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3RYL
 3RYL
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Hello!

This is the case I made for my Vostro 3550+GTX 960 eGPU Here.
So the parts wouldn't be scattered over the desk.

parts

The case's requirements were that it should be tough, protect all the parts of the eGPU and be compact in a good looking way.

I took some weeks in the making since starting with the 3d model to taking the acrylic to a lasercutting service and finally sanding and gluing the pieces together.
I could not make it really small after all as the PE4C's shape was a big obstacle for this. I even tried risers to bend the card by 90° but they made the Pci-e signal unstable. Both a flexible x16 EZDIY 9cm (Gen2 degradation) and a Supermicro RSC-R1U-E16R (BSODs at Gen2. Only Gen1 worked).

The case is definetly solid. I did not really know how strong the acrylic was before buying and went for 5mm thickness to be safe. I think 4mm would do the job nicely, even 3mm with a nice project. The downside is that it became pretty heavy. Lession learned for version 2.0 :p.

The power supply is an M1U form factor to make things more compact. I soldered a custom modular cable to save on space and also add a 6pin power connector.
Airflow is made by two 60mm fans in the front. I usually let them run at 5v as these small fans make a very annoying noise at full speed. Some increase in temperature but silent.

The case is composed by an internal part that holds all the components and slides into an outer shell, kinda like a custom Razer Core, kept closed by three screws. There are threaded inserts to secure the GPU bracket in place and screw holes for the PSU and PE4C.

IMG 0884s

IMG 0881s

IMG 0893s

IMG 0894s

It houses a PE4C 3.0 Expresscard 
The power supply is a Seasonic SS-350M1U
Gpu is a Gigabyte GTX 960 2gb OC
Two Fractal Design R2 60mm fans

There is space for cards up to 200mm long (over 220mm if the fans are installed from the outside)

Total dimensions (H x W x D): 201 x 105 x 270mm

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Edit:  A link to the Sketchup model here

I would only recommend this model for learning if you want to make a project of yours or for modification. As the internal space is small and it’s still all on heavy 5mm acrylic. 4mm/3mm suggested at least for the outer shell that makes most of the weight.
The SS-350M1U is the only PSU I made this for so other M1U models may not fit. And you will need a custom cable.
Also, 60mm fans are noisy. 80mm would be a better alternative.

Chimera ~ 2011 15" Dell Vostro 3550 HD6630M + [email protected] (PE4C 3.0) +Win7
My adapter models for eGPU case projects


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survfate
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holy shoot, is this... gonna work with pe4c 2.1?

2012 15" Asus K55VJ GT635M i5-3210M + [email protected] (EXP GDC 8.4d) + Win10 // Hot-Plug BIOS mod


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3RYL
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Posted by: survfate

 

holy shoot, is this... gonna work with pe4c 2.1?

   

The PCBs are almost identical I think so it would fit. Would need some modifications as the socketed cable can't be curved in the same way as the soldered one to exit at the back (edit: Well, maybe it can but it will be a very tight fit).
But being removable makes it much easier to just make a opening at the side to plug it after closing the case.

Chimera ~ 2011 15" Dell Vostro 3550 HD6630M + [email protected] (PE4C 3.0) +Win7
My adapter models for eGPU case projects


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survfate
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Can you give me the design files so I can cut one myself? Thanks in advance!

2012 15" Asus K55VJ GT635M i5-3210M + [email protected] (EXP GDC 8.4d) + Win10 // Hot-Plug BIOS mod


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3RYL
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Posted by: survfate

Can you give me the design files so I can cut one myself? Thanks in advance!

Ops, did not look for a while. Sorry for the delay.
I can send you a model, but It seems I cannot attach that kind of file here.

Chimera ~ 2011 15" Dell Vostro 3550 HD6630M + [email protected] (PE4C 3.0) +Win7
My adapter models for eGPU case projects


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survfate
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Posted by: 3RYL
Posted by: survfate

Can you give me the design files so I can cut one myself? Thanks in advance!

Ops, did not look for a while. Sorry for the delay.
I can send you a model, but It seems I cannot attach that kind of file here.

please do, I thought you forget about this thread so I haven't check for reply recently, just send it to [email protected]

thanks alot btw

2012 15" Asus K55VJ GT635M i5-3210M + [email protected] (EXP GDC 8.4d) + Win10 // Hot-Plug BIOS mod


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3RYL
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Here is the sketchup model:
https://www.mediafire.com/?4gsltfmatfa7aad

I made some changes from the original to remove some useless parts and clean it up.

I would only recommend this model for learning if you want to make a project of yours, or for modification to your needs.
The internal space in small and it's still all 5mm acrylic. I suggest using 4mm at least for the outer shell as this is what gets heavy.
The SS-350M1U is the only PSU I made this for and you will need to make a modified cable.
Also double check if your PE4C 2.1 will fit.

Chimera ~ 2011 15" Dell Vostro 3550 HD6630M + [email protected] (PE4C 3.0) +Win7
My adapter models for eGPU case projects


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survfate
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Posted by: 3RYL

Here is the sketchup model:
https://www.mediafire.com/?4gsltfmatfa7aad

I made some changes from the original to remove some useless parts and clean it up.

I would only recommend this model for learning if you want to make a project of yours, or for modification to your needs.
The internal space in small and it's still all 5mm acrylic. I suggest using 4mm at least for the outer shell as this is what gets heavy.
The SS-350M1U is the only PSU I made this for and you will need to make a modified cable.
Also double check if your PE4C 2.1 will fit.

I will remember those thing, thanks alot for sharing mate. And yeah my inital plan is modify the model a bit to suit my need.

2012 15" Asus K55VJ GT635M i5-3210M + [email protected] (EXP GDC 8.4d) + Win10 // Hot-Plug BIOS mod


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TheGermanGuy
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Great enclosure!!!! which app do i have to install to open this file ?

Thinking of getting this one, too!

How much did you pay for material and lasercutting ?

Would it also work with the BEAST ? (8.0) ?

2011 15" Dell XPS15 L502x GT540M + [email protected] (EXP GDC 8.4) + Win7


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3RYL
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It won't fit an EXP GDC unless modified. I will probably come up with some new designs that can use it later, after I finish my CNC router.

The acrylic sheets cost me 250 BRL (~US$ 80) for 1m x 50cm + 50 x 50 cm sheets, though some was wasted because of problems in my cutting files. But even with that I still have some leftover.

Cutting service was around 82 BRL (~US$ 26)

Chimera ~ 2011 15" Dell Vostro 3550 HD6630M + [email protected] (PE4C 3.0) +Win7
My adapter models for eGPU case projects


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3RYL
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The CNC is almost done, also first photo with my new camera.

Just sharing my excitement

cnc 2e

 

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Chimera ~ 2011 15" Dell Vostro 3550 HD6630M + [email protected] (PE4C 3.0) +Win7
My adapter models for eGPU case projects


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survfate
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Posted by: 3RYL

The CNC is almost done, also first photo with my new camera.

Just sharing my excitment

cnc 2e

 

Merry Christmas to everyone!

keep us updated, while i'm satisfied with my current case for the beast im still very much interested in alternative setup, especially one with great design like your.

btw merry christmas to you too

2012 15" Asus K55VJ GT635M i5-3210M + [email protected] (EXP GDC 8.4d) + Win10 // Hot-Plug BIOS mod


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3RYL
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Hey, I'm still alive.

Just learning more and more about CNCing and upgrading my machine. As for computers, there is a whole world of information about CNC routers, lasercutters and 3d printers. It's cool stuff to look for if you like building things.

Good news is that tommorow i'll be ordering new acrilyc to try some cuts in a few weeks.

 

I would have posted a build guide for a 11 year old  Vostro 1000 + 980ti for fun today, but with dozens of tries detection only happened a couple of times and then I was greeted with error 1 and 12's, no way to fix with the error 12 tutorials.

happy april fools day.

Chimera ~ 2011 15" Dell Vostro 3550 HD6630M + [email protected] (PE4C 3.0) +Win7
My adapter models for eGPU case projects


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Eightarmedpet
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klausmeine
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Very Nice Work.
I´m thinking about building a similar case for my Akitio thunder 3 and 1050ti.
In my opinion the case is way too heavy. Around 2kg without the card, which is only around 300g.
How much weight has the acrylic part?

Pending: Add my system information and expected eGPU configuration to my signature to give context to my posts


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3RYL
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Hey

@eightarmedpet Thank you for the compliment =)

@klausmeine Thank you. The acrylic is around 1570g. As I said, it could easily be made of 4mm acrylic, that would take the weight down to 1256g. Some more weight could be removed with a revision of the project.

Chimera ~ 2011 15" Dell Vostro 3550 HD6630M + [email protected] (PE4C 3.0) +Win7
My adapter models for eGPU case projects


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