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Hi all,

 

I built an xbox mini a few years ago and designed a case based loosely on ghostavels well known xbox mini. I had it laser cut from plexiglass and it turned out ok, but could be better. 

I'm looking into possibly designing in CAD and making the cases but want to see if there's enough interest for it to be a worthwhile venture.

I've attached some pictures of my original, any feedback or suggestions would be great. 

Currently it uses the breakaway part of the controller cables for controller ports, I have only used 2 on mine but 2 more can be added obviously. I also added internal wifi hence an extra cutout on the back to loop a small cat5 to an internally mounted wifi pcb, this could be omitted or the wifi pcb could be directly soldered to the ethernet port (I wanted to retain the port).

There is also a small window for internal IR dongle, again this can be omitted. The 3 smaller "holes" are for hdd act LED, Power LED and network activity. Again optional.

You would need to do the pico psu mod and have some aftermarket cooling for cpu etc (I used Iceberq 4 pro's)

Face plates could be any colour, same for the side/back pieces. Also doesn't have to have the xbmc logo engraved

 

Thanks

 

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Heya, I would be interested if the price was right.

Given this was made as a one-off what did it cost you?

Also would you sell a kit of sorts.   Case , Pico Psu , Cou cooling fans etc?

What were you thinking?

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8 hours ago, Acidmank said:

Heya, I would be interested if the price was right.

Given this was made as a one-off what did it cost you?

Also would you sell a kit of sorts.   Case , Pico Psu , Cou cooling fans etc?

What were you thinking?

It cost a fair bit to have the first set of plastics cut but they said once they had the patterns the cost would drop to less than half the original cost. This is before the side pieces are folded and motherboard/fan mounts/internal supports added etc so I would have to factor that in too.

It would just be the case, no internals so you would have to make your own psu adapter, find suitable cooling fans etc

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This is how I get the case parts currently but I'm looking into having the sides and base pre molded together 

There are 2 sets shown here.

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I saw your original thread on another site. Didn't you rip out some/all of the filter capacitors to make the pico work reliably? If you did, weren't there side effects?

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I initially removed 3 caps and had a stuttering boot animation. I ended up using a different psu and replaced 2 of the caps. It was much better after that. The 5v draw on boot is around 10 amps I think so you need a psu that can supply that on startup.

The psu could also be external which would help with temps and you could use the existing psu, just lengthen the wiring and make a case with a fan for it. The only thing would be the requirement for some kind of connector on the rear of the case.

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I'll upload these designs once finalised so anyone can have them made up (just in case there is any interest) in whatever format you require. I'm looking at some options in regard to materials and have tweaked the design a bit for better ventilation and rear connector options. Here's a minor update for the front panel, 4 controller port option with size matched IR remote cutout. (I've asked a couple of companies for quotes for manufacture of a few full cases

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