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sixfootsideburns 17th June 2013, 20:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
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Too bad that you must have a previous mod already done to enter. I have a lot of ideas, but no previous work to show

Unfortunately it's the best way to make sure people are able to make good on their designs and in the time scale we're looking at - we're essentially inviting proven modders to take part as Intel is clearly keen to see results . Not all competitions are like this though, our Raspberry Pi comp was open to everyone so we do try any cater for all modders! You know what to do though - get a project into your modding portfolio ;)

So I have to ask...

I have never built a case (though I have designed several) because for the time being I have other projects that require financing, but I can show proof of other long term projects besides computer cases, would that suffice as proof I can commit and complete production? This extends to woodworking, ceramics, other art crafts, etc. I'd also be willing to provide proof of previous completed designs if requested.

Thoughts?
Combatus 17th June 2013, 21:30 Quote
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My last complete mod was a fair while ago would this still quality me to enter?

Yep that's fine. So long as you have some evidence of your previous work that's okay.

Cheapskate - I'm not sure if you're opposed to knocking up a design or you've already got a project that can house an NUC but Intel's main aim is to have the builders showcase their NUC boards in project logs for a few weeks as they build the cases. In return for the exposure they're happy to ship the hardware and let you keep it. With that in mind, there needs to be some 'in progress' stuff going on once the building phase starts but not a completed case posted in day one ;) Your reputation precedes you though - if its knocking up a design that's the issue then seriously - anything will do, even a photo of a cardboard mock-up.

sixfootsideburns - That's fine - ping me an email at modding@bit-tech.net with some examples and we'll go from there. All we're looking for are people with the skills and as you rightly put it - to be able to commit and complete production without taking a year to do it - everyone who enters needs be able to build the case in around 10 weeks during August and September.
awlllwa 17th June 2013, 21:44 Quote
I wanna make a bulletproof one out of a solid machined block of tool steel that is passively cooled. And then in proper Texas fashion i will shoot it to prove my manliness. But honestly i could do it, I've got a 3-axis mill in my buddy's garage. Should i apply?? Ive only got one mod, http://www.overclock.net/t/1344826/build-log-pc-q18a-3570k-h80i-gtx670-and-keeping-the-hot-swap-rack-can-it-be-done#post_18954967 .
awlllwa 17th June 2013, 22:54 Quote
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I wanna make a bulletproof one out of a solid machined block of tool steel that is passively cooled. And then in proper Texas fashion i will shoot it to prove my manliness. But honestly i could do it, I've got a 3-axis mill in my buddy's garage. Should i apply?? Ive only got one mod, http://www.overclock.net/t/1344826/build-log-pc-q18a-3570k-h80i-gtx670-and-keeping-the-hot-swap-rack-can-it-be-done#post_18954967 .

Ehh, what the hey, I went ahead and submitted.
:fingerscrossed:
Cheapskate 17th June 2013, 22:58 Quote
@Combatus - That was a possibility for someone with no previous log to get an entry. Um, yeah...The ITX case I just ripped out is going in the closet.

@awlllwa -Sounds nuts!:D
Waynio 18th June 2013, 02:12 Quote
Rasberry PIe making competition got my appetite switched back on which I can NUC deny so it would be unINTELligent to miss out on playing in this one, plus Cheaps was bummed & can't be having that, twisted my arm. :p

I'll get me little crisis over with ASAP & then get started on a design, already got some interesting visions rolling though my mind which I've written down, I feel this compo will be awesome, let's make it so.
AmEv 18th June 2013, 05:31 Quote
I've finished my floppy organ. Works 100%. Does that count as a mod?


Also, if we're going the AIO PC route, and permanently hijacking a port, is that an exception to the "all ports must be accessible" rule?
AmEv 18th June 2013, 05:32 Quote
Stinkin' double-post!
Zesti 18th June 2013, 14:33 Quote
GuilleAcoustic, that's a very nice idea.. Maybe throw in passive cooling too so it would remind this Atari concept. :D

Personally I also finally got an idea for case I'd like to build. Now I just need to think how to build it, draw it and render it..
AmEv 18th June 2013, 15:10 Quote
Man, I did NOT think about a keyboard combo!

Although, I am considering getting a 3d printer to mold my plastics.
ferret141 18th June 2013, 16:11 Quote
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I've been busy and a little out of touch with tech as a result but what's that? I see RAM, mSATA, Front panel headers, I/O...very compact desktop?
GuilleAcoustic 18th June 2013, 16:37 Quote
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I've been busy and a little out of touch with tech as a result but what's that? I see RAM, mSATA, Front panel headers, I/O...very compact desktop?

This is the NUC (Next Unit of Computing) from Intel. Basically, it is a 100x100mm motherboard that houses a low power core i3 and uses 2x SO-Dimm RAM module, an mSATA connector (for the SSD) and a mini-PCIe connector (for Wifi + Bluetooth for example). The power supply is onboard, so you just need to plug a little brick (like with laptop).

Yup, the idea behing the NUC is to provide an ultra compact but pretty powerfull desktop.
Yaka 18th June 2013, 19:22 Quote
peh the amiga 600 :/ the 1200 was better


oh the days when hard rives we in the 10s of mb and the better games came on alot of floppies!
Cheapskate 18th June 2013, 20:49 Quote
Concept sent. I think the wordy description was the hardest part.
I went in the opposite direction of Guille and did away with kb/mouse entirely. I could use something that's independent of my KVM switch woes.
AverageNinja 18th June 2013, 21:04 Quote
Unless Imersa, Kier, L3P or B-Negative joins, you might as well give the NUC to cheaps already :p
GuilleAcoustic 18th June 2013, 21:30 Quote
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peh the amiga 600 :/ the 1200 was better


oh the days when hard rives we in the 10s of mb and the better games came on alot of floppies!

nah, the A4000 was the best ;). But the A1200 was the best "keyboard" AIO amiga. I choosed the A600 because it is by far the more compact one

http://193.164.197.60/images/615/615305015124316.jpg

I had an Amiga 2000 and a CD32 with the expansion board to convert it to an A1200 :D
stuartwood89 18th June 2013, 21:44 Quote
I'm working on mine now. Currently doing a test render, though the actual design is far from finished.
Combatus 18th June 2013, 22:01 Quote
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I feel this compo will be awesome, let's make it so.

I think I just found a new signature quote!!!!!
Cheapskate 20th June 2013, 00:25 Quote
@Guille -I think It'll fit in the power brick.
@AverageNinja - Actually, several people from the Sketchup design comps have chimed in. I'm hoping many more will notice, as well as some veteran builders.

Do you think it would work if I sent Sleepstreamer a picture of money, and told him it was a bribe he could print out and use if he joined in?
Waynio 20th June 2013, 04:22 Quote
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I think I just found a new signature quote!!!!!

:D Just sent my entry. :)
GuilleAcoustic 20th June 2013, 09:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Waynio
:D Just sent my entry. :)

OMG ... no need to compete then I'm no match
Waynio 22nd June 2013, 00:19 Quote
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OMG ... no need to compete then I'm no match

I kept things quite basic for me but followed what it said making the mobo the showcase of the project. Your thought bubble of making an Amiga type system is far more adventurous than mine, go for it. :D
Cheapskate 22nd June 2013, 00:57 Quote
...Showcase the product? Sh*t. I knew I forgot something.
Combatus 23rd June 2013, 23:55 Quote
Okay I've just been over the i/o panel with some digital callipers - it's a bit rough and ready but hopefully it will help those that need more precise dimensions (download below).

A couple of points - we're dealing with the D33217CK board here, which doesn't have a LAN port, but we'll be bundling a WiFi module to use.

The board has a power button located on the underside next to the CPU fan. You'll need to be able to use this in the final project, but it doesn't have to be rendered/drawn in at this stage. You can see it in this image http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2013/03/intel-nuc-d33217ck-review/intel-nuc-2-1280x1024.jpg and I've added dimensions to the measurements file below.

As I've added more info, if anyone wants to re-sumbit their designs, feel free - just let me know in your email.

Finally, if anyone needs specific measurements then please ask and I'll do my best! Try not to focus on being millimetre-perfect at this stage - those that go through to the build stage will get their own NUC to play with before you start building. We just want rough designs or renders.

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