Production Velka series cases for ultra compact and portable desktops

VELKASE Michael

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Velka series cases are focused on delivering class-leading space efficiency for portability and reduced desk clutter.

Please note: the information below may be incomplete or outdated. These cases are in between production runs and Michael too exhausted to re-write it at this time.

Available at velkase.com

VK-3: The most compact brick-less case with support for ITX sized graphics cards.

Power supply:
If using a graphics card that requires power connector:
  • (~$90) SilverStone SST-FX350-G
    • 350 W, black casing, braided cables, 6 pin GPU power, 80+ Gold
  • (~$90) FSP Group FSP400-60FGGBA
    • 400 W, 6+2 pin GPU power, 80+ Gold. Quieter than other options, less cable clutter compared to 500W variant below. Best value.
    • Note: European version of this power supply does NOT have 6+2 pin connector.
  • (~$110) FSP Group FSP500-50FGGBN
    • 500 W, dual 6+2 pin GPU power, 80+ Gold
  • ($~130) Enhance ENP-7660B
    • 600 W, dual 6+2 pin GPU power, 80+ Platinum. Can be found on eBay, ships worldwide.
If using a graphics card without a power connector or no graphics card:
  • (~$90) SilverStone SST-FX350-G
    • black casing, braided cables, 350 W, 6 pin GPU power, 80+ Gold
  • (~$55) FSP Group FSP220-60LE(80)
    • 220 W, 80+
  • (~$110) FSP Group FlexGURU 300W
    • black casing, black modular cables, 300W, 80+ Gold
Other Flex ATX power supplies can be obtained for as little as $25 in some regions, suitable for builds with low power graphics that do not require additional connectors.

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CPU cooler:
Some CPU coolers have large backplates. All such known coolers are marked with an asterisk * and have 5 mm less height clearance available, but will still be compatible. It is recommended to choose a cooler 52 mm in height or below if planning to use the case with a single slot graphics card or no graphics card, and to strictly choose a cooler from the "37 mm and below" list if using a dual slot graphics card.

37 mm and below (with two expansion slots)
  • Noctua NH-L9
57 mm and below (with one expansion slot)
  • AMD Wraith Stealth
  • Alpenfohn Black Ridge*
  • Cryorig C7*
*Only 52 mm clearance available for this cooler

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Graphics card:
Any card 183 mm in length or less.

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Storage:
For a boot drive, consider an M.2 SSD. They can be bought for about the same price as 2.5" SSDs and will simplify cable management.
For bulk storage, consider 2.5" mechanical hard drives or 2.5" SSDs.

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Memory:
RAM modules with a low profile heatsink or without a heatsink simplify cable management.


VK-5: The most compact case with SFX power supply and full-size graphics card support.

Example Velka 5 build with non-modular power supply

Accessories (highly recommended):
  • (~$18+) USB 3.0 hub with ethernet
    • To completely eliminate all cables on top except for HDMI/ DisplayPort, consider plugging in a USB hub with the number of needed USB ports and an ethernet port into one of the rear USB ports.
  • (~$10+) 90 degree DisplayPort cable or adapter
    • If using DisplayPort for video output, the cable protrusion can be reduced by replacing your owned cable with a right angled cable or adding a right angled adapter to your owned cable.
  • 90 degree HDMI adapter
    • Included in package if case is bought with PCIe riser.
  • (~$7+) 90 degree Cat 6 (ethernet) cable or adapter
    • If using ethernet without a USB hub with ethernet, consider using a 90 degree cable on top to reduce the cable protrusion.

Motherboard
  • A cleaner top appearance can be achieved by matching the motherboard IO shield color to the color of the case.
 
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VELKASE Michael

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Future revision suggestions offered by the community

Velka 3
  • compatibility with modded modular Flex ATX power supplies
  • illuminated power button
  • lower depth power button
  • flush side panel screws
  • removing exhaust system fan support/increasing system fan clearance
  • thicker metal
Revision history

Velka 5
  • illuminated power button
  • lower depth power button
  • flush side panel screws
  • cover on top for cables
Revision history
 
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VELKASE Michael

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Edit: shipping outside of US and Canada will now be done on a case by case basis

Shipping outside of US and Canada is on the expensive side, but rates are likely to decrease in the future.
 
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scatterforce

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Very nice! Amazing value for this niche market.

Question: why limit the top exhaust fans to 15mm? I like the 4.0 L number, but neither Noctua nor be Quiet make a slim 80mm fan.
 

VELKASE Michael

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http://www.coolermaster.com/cooling/case-fan/standard-fan-80mm/

Been using it for a while. You don't get as much air pressure but other than that it's not bad actually.
Can confirm, those fans work well.

Question: why limit the top exhaust fans to 15mm? I like the 4.0 L number, but neither Noctua nor be Quiet make a slim 80mm fan.
This was a difficult decision to make, but in the end it seemed more justified to limit compatibility to slimmer fans which can be obtained for a low price point from other companies. Although this is nothing more than speculation, Noctua already makes a 15 x 92 mm, and there may be a possibility of them releasing a 15 x 80 mm fan in the future if there is a market for them.
 

VELKASE Michael

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can you do some alluminium side panels for this case?
There are currently no plans for creating aluminum side panels because of the advantages that the mesh offers, including easy tool-less maintenance and better airflow. However, if the demand is high enough, mounting points for side panels may be added in the next revision and allow people to choose between solid aluminum panels and steel mesh.

Additionally, I plan to offer users fully custom cases where customization is not limited to just side panels.
 

VELKASE Michael

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Quick update:

Some people from the EU have expressed interest in this case. If you are one of them, please either contact me privately or fill out the order form's shipping information section along with a desired delivery date so that I can find the most fitting shipping option for you. Paying 70 EUR for shipping is a lot, but you can save some money by spending a few minutes on this.
 

VELKASE Michael

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80 dollars shipping wtf!!! Costs almost as much as the case lol.
wait, the shipping cost for the EU...
Shipping prices for many countries in Europe have been reduced to 26 EUR (30 USD) for 2-3 week shipping and 52 EUR (60 USD) for 6-10 day shipping.
 
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