and thanks again for the possitive comments. Look forward to seeing your build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a feature PC, but enough for day to day browsing. Still looks marvelous!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks it's not rocking the latest 2080ti and i9 but stuck to budget and get good performance for what was needed.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah true.. Something I need but anyways I can't achieve it with the same specs as you have for this PC cause I need to play AAA titles like PUBG within a PC in the budget of 1200$... Lol...

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Feature!!!!!!!!!!

There's a bug. I can't upvote it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the thought that counts. Thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

That sentence looks like it is a quote from some ancestor. xD

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is gorgeous

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the outside fabric finish. Is it stitched behind the copper ring? Or how is it done?

Nicely done ;)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The fabric is glued to the shell then cut precisely at the top and bottom so the rings hide the cut, then at the back where the gap is its tucked under and glued to the underside. And thank you.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This to be honest looks like my bluetooth speaker xD

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I was kinda tempted to stick my Alexa echo dot in the top oart.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

So you got the design idea from the Alexa's design?!?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No not at all was downloaded from thingiverse but I could fit the Alexa dot in the top compartment under the grill/dust filter.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh lol, maybe make an Alexa to PC integration code and place Alexa on your PC to control your PC by voice xD