To start with, I wanted a case before purchasing anything else. This is a key point for anyone building a Mini-ITX project. Get the case first, and then plan the rest of the components around the case. Anyway, I wanted something small, unobtrusive and would not look out of place. I finally decided to go “RETRO” and obtained a non working SEGA Mega-CD from EBay for £15.Next, the case was opened-up and gutted, several parts of the casing removed and a part cut out of the back of the case for access ot the ports on the motherboard. This then allowed me to measure the space and figure out what components I could fit in to the box.
At this stage I priced up and ordered the remaining components. A complete list of parts and prices are given below:
|Laptop Hard Disk (40GB)||EBuyer.co.uk||£46.24|
|Slimline CD Adapter||MINI-ITX.COM||£11.16|
|2.5″ to 3.5″ IDE Adapter cable||MINI-ITX.COM||£8.81|
|256MB Memory||From previous project||£0.00|
|Netgear 11Mbps Wireless USB||MINI-ITX.COM||£34.08|
|USB Cable adapter||LinITX.COM||£1.76|