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Welcome!

This is my second Build Log that will be kept on OC.net!

My first being my Hadron Air "Hellboy"

I've built a matx pc since then in a Phanteks Evolv and moved onto my current rig, which is a Define R5. I've had it for about 3 months now and I'm itching to do something new!
I bought G5 power mac and stripped it out to convert to an ATX Chasis but I ultimately decided I wanted a small form factor rig again, like my Hadron, But I wanted to go one better, Or at least
make some adjustments that I felt the Hadron could use.

The Pitch:

Here are some of my initial sketches that I used as a basis of planning and some of my intended design features:





I also took some time to roughly plan out my build with accurate measurements to see my exact constraints on size:





I will be taking the time over the next week or so to:

a) Learn how to use sketchup properly, It's been a while since I used Lightwave in high school, but I'm learning very quickly.

b) Create some close to my desired end product renders to show and then look to the metal shops in Melbourne to see how best to go about creating this PC case.

Thoughts and goals:

I personally loved the Hadron Air experience and thought that it was a remarkable case given it's size. I do however think it would be much better with room for a
240mm Rad up front. I also think that there are some better means of cable managment and hdd storage. All things I'm hoping to address in my revision.

After having a Define R5,I have completely fallen in love with silence. I put noctua fans on my h100i with the ULN adapters and bought a platinum PSU thats essentially silent.
I did have a 780 HOF which was noisy as all hell, but since then I've swapped it out for a 970 Strix which makes zero noise until 67degrees. So it's safe to say my current setup is dead
silent. Which is a design philosophy that will go heavily into My Scratch Build. I do plan to line the panel with a similar foam the Define have used in the R5.

Water cooling. Whilst this was the original idea for this project, After realising that my strix is essentially dead quiet as is, there really seemed no need to go out of my way to cater to
a WC based setup. Although I will be making sure AIO cpu coolers upto 240mm are fully supported.

I'd like to ensure I have room for a HDD and an ssd, Which i would like to have above the mobo, space permitting.

Thanks for your time and I look forward to your feedback as this project of mine matures smile.gif

P.s All will be kept in my Imgur
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You wold not believe how many cases I have designed by doing something very similar to you drawings (getting on 30 now)
looks like you've got some good ideas, look forward to seeing them progress smile.gif
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You wold not believe how many cases I have designed by doing something very similar to you drawings (getting on 30 now)
looks like you've got some good ideas, look forward to seeing them progress smile.gif

Thanks man smile.gif



I started trying to get an advanced concept last night which you can see after the basic layout.

I'm not thinking a "unibody" style chassis would save me a lot of hassles and time with screws etc.

Would love some feedback smile.gif
    
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Thanks man smile.gif



I started trying to get an advanced concept last night which you can see after the basic layout.

I'm not thinking a "unibody" style chassis would save me a lot of hassles and time with screws etc.

Would love some feedback smile.gif

I think that's a great start, thing with a Unibody is that the case becomes the structure, so if you want to remove/replace a panel then you need to dis-assemble the whole case, however if you make it in several stages like you have above it makes it a lot easier, also when it comes to spraying etc as you can do different layers as different colours.

Modularity is always a pro in my books, also means you can take all the panels apart and flatpack them if need be for transportation.

If I recall correctly you're using google sketchup? that is a great tool but if you can and also have the time to learn, Solid works is a huge step up and really is a lovely bit of software, which I would highly recommend learning and using smile.gif
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I think that's a great start, thing with a Unibody is that the case becomes the structure, so if you want to remove/replace a panel then you need to dis-assemble the whole case, however if you make it in several stages like you have above it makes it a lot easier, also when it comes to spraying etc as you can do different layers as different colors.

Modularity is always a pro in my books, also means you can take all the panels apart and flatpack them if need be for transportation.

If I recall correctly you're using google Sketchup? that is a great tool but if you can and also have the time to learn, Solid works is a huge step up and really is a lovely bit of software, which I would highly recommend learning and using smile.gif

Well I got the Unibody idea from the power mac G5 that I pulled apart the other week. I also thought that it would allow for easier creation of the case if 70% is made form one piece of aluminium/steel.

I may however consider making a "Lanboy Air' prototype of my case, as this was my very first mod and i always enjoyed the freedom it offered, As well as being extremely modular! smile.gif

And yes, google skethchup, just to get my thoughts and ideas into a 3d concept as i suck at drawing haha! But i will look into Solidworks once i get to the manufacture stage!

Here is where I got up to last night:

So plenty of room behind the mobo for cable managment!


Obviously this shows alot more of how i currently want my pc to look like. Nice big window for internals aswell as intake vents top and bottum of the front panel, similar to the NZXT S340!


And just a wide pan of the planned layout, including the rad and ****ty colored noctua fans that I'll be using!


I think I may tackle a Lanboy-Esq themed model tonight, just to play with the idea of modularity!
    
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think so,you can take all the panels apart and flatpack them if need be for transportation.thanks0amkRQ
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think so,you can take all the panels apart and flatpack them if need be for transportation.thanks0amkRQ

Here is how I've imagined it to be if you didnt plan on using a AIO 240mm rad like I do and would simply use fans.

This would allow you to have Fans on the top and bottum of the case. This would obviously be quite loud if you went a full air cooled pc.


And the frame of the case would be aluminium tubes that screw or lock into the corner blocks, which would of course mean the whole case could be packed down to the thickness of a support (10mm)


Still going to try develop on both the Unibody concept and Modular style as well, Unsure what i prefer at the moment.
    
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I like skeletons like this, they allow so much access when building! The idea of a full-length window is also pretty appealing.

Let's see where you go with this! biggrin.gif
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