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So a quick update for everyone, I have finished making the tweaks to the printed parts and they are off to the printer now, the metal work should start Monday as well.  In the mean time I have started work on the parts that I will be putting into the case itself.  I plan on using an Asus Z97I-Plus for this build, but with some minor tweaks.  Instead of the gold heatsink, I want to paint the gold parts white and place my logo on the southbridge heatsink.


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2a.First Set of Parts Arrive

Hi everyone.

Got a small update to post tonight.   I was able to get my hands on a number of the parts I plan on using in this build, however, I still do not have ALL the parts, I'm still missing the SSDs and any water cooling parts as well.  I should have those in the next few weeks if all goes well.  For now, here's what I picked up.


CPU - Intel i7-4790K






GPU - EVGA GTX 970 Superclock







Motherboard - ASUS Z97I-Plus






PSU - SilverStone SX600-G






RAM - Corsair Dominator Platinum - 8GB - 2133Mhz









Thats all for now, stay tuned for more!

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For those wonder/looking for an update on the status of this project, here is a quick overview of whats going on.


  • In the process of getting all the required pieces for the case setup to print and for the paneling to get laser cut.
  • Purchasing the last few pieces of hardware to put a working system together
  • Modding current
  • Photographing/Filming these processes and putting together my 2nd update video

All of these combined will take a few weeks to finish, but I will be sure to post sporadic updates as they come in, look for a new video in 2-3 weeks, if not soon.  It wil feature all the completed hardware.


Break down of the next few videos:


  1. Intro Video (Completed)
  2. Hardware Spotlight Video (In Progress)
  3. Case Spotlight Video (In the Works)
  4. Finished Project Video (In the works)
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UPDATE 2B - Parts, Build and Posting

Hi Everyone,

So I know its been awhile since this last had an update, this was mainly due to putting the final touches on the model for printing, getting the logistics in place to get all of the final pieces....as well as some interesting opportunities you will get to see in the coming days.  

Anyway, onto the important stuff!

i7 4790k
Asus Z97I - mITX
Corsair  Dominator Platinum  2133 Mhz
120GB Samsung 850 EVO
250GB Samsung 850 EVO
SilverStone SX600-G

Stay tuned in the coming weeks, things will be updating a lot more frequently.

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Update!  Now with Sponsors!




I want to thank Full Spectrum Laser for offering their 3D printing and Laser cutting services to me, without them this entire project would have come to a complete stop.  Thanks again guys!  Be sure to check out their site:





About Full Spectrum Laser:


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FSL3D (fsl3d.com), designs, manufactures, and sells a full range of consumer and industrial grade laser products and
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chemistry in-house for the tightest integration of engineering disciplines. FSL creates superior price /
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Sorry there have been so few updates with this project,  I have run into some major issues along the road.  But here is they latests on the project.  Currently the parts are being printed, as of writing this, there is one part left to print.  I will be picking them up tomorrow, but so far everything looks OK.

I have all the liquid cooling hardware ordered and its all sitting next to me waiting for the last few pieces to arrive.   I hope to have the laser cut panel in this week as well as all the mounting hardware.  From here I will be shipping the case down to Texas for to have the sleeving work done.  Once that is finished and I have the case back in my hands, I will be doing the water cooling and the last few pieces.

I will update as much as I can, however, due to the time constraints, they might be a bit delayed as I need to focus on getting this done before the end of April.

In the mean time, here are some photo of the printed parts.







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Hey everyone!

So I know its been awhile since I had an update to this project.  I have run into a few more issues since the last update so lets dive in!

My biggest problem at the moment is currently trying to find a place to get the case printed at a reasonable price. The quotes I'm getting are ranging from $2000-$4000 just for the printed parts, I knew it was going to be expensive, but not THAT expensive. The first set I had printed where OK, but far from perfect. They were done on a Makerbot Replicator 5, and the quality of the parts left a lot to be desired, but it also had a few other issues with the prints warping and shrinking.  I did discover that a few of the parts needed to be remodeled so that they would work properly so I had to make some edits to them.  Since it was a 1st prototype, I knew there were going to be issues, so hopefully the next set will be perfect or close to it. The biggest problem, like I said, was that the model shrunk way more than anticipated, so a good portion of the acrylic paneling didn't fit correctly or had to be wrestled into place.

Right now I'm trying to find a company or someone to print these parts for a reasonable price. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find a printer that can both handle the large parts and are willing to print them at a reasonable price.  So right now the project is in a minor state of limbo, I have everything else ready to go for the build, but I'm missing the case itself.  

I have invested a fair bit of time and money into this project to just give up, so this project WILL be getting completed.  Just not as soon as I had hoped.  Sorry everyone!









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Hi everyone,

Back with a quick update on the status of this project.  I got a call back from one of the printers I have been shopping this case around to, to try and get it printed.  The cheapest they could do it for was around $700.   While this is a major improvement in price than the 2-5K other places have been asking for, I feel that there is still a way to get the price down even further and improve the design as well.

After fiddling around with the model the past few days, I was able to come up with what you see below.  This design utilizes 8 of the same 3D printed pieces with an internal acrylic or aluminum structure.  This will allow me to utilize most of the acrylic I have already purchased and had gotten laser cut.  

This is still in the rough stages of the concept, i still want to figure out how to get the corners covered up so they are not as unsightly as well getting the rest of the panelling and internal structures worked out and finished.

Once the I have the final model finished, I will share the images of it and detail out how this new version improves upon the old.

More Soon!



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Hey man, I dig this project and signed up on this site just to comment on it. For those prices you could nearly buy DMLS parts, FDM should be very reasonable, unless you want that great finish of SLA. If these fit on a Makerbot you should be able to find someone to make them for not much more than the plastic.

If you are having trouble with shrinkage try using PLA, I have my printer running at near 0.2mm tolerences depending on the print direction.

What size envelope do you need to print your largest piece? 

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