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Old September 21, 2013, 11:16 AM
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Here's a simple/minimalist case I designed and produced right here in Canada!

It is designed to be as simple as possible, and is unique in that it's designed specifically for the picoPSU.

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Mini-ITX tower (220 x 94 x 220 mm)
1.6 mm aluminum with powder coat finish
2x 80x25mm exhaust fan mounts
2x 2.5" HDD/SSD bracket (SSD recommeded)
1x Low-profile expansion slot
2x 2.5mm DC input, 1x Mini-DIN input hole for PicoPSU power supplies
60 mm recommended max CPU clearance (71 mm to side panel)
16 mm anti-vandal power switch
PEM stainless steel nuts, and standoffs (No rivets)
Black fasteners
Black stick-on case feet
Silicone fan mounts (8)
PSU compatibility: PicoPSU (or motherboards with built-in DC converters)
Availability: July 2013

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I'm curious what people think, and if you have any feedback. I realize it may not be for everyone, so please don't be too hard on me!

Current model as of March 2014:





Original model:






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Old September 21, 2013, 11:32 AM
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I'm assuming that's mITX?

First question... Is there a "front" panel of any sort? I don't see a power button let alone any case usb (although that's not all that important).
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Old September 21, 2013, 11:41 AM
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I'm assuming that's mITX?

First question... Is there a "front" panel of any sort? I don't see a power button let alone any case usb (although that's not all that important).
Yes, sorry I should've provided more details, this is a Mini-ITX tower case. The front is completely clean, or absent of inputs. The power button is on the back-top (see black wires in second image).

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  • 1.6 mm aluminum construction with powder coat matte black/white finish
  • 16 mm black anti-vandal aluminum power switch
  • Left/right removable side panels
  • Permanent stainless steel threads
  • 1 x low profile expansion slot
  • 2 x 2.5 inch hard drive bracket
  • 2 x 80x25 mm fan vents on top
  • 70 mm CPU cooler clearance (74 mm max to inside of side panel)
  • 2.5 mm DC, and Mini-DIN connector compatible
  • Dimensions: 220 x 220 x 93 mm
  • Motherboard compatibility: Mini-ITX
  • Power Supply Compatibility: PicoPSU

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Old September 21, 2013, 11:55 AM
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Dimensions: 220 x 220 x 93 mm
Nice.
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Old September 21, 2013, 12:23 PM
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Looks pretty decent. Any plans for larger cases?
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Old September 21, 2013, 01:39 PM
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Neat small little box - I like it :) Assuming that nothing more that mobo, PicoPSU and some SSD is not there and it is not even planed to be there, right?

How is CPU and how well it cool? I would be inclined to make some holes into over the CPU fan, but... you probably have reasons why not, right?
And how do you made the perforations in the sides of the case?
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Looks pretty decent. Any plans for larger cases?
How large? :) This is just something I do on the side, so I don't really have any solid plans at this point. A number of people have suggested dual expansion slots, or room for oversize GPU coolers. Once you start making room for that, then other things tend to get larger also!
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Old September 21, 2013, 03:45 PM
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Neat small little box - I like it :) Assuming that nothing more that mobo, PicoPSU and some SSD is not there and it is not even planed to be there, right?
Thanks! I may need you to clarify your question though.

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How is CPU and how well it cool? I would be inclined to make some holes into over the CPU fan, but... you probably have reasons why not, right?
And how do you made the perforations in the sides of the case?
Cooling seems to be pretty good, and although user results seem to be positive, they do vary from user to user. So take whatever you see with a grain of salt. My setup is probably on the lower power end of things. :)

Intel G620/Big Shuriken 2/1x 80mm (Prime95):
Idle: 40*C
Stress: 48*C

Intel Core i3-3225/Noctua NH-9Li/1x 80mm (Stress - Linux):
Idle: 42*C
Stress: 47*C

Here's one person running an HD 7750:
[H]ard|Forum - View Single Post - Any interest in PicoPSU based Mini-ITX case?

Here's another running an A10-6700:
[H]ard|Forum - View Single Post - Any interest in PicoPSU based Mini-ITX case?

A couple others have also asked about a vented side panel. I may offer one separately if enough people ask for it. Hard for me to justify it as the default option though. I can see it's purpose, and utility though. I would want to try running a 120 mm fan above the CPU with no 80 mm case fans. But then I have a big hole on the side, and the top!

The perforations are just cut out with a rectangle punch.

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Old September 21, 2013, 05:33 PM
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Beautiful little cases there. I'm a huge fan of the small cases. I love the minimalist design.

Wondering what kind of power supply that is and where they can be obtained?
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Beautiful little cases there. I'm a huge fan of the small cases. I love the minimalist design.

Wondering what kind of power supply that is and where they can be obtained?
Thank you! The power supply is a Mini-box.com PicoPSU. They sell them on their site (US though), and I've also seen them on NCIX.
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