It's a computer case inspired by the great
classic computers of the '80s and 90's, (Commodore machines, in particular the
A500 Plus, my first Amiga, the
Ataris etc..etc...), it's a tribute to
A bit of history...
started this project seven years ago, to give my then super expanded
Commodore A1200 a new home. So every time I saved some money I’d work on it. I made
several prototypes but wasn’t happy with any of them.
Being a one-man project,I designed
it, raised the money and worked on it in my spare time.
I work in my garage and I handcraft them. There is no fancy design studio in sunny California,
actually quite the opposite! :-)
The X500 PLUS sets the following targets:
To offer a case with
a retro feeling but with modern, clean lines, lots of space and a full size, modern, low profile keyboard.
Fractal Design silent 40mm fan,
like the one in the video or aScythe
silent 40mm (I have tested both and they are very good and silent).
To have enoughspaceinside
for aslim DVD-RW,
multi card reader,two 2.5” Hard Disk or Solid State Drives(I
they have no moving parts, they are faster, silent and don’t generate heat).
Being able to replace the LEDs if you want to or if they become faulty.
58mm highyou’ll need to use
processors heatsinks that fit (my Intel i3 came with the right low profile heat
sink for example) but I advise using low power and fan less setups.
Length and thickness (no dual slot) limit of the card applies, the ATI HD
6570 2GB above in the video is 170mm long for example and it fits nicely.
There is no need to do anything with the SAM boards, maybe just file the I/O
panel a bit.
When assembling your computer consider that it is, after all, a small enclosure
(take heat generated into account), you’ll be using apicoPSU(not
included) and they come in 80, 90, 120, 150 and 160W so power is at a
The X500 PLUS shown in the video has anIntel
i3 cpu running at 2.5GHzon a
Gigabyte motherboard with8GB DDR3
RAM(16GB supported), onboard
Intel HD 2000/3000 graphic chip,USB3.0,HDMI
ports, VGA and ax16
PCI-Express slot with a low profile ATI
Radeon HD 6570 2GB graphics card attached. This is one of the most powerful low
profile cards you can get and it does get hot but it runs games such as Mass
Effect 3 really well. My set up also has a150W
picoPSUwith external 150W
I will be assembling them one by one…so please be patient.
You will have touse your best pc
building skillsto make it
nice and tidy inside, routing cables the proper way and allow good airflow.
Names, logos and trademarks belong to their respective owners, and are for
demonstration purposes only, the case DOES NOT come with any names, logos or
Removed the Amiga name and logo on Commodore USA's request (Amiga name is
licensed to Commodore USA by Amiga Inc.).