Overclockers UK have shipping available to the US using DHL Worldwide Express service
The wood is solid real Walnut, 5mm sheet.
Great build, thanks for sharing :) I like the look of the circular white dust filter.
I see you went for an SFX-L type PSU, how did you find working with this size of PSU, the cabling routing must have been tight?
The NH-L9i is a little under-powered for the i7-7700k especially if overclocked. If you ever wanted to upgrade I would recommend going for the NH-L12S, perfect fit for the LZ7 and will cool the 7700k with ease.
Thanks for sharing, looks great!
Have you tried to see if Overclockers UK can deliver to your country?
Thanks for posting the extra pics of your desk setup, it looks awesome!
Only just found this, love the mods you've made, thanks for posting! The PSU sagging has been resolved for the production version with a thicker (5mm) rear panel, the screws have also been improved with the addition of metal threads.
Only just found this, great build and thanks for posting!
Its looks like a pretty good cooler, but once you mount a slim fan on top your getting close to the cases upper clearance limit, so I'm not sure how well it will perform, I've not personally tested it. The cooler is compatible with a 120mm fan, so I wouldn't go for the Vortex 14, I would instead get the Vortex 12, or if you can afford go for the Noctua A12x15 slim fan. Problem with putting larger fans onto heatsinks is that most airflow is generated around the outer edge of fans, so when they hang off heatsinks most of the airflow is not actually pushed through the heatsink and you may find you get higher temps with a 140mm fan compared to a 120mm fan.
Here is an article I recently wrote with detailed temperature results for a system running an i7-7700. I expect the stock 7700k will be slightly higher, but as you can see in the article the temps are pretty good:
Great to see the first build on here inside the LZ7!
Yes it comes flat packed, going on sale at Overclockers UK from this Friday (August 25th)
How does the card perform in terms of noise (fans/coil whine) while gaming?
Sorry only just seen your comment! They will be available to buy at Overclockers UK hopefully in August.
Hi There, sorry for the late reply! I am hoping for the next batch to be ready in April time. Best Regards, Kevin
I've been running multiple systems inside a few of these cases for a few months now and there hasnt been any static build up issues.
Thanks allot! Once I've got this case onto the market I want to look at doing a slightly larger case, so potentially micro-ATX yes, what is your reason for preferring micro-ATX, extra expansion slots? You can see some of the concepts here: https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/lzx-case-series-alternative-designs.766/
Thanks! Yeah the red glow is from the Gigabyte Pheonix Motherboard, its a great all round board with loads of features for the price compared to the H170's and Z170 ITX boards. The LEDs can be disabled in the BIOS. There are some more pictures of v0.2 on my other build here: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/JmyfrH
Yeah there is plenty of headroom left with these components, you could probably safely go up to a GTX 1080 and i7-6700k with a mild overclock.
Yeah the Corsair SF450 I would say is the perfect match for an i5-6500 and GTX 1070 combo, so much so that the fan doesn't even kick in when gaming, I highly recommend this power supply.
Preorders are now available on the Lazer3D website!
Thanks for your comment! Yeah they have just gone up for preorder at www.lazer3d.com expected to ship in December.
Unfortunately there isn't space to fit a radiator inside the case, but in theory you could mount a 140mm AIO Rad on the outside of the case on the system fan side panel, you would just need to cut a small cutout to feed the water pipes through.
Thanks for the support! I'm working on getting a small batch made that should be available in November kind of time frame.
Once they go on sale you should be able to buy from any country in the world, it just all comes down to shipping costs to your specific country. I am based in the UK. Shipping to EU should cost in the region of £18, and to the US in the region of £25 depending on speed of shipping service.
That was my thinking behind the 8Gb, I'm sure I read an article about a year ago that tested a load of recent games with different amounts of RAM, the conclusion was that going above 8Gb did not make hardly any difference to game performance, in fact they found that 4Gb only reduced performance by a small amount.
But that was a year ago, not sure if the same would apply to the latest releases today. I know Dice have just released the minimum requirements for Battlefield 1 asking for 8Gb of RAM minimum. But they have also asked for a minimum of an i5-6600k, whereas I ran the beta with this i5-6500 and the game ran beautifully.
Thanks allot! I'm getting a small batch of them made shortly, search Google for Lazer3D LZ7 and the website should show up.
Thanks! That's exactly the point of this build, enough power to max out the latest games at a semi affordable cost.
With regards to selling them, yes I'm hoping to have a small batch of them made shortly. Keep an eye on www.lazer3d.com for updates.
Thanks, I appreciate the support!
Do you think I would see much of improvement to gaming performance if I went from 8Gb up to 16gb?
OMG, please can I live in that room?!
Thanks! The mesh type material is certainly something I will look into for future revisions. I've updated the build log with some background information on how the project started and timeframes
It's your lucky day, I've just this second posted a follow build to this case with the second prototype! Using the same Gigabyte board no less!
SFX power supplies have come a long way in the last few years, Corsair have recently released a 450W and 600W model
I've not tried overclocking the GPU because I prioritise quietness over raw performance, but by default it overclocks itself up to around 1830Mhz automatically. At full load with default settings and fan profile set to silent the card stabalises with a fan speed of around 1550rpm which is very quiet, it's max fan rpm is near 3000rpm, so there is plenty of cooling headroom left to push the card further if you don't mind higher fan speeds.
Yeah I think so, but you will likely have to pay a bit extra with import taxes
Yes there is an option in the BIOS
That printing method sounds very interesting, could you send me more info on that?
When you say filters, what type are you talking about? You can screw a filter onto the outside of the case through the fan mounting holes, is that what you mean?
I will post a build update once I've got the case revision in my hands!
Thanks, yes it is something I have seen and even put some thought into. I have a kickstarter account and looked into creating a project, I just can't make my mind up on what the project plan would actually be, the goals etc. By the way, did you go for the 3D printer or phone laptop?
I've been developing it for nearly a year in my spare time, it's been a long old process! Yes that's right you can fit a dust filter if you want or it may be supplied with the case, have still got to figure that type of stuff out. You can see the 120mm and 140mm mounting holes on the side panel for fitting different combinations of components.
Thank you for your comments, all very good points. I'll try and answer a few of them: Yes this case is limited to ITX cards which does indeed limit the potential market, however expanding the case to fit full length cards would also increase its size to around 11 litres which is edging into SG13 territory, the main point of this case is that it is only 7 litres in size, to achieve this you have to accept some limitations. I have put together some alternative designs in this Design Ideas Thread, if the LZ7 is succesfull then I would like to expand the range with a larger case based around one of those layouts. In terms of AMD ITX cards, there is the R9 Nano which runs at around GTX 980 performance, the RX 480 has an ITX sized PCB, but card manufacturers are choosing to make them huge, fingers crossed they will release an ITX sized card. There is also the RX470 and 460 which again have short PCB's, just waiting on ITX announcements from manufacturers. Vega is said to use HBM 2 memory and many people are saying that this will result in very small and efficient cards, so there is a high likelihood that some kind of ITX Vega card will be released. In terms of price, unfortunately it is driven by the cost of manufacture, even at £120 it only just about covers the component costs, to bring this price down i would need up front demand in the region of 100+ customers. The problem is that this is just a 1 man project and I can't afford to take the risk of manufacturing 100's or 1000's of cases to bring the price down for them not to sell. I know the price is higher than what a large case manufacturer would sell at, but in terms of indie niche cases £120 is actually quite a low price! I hope that helps to answer most of your questions!
Yes I plan to make the first run in matte black. For the corner pieces you can choose from a few different colours of which yellow is one!
I will see what I can do, it's a difficult one though as any slots would add holes to the outer shell! I could try and add a couple to the inside of the corner pieces, although it would increase the cost of the 3D printing.
Should I be concerned by this?
The target price is currently £120
Thank you. I may look into doing a low profile version yes, it depends on how successful this case is. There are actually quite a few people developing that type of case over at SFF Forum, one guy has just had his first 20 cases made.