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Alright so first up you'll notice the parts are all a little dated here, this rig I finished a couple years back so things were considerably more relevant back then haha.


This particular rig was a commissioned piece I designed and built for AMD to show off the R9 Nano when it was released. They were actually very open as to what they wanted, so I interpreted that as a tiny, air-cooled rig that could be easily taken to LANs and whatnot. At the time they were still on FX processors, hence the curious move to use Intel products in an AMD sponsored rig. I was worried at first but they said it only made sense, so I went that route.

This was a really tricky build for me as back then I was considerably less well versed in CAD, so designing such an organic shape with voronoi windows and whatnot was a real challenge. The exterior chassis was 3D printed in SLS nylon, so it's incredibly durable. The interior is formed from a 20mm slab of acetal that was CNC machined by Parvum Systems, as back then I didn't have my own CNC router yet.

The shape itself is inspired from the interior of bird bones and beaks, hence the name Aetos from the Greek for eagle. Pretentious names aside I just really like these organic shapes and they're seldom used in mods, so it seemed like an awesome opportunity to try something new. The back side is entirely cut by hand using just drills and files, it took forever to get all the holes to line up just right for the clean look I was after. Naturally there's no RGB in this build as it largely predates the trend, it really doesn't need it though. As with all my rigs, the cabling is all made from scratch, this time mostly because the rig is so small that fitting even standard cables simply isn't possible.

The best bit for me is that this rig is still in daily use, both as a regular driver and for LAN events. That said it would be pretty cool to have a go at making a version 2 now that I have the ability to do all the production in-house.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 11 points

That is more impressive than new Mac Pro 2019. GJ!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

At its price though, what isn't?

Good build btw. You did a great job with the case.

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

Wow this thing is really cool!

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Amazing case and really clean build. Good job !

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

I smell a feature!

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Lets get this to the top!

Reminds me of some alien-esk egg or some sort of object from the animated Justice League/ Young Justice (any) alien invasion episodes or from Ben 10 (any) alien invasion episodes.

Really sexy, sleek and defo different to anything i have seen, ever!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

this is so epic, i really love this design, great work bro, and yeah i would love to have the oportunity to buy as a regular class case, but with this type of organic design.. really cool. great mini itx look. .

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

This has to be featured. Amazing work, man! Saw your other builds on bit-tech.com. Really loved this.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

And it did!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm calling a feature

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

get this man a feature

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet work.

Out of curiosity, you mentioned you have tools in house. What sort of equipment do you have to make all these lovely chassis?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing work. That is the most unique looking mini ITX system i ever saw. And its also really nice to see R9 Nano. That card is kinda forgotten.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the feature! I am partial to organic design but you seldom see them in PC cases. This one however takes the cake!!

P.S. I've included your build into my PC Hall of Fame (see my profile).

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Really love the custom case. I've got access to the 3d printer, but I can't imagine the cost of a one-off CNC job. Jealous!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The CNC work was actually 1/12 the cost of the 3D print on this one haha. SLS powder printing costs a few arms and legs

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

is that a handle on the bottom?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it, sexy pics too >:)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

nice to see a nano still kicking. +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Spectacular build man! One of the cleanest and best executed custom cases I've seen in a while - that backplate is a work of art!

Have you got a thread on SFF Lab forums? I feel like a lot of members there would love to see the process and thought behind the case. +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

i smell a feature and please add the gpu side pictures.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You're the man

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That case looks awesome. Amazing job

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What a beautiful case! Really unique, amazing work.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That 2.5 bay looks so sexy!

Excellent build

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

wow

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Upvoting cause of the banana. ;)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hotness!!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

ok how many io ports do u need lmao

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, why is there **** on pcpartpicker? Seriously tho, that is a work of art!!! OmG

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What a nice build

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow great looking build.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.