All black GEEEK A50 build with custom side panels

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Efficiency Noob
Original poster
Jul 22, 2017
5
8
Hey everyone,

I finally have a build that I can show off. I always wanted a Dan A4 or Ghost S1, but I really couldn't justify the price. I saw an opportunity with the GEEEK A50. I was thinking about getting the white variant, but I wasn't a fan of the black sides and interior. This build was a lot more difficult than it needed to be but overall I'm happy with the end results.

The case comes disassembled which I assume helps cuts down shipping cost. Putting together the case itself was pretty easy with the online manual.



GPU is mounted in the back side of the motherboard like the Dan A4. It was a bit hard to mount the GPU the first time but everything works as intended so far.



Here's the build with the stock side panels. The big GEEEK logo is not so great which is why I ordered some custom side panels.



So there was some hiccups with this build. Because I had not worked on a PC this small before, cable management was a bit of a challenge. The USB 3.0 pins on my motherboard was in between the RAM and PSU, making it hard to get to. I ended up snapping one of the pins off the motherboard. To make matter worse, my PC stopped posting after this happened. After spending an hour of diagnosing, I've determine one of the ram had died. I ended up buying a new set of memories (I was just using spare sticks before) and a new MSI Z270I Gaming ITX motherboard.

This gave me an opportunity to see how easy it would be to switch out the motherboard. Turns out it is very difficult to remove and install a motherboard in this chassis. There's barely any space to lift the motherboard out and it's very hard to drop a motherboard in as it presses up against the IO shield, causing the ports to catch on the IO shield holes.

Everything was fine for a while until my build turned out to be unstable. My PC would sometimes turn off, this happened the most often in Chrome. As it turns out, the Silverstone 450W SFX PSU I was using couldn't handle my build. So now I also have to swap out the PSU. This was surprisingly easier than swapping out the motherboard. All I had to do was unplug all the PSU cables, remove the top panel, and pull out the PSU. Then all I had to do to mount a new PSU in the top panel and drop it in. I went with a Corsair SF600 which should give a lot of head room for my parts.

After dealing with all of that, I got to work ordering my custom panels. I order the left panel from Ponoko.com as they offer $20 off your first order. The precision of the cuts are really good and overall I can recommend them for making panels. I wanted to get a black opaque frame spray painted onto the acrylic and I found a local business willing to do so, but it wasn't going to be cheap. However, they also offer a vinyl cutting service for free and that's what I went with. They also offered to make my other side panel for free which I couldn't pass on. They couldn't do my logo because their laser cutter wasn't precise enough, but I was OK with this.



The black frame hides the LED strips inside my case which makes the build look a lot cleaner in my opinion. With the lights off the case is a sleek black box. When you turn on the lights you can see the internals and all its glory.



Overall I'm pretty pleased with this build. The case is pretty great for the price except for the ugly logo on the stock side panels.

Specs:

CPU: i5-7600k overclocked to 4.9ghz
Memory: 16gb (8x2) Crucial Ballistix LT overclocked to 3000 mt/s
GPU: EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SSC with stock overclock
Motherboard: MSI Z270I Gaming ITX
Storage: WD Blue SSD 500gb
PSU: Corsair SF600
 

Phuncz

Lord of the Boards
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May 9, 2015
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Nice build, I like a Geeek case build and this one turned out great !
 

BaK

King of Cable Management
Bronze Supporter
May 17, 2016
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Well done!
Your custom side pannel looks great!
I am not into RGB stuff but your subtle blue LED adds a nice touch to the build! :cool:

Hey everyone,
Everything was fine for a while until my build turned out to be unstable. My PC would sometimes turn off, this happened the most often in Chrome. As it turns out, the Silverstone 450W SFX PSU I was using couldn't handle my build.
I went with a Corsair SF600 which should give a lot of head room for my parts.

Specs:

CPU: i5-7600k overclocked to 4.9ghz
Memory: 16gb (8x2) Crucial Ballistix LT overclocked to 3000 mt/s
GPU: EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SSC with stock overclock
Motherboard: MSI Z270I Gaming ITX
Storage: WD Blue SSD 500gb
PSU: Corsair SF600
I am a little surprised that the 450W PSU was not able to handle that short list of components.
Maybe because of the o/c CPU...?
 

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Efficiency Noob
Original poster
Jul 22, 2017
5
8
Well done!
I am a little surprised that the 450W PSU was not able to handle that short list of components.
Maybe because of the o/c CPU...?

I was also surprise. Even at stock speeds it was unstable. I suspect that there wasn't enough rails on the PSU, but it's hard to say. Maybe I just got a defective PSU, I tend to have really bad luck with getting working products the first time around..
 

Quicksandman

Chassis Packer
Dec 7, 2018
20
2
Hey everyone,

I finally have a build that I can show off. I always wanted a Dan A4 or Ghost S1, but I really couldn't justify the price. I saw an opportunity with the GEEEK A50. I was thinking about getting the white variant, but I wasn't a fan of the black sides and interior. This build was a lot more difficult than it needed to be but overall I'm happy with the end results.

The case comes disassembled which I assume helps cuts down shipping cost. Putting together the case itself was pretty easy with the online manual.



GPU is mounted in the back side of the motherboard like the Dan A4. It was a bit hard to mount the GPU the first time but everything works as intended so far.



Here's the build with the stock side panels. The big GEEEK logo is not so great which is why I ordered some custom side panels.



So there was some hiccups with this build. Because I had not worked on a PC this small before, cable management was a bit of a challenge. The USB 3.0 pins on my motherboard was in between the RAM and PSU, making it hard to get to. I ended up snapping one of the pins off the motherboard. To make matter worse, my PC stopped posting after this happened. After spending an hour of diagnosing, I've determine one of the ram had died. I ended up buying a new set of memories (I was just using spare sticks before) and a new MSI Z270I Gaming ITX motherboard.

This gave me an opportunity to see how easy it would be to switch out the motherboard. Turns out it is very difficult to remove and install a motherboard in this chassis. There's barely any space to lift the motherboard out and it's very hard to drop a motherboard in as it presses up against the IO shield, causing the ports to catch on the IO shield holes.

Everything was fine for a while until my build turned out to be unstable. My PC would sometimes turn off, this happened the most often in Chrome. As it turns out, the Silverstone 450W SFX PSU I was using couldn't handle my build. So now I also have to swap out the PSU. This was surprisingly easier than swapping out the motherboard. All I had to do was unplug all the PSU cables, remove the top panel, and pull out the PSU. Then all I had to do to mount a new PSU in the top panel and drop it in. I went with a Corsair SF600 which should give a lot of head room for my parts.

After dealing with all of that, I got to work ordering my custom panels. I order the left panel from Ponoko.com as they offer $20 off your first order. The precision of the cuts are really good and overall I can recommend them for making panels. I wanted to get a black opaque frame spray painted onto the acrylic and I found a local business willing to do so, but it wasn't going to be cheap. However, they also offer a vinyl cutting service for free and that's what I went with. They also offered to make my other side panel for free which I couldn't pass on. They couldn't do my logo because their laser cutter wasn't precise enough, but I was OK with this.



The black frame hides the LED strips inside my case which makes the build look a lot cleaner in my opinion. With the lights off the case is a sleek black box. When you turn on the lights you can see the internals and all its glory.



Overall I'm pretty pleased with this build. The case is pretty great for the price except for the ugly logo on the stock side panels.

Specs:

CPU: i5-7600k overclocked to 4.9ghz
Memory: 16gb (8x2) Crucial Ballistix LT overclocked to 3000 mt/s
GPU: EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SSC with stock overclock
Motherboard: MSI Z270I Gaming ITX
Storage: WD Blue SSD 500gb
PSU: Corsair SF600


Would you mind giving information on how to order a custom side panel from that website? looks like you have to select a material and size and all that stuff. maybe I could avoid a mistake if you gave some insight. thanks.
 

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Efficiency Noob
Original poster
Jul 22, 2017
5
8
Would you mind giving information on how to order a custom side panel from that website? looks like you have to select a material and size and all that stuff. maybe I could avoid a mistake if you gave some insight. thanks.
Sorry for not getting back to you quickly. What you have to do is download their template (for the A50 you'll need an A2 size template). Open it up in a vector editor of your choice. Here you need to follow the steps that are inside the template, different strokes/fills indicate which spots should be cut or engraved. Make sure you get rid of the example shape inside the template or else it'll cost you more. Once everything is done, pick a material, pick a thickness, upload your file, and then proceed to checkout. The more complicated your design is the more it'll cost to produce. The site automatically checks if your file is valid, but it's always good to double check the design is what you want. Once you have paid, it'll take a day or two for someone to manually validate your design and then send it off to production.

The process was pretty quick for me, but right now the holidays are just wrapping up so I expect them to take a bit longer.
 

neyurt

Cable-Tie Ninja
Jul 26, 2018
158
164
How much did it cost to cut 2 panels with the $20 off coupon? also how much was shopping? Or did you only cut once?
 

duke00

Average Stuffer
May 27, 2016
63
31
why you need the metal profils in the front and dont mount the front plate like the back plate?