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ATX Bench Style Case concept, renders inside, thoughts?

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So I've been noodling about with Sketchup on this one design a few months ago, and as I was reinstalling Windows, I came across it again in my files, and had a second look at it. The whole idea was to have a horizontally oriented case, that would house an ATX board, and a mild liquid cooling loop, while keeping size to a minimum. For the loop, to keep cost in mind, I designed it around working with an XSPC Raystorm kit. I had a wooden design, but it was a bit too bulky. So I tried out a sheet metal version, and it's a lot better in my opinion. I planned on making it by hand, but it's a bit to complex for hand tools in my eyes, so I would probably have it cut with a CNC machine if it ever comes to life. So I came up with some renders, and figured I would ask the OCN community what they thought of it. So here's the pics, remember, any thoughts or suggestions are welcome, especially possible improvements.

So here's what I started with...










And then I thought White and Orange would look awesome...









Some more pics of the bare chassis:




So the only thing I'm having a problem with now is where to mount a 3.5 in drive... I was thinking of bolting it to the underside of the motherboard tray. Same with the 2.5 in drive. I may also end up making the whole tray removable, pulling out towards the back like normal removable trays are.

So any thoughts, ideas, enhancements, criticism? Thanks guys! biggrin.gif
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I'd put some ventilation holes in the motherboard tray so that air can move more freely from bottom to top
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The problem with that is the warm air going up would just hit the motherboard and make that warmer. Kind of using the motherboard tray as a "Heat Shield" so to speak for the motherboard. Thanks for the advice though! I may try and get some 80mm fans behind the rad to pull some of the warm air out from the bottom.
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Nothing guys?
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I'd probably move the motherboard tray up a bit. Then have the bottom radiator face the front.
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Before I give my .02 I have a few ?s.
Aesthetically what are you going for: Stealth? Industrial? Flashy? etc
What will the system's primary use be: Gaming? HTPC? Workstation? General? Art (as in it must be purdy)?
What is your ultimate goal?
Size restrictions?
Edited by Re-Evolution - 9/27/13 at 2:22am
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Originally Posted by lowfat View Post

I'd probably move the motherboard tray up a bit. Then have the bottom radiator face the front.
I was thinking of moving it up to fit 2x240's sideways in the bottom.
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Before I give my .02 I have a few ?s.
Aesthetically what are you going for: Stealth? Industrial? Flashy? etc
What will the system's primary use be: Gaming? HTPC? Workstation? General? Art (as in it must be purdy)?
What is your ultimate goal?
Size restrictions?
I'm going for a more industrialized look, thus the "bare bones" look with the sheetmetal, I'm going to be adding sides and a top later on.

Primary use is going to be for gaming/HTPC/Workstation.

The ultimate goal is to have a small-ish case that will fit a Full ATX board, with a decent liquid cooling loop, and be able to use a Rasa/Raystorm kit from XSPC.

Size restrictions may be loosened a bit, but I want around 14in wide, 16in long, and 11-12in high.

Thanks guys! I've been stumped on how to make this thing better, as it may become a reality now that I have a job.
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Here is a quick representation of how I would lay things out. I moved the bay res to the center for better symmetry
and chose a different res cause I personally cant stand the way the one you have looks (symmetry) would be much better
with 2 windows and XSPC in the center or gone. Don't have a ready made bay res so I just used a decal (Monsoon).
PSU centered in the bottom rear, HDD/SDD lower section on floor between rads.
The entire bottom would be made of mesh for exhaust, rad fans drawing air through filters and pushing through the rads.

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Here is a quick representation of how I would lay things out. I moved the bay res to the center for better symmetry
and chose a different res cause I personally cant stand the way the one you have looks (symmetry) would be much better
with 2 windows and XSPC in the center or gone. Don't have a ready made bay res so I just used a decal (Monsoon).
PSU centered in the bottom rear, HDD/SDD lower section on floor between rads.
The entire bottom would be made of mesh for exhaust, rad fans drawing air through filters and pushing through the rads.

Hmm...

What about something like this?


Using the aforementioned dimensions, I found out I can stick 360's in the bottom. The PSU sits in the middle, I may turn it sideways and then have more room for the HDD's, still working on it. Thanks for the sketch! It's nice to have some input biggrin.gif
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