Projekt Smöl bói [Mostly finished]

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Projekt Smöl bói [Mostly finished]


Projekt Smöl Bói

A handmade custom sff sized case project made out of wood and aluminium housing a Ryzen 4650G, 3060TI, 16GB ram and 3TB of full ssd storage.

See build logs for extra pictures (a lot of them), also almost all pictures have a caption of what's happening, if you don't see them click on the picture and it should start showing them.


This is an idea that I have had lingering in my mind for around an year now. I have had this Asrock deskmini A300 for a while but even though I really liked the size and the cpu power of this tiny machine, it just lacked a little "oomph" for me and was mostly serving as my home media server and occasionally as a game server for me and my friends.

But at the same time because of my studies and work I switch town quite often and lugging around my watercooled Fractal Nano S just isn't really an option except for longer visits.

So after the release of the 4000 series apus I got an idea of getting one of those and adding a gpu to the Deskmini. Of course there was no way of adding it inside the original case so I would have to make a new one. Not that big of a problem I thought. All I had to do was to come up with a sketch in paint and after bribing my friend with many enough beers he would turn my doodle, that looks like its made by a five year old, into an actual model that I could then get laser cut/cnc machined/3d printed at school. (Yeah I have done this before with other projects, it's really awesome what this guy can create from my shitty paint sketches).

Only one problem tho...
Covid has shut the schools "unnecessary" parts and to be honest I have no skill in making stuff by hand. Like I think the last time I made something complex myself (like not counting assembling some ikea furniture and making small repairs which need no tools more complicated than a drill) was in 7th grade around 10 years ago.
But as it seems this thing is going nowhere so I guess it's time to try and make something myself for once.


Make something as small as possible that doesn't look like total crap.

Use mostly hardware that I have laying around (Try to salvage from my electronics hoard).

Get that little "oomph" out of this thing.

Extra notes:

This case is made by hand without prior knowledge of making stuff like this by hand and therefore there are no plans and this will be made on the go. This build will be used mostly with wireless peripherals and that is seen on the placement of extra usb slots (basically they will be hiding the receivers for peripherals)

Why not a better name:
Well I'm not that creative of a person when it comes to names, tried to ask my friends for better ideas but what I got was: "The hottest boy", "toaster", "Fire hazard" and "that whole idea seems like it's compensation for something you know" and therefore I settled to making the name look fancy and stupid just like the goal of the build.
Color(s): Aluminum Black White
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: Case Mod
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: SFF
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.

Build Updates

Bonus: teardowns of hardware

Modding the gpu

Some sketches and a crude frame

Making some heatsinks for the sodimm rams

Some sketches for the sides of the case

Wood parts pt.1



Finished parts

Build process

Benchmarks and thermal testing

Finished pictures


$ 147.99
AMD - Ryzen 5 Pro (4650G)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 6
Integrated Graphics: Yes
$ 394.01
ASRock - A300
Chipset: A300
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: SFX
$ 133.61
Kingston - HyperX Impact So-Dimm
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 16 GB
$ 399.00
Gainward - GeForce Ghost OC
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 3060 Ti
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 119.99
Samsung - 860 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
$ 89.99
Samsung - 970 EVO 500 GB M.2 NVMe SSD
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
$ 175.49
SanDisk - Plus
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 2 TB
Wattage: 200
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: none
Custom - Custom (custom)
Case Fan
$ 26.95
Case Fan
$ 21.95
$ 43.99
ARCTIC - Accelero Mono PLUS
Type: Air Cooler
Size (WxHxD): 120 mm
$ 44.95
Noctua - NH-L9a-AM4
Type: Air Cooler
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