OK, so I entered a design competition on this site called cadcrowd. Its a freelance CAD and design websites, where people who need something engineered for them on the cheap put up some dollars, and then the community of designers submit ideas in hopes of winning those dollars. Anywho, one buyer was looking for a design for an ultra small Mini-ITX case, and I thought this would give me a chance to flex my old engineering design muscles. He was looking for a case that weighed in under 9 liters of displacement, and would fit a full sized video card and M.2 PCIe SSD. Most of the other folks submitted designs that were 9.5-10L. That sweet puppy right there is 8L. Its actually my second concept for this project.
The first project placed the video card where it belongs, right inside the PCI-E slot directly on the motherboard. The buyer is using a low profile heatsink/fan combo, so I was going to place the power supply directly above the motherboard (with some clearance for airflow). I got everything laid out and took a measurement on my displacement: 10.5L. Back to the drawing board.
|Motherboard Cavity View|
|GPU Cavity View|
The only thing left to design is the front panel hookups (lights, buttons, and USB ports). That is a whole design challenge in and of itself, since you can't really just buy a pre-made arrangement. I think I'm going to have to design the button and light placements myself, and hope that I can make it look good.
|Case with Panels|