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Well, considering the form-factor and the single-wide features, my thoughts (and extensive use of many cases) are:
  1. Largest Rad should be a 480. Anything larger is complete overkill.
  2. Keep the customized feel of the M and T series cases by allowing modularity
  3. Allow PSU's to be installed at top or bottom.
  4. Allow Radiators to be placed so they face the side of the case, or bottom of the case.
  5. Allow for ATX and Reverse-ATX configs.
  6. Limit the 5.25 bays to 4-6. Anything more is typically a waste of space and unused.
  7. Offer them with extended tops for rad mounting with push/pull config.
  8. Offer an optional handle for carrying that can be screwed into the top of the case with the same type of spring-screws used on the Motherboard tray. I'm thinking a cover plate for the top that can be removed so the handle can be attached.
  9. Make it just wide enough so two PSU's could be installed sidexside.
  10. Offer a smaller version for ATX/EATX boards as few people really need or use HTPX boards.
  11. Offer a pedestal (chicks dig pedestals).
  12. Like the M and T series cases, keep the front nice and clean. Put the I/O and Power buttons toward the bottom of the front, or on the top of the case. Perhaps even directly to the side of the 5.25 bays on the front, that way the cables can be easily routed and hidden behind the motherboard tray. (and for reverse ATX, they could be on the other side of the 5.25 bays.

I will do a more proper mock-up and send it to you. Probably Sketchup.
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I would definitely make it 12" wide.
Edited by theseekeroffun - 7/20/11 at 4:09pm
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Thanks everyone - very much appreciated!

Based on what I'm hearing, I think we're pretty much on track with what you're asking for.

This will be a large case and built like the other MAGNUM cases. The only accessories that will not carry over would be the vertical accessory mounts (the case is taller, so that can't be avoided). Pricing will be similar to a TH10.

It will not be the basis for a mATX case. That will be part of the upcoming "Merlin" platform which will be smaller.

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I greatly look forward to a single wide but at the cost of a th10 there are quite a few nice single wides already on the market.

If the price is right and there is space for 2-3 rx360s I'd be all over this case. If the case is a single wide and roughly the same cost as the larger TH10 can we assume it would be r&d costs up front?
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I greatly look forward to a single wide but at the cost of a th10 there are quite a few nice single wides already on the market.

If the price is right and there is space for 2-3 rx360s I'd be all over this case. If the case is a single wide and roughly the same cost as the larger TH10 can we assume it would be r&d costs up front?
I think what you're looking for will likely be a better fit with the upcoming "Merlin" platform (due early 2012). The STH10 will be a pretty massive case in its own right. I wasn't going to do one, but we've had so many requests for it, that we decided to move forward with it. It will support HPTX, Dual PSU's, multi 480/560 radiators, 16 5.25" bays + separate HDD/SSD mounts. I suppose it's closest competition would the LD cases which retail for almost $700 here in the US. R & D won't be horrendous, but materials and labor will be very similar to a TH10, so a price point in a similar range would be expected.

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I think what you're looking for will likely be a better fit with the upcoming "Merlin" platform (due early 2012). The STH10 will be a pretty massive case in its own right. I wasn't going to do one, but we've had so many requests for it, that we decided to move forward with it. It will support HPTX, Dual PSU's, multi 480/560 radiators, 16 5.25" bays + separate HDD/SSD mounts. I suppose it's closest competition would the LD cases which retail for almost $700 here in the US. R & D won't be horrendous, but materials and labor will be very similar to a TH10, so a price point in a similar range would be expected.

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I failed to understand the true nature of how massive it is. If I read this right the LD-8 should even be smaller. Now the "Merlin" series, will that be full ATX or only mATX? Interested in seeing if a ATX owner or E-ETX owners could use that case as a viable option.
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Ooh mATX and single wide, I like!
     
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I failed to understand the true nature of how massive it is. If I read this right the LD-8 should even be smaller. Now the "Merlin" series, will that be full ATX or only mATX? Interested in seeing if a ATX owner or E-ETX owners could use that case as a viable option.
The Merlin cases will be single wide in formats from mATX through XL-ATX. For anyone wondering where "Merlin" came from, we were in a meeting and someone commented that it would take a magician to get the features I wanted at the price point we were shooting for. The project name became obvious Without a sense of humor, you ain't got nuthin' - lol

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Jim,

I should elaborate regarding my 12" wide comment. I was really thinking about the pedestal. I like to put my rads and pumps in the basement, so you should consider 2 rads and dual top pumps in your design. I can promise you that 9" will not work!
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Jim,

I should elaborate regarding my 12" wide comment. I was really thinking about the pedestal. I like to put my rads and pumps in the basement, so you should consider 2 rads and dual top pumps in your design. I can promise you that 9" will not work!
To be honest 12" wide seems really wide for a case that is trying to distinguish itself from the existing double wide cases, I mean with 12" you could fit 2 side by side 120mm rads in the top or bottom. Which is great in itself, and for my taste better than the double wides, but maybe at that point cannibalising sales from the existing cases. Also bear in mind, when you get to matx, it's going to look very cube like if it's 12" wide, and I'm guessing for ease of manufacturing these need to a uniform width so whatever the width is for the smallest has to be the same for the largest.

>> edit it seems I'm getting confused, this case is large, and not the matx (and more) that will be the merlin, so maybe 12" is fine
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