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Industrial GK1 Mod

Long story for this one.

It all started with me getting tired of my previous laptop since it was not really upgradeable. I needed something that wouldn't be a pain to deal with if I wanted to change any of the components. I move abroad from time to time because of work (So I needed a tiny build) - and I work in VFX with quite a lot of personal work at home too (so I also needed something pretty powerful).

I gave a first try with the Ghost S1 from Louqe. Huge disappointment, the first batch was a mess, the measurements were not as they were supposed to be (I already had most of the components ready to be used...) so I quickly gave up. I'm not saying the product was **** but it's just that the first units were full of mistakes. Hopefully the company has improved a lot since (?).

Weeks of unlucky investigation later (couldn't find the perfect ITX case), I decided to go with what I thought was matching the most my needs ; the ITX case "Ophion Evo" from Raijintek (2018 edition). I mean, it was not looking that good to me but **** it, I just wanted to be able to use my machine as soon as possible...

...Buuut my setup was running quite hot in this little guy ; can't remember exactly but it was something around 55°C idle for the CPU, 85°C for the GPU on load (I bought in a first place the FE from Nvidia, which I sent back because of how noisy it was - and obviously a little bit too hot...). Really disappointed (again).

So from there I decided to make my first PC case mod (I live in a flat with no tools when I started so it was a bit complicated...). Since I felt that the original one was not that "premium" quality (I received it with bent panels for example), I thought it was the time for me to finally make a proper case mod (yay!).

So, here was my plan :

  • If in idle mode (just doing Photoshop simple stuff for example), the build has to run dead silent. I hate noise, except when it's for a good reason (3D renders / gaming)
  • Being able to easily move the case from a room to another (VR setup is in a different room) -> Add handles
  • Make this case breathe as most as possible with holes everywhere. Way too hot inside!
  • Add x3 40mm fans under the GPU + x2 60mm fans in the top corner for extra help when GPU/CPU are heavily working. External dust filters also needed for those (and easily removeable).
  • Add a fan controller (hardware) to rule them all : no software management (I decided to trust the not-so-good reviews I read about software management).
  • Remove this not-so-good "brushed aluminium" and dark grey-ish look and replace it with a true matte black paint
  • Replace this ugly cheap power button with a real one (front panel)
  • Add a reset button (front panel)
  • Add x1 power LED (white) and x1 HDD activity LED (blue) (front panel)
  • Add an extra USB 3.0 next to the existing one (front panel)
  • Add extra bottom pads under the case (the bottom plate didn't look really solid to be honest...)
  • Add extra "legs" on top of the existing 2x SSD/2.5" HDD slots to be able to stack up 2 more SDD/HDD (room is available, so why not here? I need those extra SDD/HDD)
  • Make a full set of custom cables to improve airflow and cable management (first time)
  • Add a LED strip from a supermarket make-up furniture found in the trash (Because why not)
  • Give the whole mod a classy but "industrial" finish look. Just my personal mood at the moment. And please, no RGB...

That plan changed a lot along the way (I made mistakes, lost a lot of time with useless things, etc.) but I learnt a lot thanks to that and I finally made my big jump into DIY electronics (soldering, etc.)

Side notes ; I ended up getting rid of the glass panels - which is funny since I carefully picked up the cable colors because I knew they would be visible through the glass...I don't know, I guess I'm just not into glassy cases. Also, I needed my side panels to help the case breathe more than it was with the glass panels. And they were getting dirty way to quickly... So I bought the side panels replacement kit from Raijintek and decided to play a bit with them (even though I receveid them fairly bent...poor product!).

For the GPU, I decided to go with the RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING OC from Gigabyte but it was a really hard decision to make since no one online could tell if it was fitting that case. So I took the risk and...It did fit. But it was litterally sticking on the side panel. Even with small holes on it I thought it was a bad idea so I decided to cut an extrude out of this side panel just to be sure that the fans would catch enough air from the outside.

Because I was trying anything possible that would help improve the airflow, I also decided to get rid of the existing large dust filter on the top. For information, the bottom x1 120mm fan is pushing in, the bottom x3 40mm fans are pushing in too, the top x2 AIO 120mm fans (replaced by x2 Noctua NF-F12 Chromax PWM for more silence) are pushing out and the top x2 60mm fans are also pushing out. In my standard configuration I use the most, all the fans are turned off except the AIO top ones (Like I said, I hate noise). Please note that those x2 AIO fans always run at at very low speed, so I can’t hear them even when the CPU is heavily used (like during the temp tests below).

Since it's a mini ITX build with a lot of components inside, I finally ended up being happy with how breathing it was. Temps are still a bit high of course but I guess it's pretty hard to get better results with such a compact build and without a fully open case. Or maybe I just suck!

(CPU is delidded)

  • CPU idle (extra fans off) = 36°C
  • CPU idle (extra fans on) = 35°C
  • CPU 100% (extra fans off) = 45°C
  • CPU 100% (extra fans on) = 43°C
  • GPU idle (extra fans on) = 38°C
  • GPU idle (extra fans off) = 43°C
  • GPU 100% (extra fans on) = 71°C
  • GPU 100% (extra fans off) = 73°C

  • GPU/CPU 100% (extra fans on) = 54°C (CPU) 74°C (GPU)

  • GPU/CPU 100% (extra fans off) = 56°C (CPU) 72°C (GPU)

Furthermore, not sure if those extra fans are really useful since I only win around 2°C for most of the components, sometimes less, sometimes more. I feel like the case is breathing enough by itself. But let's keep this extra fans option as en emergency solution ;-)

Also, since this is quite a custom project, the final price shown here is not really accurate and most of the components have been bought months ago.

Hope this story can help your future projects!

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 8 points

I think Raijintek should fire their design team and hire you ;) everything you modded on this case was the reason I didn't invest in it. You fixed some poor design choices and made this case pretty epic in my opinion. Well done.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Thanks mate!

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

Damn, nice build.

Looks like a feature tbh. This got a +1 from me

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers!

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

This is phenomenal work. I'd say it turned out exactly as you planned; professional and simple with an industrial look. I hope your build gets featured because it's gonna go down as one of my favorites I've seen around here. Would be well deserved. Also, you oughta consider selling a chassis mod like this to people as a side project. Hell, I might send you the money right now haha!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot mate! Indeed, launching a business crossed my mind. Let's see in a near future :-)

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

You deserve a feature

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a beautiful build, the only thing that I'd change is getting rid of the Power / HDD LED. I always turn them off on any of my builds and I kinda feel, like they somewhat dismatch the build. Everything else is sooooo clean and nice and then there is these 2 LEDs :D

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot for your feedback here :-)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

This is an amazing build! +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the well deserved feature!

I admire your no-compromises approach to modding this PC. If you want it to perform well, you better make sure it's done right no matter how bumpy the process is. Kudos!! +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers mate!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a sick build. I wish I could spend 1K on storage. +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest I think I should not have spent that much...But too late! ;-)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

this hits on so many levels. Fantastic work.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done sir! Honestly, those temperatures are not bad considering its a mITX build. Even under load, they are well within manufacturer limits. Overall, very classy and well executed! +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! I did update my CPU to a 9900k few weeks ago, temps are now a bit higher but still ok :-)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

This is super legit, nice work +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

:-)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

NUT....

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

all that storage........daaamn, ive only got 3TBs in hard drives.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! I know, it's a lot, epescially for SSDs...

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish you could've taken pics of my rig. Beautiful shots!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I just thought that all the DIY hard work deserved decent ones!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

My mans... this is NEXT LEVEL!!! Super cool! By any chance are you an electrician?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot mate! No I'm not, I basically learned electronics while working on this little baby :-)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

That pc is soo sick

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers :-)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 enough said

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build and write up mate! It is so clean and has a very professional finish on it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much :-)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

those tiny noctua fans are adorable

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I know! Haha! But they can get quickly noisy!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Where can I buy a Ophion evo? I can't find one at all.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

No idea at the moment, but I thought Raijintek were supposed to realease a new version during or after this summer? Quite sure I read that somewhere...

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great, nice job

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Astonishing mod achievement and a remarkable build ! - I can only wonder what you would do to my FD Core 500 build (also 18 litre volume) - to introduce a front panel intake fan, so my top fans could become exhausts & drop temps further. Those handles are stunning. Just out of interest, what monitor(s) do you mostly use - I mean you've got a top-level 2080ti in there FFS ? Huge +1 !!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot dude! At the moment my monitor is a I'm using a AOC 32 inch QHD 2560 x 1440 :-)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Jafgk! Great job on the build. Small question for you, what was the final solution for the power button? Any links would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Thanks a lot! Sorry for the late reply - Here are the power buttons details https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162680537628 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264085313439

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

It's so surprising to me how basically no PC cases have handles

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I guess it can quickly look **** and to be honest when you buy a huge case you're not supposed to move it around a lot so...But I get your point when it comes to SFF indeed :-)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Masterpiece.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers mate!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

apart from all those great modding, even that double SSD stack only is f***king clever.

I was looking at ophion evo (found an offer, very good one), if I can mod unused spaces for 3.5 HDDs since I have single fan GPU and simple aircooling for CPU. if you have any idea about stacking 3.5 HDDs, i would be happy :D

edit: that power button mod is some next level stuff as well. congrats mate

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot :-) using 3.5 HDD here would be really tricky indeed....You might want to consider SSD or any 2.5 solutions! Haha

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build so much! Fantastic work! I have some questions: -What paint was used? The color and application was done very well! I'd love to paint a case just the same. -How did you create the geometric design panel? That looks awesome! -Where did you get the buttons from? The stock buttons are terrible looking! The ugly buttons, glass panels, and stock finish are what put me off of this case. Seeing as how you so masterfully corrected these, you've created one of the best cases I've seen!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your kind words mister! Paint is pretty basic : Plasti-kote 3101 400ml Super Spray Paint - Matt Black (found on Amazon) The geometric pattern I didn't create it myself but bought some sheets on ebay like this one : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151880520346https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151880520346 a lot of different shapes are available Same for the buttons, ebay! I posted the links in another comment Thanks again!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

First, congrats on this awesome build, you nailed the industrial touch! I bought an OPHION mini, and was wondering where you got those handles, they look really good and would like to buy them too. Did you have a hard time installing them ?

Thanks for your answers.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate! Thanks a lot! Those handles are...Kitchen handles! xD https://www.beslagonline.com/eu/artiklar/handle-helix-128mm-matte-black.html It was tricky to install them because the top of this case is not flat at all...

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this Case MOD!!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

My man!