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I want air cooled case. I don't need watercooling.

So I want a smaller case just like dominus case, I showed you before Jim!
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I don't know if this applies to your current design, but when I saw the thread I envisioned my M8 with only one side. Going by that as a guideline, there's only a few things I'd really change for a single wide.

1) On the M8 there is a wiring access hole on the PSU side that allows you to run wires through the interior roof to under the top/extended top. Adding a second hole to the motherboard side would have been great for cleaner wiring of a mobo side rad up top. Even if we're talking about a single wide case, if behind the mobo tray is 2", a hole on both sides would help with wiring cleanliness.

2) If this single wide is intended to have an extended top option, a cut for fittings to pass through the roof down into the mobo area would be great. This was a major reason I opted to mount rads inside the case instead of under an extended top. I didn't want to fuss with cutting fitting access holes. The holes could be blanked if not needed. It's just that imo if you're building a single wide, real estate is a concern for liquid coolers that are in the market for a single wide tower. Having the option to mount the rad above the roof and not have to cut out fitting access holes would be a nice bonus. It also gives the possibility of saving the top 5.25 bay.

3) This is a very minor quirk, but a suggestion for all cases. One mod I had planned for my M8 is a fan frame cover for the flex-bay fan mounts. For me personally it was a bit of an eyesore on my beautiful case to see the LED fans on the PSU side only show the fan blades (think just a circle of light) but on the mobo side, the flex bays show the illuminated fan frame as well. This only really applies to clear frame LED fans, but it's just something I would change. Again, very minor detail.

Just my few cents. Looking forward to seeing the single wide
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I don't know if this applies to your current design, but when I saw the thread I envisioned my M8 with only one side. Going by that as a guideline, there's only a few things I'd really change for a single wide.

1) On the M8 there is a wiring access hole on the PSU side that allows you to run wires through the interior roof to under the top/extended top. Adding a second hole to the motherboard side would have been great for cleaner wiring of a mobo side rad up top. Even if we're talking about a single wide case, if behind the mobo tray is 2", a hole on both sides would help with wiring cleanliness.

2) If this single wide is intended to have an extended top option, a cut for fittings to pass through the roof down into the mobo area would be great. This was a major reason I opted to mount rads inside the case instead of under an extended top. I didn't want to fuss with cutting fitting access holes. The holes could be blanked if not needed. It's just that imo if you're building a single wide, real estate is a concern for liquid coolers that are in the market for a single wide tower. Having the option to mount the rad above the roof and not have to cut out fitting access holes would be a nice bonus. It also gives the possibility of saving the top 5.25 bay.

3) This is a very minor quirk, but a suggestion for all cases. One mod I had planned for my M8 is a fan frame cover for the flex-bay fan mounts. For me personally it was a bit of an eyesore on my beautiful case to see the LED fans on the PSU side only show the fan blades (think just a circle of light) but on the mobo side, the flex bays show the illuminated fan frame as well. This only really applies to clear frame LED fans, but it's just something I would change. Again, very minor detail.

Just my few cents. Looking forward to seeing the single wide
Thanks for the feedback!

1. I think you may have the sides flipped around, but I understand what you're saying. My plan is to keep as much as possible (in terms of wiring and tubing) behind the MB.

2. The current cases allow for that now. No cutting required.

3. What a great idea! That should be an easy retrofit. I'ts on the list of future enhancements.

Thanks again
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Thanks for the feedback!

1. I think you may have the sides flipped around, but I understand what you're saying. My plan is to keep as much as possible (in terms of wiring and tubing) behind the MB.

2. The current cases allow for that now. No cutting required.

3. What a great idea! That should be an easy retrofit. I'ts on the list of future enhancements.

Thanks again
Anytime Was just a few thoughts that entered my head. I was unaware of the change for mounting rads up top, a definite thumbs up for that.
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post #35 of 334
I would definately be interested in one of those. My current case is a bit un refined for my desk.

I like the case labs clean lines.

Plenty of hard drive space is important.

I also like the idea of having the PSU (dual PSU) separated from the rest of the case.

I like the idea of having the option of having the Motherboard flipped so you can see it from the opposite side.

Having a separate compartment for the H20 components is defiantely an plus.
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Another question for you. How are you planning on arranging the case? One psu on top and one on bottom? Both on bottom (or top) side by side? Multiple compartments, or just one and a routing space behind the mobo?
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Another question for you. How are you planning on arranging the case? One psu on top and one on bottom? Both on bottom (or top) side by side? Multiple compartments, or just one and a routing space behind the mobo?
2 PSU's bays at the top and 2 at the bottom to allow a full length bay for rads and to have dual PSU's on tap. I'm still trying to work out how the compartments will be designed to make it all work In my mind, HPTX cases have to allow for dual PSU's (without chopping up the rad space).
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Damn so this thing will have 4 PSU spots?
That's perfectly fine with me as long as I can put them both on the bottom.

As for compartments, maybe you shouldn't actually do compartments. You can always sell the case as a single compartment (with routing space behind the motherboard) and then have dividers that reach front-to-back, side-to-side so we can do the compartments how we want them. If you do go fixed sizes, I would say a motherboard compartment in the middle with the routing space behind it then the PSU/radiator compartments take the full width and length and have the division be between flex bays.
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Damn so this thing will have 4 PSU spots?
That's perfectly fine with me as long as I can put them both on the bottom.

As for compartments, maybe you shouldn't actually do compartments. You can always sell the case as a single compartment (with routing space behind the motherboard) and then have dividers that reach front-to-back, side-to-side so we can do the compartments how we want them. If you do go fixed sizes, I would say a motherboard compartment in the middle with the routing space behind it then the PSU/radiator compartments take the full width and length and have the division be between flex bays.
With the mini itx to psu converter tray, you could use 2 of those psu's to also run another computer in there for server/folding duties
     
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Any chance this case will be out before black friday? I'm searching desperately for a good case that I'll be happy with.
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