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post #1 of 16
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Hi all, I'm a complete newbie here and after reading through several work logs I thought this would be the ideal place to ask a few questions about my first case build. Although I'm no expert when it comes to modding I have done my fair bit of case modding such as cutting out blow holes and building my own system with a retail case.

Anyway, I've had this idea to build a case for a while now (close to a year in development to be honest) and I've finally had the urge to just to go ahead and start but before I do I need some advice in terms of material and tools.

My design is going to be kind of a elongated pyramid on the base the size of a standard desktop. All corners will be curved. I'll try getting some simple designs up. As I'm not too fluent in anything like sketchup I've kept to hand drawn designs which I'll try and scan to upload soon so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about.

Any ideas and suggestions would be much appreciated. Once I start planning and starting it I'll be posting the updates and progress for it all too.
post #2 of 16
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As promised, I know these are very basic, but my wife threw away my sketchbook so I'm kinda stuck until I can draw up some proper designs.

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I know it may not be quite clear, there will a window on either side of the case, on to show the inside and the other one behind the motherboard which will have a design or possibly something abit more enthusiastic which i'll show on some later designs.

Any suggestions, criticims appreciated.
post #3 of 16
First off, welcome to OCN man smile.gif I'm also subbed to your work log now. Would love to see more sketch ups!
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I'm interested in where this may go. Please add more sketches when you can. ~subbed
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Welcome to OCN bud. So based on your sketches, your case will be shaped in the form of a triangle?
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Thanks for the warm welcome.

Yea, the case will be in the form of a triangle/pyramid, although what I'm going for is something with more curvature and less sharp edges.

I've seen guys on here use aluminium to create their works of art and I just wanted to know how easy is it to work with. I want the front to have have a panel that I will want to make too maybe out of fibreglass but two questions for that:

1) how strong is it?

2) can I use a mould to place it over?
post #7 of 16
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Right guys,

I just thought I'd put up some more sketches to show you the case design. Hopefully you will have all get a better idea of it now.

On this pic you can see the window that will be on the side, and also the curve and 'pyramid/triangle' kind of look i'm going for.

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This one shows the case as seen from the front. the right side will be where the motherboard tray would be installed so preferably as straight as possible.

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This final sketch shows a side profile. Here you can see the actual shape I'm going for. ( the first pic showing the extra panel at the front is the front panel i hope to create that will be detachable much like a standard retail case front that some have)

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Now the layout of the components will mean that the psu will actually side on the base in a sealed off compartment as I want to also include watercooling which will mean that in the next compartment you will find the reservoir, pump, and radiator.

idealy want I also want to do is hide the wiring behind the motherboard, so offsetting it from the back panel and so the only thing visible through the window would be the motherboard, gpu and watercooling pipes, oh and also the slot loading drive that will be mounted at an angle to enter from the front.

hopefully this has given you guys a bit more to go on and i promise that i will try to get some sketch up drawings on soon.
Edited by Shax - 3/19/12 at 1:09pm
post #8 of 16
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Hi guys, just had a chance to work a bit on sketch up.

It's a bit difficult to get any updates up working awkward hours (12-8).

Please ignore the crazy lines, I'm still learning with sketchup

Hopefully you can seen the shape of the case now and the curves that I will want to try and create.

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This next pic shows the layout inside the case. There will be a perspex shelf just below the motherboard the will have the motherboard enclosure on one side and below irt will have the power supply unit and a radiator, pump and reservoir. With the psu being so close to the water cooling components it'll be completely closed off in a seperate compartment.


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I've been having second thought's of using something like aluminium as I don't think I'll be able to get the curvature especially for the side of the case. any thought's would be appreciated!!
post #9 of 16
Ah, love the design. How tall are you planning on making it?
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post #10 of 16
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Well if you think of whats in it them you can a feel for the size. The back section will be the same hieght as a standard atx case and as the front will probably be roughly abit higher to allow for a sloping top. I'll be Adding extra dimensions later today.

Also as I haven't been able to yet you have to imagine the front and back Panels sloping. The front one sloping more than the rear as id like to keep the back panel as straight as possible since the motherboard would be attached to the side
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