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Hi everyone. I just joined the forum so that I could post a project log and so that I could receive feedback from the members here.
Here is my intro thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1329804/i-am-new-to-overclock-net

This is my first case mod so hopefully it will still be something that I can be proud of. Comments and constructive criticism are welcome.

So this case I have been working on has come from myself wanting to make a case that is completely bolt-together. As I don't really have access to specialty tools, other than a Dremel with limited attachments, the case was designed to be simple and I felt like a bolt together case would be a good way to go and to secure everything together. The reason I will not use rivets is just in case I either:
[Want to take it apart to move it or store it more easily]
[Want to modify it slightly, or majorly]
[Want to reuse parts for another mod.]

I felt like this was the best way to go about it and is the most convenient way for me.
Since I am a student, I need every cent I can get. I have been researching different vendors for the common socket head cap screws since they look quite sexy for a screw. The problem is that the largest hardware shop here only stocks a small variety of these screws and charge over 1$ per screw which is bloody ridiculous. So while looking online, I came across a machine shop that makes them for you and is also quite cheap. The cheapest I could find was 16 cents per stainless steel screw however the shortest length they supply is 8mm where the design I have made requires shorter ones. They do supply shorter screws in a high tensile steel option but they are 24c each. They also charge $10 for postage and handling for orders under $100 and I really don't think I need that many screws. So the next place I went to was ebay where I found a few shops who sell these screws for relatively cheap. They are also close to 24c per screw however their postage and handling is free.

As I need a few different screws, I might go the ebay route and order a custom kit which supplies me with a compartmentalized box where I can store the screws. I have yet to complete my cost analysis and the required parts and quantities but this will be my next step.

The case has been designed to be built out of 3mm thick black acrylic, 3mm thick clear acrylic, steel perforated mesh and aluminium. A small amount of slightly transparent acrylic will also be used. The reason I have chosen these materials is mainly due to the fact that I have had the sheets of plastic sitting in my garage for over 5 years when I first intended on starting case modding, but never did. Now, finally, these materials will be used. The steel perforated mesh was chosen because it looks nice but also there is a supplier just down the road who does offcuts of this material for quite cheap. The aluminium was chosen for supports as it is lightweight and suppliers are easily found.

I have created a 3D model of this project so I could visualize it better and so I could plan it out better. The case is quite small (for me anyway) and is approximately a 380mm cube. It is going to be built for my current computer which I mainly use for gaming, but also 3D modelling and, rarely, homework too.

I have included some components in the models as well so I could space everything properly and accurately. The only thing I am unsure about at the moment is the motherboard height with the spacing screws I have. When I modeled it and put it in the program, the model is slightly too high so the I/O panel and expansion cards won't fit properly but I will amend this later if this is the case. I want to be sure it will fit together.

I will also be purchasing some brand new fans (its gonna blow my budget frown.gif ) for cooling. I really wanted to do a water cooling mod but money issues prevented me.

Anyway, I'm done with talking. Here are some pictures for your enjoyment! Please click on the images to see the HD image.
Oh, also the colour scheme I am trying to go with is red and black.

The first image is just an overview of the case. It shows the front, top and left side of the case.


This next image shows the front a bit closer up. The transformer inspired picture in the bottom left are actually covers for the 5.25" bays. The materials are the same, but they look different - I did this purely so that the two were easily seen. One will probably have a light sand so that it is slightly different.


This is a picture of the inside. It can hold 3 3.5" HDD's and one 2.5". I plan to buy an SSD sometime, and I like the look of them so I thought it would be cool to display it in the window. It also has 3 5.25" bays. The supports for the bays are made from aluminium.


Closeup of the logo on top. The 'eyes' are a recurring theme for the case. The logo will be lit up by placing the semi-transparent acryrlic on the bottom and then placing some SMD LED's that I have lying around inside and lighting it up. I have designed a little holder out of aluminium to hold the LED's in the right position, but they havent been updated in the pictures (they take over 30 minutes to render...)


Picture of the rear and right sides of the computer. The power supply actually has its own little compartment where the cables can be kept, out of sight so it looks a bit neater. There are also holes for the cables to be routed through to keep it tidy looking.


Top of the case showing logo and a big ass fan. There are also buttons there which are difficult to see to the left of the logo.


The final image is a close-up of the SSD window.


Hope you enjoyed this post. I will be back (hopefully) soon with more!

Blake.
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looks very nice!
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looks very nice!

I agree!
Can't wait to see this project started! thumb.gif

Also, I love the idea of the SSD having it's own Window! thumb.gif

What fans are you using? Also how do you plan on easily getting access to the bottom compartment? Removable motherboard or something?

What are the specs of the system going in it also? smile.gif
 
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Originally Posted by Ace_finland View Post

looks very nice!
Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Matt-Matt View Post

I agree!
Can't wait to see this project started! thumb.gif
Also, I love the idea of the SSD having it's own Window! thumb.gif
What fans are you using? Also how do you plan on easily getting access to the bottom compartment? Removable motherboard or something?
What are the specs of the system going in it also? smile.gif

Thank you too!
I haven't decided on the fans at this stage. I was honestly going to just pick the one that had the highest air flow volume (therefore best cooling) that is readily available to me. And has red LEDs as well so to keep with the colour scheme, however I'm not sure if I like them or not.
For the 120's I was looking at something like these:
LEDs
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=19112
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=11128
NO LEDs
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=20688

For the 230:
LEDs
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_601&products_id=19235
NO LEDs
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_601&products_id=19137

Any input on fan selection would be appreciated. I would prefer PWM fans so I can control the fan speed but it's not a necessity.

Access to the bottom compartment shouldn't be that hard- I can just unscrew one of the side panels or front panel. The hard-drives and 5.25" drives I've designed to all slide out as well by unscrewing two front screws for each. It would be near impossible to remove them otherwise because there's no room to put a hex key in there lol

I am going to put my current PC in there. Specs are:

CPU: Intel Core I7 950
MB: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
RAM: 2 x 2GB GSkill F3-17600CL7 @ 7-8-8-20
GFX: 2 x Gigabyte GTX460 SE OC in SLI
PSU: 750W Coolermaster

It's a 2 year old system but still does the job. I want an upgrade though but need the money for more important things D:
Edited by defyed - 11/22/12 at 5:20am
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Thanks!
Thank you too!
I haven't decided on the fans at this stage. I was honestly going to just pick the one that had the highest air flow volume (therefore best cooling) that is readily available to me. And has red LEDs as well so to keep with the colour scheme, however I'm not sure if I like them or not.
For the 120's I was looking at something like these:
LEDs
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=19112
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=11128
NO LEDs
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=20688
For the 230:
LEDs
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_601&products_id=19235
NO LEDs
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_601&products_id=19137
Any input on fan selection would be appreciated. I would prefer PWM fans so I can control the fan speed but it's not a necessity.
Access to the bottom compartment shouldn't be that hard- I can just unscrew one of the side panels or front panel. The hard-drives and 5.25" drives I've designed to all slide out as well by unscrewing two front screws for each. It would be near impossible to remove them otherwise because there's no room to put a hex key in there lol

The top 230mm LED fan that you have linked is what I was going to link you. Really nice fans, you won't need to PWM control that one though as the fan isn't that loud (the bigger they are the slower they need to spin). It also comes with the 7v adapter which is a nice touch. I actually have 2x of those 120mm Coolermaster fans, they claim to be quiet but they're not, I've tested 3-4 on different fan controllers and straight from a molex adapter. The LED's look cool in those though, they do push a bit of air too. It's not just the CFM with fans that matters either, what matters more is the static pressure and the quietness of them. Along with price obviously (Noctua make the best fans, but they cost so much). The spectre pro's do match the 230mm that you're planning on getting though which would be cool. I think they'd probably fit in with the build more based of looks.
 
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The top 230mm LED fan that you have linked is what I was going to link you. Really nice fans, you won't need to PWM control that one though as the fan isn't that loud (the bigger they are the slower they need to spin). It also comes with the 7v adapter which is a nice touch. I actually have 2x of those 120mm Coolermaster fans, they claim to be quiet but they're not, I've tested 3-4 on different fan controllers and straight from a molex adapter. The LED's look cool in those though, they do push a bit of air too. It's not just the CFM with fans that matters either, what matters more is the static pressure and the quietness of them. Along with price obviously (Noctua make the best fans, but they cost so much). The spectre pro's do match the 230mm that you're planning on getting though which would be cool. I think they'd probably fit in with the build more based of looks.

I just updated the specs I am putting in there- forgot that part.
Thanks for the help Matt-Matt. I will have a closer look when it comes to the time when I must purchase them but for now I think I will go with the two spectre pro's.
I would have thought that the static pressure was related to the flow? Higher static pressure = higher air flow? Maybe it's not quite that simple. I was never good with fluid dynamics lol
I am not really concerned about the loudness or quiteness of the pc, mainly because I wear headphones all the time and can't hear a single thing biggrin.gif
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I just updated the specs I am putting in there- forgot that part.
Thanks for the help Matt-Matt. I will have a closer look when it comes to the time when I must purchase them but for now I think I will go with the two spectre pro's.
I would have thought that the static pressure was related to the flow? Higher static pressure = higher air flow? Maybe it's not quite that simple. I was never good with fluid dynamics lol
I am not really concerned about the loudness or quiteness of the pc, mainly because I wear headphones all the time and can't hear a single thing biggrin.gif

You'd be suprised what some manafacturers count as "Quiet" haha, just remember that every 3dB = doubling in hearable sound volume. So 29dB is double the volume of 26dB.

And it's fine, this is a tech forum after all thumb.gif
 
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You'd be suprised what some manafacturers count as "Quiet" haha, just remember that every 3dB = doubling in hearable sound volume. So 29dB is double the volume of 26dB.
And it's fine, this is a tech forum after all thumb.gif

lol I actually remember learning that in physics some time ago.

does anyone know the size of the screw for the mounting of HDD's (both 2.5 and 3.5 I assume are the same) as well as 5.25" optical drives? I looked it up but I'm getting M3 and 6-32 UNC which is closer to M2.5

If someone could just confirm which it is for me
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lol I actually remember learning that in physics some time ago.
does anyone know the size of the screw for the mounting of HDD's (both 2.5 and 3.5 I assume are the same) as well as 5.25" optical drives? I looked it up but I'm getting M3 and 6-32 UNC which is closer to M2.5
If someone could just confirm which it is for me
Looks good man

And as for the screws I'm 90% sure they are M3 screws.
I am looking forward to this, Planing my own custom build eventually would be good to see how yours goes might give me a few ideas. wink.gif
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Looks good man
And as for the screws I'm 90% sure they are M3 screws.
I am looking forward to this, Planing my own custom build eventually would be good to see how yours goes might give me a few ideas. wink.gif

Thanks mate. I prefer to use metric screws as well so that is welcome news tongue.gif

I have compiled a list of everything I need. I would post it here but this doesn't seem to like tables very much. It is in excel so I will add it as an attachment once the costing (quotes and everything) is fully done.

The fans are going to cost me a small fortune unfortunately.. same with the screws. In total the case requires 234 screws redface.gif

I am going to over-order because I just know I will do another case mod eventually and the parts will get used.

Anyway, estimated running total so far is about $400. Includes fans, screws and SSD. Only things it doesn't include is the aluminium, powdercoating and the steel mesh.

I will upload the excel when it is complete.

Blake
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