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[Scratch build] In search of silence

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For a long time I've wanted to make my own case, since there's nothing in the market that suits my needs. What I hate most in almost every case so much is that the distance between behind the motherboard tray and side panel is just ridiculously small, making cable management a real pain. Especially when you want to put some sound-proofing material to the side panel. I just don't understand why is it so difficult to widen the case by a few centimeters? mad.gif

Luckily, there are some cases where the distance between motherboard tray and side panel is good enough, but none of them are still perfect. I want a case where there is no unnecessary, "sound-leaking" holes for cooling in front, roof or sides. Not even a fan place, since I'm not going to use them and they just ruin the appearance of the case. All the air should come in from the bottom of the case and get out from the back. Currently, there seems to be only one case that has this type of airflow, and that is Lian Li PC-B12. There's only one problem with that, the distance between motherboard tray and side panel.

Okay, enough with the whining, lets continue with actual build.

I will be using everything from my current build exept the case and motherboard, which I will change to a mATX, propably Asus Maximus V Gene or AsRock Z77 Extreme4-M (seems like I can't see my rig that I built with OCN rig builder at my signature, is this normal or did I just miss some setting that makes it visible or something else?)

- I'll be using 9mm plywood as material, plus some aluminium and steel for structures. Reason is because wood is a lot easier to work than metal, especially when I'm not having any sufficient tools or space for working with it. Also wood is much better in soundproofing, which is the theme of this build.
- The case is going to have reversed Micro-ATX mobo tray, with the PSU place at the bottom. I will use motherboard tray from an old Acer case which is currently just collecting dust.
- Cooling is going to be pretty simple: 3x 120mm Scythe GT's in the front (taking air from the bottom just like in Lian Li PC-B12) and 1x 120mm Scythe GT in the rear.
- Fans will be connected with these in the front and these in the rear
- Size of the case is going to be 258 x 429 x 423 mm (W x D x H)
- There vill be a 30 mm space between the motherboard tray and side panel
- Colouring is going to be matte black on the outside, but I will most likely paint the interior red.
- The structure will be in two pieces: Frame, fan slots and mobo tray is in one piece and sides, front panel and roof in one piece.
- There will be two USB 3.0 connectors, power button and maybe a reset button. No audio connectors or LEDs will be used since they are not needed.
- There will be no custom sleeving and the build is going to be completely aircooled.
- Total budget is around 150€, including everything that I need for this case. Exept the hardware.
- There will be no 5,25" or 3,5" bays, since I don't need them and they would make the structure more complicated. Since I have only limited amount of cash, tools and space available (only electric tools I will be using are drill and piercing saw, plus I have to use my über tiny bathroom as painting space), I need to keep the structure of the case as simple as possible, yet trying to make it having all the features that I want. I am quite happy with my current design.

Here are the Sketchup pictures:


Front


Rear


Bottom


Inside front


Inside rear

These are only for reference, some details may change.

Suggestions and questions are welcome smile.gif
Edited by Craptor - 11/13/12 at 7:39am
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OCZ Vertex 3 120GB Max IOPS  EKL Alpenföhn Matterhorn Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Asus VH242H 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB Max IOPS  EKL Alpenföhn Matterhorn Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Asus VH242H 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K AsRock Z77 Extreme4 EVGA GTX 660 2GB Superclocked G.Skill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1600Mhz CL9 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB Max IOPS  EKL Alpenföhn Matterhorn Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Asus VH242H 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VH242H Logitech UltraX Premium Super Flower Golden Silent 500W Lian Li PC-6 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX518 Steelseries AKG K912 Creative T40 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K AsRock Z77 Extreme4 EVGA GTX 660 2GB Superclocked G.Skill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1600Mhz CL9 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB Max IOPS  EKL Alpenföhn Matterhorn Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Asus VH242H 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VH242H Logitech UltraX Premium Super Flower Golden Silent 500W Lian Li PC-6 
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Logitech MX518 Steelseries AKG K912 Creative T40 
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