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post #51 of 77
I'd love to see a Micro ATX mobo with a 1x PCIe, 16xPCIe, gap, 16x PCIe layout (from top to bottom). And a matching 5 slot case to accommodate a sound card and then 2x GPUs with the bottom one hanging down past the bottom of the motherboard.

Too bad the motherboards will never be laid out like this as long as the vast majority of cases are only 4 slots. frown.gif
Edited by zinfinion - 2/20/13 at 4:16pm
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post #52 of 77
Absolutely love this.. will buy if/when it's made!
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I like it. Been thinking about doing a mini build
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post #54 of 77
wow, i'm impressed with the water cooling. i see all the money went to the Graphics card.
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wow, i'm impressed with the water cooling. i see all the money went to the Graphics card.
Those are renders.
post #56 of 77
I want a small case like this to replace my NZXT Switch 810 until I'm out of college.
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post #57 of 77
Color me impressed!

I would love to build in one of these, but I simply need more space :/

Doing an overhaul of my girlfriends PC (and then building a home server), and the Prodigy is a sweet case, but it is hard to find good AM3 motherboards in this small size. I am having trouble finding anything I'd want to buy that's mATX even! (I am pretty well set on the Sabertooth 990FX R2.0)

So I figured that it's time I learned make a case, with my first attempt being: full-ATX MB support, 170mm-long PSU, 4x HDD cages, 4x 2.5" ssd mounts, 1x slimOODD mount, cable management space (2x rubber grommets above the MB, two below, and 4 to the side), and water cooling ready (as in the case is designed to water cool, as much as it is air cool). I am planning to have 2x intake fans (140 and 120 mounts) or a single 180mm fan, 1x Rear fan (120-140), 1x side fan blowing across the back of the CPU socket (120x20mm), 3x 120mm or 2x 140 or 2x 180 top fans, 1x 120/140 bottom fan, and a "fan plate" that holds a 120-140 fan and attaches to an "accessories bar" (like caselabs) to blow directly onto the MB MOSFET area (can add another one for GPU's).
The MB tray is removable, there is a divider between the bottom of the case and the MB, the hard drives are mounted in unusual ways to keep HDD cages from being necessary, the SSD mounts are designed to be able to mount to around a dozen areas. I am planning on making a built in pump mount which can be removed and configured for either DDC or D5, one or two pumps, and designed to hold a fan blowing up on the pump base (ideally heatsink; sizes 80, 92, and 100mm). The top of the case will provide room for a 60mm radiator with push-pull by keeping the fan mounts to the side of the case instead of in the middle (along the side where the Window side panel is), although I am thinking that the best setup will be an XT45 360 (2x 180mm) rad up top. The front should be able to support a 180mm, a 240mm,or a 280mm radiator in push pull, although a 60mm thick rad would encroach upon the motherboard. The case will have a mount to hold a 5.25 dual bay reservoir in an unusual location but one which I think will work well. Alternatively the case will have predrilled holes for tube reservoir mounts, although the res will likely need to be horizontal.
The "prototype" is around 20cm wide, 42cm deep, and 30cm tall. I am trying to figure out how to make it smaller without reducing it's premium features, excellent water cooling support, or storage space.

I have no plans to mass produce anything, probably just make one or two, but my experience so far tells me that the case designers for this new small case are quite talented! I have spent a month working on just the prototype design, and I don't expect to have a finished product for probably 6 months. Mad props to these guys!
   
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post #58 of 77
I really like my Lian Li Mini ITX case but it has certain limitations that this case circumvents nicely.
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So I figured that it's time I learned make a case, with my first attempt being: full-ATX MB support, 170mm-long PSU,
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The "prototype" is around 20cm wide, 42cm deep, and 30cm tall.

ATX motherboards are 312mm tall, so I don't see how your case is only going to be 300mm.

Where is the PSU located? In the traditional places (below/above the motherboard) it will push the height over 400mm. If you've got it up front like the M1, it will limit top radiator and/or long GPU support. Over the motherboard will also limit the top rad space.

I also don't see how you'll be able to fit a dual 180mm on top; you say the top fan mounts will be offset so there's room for the motherboard, but that would leave only 150mm at most.

You might try planning it out in Sketchup (which has a free version) or other CAD program. There are tons of free models on the 3Dwarehouse and SCC.
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I thought the Node 304 was heavenly.
Hail this.
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