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well, as i see it , u dont want a frame , well , u gotta do some panels for it then , i asume that the case was just 2 pieces , bended 90degrees and call it a day , that wont work without a frame biggrin.gif

make a bottom - front - back - side , with flanges , and rivet them together .... that seems posible . the downside is that , u have to see the rivets ;_; , and u want like a removable top with side area for easy access to the bench , u could do a swivel (if thats the correct word) for that part too

as how i imagine it , easy and posible , panels and rivets lol
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Been fine tuning my design and added a couple of objects. The case now fits a full ATX-board without too much increase in size. The walls is continuously 2mm thick, either aluminum or steel. Or a mixture. I see now that making the panels will be far more complicated than expected, with all the angles and corners, so I don't know exactly how or when I will start this project. But I am very motivated smile.gif

As for the frame, I'll rivet or screw the bottom part together on each side, so I think it should hold. The top and the lid is still a challenge. Would the lid be stiff enough if its 2mm steel?

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As you can see I still haven't found the room for the HDD's. They'll just lie on the floor of the case tongue.gif (I must find some way of having them suspended, like the pump...)

And the top will of course just flip over on a couple of hinges. I haven't drawn those in yet...
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Been fine tuning my design and added a couple of objects. The case now fits a full ATX-board without too much increase in size. The walls is continuously 2mm thick, either aluminum or steel. Or a mixture. I see now that making the panels will be far more complicated than expected, with all the angles and corners, so I don't know exactly how or when I will start this project. But I am very motivated smile.gif
As for the frame, I'll rivet or screw the bottom part together on each side, so I think it should hold. The top and the lid is still a challenge. Would the lid be stiff enough if its 2mm steel?
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As you can see I still haven't found the room for the HDD's. They'll just lie on the floor of the case tongue.gif (I must find some way of having them suspended, like the pump...)
And the top will of course just flip over on a couple of hinges. I haven't drawn those in yet...

I would suggest for the hdds is get one of those dimastech things for hdds and mount it on the bottom of the motherboard panel going by your design.. but if I were to do it.. I wouldn't do it like that...
Like I said earlier.. I have 'bitten" off your design I am not good at all with sketchup as you are.. but your's does look a million times better than my version.

Keep it up....

I've grown tired of my HAF 932 and with all these "new" cases coming out.. just to have one shipped to where I live.. would cost a crapton....

Edit: Also how would you set-up airflow on the bottom portion? To me, I think the psu fan would be sufficiant enough for exhaust.
I will prolly post some SS of the design I tweaked.... It does look good, but for actual construction of the panels.. that is where I get stumped.!!!
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Are you ready to use about 70 to 80 Dremel wheels?

Go with a more robust rotary tool. A jigsaw might be even easier, but there is scratching to worry about.
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Are you ready to use about 70 to 80 Dremel wheels?
Go with a more robust rotary tool. A jigsaw might be even easier, but there is scratching to worry about.

haha.. This is true.. You'll be using lots of dremel wheels just to cut metal panels.. I had to use quite a few to cut my HAF 932 side panel window.. *I took my time... painters taped it all up.. the usual stuff. I don't know the exact grade of steal the HAF 932 is made of, but it's pretty baus!!

With something like this, I think it would be advisable to have someone laser cut out the major panels to save on time and "dremel wheels", with that said.. I've looked at mountain mods panels and they have nothing of the sort as options of already bought panels.
I was thinking one rear panel that connects the I/Os of the motherboard, 120mm fan and PSU since those will be the major components for that "one piece" *this is going by my design tweak. but won't be happening without know the exact measurements and knowing how the airflow will be from top to bottom, and bottom to top...

Another thing to add with the HDD placements.. I know lots mfgs have 120mm fan mounts that can accomodate HDDs.. Case Labs has them Lian Li has them.. you can use one of the 2 120mm fans on the top portion of the case for it.. or 2 if you need more HDD's*again this is what I proposed for my tweaked version.

There are a lot of things to think about when doing something like this.. and since this is "make my own case" kind of thing for some could be more that "one can chew"

I am just throwing ideas out there...
There is a guy that actually kicked started the thought of me building my own case.. which his is a tech station made of wood.. the guys name is "Alatar" His design is pimp.. and it's simple enough to do anyone can do it, espesh on the cheap... I think now he's gonna go phase.. which is just sick... lulz......

I think I am done....
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Are you ready to use about 70 to 80 Dremel wheels?
Go with a more robust rotary tool. A jigsaw might be even easier, but there is scratching to worry about.

haha.. This is true.. You'll be using lots of dremel wheels just to cut metal panels.. I had to use quite a few to cut my HAF 932 side panel window.. *I took my time... painters taped it all up.. the usual stuff. I don't know the exact grade of steal the HAF 932 is made of, but it's pretty baus!!

With something like this, I think it would be advisable to have someone laser cut out the major panels to save on time and "dremel wheels", with that said.. I've looked at mountain mods panels and they have nothing of the sort as options of already bought panels.
I was thinking one rear panel that connects the I/Os of the motherboard, 120mm fan and PSU since those will be the major components for that "one piece" *this is going by my design tweak. but won't be happening without know the exact measurements and knowing how the airflow will be from top to bottom, and bottom to top...

Another thing to add with the HDD placements.. I know lots mfgs have 120mm fan mounts that can accomodate HDDs.. Case Labs has them Lian Li has them.. you can use one of the 2 120mm fans on the top portion of the case for it.. or 2 if you need more HDD's*again this is what I proposed for my tweaked version.

There are a lot of things to think about when doing something like this.. and since this is "make my own case" kind of thing for some could be more that "one can chew"

I am just throwing ideas out there...
There is a guy that actually kicked started the thought of me building my own case.. which his is a tech station made of wood.. the guys name is "Alatar" His design is pimp.. and it's simple enough to do anyone can do it, espesh on the cheap... I think now he's gonna go phase.. which is just sick... lulz......

I think I am done....

Get a angle grinder and the thinnest cutting wheel you can buy
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Another thing to add with the HDD placements.. I know lots mfgs have 120mm fan mounts that can accomodate HDDs.. Case Labs has them Lian Li has them.. you can use one of the 2 120mm fans on the top portion of the case for it.. or 2 if you need more HDD's*again this is what I proposed for my tweaked version.

The fans in the upper part is 92mm. Airflow in the basement will be simply; in at one end, out at the other.

Laser cutting? Sounds expensive...
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Well, in the middle of my exam period I still haven't given up on this project. The design isn't changed much (you can't improve on perfection wink.gif) just some tweaks here and there to make this case ready for real life. I'm gonna get all the panels cut out with a water jet, and since I've drawn everything in AutoCad myself, it shouldn't cost much. The only thing for me to do then is put this case together.

The problem is still these bends at the lid and bottom. Every workshop I've been to directs me to another one because everyone just breaks sheets. No one is able to bend them.
But I will persevere. I will not have my case look like a big shoe box.
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I'm currently building an all aluminum tower with some curved edges, but I punted and used aluminum quarter round extrusion:

AttachingFrontFrame.jpg

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More pics here.

Good luck!
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Don't say how hard can it be because it will make it 10x harder! Best of luck, I'm still trying to find something to replace my dremel when it comes to cutting thick steel. I eat through wheels pretty quick.
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