- Sep 23, 2014
I like the milled front plate. Even if it's going to be expensive, it just looks so sturdy and hefty.
Have you considered this layout?
It would be a lot less cost prohibitive. It would still have similar qualities of taking fresh air at all points, however since the riser is not going behind the motherboard, you wouldnt need one with strong EMI shielding. It would also be simpler to build. The case is 7L, but I'm sure if you trim down the space above the motherboard, so that it only accommodates a top down cooler, you can bring it down to 6L easily.
It's all good. I caught your comedy, and you are correct! That post must live on forever! And we're in total agreement on that front plate. That thing is gorgeous.
As far as the 3M versus the Li-Heat, I found out that Dondan went back to 3M because it was more flexible, and fit his A4 needs better. The MI-6 has more room for cable bending.
I read discussions on overclock.net and sff about whether shielding is needed for PCIE gen 3.0. Based on their work, I'm convinced it is needed for the lengths they looked at, which were around 200mm and higher. I haven't found any info on riser performance running 3.0 for riser lengths in the 100mm range that the DGLee type layout might use. There was discussion about the effects of mismatched impedances between the cabling and connectors, so there appears to be engineering required to make cables work well at gen 3.0. For me that leaves out the lowest priced unshielded risers.
So, to make a long story short, to keep moving on MI-6 development, I need to make a conservative assumption in light of the unknowns. I think $25 would be the minimum expected cost for a good riser engineered for gen 3.0 (impedance matching, good solder joint quality). I assume shielding is needed for the 250mm length for MI-6 so I'm going to the Li-Heat for around $40.
I am paying $15 for reliability insurance. Not insignificant, but I'm going to go with it.
I don't know if the $15 is needed for the DGLee layout, but my gut says yes, since the riser runs right by the back of the GPU.
Looks great! Is there enough space to allow the user to swap the I/O from the right side to the left? That seems like a crucial feature to me with side-I/O
I'm looking exactly for that one.
I already made some prints on my own and part list. But now i changed from a GTX 750 ti to a GTX 960 and now I need more room for the 6 Pin PCIe.
I thought about AlMg3 and thick panels to drill taps in there. How do you fix the panel to the case?
I use an EeeBox and use the front I/O all the time. USB, headphone jack and the card-reader. When I have to access the ports on the back, I have to move the machine to be able to get my hands back there as it stands right next to the monitor.
Everyday PC, and on a small desk. I love the small desk footprint and convenience of having the ports in front of me, but I would like more power.. which is why I'm here.Do you use it as a normal PC or HTPC with a TV?
A few notes:1 USB Type C in the front only or nothing, [...]
In a few years every external drive will have 802.11ac or something built in. Cables are dying.