Hello [H]ardForum, I'm a senior in High school and as a first semester final in my engineering class, I will be designing a small form factor case for me to take overseas for my years in university. The goal of this project, for me, is to create a mix between the CoolerMaster Elite 110 and the LZ7. Issues that have come up is that I've ran a sketchy test bench with a Intel stock cooler on a i3-4160 while running Prime 95; long story short, the i3 overheated. Please don't be upset, but here was that sketchy setup that did not work: Here is a picture. 1. What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming, Schoolwork, Video Editing, and Traveling. 2. Will you be overclocking? Nope 3. What's your budget? Case: <$30 (Materials already on hand) Components: <$500 (Many components on hand) 4. Where do you live? Chicagoland: Microcenter (Farthest), Frys (Far), and BestBuy (Close) 5. What exact parts do you need for that budget? Cooler: Noctua NH-9Li GPU: 1070 or 1060 in Mini itx form (Preferable the 1070 by Gigabyte)(*Currently running a 970) 6. If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? CPU: i7-4790k (For testing purposes I already own a i3-4160) Ram: 8 gigs total Motherboard: MSI H81i (Will upgrade if this goes well) Power Supply: EVGA 750 G2 (Powerman 300 for testing size) Already have tons of screws and motherboard standoffs on hand 7. What specific features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Thunderbolt? Crossfire or SLI support? How many USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s? etc. If all goes to well, I'll be looking for a new LGA 1150 motherboard that has support for WiFi and 6 USBs. Since the Intel Retail Edge program is coming soon I may hit on that i7-6700k. 8. What resolution output do you need? Dual monitors at 1200p each. 9. Does this system need to fit into a particular space and do you need an optical drive? On a cramped college desk, no DVD drive for me. 10. How comfortable are you with custom case design/modification and electrical wiring? What tools do you have (Screwdrivers/Leatherman, Drill, Dremel, Metal snips, Soldering Iron, Bending Brake, CNC/Welding machines/Plasma cutter, etc...)? In my engineering class at school we have soldering irons, drills, Dremels, a Mini Mill CNC, Laser Cutter, and a 3D printer. 11. How important is the noise/silence of this sytem? This thing has to be dead quiet on idle/browsing the web, but when games turn on I wear headphones to drown out any other noise. 12. How mobile does this system need to be? Need a carrying handle or carrying straps? Is weight important (carry-on bag, etc)? I will be traveling to school with this overseas and need this to be as compact as possible. A carrying handle would be cool, but not required. 13. Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? Is it 32bit or 64bit? Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14. When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Modeling will begin, and hopefully end by the end of November, and all parts along with assemble with be done in December. I will be coming back with 3D models and will post pictures of any progress. Thanks, JP __________________________________________________________________________________ UPDATE 1 (11-28-2016): Finished modeling the part for the base. Tomorrow it will be cut on acrylic through the laser cutter, if anything goes wrong I have tons of these sheets for redoes. Capture 1 Capture 2 __________________________________________________________________________________ UPDATE 2 (11-30-2016) Finished a prototype of the base plate, pictures are attached at the bottom. I am pleased to say that the acrylic, although burned, almost was perfect the first attempt! The only issue is that the holes for the screws are a tad big, which means I can't tap the 6-32 size for the motherboard standoffs. Since I knew this was a test piece, I cut an Overwatch logo just to see how it would come out. Sorry for the not best quality pictures, the finish product will have much better pictures. Picture of base itself. Picture of Base with a motherboard and graphics card.