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looks good although resembles the compact splash alot apart from the 120mm rad on the side instead of the front.
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looks good although resembles the compact splash alot apart from the 120mm rad on the side instead of the front.

Yeah, I do kind of agree though I did say the CS is a big inspiration for this build... I tried to "one up" the case in terms of compactness but that proved harder than it looks tongue.gif

I will order the first parts from TAP Plastics today, and will get two clear side panels cut to size and corners rounded and a smaller white acrylic panel for the motherboard tray. I decided to round the corners for the tray myself just to save some money on the order.
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Acrylic parts ordered. I decided to go with the rounded corners on the mobo tray, as it was only $5 extra. Here are some renders that more or less show what the color scheme look like (some parts removed for visibility)




Originally I had the fans to be painted white, but on a whim I threw in a blue color from the motherboard and it grew on me.
Also, radiator fins will be clearly visible in the real build. Might use a grill to cover them up.
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Well if I could improve the compact splash, which is quite hard, I would make a bracket for behind the motherboard for a few more drives, other than that, id persoanlly make it a tiny bit bigger so I could fit aquaero xt5 just for style points wink.gif
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looks nice! where you getting it built, or the acrylic from? also what did you use to render that? looks great and im trying to do the same for my SFF case im designing
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looks nice! where you getting it built, or the acrylic from? also what did you use to render that? looks great and im trying to do the same for my SFF case im designing

I ordered the acrylic from TAP Plastics.

For the metal sides and screws, I'm not sure yet as I have several options. I just want it to be cheap. I might just go to Home Depot and pick this part up. They can probably cut it into smaller lengths to make it easy to carry home.

I used Blender with Cycles to render the drawings. It took a bit of tweaking the settings to make them as noise-free as possible.
post #18 of 184
Cool, I'm digging the use of acrylic, it'll show off the water cooling more. Have you decided what to do with the front or are you going to leave it open?
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Cool, I'm digging the use of acrylic, it'll show off the water cooling more. Have you decided what to do with the front or are you going to leave it open?

The front and bottom will be covered, but not sure yet if with metal or more acrylic. Front area will have also openings for power button and USB ports, and possibly a slim optical drive if I can make it fit..

My ideal design in my head was to have a unibody metal piece that goes around the bottom, front and top, with bent tabs on the ends to fasten the acrylic with. But I won't bother cutting and bending a piece that complex for now, so I'm using L-angle bars and flat sheets to make it easier for me.
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Thought I'd give everyone an update. Sorry for the bad lighting in these photos. I'll be getting a tripod to keep the camera stable for low ISO long exposure shots.

I cut the aluminum rods down to size this weekend, from 1 1/2" angle aluminum. They will be cut further to fit, then sanded and painted.




And today, I received the acrylic sheets for the side panels and mobo tray. They're covered in protective paper but I won't remove it until I have measured the holes.



Simple mockup of the right side case layout.



I'm still waiting on some socket-cap screws to start cutting, tapping and fitting in things together.
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