SFF Inception: NFC Skyreach 4 MINI Brickless Build Log

wooger0111

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Is there any easy way I could get one of those modified brackets for my zotac 1080 mini? I really want to get this case because I have both of the hdplex parts already but I want it to be brickless. Awesome build btw
 

seven7thirty30

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Is there any easy way I could get one of those modified brackets for my zotac 1080 mini? I really want to get this case because I have both of the hdplex parts already but I want it to be brickless. Awesome build btw
You can join the NFC Discord channel and ask to be on the list for the next batch. Not sure when or if there will be another batch made, but people are interested. You can also modify the bracket like I did in this thread's earlier post. It works too.
 
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wooger0111

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You can join the NFC Discord channel and ask to be on the list for the next batch. Not sure when or if there will be another batch made, but people are interested. You can also modify the bracket like I did in this thread's earlier post. It works too.
Thanks for the info! I'm a little confused on how you screwed the first modified bracket on though. Do the custom made ones use the original screw holes?
 

seven7thirty30

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Thanks for the info! I'm a little confused on how you screwed the first modified bracket on though. Do the custom made ones use the original screw holes?
You'll have to look at the pics closely. A few new holes were made and the bracket was cut to slide it over. The custom made ones use all the original mounting points.
 

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I'm saddened that this build will be completed soon, and yet I also can't wait to finish it. I can't stress how difficult it is to fit everything into such a small form factor. Every mm matters, and there are things that I wanted to do that couldn't be done because of the limited space available. I wanted to post build updates on a more consistent and frequent basis, but I do have a career and a family that still demands most of my attention. I find myself thinking about this build while at work, and then I get frustrated because I have to wait to try new ideas or to make changes. In hindsight, it does keep me grounded and there have been times when I realized that it was a good thing that I couldn't do what I wanted to do because I had the opportunity to re-evaluate. Enough blabbering, time for some updates.

The custom carbon fiber face plate arrived today. Huge thanks to [email protected] for doing an outstanding job! It looks and feels like glass. The quality is better than I expected. This face plate is 10mm wider than the stock face plate to compensate for the 5mm gaps on each side of the case after the modifications.





Initial fitting of the face plate with the Deus Ex Titan Shield effect around the power button.





Currently, I've begun the process of determining cable routing for the iPad LCD and component placement within the case. It will be very tight and the placement availability is limited, but I still want to try to add an RGB light strip inside the case. Hopefully, I'll get an update today on the power coated side panels.
 

Choidebu

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Nooo don't stop!!!

Take your time - don't you ever heard of delayed gratification?

It's actually reached functional enough stage, isn't it? Just do it bit by bit..

Don't be orangulan v.2... (no offense @Kmpkt )
 
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Update: The powder coated side panels are finished and ready for pick up. I'll get around to that in the next few days. For now, I've modeled and 3D printed a prototype iPad display bezel out of some cheap PLA. Adjustments will be made, if needed. I'm planning on using some Carbon Fiber filament for the final revision.



In the meantime, I received the G-Wolves Skoll mouse a little over a week ago. Time for the black and gold treatment.









The wireless antennae that came with the ASRock motherboard are hot trash. Since this build was created with travel in mind, I want a better option for WIFI. I don't like the wires that lead to the box assembly, so I'm replacing them with some new ones. I hid the logo with some gold vinyl wrap. I also had to modify the SMA connectors on the IO panel of the motherboard to create a larger space between them for the antennae to fit.





 
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Update: I have the freshly powder coated side panels. The "wet" look of the black gloss finish looks amazing. I can't wait to put them on the case. The powder coating added about .4mm to the overall thickness of each panel, so that will have to be compensated for in regards to the iPad LCD bezel.





I fine tuned the iPad LCD bezel dimensions and 3D printed another prototype using gold ABS. I plan to print a final version in either black or gold, but I haven't decided which color to go with. Black will obviously be more subtle, but will the gold be too much of a distraction when viewing the display? I'll have to try each and then post pictures for you to decide.



I reassembled the G-Wolves Skoll mouse. Really turned out pretty well. Only needed a few light coats and I put an extra coat of clear for durability.