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Project C.ACE


Corsair Johan
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We recently released our new cooler for small systems, H5SF as well as our first line of SFX powersupplies, SF450 and SF600. How small gaming PC can you build with these two products?

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When I received my early samples of the H5SF and SF600 I started thinking about making a complete customcase based on these two products. My focus was to make the case as small as possible while still having really powerful hardware.

The hardware I chose is what you see in the picture below.

Motherboard: Asus Z170I Pro Gaming
Processor: Intel Core i5 6600K
Graphics card: Sapphire Radeon R9 Nano
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4
SSD: Corsair Force LX 240GB
Powersupply: Corsair SF600
Cooling: Corsair H5SF
Fans: Corsair AF140 Green LED

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I started sketching with paper and pen on a design. We already make a case with the H5SF and SF600, Bulldog, so I did not want to make a horizontal design like that, I went for more of a cube-design. I had a lot of help from my modder-friend, Alexander “ace_finland” Hede with 3D-sketching and milling.

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The design ended up being seven aluminium-plates wich then would be held together with small aluminium cubes. Alexander used his CNC-mill to mill out all the plates in 2mm aluminium.

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Everything was milled out except the hole for the graphics card due to that was to hard to measure out before, so I used my Dremel, jigsaw and filed it down.

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After that I mounted everything together to see how everything fits in the case. This build was made for our suite at CES 2016. I did not get much time to finish this build, around 1.5 month, so the design is not perfect.

However, in the front the 140mm fan is installed which blow air into the case and then the H5SF blows it out through the back. The R9 Nano takes air from the outside as well and blows it out the back. The SF600 is installed underneath the motherboard and takes air from the bottom and also blows it out the back.

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Here I compared the case to a 330ml Coke can.

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Next thing to do was painting the plates. Painting aluminium with spraycans is not optimal, but after looking around the local shops I found a etching primer. I used some wire to hang all the plates up for painting.

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One advice if anyone of you are going to paint with spraycans is this, take a bucket and heat up water and put all the cans in it, that makes the paint warm which will make the finish much better.

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I also think everyone should use a mask when painting with spraycans, its good for you and you look like Bane!

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I started with the etching primer, then went on to several layers of white and finally matt clear coat.

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Next thing to do is to start putting everything together, here you see the aluminium cubes that I used to mount the plates together.

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Time for the final result. In the front there is a AF140mm fan together with a power and reset button, all with green LEDs.

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On the left-side there is a airvent for the Radeon R9 Nano as well as a Corsair engraving.

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The SF600 is installed in the bottom, beneath the mini-itx motherboard, the airvent over the motherboard is for the H5SF.

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On the topplate I installed a small window to show off the H5SF. The edge of the acrylic plate used for the window was milled down so it could be installed flush with the aluminium plate.

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Please post your thoughts about this build in the comments!

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