Base of the case with mounting holes for the mobo on the left. The triangular white blocks on the right is for the PSU to rest on.
Very tight fit for the Vega. I didn't want to make the case wider just for the power cables, so it would end up sticking out a bit.
Back of the case.
Excuse the bad pic. Here you can see the cable ties I pre-routed through the technic blocks to mount the mobo with.
Side of the case with a test fit of a 120mm fan.
By this point I started running out of blocks, so I had to cover the top front with plates.
I put these jail doors at the back to have space to get my hand in there if needed after everything was finished.
View from the top. At the front you can see the pieces sticking out to keep the PSU in place. The SF600 just slid perfectly in there and was kept in place only by gravity.
Test run before adding the in- and outtake fans.
The complete build next to my new NR200 that had just arrived. My plan for the back IO didn't work out, so the IO cover would not fit.
My Lego case ended up a bit smaller than the NR200.
Front with a black grid plate for the PSU intake and a opening at the top for the PSU exhaust.
Perfect fit for the SF600.
Bottom of the case with unobstructed airflow for the blower Vega.
Other side of the case with many colors. Dimensions are 352 x 160 x 240 mm = 13.5 liters.
"Poor man's" Lego SFF PC
"Poor man's" is in quotation marks, because I know I'm not really poor if I can afford a high performance PC, so let's rather call it a budget build.
I have wanted a true SFF PC for a long time, but in South Africa the available SFF cases/hardware have always been very limited, and importing is very expensive. I bought a 2nd hand PC in a Phanteks Shift X almost 3 years ago, and was never happy with the cooling performance on air. I was excited to get a NR200 when it was released last year, but after a while went by, some local retailers confirmed that the suppliers were not planning on importing it here. Saddened by the news, I decided to try and build a case with Lego I already had from childhood, and if it proved successful, I would consider rebuilding it with new matching color blocks.
I started off with only a rough plan and dimensions in my head, and it took me a few evenings to finish it - longer than I expected. While I was busy with it, the NR200 suddenly popped up on my favorite retailer's website and I immediately ordered it, but I went on with the Lego case just for the fun of it while I waited for the NR200 to arrive. I was quite pleased with the result. I ran my PC in the Lego case for a few days, and especially my Vega 56 was running much cooler and quieter than in the Shift X.
The dimensions of the case ended up at 352 x 160 x 240 mm - 13.5 liters total volume. Standard configuration - no GPU riser - with the PSU mounted vertically at the front with its exhaust to the top. The only component I bought new was the CPU. Hope you like it, even though it's ugly!