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Kewldude007's Suitcase Gaming PC [BUILD LOG] [56K WARNING]

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NOTE:
before you go any farther into this thread DO NOT ask why I built this
please read the entire OP, I will aim to answer all questions before they are asked


TL;DR: none for you, read the whole thread yah lazy bahstard

#BEGIN


So one fine day at work my supervisor came up to me asking me if I wanted this

A case originally meant to haul around a projector and all its gear, he came by it because the person it belongs to no longer works where I do. And stuff like this just collects in my lab.


SO MY IMMEDIATE FIRST THOUGHT
#Let’s put a PC in it

END PROLOGUE


Just trying with some parts on how to go about this

Obviously I wanted this thing to close so a tower cooler and vertical GPU were NOT HAPPENING

ALTERNATIVE BUT EQUALLY FAILED POSITION


Finally I settled on where to put the guts

hot-knifed hole for the PSU

hole for I/O (yes this pic was taken after the PC was built, deal with it)

#I am currently in the process of making a locking, protective cover for this


now to put the GPU somewhere…


Since I am so fortunate to work in a prototyping lab, I naturally have access to 3D printers

So I used Onshape (free online CAD) to adapt a bitcoin mining test bench I found on thingiverse


My printer is capable of embedding fiber some I threw some fiberglass in there (that off white stuff) the rest is proprietary Nylon 6 which is the only “filament” this printer can use

THINGIVERSE LINK TO UPDATED MODEL OF BRACKET


So naturally the next step was to acquire a GPU because the GTX 780 you saw pictured above had been sold off to a forum moderator because I had no use for it

That day also happened to be the launch day of the RX 480

so yeah I went and got a 8GB xfx at microcenter at lunch


#its starting to like a gaming PC now


Before I actually installed the bracket and 480 I had to make sure the card was stable, so I did an overnight burn in with Kombustor.

the next morning and 1.5 million frames later its still there


Now for the install
#STEP 1:
acquire 90 degree PCIe card

#STEP 2:
acquire the best PCIe bridge on the market because those grey ones amazon suck massive balls


http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?mpart=8KC3-0726-0250&vendor=19
##yeah that was a kick in the teeth, worth it however

I still have 100% reliability with this machine


misc thing related to the 480

6 pin is touching the RAM

Hole for HDMI hot-knifed through the case


if you guys were wondering where the HDD is…I stuffed it under the PSU


to turn it on and off I stole the power button out of my NZXT Source 210, scribbled some black marker so I know which is power and reset
http://i.imgur.com/c3xIigM.jpg

EPILOGUE

@JokerProductions kek

to answer the question of why I built this…
#BECAUSE I CAN
@Atomic_Charge this is my get cracking submission




#STL FILE FOR GPU BRACKET

its not perfect




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#2

Why did you build this?

You brought this upon yourself. Also should have got a Nano.

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#3

Random reply to get notifications from this thread: achieved.

Lol.

Nice work there.

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#4

Lol I knew this would be the first comment. If you hadnt said it I would have. And yes a nano would have been perfect

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#5

not with a 430 watt PSU

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#6

Was this before we talked about pizzabox PC's? :P

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#7

wut

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#8

Oh its only 430 watts? I didnt even see that. Well, the build is impressive nonetheless

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#9

Were you not on discord when we talked about those the other day? xP

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#10

I guess not

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#11

I really loved the amount of work you did on this whole project. I remember when you started it. Did the idea sound crazy? yes but what an idea. You made it work and it turned out great.

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#12

I'd have thought that would have been perfect for a 430W PSU. It doesn't suck that much power. 175W + 95W for the CPU, I'd have been surprised if you topped out at 300. Unless you're powering a ton of other stuff in your suitcase, it shouldn't have been a problem.

Though the Nano is still pretty pricey...

Love the build though :D

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#13

Because f*** it is cool and satisfactory to build something like that. Great job, love it!

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#14

Me wants.

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#15

nfs

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#16

It rubs the glory on its skin.

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#17

I LOVE luggables:)
Have you considered FOLD OUT multiple screens? Just a thoutht:)
This could be their comeback, a natural extension of the new portable cases.

Arther C Clark had one like this, wish I never got rid of mine. 8080 bases

Later came the 8088

This is the last Luggable I am aware of. The 386 based P70 from the IBM PS/2 line. After this they died out.
With Lan Parties I think they are due for a comeback. Awesome idea!

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#18

or else it gets the peasant oil again

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#19

In all honesty laptops are becoming very powerful

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#20

HAHA! EPIC Build!!!

Should totally throw that up for TSA to check out in the grope line... I wonder if they would have half a mind to know what it is.

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