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Steambox like cases? Horizontal use of space

post #1 of 59
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Are there any cases on the market that make use of horizontal space to mount a full size graphics card in parallel with the motherboard? What kind of connector is required?

See images below. I think that this is an incredible use of space. The separate ventilation of components is also a great idea when dealing with something console-sized that can hold a Titan.



post #2 of 59
theres a couple small cases that re-orient a pcie card, but they usually have very weak power supplies that can't support a decent card, and/or don't provide the airflow.
Typically a right angle riser or reverse riser to go above the MB is used but theres lots of forms:
http://istarusa.com/istarusa/product_speclist.php?series=Accessories&sub=Riser%20Card

Some cases as well:
http://www.ipcmax.com/product_info.php?products_id=1169&language=en
http://www.ipcmax.com/product_info.php?cPath=270_30_213&products_id=1095

http://realan.manufacturer.globalsources.com/si/6008827518476/pdtl/Mini-tower/1053053705/Mini-ITX-Case.htm (you'll have to download the pdf to see the insides)

http://www.cartft.com/catalog/il/1223

I've actually built a case using this idea, however I just stumbled across the reverse ribbon riser while i had to make do (and it caused issues) with a regular one and the ribbon passed underneath.
post #3 of 59
Silverstone has something in the works. A couple of boutique computer builders have them. If you want one now, the best looking options are from AsRock and from logic supply. One is full of bells and whistles, the other is a quality, no frills server rack.
post #4 of 59
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I've been looking into this for the last few days, and it seems like it's slim pickings.

To get anything comparable to the planned steambox, you need to double the volume on any given case. I exclude tacky plasticy cases with terrible design and pre-mounted low wattage and low efficiency PSUs.

With the recent announcement from iBuyPower, I'm thinking it might just be a wiser decision to go with an OEM build. Or at the very least wait to see if the manufacturers provide good options for a low-volume, high-power chassis with a respectable build quality/design.

Thanks guys
post #5 of 59
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I've been looking into this for the last few days, and it seems like it's slim pickings.

To get anything comparable to the planned steambox, you need to double the volume on any given case. I exclude tacky plasticy cases with terrible design and pre-mounted low wattage and low efficiency PSUs.

With the recent announcement from iBuyPower, I'm thinking it might just be a wiser decision to go with an OEM build. Or at the very least wait to see if the manufacturers provide good options for a low-volume, high-power chassis with a respectable build quality/design.

Thanks guys

Do you know which manufacturers are doing the StemBox? I may have missed this.
post #6 of 59
I use this
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ohno-smiley.gif Valve stole my idea !!!
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ohno-smiley.gif Valve stole my idea !!!
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Wow, been following your build for a while now. Never quite thought of it all that way.
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ohno-smiley.gif Valve stole my idea !!!
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No, they didn't. Look, there's only a handful of ways to organize the components in a flattened out case like this. The cases in the second post in this thread, the Falcon NW Tiki, the Digital Storm Bolt, Alienware X51, various other small projects (Titan ITX, NFC S3, M3A2), etc. - all use layouts that are similar.
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ok, ok, it's was a joke. But...
Titan ITX - Dec 2, 2011
NFC - S3 - 07-15-2012,
M3A2 Beta - March 17, 2013 - April 16, 2013
etc...
vs. TinyBlackBox (Jr.) - 06 Sept. 2010 - 20 Nov. 2010
 
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