Our good friends at Antec have issued us a challenge. Prove that you can fit a powerhouse system in a small footprint, and then fit a sizable all in one liquid cooler in it. Antec presented us with the ISK600M, a microATX cube style case, taking up a mere cubic foot of space. As the build goes along, and we start to work on the case, we’ll provide more insight into the functionality of the case and our opinion on it. Our first impression however, is quite good for a case that fits in the sub $100 range. I see a ton of modding potential ahead.
The main idea behind this build is going to be to incorporate a large amount of color into the internal structure, using red and orange acrylics and LED’s. Then we’ll drop some windows in the top and side. The brushed aluminum front provides us a great opportunity to etch a unique design. When a black anodized surface is etched by a laser, it will expose the bright, bare aluminum underneath, which can be a very unique effect. We’ll be going with a honeycomb/hex theme that matches our brand and website. Lastly, we’ll be dropping in a dual 120mm AIO Antec cooler to keep that Intel CPU cool while still being able to overclock it to a significant degree.
Now lets get to hardware. I’d like to thank all of our amazing sponsors here, as they’ve been a great help altogether.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
- GPU: nVidia GTX970
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97MX Gaming 5 mATX Board
- RAM: Patriot Viper 3 32GB 2133mhz
- SSD: 1x Intel Solid –State Drive 730 Series 240gb
- PSU: 750W Antec Edge Silence
- Fans: Antec 120mm White UFO
- Antec H20 Kuhler 1200
On to the build!
The first thing I did with the case was add a UV orange sub floor underneath the motherboard. The edges extend about a 1/4″ beyond the motherboard in all directions to add a highlighting element to the board.
Time to test fit the board, and it looks good. Once the UV LED’s are turned on, this should look excellent. Next, time to test fit the Antec AIO cooler. Pretty straightforward to mount, a little cramped to work with, but that mostly due to the radiator needing to be mounted in close proximity. All the fittings on the kit have a rotary action to them, which is excellent for being able to route the tubes in such a small space.
The original plan was to actually cut some windows into the metal covering of the case, however, I decided we could be more precise if we actually replaced that with matte black acrylic panels in place of the metal covering. This way, our windows can be much cleaner as well.
Getting the power supply ready for the case. The Antec Edge Silence is quite nice. I’ve had it running for some time now, and so far no issues at all with it running very cool and silent. The rubber mounting grommets are a nice touch and once installed look pretty good. The fan inside is also a white LED fan. Unfortunately this case doesn’t really allow for you to see the PSU, but from the back of the case, it’s certainly very bright. In a case where the fan for the PSU can be seen internally, this might be a pretty cool aesthetic feature.
First panels laser cut and attached to the case. Was as simple as marking the holes onto the metal frame with a silver sharpie, drilling and tapping them to 6-32 spec.
View from the other side and the top window installed.
Side window with all our sponsor logos.
Getting the RGB color changing LED strips ready.
Here you can the special window I made to showcase the SSD. The SSD is mounting to a simple acrylic L bracket that is made to be easily removable to access the inside of the case. To the right you can see the front panel, which does have quite a few connectors. You have the normal audio headers, power, reset, power LED, Molex for the blue LED accent bar below, the fan cable, and two USB headers. So I sleeved all of the power switch connectors UV orange and bound them together with some cable combs I cut, but the remainder of the cables will remain black since those will be hidden for the most part.
Here’s the front panel fresh off the laser. Special thanks to Dan Q for throwing together the design for me. To the right, we finally have a finished case!
Enjoy the final pictures! We’re going to get this set up and do some bench marking on it and see how everything performs. We’re really interested to see how this case performs from a thermal standpoint. It’s a lot of power in such a small space. This rig will be out on the road with us. Expect to see it at select LAN parties across the US starting in August.