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The most extreme mini-ITX gaming rig you've ever seen - MAX11Lv3

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I just finished a build I've been working on for a customer. He requested a system to fulfill these requirements.
  • small
  • lightweight
  • very powerful
  • unique
  • cutting edge gaming performance

If you like what you see here, be sure to check out the full build log for details :)

This is what the layout looks like prior to putting in the optical drive tray....it's a really tight squeeze!



And here are the final shots of the system. The customer is planning to replace the feet with something a bit more athetically pleasing once he finds something he likes.











I welcome your comments and criticisms :)
 
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Awesome, love the carbon parts and the way the card is fitted/cooled.
 
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#3
Not a fan on the carbon fiber on this but dang that's a tight squeze nicely done, I like the GPU block being external/fitted aswell.
 

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Absolutely mad custom build mate :) awesome work! very creative and very unique
 
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That is one beautifully packed machine.
 
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That's a sweet looking little thing, not the mention the cooling solution for that size.
 

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checked his worklog. its really awesome. this guy is awesome.
 
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I stand amazed.
 

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Does the psu not need screws in the back, there is none in these pics.
 

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Holy crapola! That's some serious mini itx goodness. Someone get me a towel .....
 
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#11
Does the psu not need screws in the back, there is none in these pics.
I reckon he's just made them hidden, has the skill to do it.


What I want to know is, how did you go about plugging everything in?

Did you have to install the most of the components/cables and then build the case around?


Because I'm already dreading trying to get a silver arrow + motherboard into my mid tower :laugh:
 

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Thanks everyone :)

Does the psu not need screws in the back, there is none in these pics.
No, they are not needed....which is good because the holes in the back plate did not line up well enough to be used. It'd make more sense if you saw how the PSU was attached internally (check the build log).

I reckon he's just made them hidden, has the skill to do it.


What I want to know is, how did you go about plugging everything in?

Did you have to install the most of the components/cables and then build the case around?


Because I'm already dreading trying to get a silver arrow + motherboard into my mid tower :laugh:
:laugh: That was one of the most difficult aspects of this build. And it was important as the customer does plan to actually use this as an operational rig. So getting a methodology down for assembly/disassembly was important. It's tough to explain too, but in the first update of the build log you can see the frame broken down to the most basic pieces, the front bottom and back, in a U shape. In order to get the motherboard tray I built, and the rad & bracket in, the front and rear have to be flexed apart. Beyond that, I'd have to show you, but that should be a good enough hint for you to imagine the rest.......suffice it to say, it was a royal PITA :D
 
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geeeezzz!:eek:

Thats things more powerful than my desktop and takes up less than a quarter of the space :laugh::laugh: mad stuff very nice mate must have some patience to sit and work that out nice one:toast:
 

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geeeezzz!:eek:

Thats things more powerful than my desktop and takes up less than a quarter of the space :laugh::laugh: mad stuff very nice mate must have some patience to sit and work that out nice one:toast:
:rockout: That was the goal, and I think I nailed it....thanks for the comment :toast:
 

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would be cooler if the gpu block was visible when standing up though. waste of a nice looking block :)
 
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That's sexy... I want one :D
 
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That is crazy
 
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The moment I saw the PSU/radiator combination, I was like OH HELL NO HE DIDN'T! I'm usually not impressed by project logs, but this one blew me out of the water. Awesome job Miah.
 

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this just make my day! im going for this.. hahaha...
 

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I AM IN F***ING AWE! wowowowowowo sooooooo amazing, id love to carry that rig around with me and have peoples jaws dropping...great work!
 
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The moment I saw the PSU/radiator combination, I was like OH HELL NO HE DIDN'T! I'm usually not impressed by project logs, but this one blew me out of the water. Awesome job Miah.


The idea is great although I'd of had fans in the opposite direction, hot air from CPU/GPU blowing directly onto the heatsinks in the psu seems like a bad plan to me, as then that hot air then goes into the case XD
 

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Although, at least he picked good fans to utilize the idea, panther.
 
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Although, at least he picked good fans to utilize the idea, panther.
True true, I think everyone knows how much I recommend them for heatsink/radiator use :laugh:
 

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Amazing work! :toast: