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The Monolith

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To start with, I was inspired by the FT03 and the FT03 mini. I was amazed at their ability to stuff high-end hardware into such a small footprint. However, I thought I could do a tad better.

The FT03 and the FT03-mini have dimensions 235 x 284 x 487 and 188.9 x 235.1 x 397 (respectively, in millimeters). The Monolith is 175 x 175 x 600 millimeters. This makes it considerably taller, while also having a smaller footprint.

Here's some comparison shots:

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The yellow is the FT03, the blue is the FT03-mini, and the grey is the monolith.

The monolith has space for a GPU up to 400mm, an mITX motherboard (including the new ROG mITX mobo with the daughter PCB for VRM), four 2.5in drives, a full ATX PSU. the only problem is the CPU cooler, which MUST be a stock cooler, a H50 or H60.

Here's a shot of the inside, with parts labeled.



as you can see, it's pretty cramped. the motherboard is actually angled inside the case, and the GPU is on a ribbon riser. The reason for this is if the GPU was on the motherboard conventionally, there wouldn't be enough space for the same footprint. It should also be noted that if I had placed the mobo flat on a wall, I would have been forced to place 2.5 inch drives on the walls that will be removed in order to open the case. (The cover that hides the IO comes off and then the two panels missing in the above shot slide off)



here we see the airflow diagrams, and as you can see the case will be pressure-negative. I'm okay with this, mostly because with the experience I have with the FT03-mini has been trying to get the hot air out, rather than cool air in. to this end we have a 120mm fan pushing air out through the radiator and two bottom mounted 80mm fans pushing air into the 5cm clearance at the bottom. The PSU also pulls air from the side and pushes it out the bottom. for some PSU's that push air with their fan, this won't work. regardless, the PSU is on it's own air-circulation loop.

I hope to actually build this out of acrylic. The serious modeling starts now, I want to get to the point where I can laser-cut using my uni's new toys. (IT CAN TAKE A .MAX FILE AND CUT IT ACCORDINGLY!)
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Looks pretty cool. Personally in my cases I always pull my air up from the bottom and expel it at the top since that's what it is naturally going to want to do. It looks like you are in 3ds max or one of the other autodesk programs. I'm not really familiar with those, but I know that other modeling programs have flow simulations (I don't know how to use them, I just make models then make them pretty in keyshot). Acrylic laser-cuts very well, not sure if you have done it before, but make sure you leave the paper covering on your acrylic. We use a Tortec laser cutter and set it is quite easy, just make sure if it will be your first time using it you have someone show you how. Interested to see how it turns out!
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the amount of modeling I'll need to do to get to a point where I can lasercut is going to be immense. I need to model the ventilation holes, the IO plates, and the edging necessary for me to be able to easily put this together. my goal is for toolless construction - save for the mobo mounting screws and the GPU bracket screws - which'll be thumbscrews.

at this point I'd really like feedback on my design before I infest the time into making sure the sides dovetail and the like.

also, you're right about the rising heat. but with the GPU and mobo orientation, I found it difficult to orient a pull fan in the top, and because of the positioning of the PSU, a 140mm air penetrator in the bottom is also out.
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