a custom wood case work log
a custom wood case work log
Howdy! So, long story short, I'm not happy with my current case. Surprise, surprise.
Due to my return to watercooling and the desire for a roomier case, I was considering simply purchasing a HAF 932. However, I suddenly realized that I would miss out on much of the modding I enjoy so much. With that in mind, I decided to build another scratch wood case.
What I learned from my previous experience building a wood tech bench was that it's not a great idea to use wood itself for mounting the motherboard and drives. Wood is a material that shrinks and expands due to the environment, and my recent attempt to reuse my tech bench failed because the motherboard holes were even further off than they were originally.
Well, good thing I have a few donor cases around here with some parts I can steal from them. The main thing I needed was a motherboard tray. Unfortunately, I didn't have any ATX cases I was willing to sacrifice, but our old Compaq Presario 5000 was the perfect source for a microATX tray. As a bonus it includes the PSU mount - four less holes to worry about screwing up.
The next thing was the hard drive bay. Fortunately I hung on to the cage that I removed from my Cooler Master Centurion 5, so that's covered as well. Since I don't intend to have any internal 5.25" drive in this build, the remaining necessary accommodations are for fans and radiators. These will be mounted directly to the wood body of the case.
So, on to the wood skeleton of the case. As you can see in my avatar, my plan is to use a dual-chamber design for this case. On one side will be the motherboard and PSU, as well as a location in the front for three fans, likely attached to some 320mm radiator. The other side of the case will hold the HDD cage, as well as offering space for another 320mm fan and radiator setup if needed. There ought to be space on this side for some other odds and ends, including hiding cables. It will be a fairly standard tower style, with the upper compartment housing the reverse microATX motherboard and radiator/fan mounting locations. The HDD cage and PSU will be mounted in the lower compartment.
Now that the functional aspects have been explained, on to the looks portion. My main idea now involves dyeing staining the wood some color and painting the motherboard tray and HDD cage white. Call me crazy, but I'm thinking purple for the wood portions. Also, I'll probably pick up some white LEDs or cathodes for illumination.
By now you ought to have picked up on the fact that this will be watercooled. More to come on that later...
TL;DR: I'm building a new scratch wood case. Stay tuned.
Also, the model in my avatar is not even close to scale.
Edited by t-ramp - 8/22/11 at 7:59am