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I've been kicking around the idea of building a small case with good airflow, because I eventually want to build a powerful lan box that won't sound like a leaf blower, and find all the small commercial cases lacking in some way.
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(dimensions are 20 cm x 41.5 cm x 34 cm)

Front is designed to fit 2 of these: http://www.thermalright.com/products/index.php?act=data&cat_id=40&id=188
two of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811995074
and one of these(or similar): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813999356
plus a DVD drive
for air filtration, i'd probably make my own filter out of some stainless screen.

Top would fit a H100

I'd probably build a 5 slot mATX tray into the back, there's certainly room for it. (i'll probably measure an existing case before i put the expansion slots down, want to make sure i get it right.)

I haven't decided where to put my ssd/hdd, on top of the optical drive is an option, as is building a cage above the graphics card.

Material undecided, mild steel painted black maybe?

Might add handles at the front and back on top, will definitely add some rubber feet.

Any ideas/comments/concerns?
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Build it out of acrylic and make the beast GLOW!!! Nice ans simple idea though. I love compact cases.

So are you thinking the front 150s are intake and the H100 and rears are exhaust then?
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Build it out of acrylic and make the beast GLOW!!! Nice ans simple idea though. I love compact cases.
So are you thinking the front 150s are intake and the H100 and rears are exhaust then?

Agreed, definitely make it out of acrylic. However, paint everything you can on the inside (HDD's, CD drives, GPU casings, PSU casing, etc) the color of your choice with a good ol' rattle-can. UV Paint is cool too. Then spray frosted glass paint on the inside of the plexi case to make it diffuse light, and fill it evenly with schmexy cold cathodes.

I think that would be absolutely epic.
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Build it out of acrylic and make the beast GLOW!!! Nice ans simple idea though. I love compact cases.
So are you thinking the front 150s are intake and the H100 and rears are exhaust then?
Yes, the 150s will be intake and everything else will be exhaust. I'm not sure whether I should add an intake for PSU on bottom, or whether I should let it pull air from inside, I'm planning on a semi passive PSU, so it should run fanless more of the time if it's getting fed by the 150s. I may duct a bit so the air doesn't go straight through without cooling anything, especially from the chipset area to the 92mm fans.

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As for the cathodes, this thing is going to be running in my bedroom 24/7 unless I take it to a LAN, so I'd rather not use anything that puts out a lot of light. I was leaning toward brushed stainless steel for the material, I can weld it and do the finishing, just need to have someone CNC the panels. I'm not sure about acrylic; I've never worked with the stuff, but I'm quite comfortable w/ metalworking.
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post #5 of 14
built in fan controller and windowd ssd.. for sure bro... the optical bay is nice on teh bottom tho i must say... the rest looks rly good
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built in fan controller and windowd ssd.. for sure bro... the optical bay is nice on teh bottom tho i must say... the rest looks rly good

Yeah, I plan on 6 channels of fan control on the front of the case, not sure where I could put the SSD where it wouldn't interfere with anything and still be visible. Only thing I can think of is to mount it to the side panel.
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post #7 of 14
or on the top... with a window wink.gif on an angle.. cause that would jsut look sweet
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There won't be room on top, not with the h100 there, and if I move the h100 back it'll interfere with the mobo(fans on rad would hit the vrm heatsink). Keep in mind the fans in front and back, as well as the wire management area on the side take up room on that top panel. I'm not too concerned about windows right now, I'm not even sure I'm going to put a window in at all.
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post #9 of 14
If you added a window that showed off most of the interior, plus ample room behind the motherboard tray for an ssd plus cables, and possibly a removable motherboard tray, this could be a very cool case. I might even buy one wink.gif haha
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a window for the main compartment is easy, just make that side of case out of plexiglass instead of whatever else was going to be used, SSD is already like that, there's 3 cm of space back there, and one of the internal 3.5 bays can take a ssd easily as well . Removable mobo tray isn't something I'm going to add for myself, both sides already come off so I don't think it will make assembly much easier, just add weight, time, rattle, and expense.

In any case I'm not going to sell any of these until after I build one for myself, no way I can come up with a price before I know how long it would take me. If I do end up selling these, I'd do it on the basis of time+materials. (a side note on materials, SS sheet is expensive as hell if you can't buy by the ton, at least from online retailers anyway.)


and an update on my design process:
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