There are a LOT of pictures, all through the build process.
EDIT: Using an Oculus VR in the middle of a school hallway sitting next to a box with some fans in it gets you a lot of attention form teachers, students, and administration staff...
Now that this 3 month (to acquire parts) project has been wrapped up, the Nuclear Launch Command Briefcase, or NLCB, is ready to begin service as a tool for occupation while at school. Totaling in at an estimated 23 pounds, this full featured computer is capable of performance gaming anywhere you may find a power outlet.
All of those pictures are most that I took during the build process, including a couple injuries (Acrylic is sharp).
This build was inspired by Mission Impossible, or other spy action movies with the presidential briefcase that he uses to command nuclear arsenal with his hand print and a big red button.
I started research with the LCD panel, a Samsung replacement model that is full 1080p for a laptop. The screen is 15.6" and super bright, something like 300 cd/m2. The LCD controller kit had to be imported from China, a full 3 week process, but it came with the proper LVDS cable and a custom VGA connector cable. All I had to do was slice a +12v wire out of the power supply, solder to hot and ground, and shrink wrap it. It powers on nicely, and the BIOS picks it up in half a second with ASRrock fast boot.
The case came after I solved the dimensions of the LCD panel, about 14" x 9". I knew gator made utility cases, but they are no longer in manufacturing. The original case I had was 2" taller, allowing a keyboard and mouse to fit inside but after 10 days of "processing" my order, the company claimed they were out of stock. I quickly ordered the shorter model and received it without a problem.
The case plastic is butter under a good knife and sandpaper, but acrylic, which I used for framing and casing, is hard as stone. I used a total of 3 square feet of black, and 2 square feet of clear acrylic, a good half a bottle of Weld-ON, and 4 syringes because the Weld-ON ate right through them and destroyed them. Scoring, Dremmeling, table saw, and grinding wheel were my main shaping tools.
All of the acrylic segments are bolted in place, with nuts super glued where necessary.
TIME FOR THE COMPONENTS:
i5: Fast gaming, good temperatures, on sale :) not much else to say.
The original cooler was a Silverstone thing, but since that ended up being too tall, my next choice, the BIG Shuriken is whisper quiet and keeps everything crazy cool with enough pressure and airflow to vent the entire case.
I love blue. And ASRock. My other major build is an ASRock of the same family, blue and Z97. This board came with a pre-installed wireless 802.11 AC adapter, so I disassembled the casing and glued the antennas to the lid of the case, near the LCD controller.
Short enough. Fast enough. Good brand. On sale.
I originally wanted these in RAID0, but then decided against it because of Intel Rapid Storage Manager not liking that setup and the OS and drivers being on the same volume. Samsung SSDs are great, and they are often on sale. They are both hooked to the SATA express lanes on the motherboard to ensure no bottlenecks.
Oh man. This was a piece of work. The card needed to be on a riser to fit, and I didn't take into account the labeling when I layed out the parts, so its upside down. Oh well, I'll live. After that, i had to cut a huge hole in the clear acrylic to let the fan breathe. THEN after all was done, the drivers would constantly crahs. I had no idea why, until a hidden comment on a random thread pointed be to the PCIe link bus speed. When set to auto in BIOS, it is optimized for overclocking on a GEN3 (PCIe 3.0) bandwidth. when set to GEN1 or GEN2, however, the bus bandwidth is throttled so that the riser cable doesn't cause any issues with the card clock falling out of sync with the motherboard, causing a driver crash.
There is also an HDMI powered, HDMI to VGA adapter tucked away, and a 90 degree adapter for the video card to fit. a little snug, but it holds everything in place well.
The Corsair RM line does not turn on its fan until a certain load is hit, and this build does not hit that limit, even with the 48W LCD controller.
I am currently using a Logitech Keyboard/Mouse combo that are easy to move, so I just pack them in my backpack, grab a power cable, and move. I used InstaMorph plastic to secure the PSU in place, that stuff is amazing. although the price list isn't totally done (still working on it) i estimate the grand total to be $1500for this entire mobile rig.
Any Questions/comments will be answered in the section below :)