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Impressive custom case, barely larger than Xbox One, fits GTX 1080 SLI

By Scorpus ยท 21 replies
Jul 22, 2016
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  1. A Reddit user has spent more than $3,000 designing and manufacturing a custom small form factor PC case, which is the highlight of a build that's extremely powerful yet extraordinarily compact.

    Lukasz Dyjakon, an Australian who wanted the best possible compact gaming system, used the services of Protocase to create a custom PC enclosure for his powerful components. Measuring just 30 x 30 x 10 centimeters, the entire build is barely larger than an Xbox One console, which features relatively compact dimensions of 33 x 27 x 8 centimeters.

    This system is much, much more powerful than an Xbox One though. The case manages to cram in two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition cards in SLI, using the blower design to intake air from the right side and vent it out the back. The other side features the CPU, an Intel Core i7-6700K, along with 32 GB of DDR4, two SSDs for more than a terabyte of storage, and a slim Noctua cooler.

    The entire price of the system came to over 7,300 Canadian dollars ($5,600 USD), which is quite expensive for this sort of system. However, it's sure to be one of the most powerful systems of its size, and will complement a 4K monitor or television well.

    More images of the system can be found here, and there's a full part and price breakdown on the Reddit thread for this system.

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  2. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 860   +203

    That cable management though, It's impeccable. These tiny builds are always impressive, just a little too pricy most of the time. I'm curious about the real word temps you'd see in such a high-end tiny build.
    H3llion, misor and Reehahs like this.
  3. poohbear

    poohbear TS Addict Posts: 119   +65

    Where's the PSU in all that? I don't see where he managed to fit the PSU?
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,631   +688

    Impressive, but you know that thing is going to be hotter than a nuclear reactor.

    Having a big case (and subsequently cooler components) is not a big deal to me. It all sits under the desk anyway.
    Lurker101 likes this.
  5. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,513   +512

  6. bmw95

    bmw95 TS Addict Posts: 162   +113

    Looks like the front grill was designed by HP lol
  7. Tuxie

    Tuxie TS Rookie

    It's at the top. If I understood it correctly, he took a standard ATX PSU and put its circuit board in a custom box.
  8. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 394   +249

    That's an impressive build.
  9. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    The only thing that looks bad to me is the sli bridges, wish he had a prettier solution there. The rest of it looks so nice it kind of detracts.
    madboyv1 likes this.
  10. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 377   +132

    Gorgeous. But it has to be hot. And if not, then it has to be loud. Which won't complement a TV well. Great innovation though, especially the power supply and extending the PCI ports.
  11. 3volv3d

    3volv3d TS Addict Posts: 155   +59

    Next headline, "Flat burns down due to stupid SLI SFF PC".

    Waste of time and money. No matter how well done.
  12. Xtreme gamer

    Xtreme gamer TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +12

    I'm surprised he didn't use a M2 SSD or something.
  13. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Think you meant Australian dollars not Canadian (though they are almost the same value at the moment).

    Impressive build, I'm sure it could double as a space heater in the colder months.
  14. smoken

    smoken TS Rookie

    Yeah its nice and all but I would still rather have my big coolermaster 922 case......the CPU is this has no place to vent other then right on to the voltage regulators......
  15. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,230   +228

    The single back air exhaust is likely a heat furnace. three front intake fans.
    very nice cable management there. (I have poor cable management skills)

    32GB memory! wow! my dirty mind tells me tons of prawn picture browsing = no hiccups. ;)
  16. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 798   +318

    Ultra high powered gaming that you can cook an egg on? I think I'll pass.
  17. sillyphuck

    sillyphuck TS Rookie

    Nice work for sure, too small imo though. those aren't 120mm fans those are 70s.... smaller the fan the louder the fan whine. Will be way too loud during gaming for my liking.

    this is my ITX build with two 980s. I call it the "fallout rig" Very powerful, very quiet, small enough package

  18. sillyphuck

    sillyphuck TS Rookie

    correction sorry, Micro ATX not ITX
  19. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 650   +282

    Those suckers get pretty hot if you don't have air blowing over them constantly. My guess is he felt he couldn't get the airflow high enough to justify it, and that getting 1TB of (presumably RAID0) SSD storage seemed a better option.
  20. benjtheman7

    benjtheman7 TS Rookie

    That little rectangular thing where all the green wires come out from.
  21. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 560   +59

    I presume that little riser style card label Ultra II is something he custom made to enable him to mount the GPUs at the rear
  22. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,445   +349

    How did I not see this sooner? Everything about this thing makes me happy just looking at it, though my only design change would have been making it a cm or two wider and a few cm taller to incorporate 80mm fans. The case is exactly 8cm wide so I don't think it has the internal width for 80mm fans (I see a tiny amount of space between the fan and the lip of the case). Going up 10mm in fan size doesn't seem like a lot but it changes several things including the general blade design.

    Still, hot damn that's a nice setup.

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