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Jmmods Mini ITX Custom Acrylic Case

by jeffreymays44

132
51 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 23, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

Description

Hi everyone! this is a mini ITX not a micro, Micro would be for a Micro ATX . I screwed up when I created the title and it's too late to correct it!

I had wanted to create my own Mini ITX build for about a year and a half now and started designing this case and acquiring parts over that time. I started with the smallest parts I could get and wanted to cram all that in a case and have good temps and performance .

The parts are not the best out there but is what I could afford at the times I purchased them , I did some benchmarks and mostly concerned about temps and I was seeing 32C on the cpu temps at idle , I had a 120mm fan in the top of the case at first and I decided to redesign the top for a 140mm fan so I found this HD140 rgb off ebay used for 20.00 and I knew I did not have the rest of the Corsair fan and rgb controller to go with it but I am pretty good with RGB given what I do and I replaced the fans RGB strip for my own and wired it and the GPU backplate with addressable RGB all wired into a custom RGB splitter and being fed the RGB input with a remote control.

I added the TeamGroup Delta RGB memory and downloaded the Blitz software and was able to control them and the motherboards RGB and RGB header from it so I was able to get the light down .

For the storage I use an SSD for the operating system and added a Seagate pro laptop HDD that is 1TB with 128 Cache for storage all behind the motherboard tray which is vented for fresh air to stay cool.

The GPU was good for me and the price was right given the time I bought it and the GPU prices at that time! The GTX 1060 will play all my 1080P need with great FPS.

The bad thing during the build .... I had an I5-6600k CPU in it and I could not get the GPU to post, I swapped out every part in the case except the CPU and still could not get the GPU to work, I could get graphics with the motherboards HDMI output but hey who wants that... so I ended up RMA'ing the GPU which was new from EVGA , when I received the replacement GPU and put that in thinking that this was it the GPU still would not post... I thought to myself what could be wrong so I updated the BIOS of the motherboard to the latest and reste the CMOS and took out the MOBO battery just to make sure the cmos was reset. took the cpu out checked the cpu socket pins and there are perfect, reseated everything and booted it back up and stilllllll not GPU and the only thing left was to replace the CPU so I had this I5-7600K sitting here and put that in and the GPU worked perfect! This was the first time I have ever had a bad CPU but this one sure gave me a lot of grief ! I will put together a junk build later and test it in a new build with an old gpu and see if the issue with that cpu still persist before I 86 it!

the PSU... Take it from me to be cautious buying a psu unlike I did! I bought this Corsair SF psu , its a small form factor and when it came time to make cables for this psu I discovered that the psu 24 pin cable was actually a 10 pin and a 18 pin at the psu and into a 24 pin for the motherboard! it took me for ever to make that cable with all the double wires and they all crossed over each other. I then looked up on the net and found several small form factor psu's that had straight pin to pin 24 pin connections that I could have chosen over this one. the good thing about this corsair psu is that the fan does not spin unless the system hits a certain power drain or psu temp . oh and talking about temps the HD140 fan I put in the top really pulls a lot of air through the system so temps are good with this build.

thanks everyone for looking at my build and the scratch build DIY case I created and listening to my trials making this pc come to life.

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stacymorgan84 4 points 4 months ago

Soo nice!! I shall call you the Mod King!! I mean how much moddier can you get than making you own freaking case??!? I need one of these in pink please.

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

lol you got it!!!!!

stacymorgan84 3 points 4 months ago

Why is this not Feature yet??!??!

droem 3 points 4 months ago

It is now!

stacymorgan84 2 points 4 months ago

woohoo!! Well deserved.

antonjetpack 3 points 4 months ago

very nice looking build man. great job on the customization

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks so much!

aburrell23 3 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

love your other stuff Jeff and it's nice to see a project you've been working on over at JMMODS finally finished. Case looks good with all the stuff in it

Crazycatman 4 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

Very Clean case. Love the lighting. +1

manirelli staff 8 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

FYI I updated your title.

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks alot sir! I always get them mixed up !!!! thanks for featuring my build on PCPP I love this site!!!!

MEC-777 9 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

Beautiful! Well done! :)

iKoniKModz 1 Build 3 points 4 months ago

So this is the build that beat me out for Featured huh? Well I can't be mad cause I'm about to place an order for a custom addressable RGB back plate. If I had to concede to anyone I'm glad it was you! Great build bro!! +1

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Thanks Man and sorry about that! I actually posted this build a week ago and just yesterday it showed up feature so it was a surprise to me so who knows they may put your up! Let us know when you need a backplate or something like that and I will get you fixed up!

iKoniKModz 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Hey thanks for the response & I honestly couldn't think of a better person to get upstaged by!! I really want one for my XFX RX 580 However it seems we may be getting new GPU's very soon so this will most likely get replaced.

mattmancool34 4 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

love the build, looks great.

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

thanks Mattman!

Marko42684 2 points 4 months ago

i like everything except the PSU position kind of ruins the whole picture and point of the side panel. But overall great build +1 ! edit: now i realize that you made the case i would say daam you naild it. And it born an idea that for my next build ( maybe in 2-3 years cuz i am boots on the ground) , that i am getting a laser cutter ;D

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

thanks alot! I added the vents in front of the psu so it will pull fresh air in there and out the back of the case so the inside of the build stays quit cool!

gugu96 19 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

custom case is superb

RagnarTheRed101 2 points 4 months ago

Gorgeous work! +1 for sure

Garog 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Very nice JM, clean as ever with very impressive stats.

7ha7as1an 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Brave Little Toaster! Awesome look. Wish we could see more on the inside though I'm sure tolerances are tight.

sheaTS 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

What is micro itx?

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

sorry mini its, and Micro atx... I get them confused some times and say them backwards .. definitely not a micro itx but it is a mini itx mobo! good catch

EASTER_EGG 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

very creative work on the case!

MrThreePik 8 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Nice as always.

Hxx 8 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Very Nice congratz on feature +1.

Sir_Killedalot 2 points 4 months ago

A beautiful case for a beautiful build. Awesome job!

DragionTech 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Of course it got a feature! well done, it's very nice. i like what you did with, well everything! I also saw u have it on ur site. I think you should do an htpc one. if u do, i might buy it, lol!

McDoogie 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

This is gorgeous!!! How did you go about designing this case? What tools/programs did you use?

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Hey McDoogie! I used Coreldraw to design it up. I also found templates on the web for motherboard sizes, rear PC slot sizes, I/O placement etc and a lot of trial and error to get it right. I still need to make a couple adjustments and improvements but it is real solid and stay nice and cool with the 140mm Corsair fan on the top to pull the heat out! Thanks, Jeff

McDoogie 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

I appreciate the fast reply! I'd like to learn about designing custom cases, ill check out that program. Thank you!

RCTXCDMX 2 points 4 months ago

Very nice

haza12d 5 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Awesome! Someday I may get brave enough to do something similar. What are your temps idle/load? +1

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

I haven't tested it under load yet! But idle was 32c! The top fan really clears the heat out 9f that small case really quickly so I don't expect that the temps will be bad at all. I still need to load steam and some games and pull up some benchmarks with it and see how it does but just don't know for sure yet!

Velocitron2000 2 points 4 months ago

That is so cool!

poc88 4 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Thats a beauty! I dream of one day to create my own custom made case and you're one of those people out there that motivate and make it possible. My dad is a craftsman so I'm learning a lot of things from him. I'm planning on making a wood case in the future.

Bocazon 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

I see jmmods, insta upvote

Kurajber 2 points 4 months ago

Hey man. This looks amazing. Can you tell us your fps in some games? If you get around to play Witcher 3, GTA V, BF1, pls let us know.

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

I will do that! I will be able to work on that pc in the next couple days and load some games etc and I will report back with temps and fps etc!

Logarythym 9 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

I'm just in awe of your work. Wish I had your skills! Congrats on the feature.

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Skills = just being dedicated to the finished product! believe me this took me about a year to design working on it on and off and I have had many of messed up acrylic after several attempts ! I believe you could do it and without a laser cutter! just takes some dedication.

Kurajber 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks!

LaserPower 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It’s really odd to have the PSU in front of the motherboard...

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Can't put it in the back of the board then it would have made the build be 2" deeper and I wanted to have the case as small as possible!

LaserPower 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Oh I see you have a top exhaust fan. How about move the PSU to the back, significantly reduce the motherboard chamber depth, and setup the exhaust fan so that it exhausts air from both the motherboard chamber and the PSU chamber (say only half or 1/3 of the fan can be seen inside the motherboard chamber)? If the GPU still sticks out too much, then get a riser cable and move the GPU down below the lower edge of the motherboard and have half of the GPU protrude into the PSU chamber as well? That should be able to keep the overall size, and maybe only adding 2 slot height to your case. Just a thought.

EndTheFed 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Congrats on featured and OMG this is soooo well done!

markelius 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Just found your build while looking at parts, damn! That's a sleek case! Is it all acyrillic or did you cut your own metal pieces for it too? Either way it looks great.

jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Hi thanks for liking the case! I created it myself using acrylic , modding cubes and a laser cutter! it's a neat little pc that does not take up too much space, ideal for a HTPC as it is its purpose as of now! Jeff

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jeffreymays44 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

thanks!