eGPU – Connecting an external video card to a notebook (DIY implementation)
Having all those wires on the desk is by no means something pretty for the rest of the family, so we may want to place the whole eGPU setup into a case, a box or something. Because DIY means creativity, people used shoes boxes, cardboards, small computer ITX enclosures, custom 3D Printed enclosures, and so on. I personally went for a SFF (Small Form Factor) mini ITX box from Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced.
I had to find a way to install the MSI Lightning card as the card doesn’t seem to fit properly, but in the end I managed to mount it in a secure way. I also discovered that the slot from the riser card won’t fit, because of its height added to the board connector. After a little bit of masking tape and a Dremel tool later I had the space required to properly route the soldered connector protruding outside the case and then back in.
For the Thunderbolt PCI Express Expansion Board decided to use a piece of soft plastic to make a base for it and taped it with some velcro fastening tape on the metal case.
Added the ATX PSU, connected everything, and now everything looks much better.