So this is the next iteration of my Project Stalker build, which was meant to be a portable and moderately powerful "sleeper" gaming PC, cloaked in an old pre-built HP desktop chassis. While that build turned out pretty good, I still wasn't completely happy with it. It was still too big and not as portable as I would like.
Thus, Stalker 2.0 was born. Out came the rotary tool and drill and the cutting began once more. ;) Ended up removing about 4.5-5 inches from the height and depth of the case, making it much smaller and much more compact than it was originally. A few things I maintained with this case mod is that it still fits an mATX motherboard and supports full ATX PSU's.
The SSD came from my chromebook, which has since been sold. This PC doesn't need to store much, (just a few games, mainly) and is running Ubuntu Gnome 15.10, so it doesn't need much capacity. The GTX 760 from the previous build, along with the Enermax 720w PSU, were both sold in another PC. Thus, I picked up a GTX 460 which was still literally brand new in box for just $60. Might be a little old by today's standards, but still capable of running most games just fine. Would love to throw an R9 Nano in this thing, but you know, money... lol. :P The Cooler Master V650 PSU came from my main gaming rig before I upgraded that system to an EVGA 850GS unit. This worked out well because the V650 is semi-modular and the only additional cable needed was the SATA power. Not a lot of room at all in this case now, so cable management took some time to get just right. SSD is stuck to the inside of the case with strips of Velcro.
Airflow is better than expected. The single front 120mm intake fan does a great job of keeping everything cool, even with the stock Intel cooler being stuffed under the PSU with the overclocked G3258 to 3.8GHz. The GPU can also pull plenty of fresh air in though the hole for the carry handle. PSU pulls air in through the holes on the side panel and exhausts out the back so it doesn't interfere with airflow/temps inside the case. After running some games for a while, both the CPU and GPU temps hovered around the mid 50's and the system remained near silent. Very happy about that. :)
My mother-in-law helped me make the Stalker logo stencil, so big shout-out to her. :) All in all, very pleased with the way this turned out. Thanks for looking. :)