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My ITX Case Project: Xolid 13, with clear side panel and extensive compatibility

post #1 of 13
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Hey, guys, I am here to share my PC case project called Xolid 13.


Introduction:

I've always wanted to make the most out of limited space, and that's why I'm obsessed with ITX form factor. However, I'm also a greedy bastard. I like small form factor, but is unwilling to give up some fancy stuff like
hybrid cooler, transparent side panel, endgame graphic cards, and other not-so-cool-but-convent stuffs like "ODDs and 3.5" HDDs".

I've tried many cases, but each of them has drawbacks.

Then one day, when I was complaining this issue to my friend Raiden. He then said that "heck, why don't we make one ourselves and see what others think? Maybe if enough people like it, we might make it through with the help of crowd funding platforms"

So, after months of discussing, cursing, yelling and rendering, here's our brainchild:
Xolid 13


Specifications:

  • Case Dimensions (H x W x D): 322 x 138 x 310mm
  • Overall Dimensions (H x W x D): 336 x 138 x 317mm including feet and posterior protrusions

  • Volume: ~13.5 liters

  • Materials: 3mm/1.5 mm aluminium, (optional) glass

  • Metal surface treatment: hairline

  • Motherboard support: Mini- ITX

  • Graphic card support: dual slot cards up to 304 mm length

  • Liquid cooling/hybrid cooler support: Single 120mm or 240mm slim radiator

  • Power supply unit (PSU) support: SFX, SFX-L

  • CPU cooler support: up to 85mm

  • Optic disc driver support: Slim slot loading ODDs, supports 12.7 mm drives

  • Fans: 4 x 12 cm fans (3 if opting for additional 2 x 3.5” HDD; 2 if opting for 4 x 3.5” HDD) (one fan below the graphic card must be a slim one)

  • I/O Ports (on the top of the case): 2 x USB 3.0, HD audio, power button
  • Front panel: ZERO hole, smooth surface. The chassis's logo is backlit with 2 colored LEDs

  • HDD configuration:
5 x 3.5” mounts:

1 on the back of the central vertical panel (can replace with ODD + 2 x 2.5” ones)

4 at the anterior part of the case (2 if opting for 120mm radiators, 0 if using 240mm ones)


2x 2.5” mounts: (optional)

2 on the back of “central vertical panel*” (0 if opting for a 3.5” one on the back)

Our goal is to build a small ITX case which suits most power user's need.

  • Manufacturer: probably Lian-Li or Silverstone


Other renders / configurations:

Top of the case


4 x 3.5" HDDs


2 x 3.5" HDDs, 120mm radiator


240mm radiator


PSU, ODD, and 2.5" HDDs


The other side of the case


Size comparison to iPhone 6


Features we are considering about:

1. Make front LEDs more interesting (maybe like Razer’s “breathing LEDs?”)
2. Color options for the mash/glass


Current status: working on our first prototype

LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS
post #2 of 13
Hey there!

Looking really solid. Would love to see how this unfolds.

Would you consider creating a separate chamber for the GPU so you won't be limited to using blower-style cards?

I'm not seeing any discernible airflow into & out of the case safe for that little fan at the bottom.

Cheers and best of luck!
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i5 3570k MSI Z77A GD65 Gigabyte GTX 670 OC 16 GB Crucial Ballistix Elite 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 830 256 GB SSD WD Caviar Green 2TB Bitspower Summit EF Magicool Xtreme 540 
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post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Lovidore View Post

Hey there!

Looking really solid. Would love to see how this unfolds.

Would you consider creating a separate chamber for the GPU so you won't be limited to using blower-style cards?

I'm not seeing any discernible airflow into & out of the case safe for that little fan at the bottom.

Cheers and best of luck!


Hey there, Lovidore!


There are two 12 cm fans at the bottom of the case, and we hope it will create an ideal tunnel effect for hot air to exhaust from the hole on the upper side of the glass panel.

(As we know, hot air is lighter than cold air)

If you opt for a 240 mm radiator, there are 2 additional fans blowing the hot air out of the case through the mesh on the other side of the case.


We'll test if this works well on our first prototype, and see if a separate chamber for the graphic card is necessary.


Thanks for the reply, and please feel free to ask anything!
post #4 of 13
Looks extremely nice, but I have not found where you put the PSU in your case rolleyes.gif
Ahhh, nevermind. It is me being blind.redface.gif

What is the max CPU cooler height?
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Arengeta View Post

Looks extremely nice, but I have not found where you put the PSU in your case rolleyes.gif
Ahhh, nevermind. It is me being blind.redface.gif

What is the max CPU cooler height?

Hey Arengeta,

The height limit for CPU cooler is 85mm
Edited by dreamerofdune - 1/15/17 at 5:55am
post #6 of 13
Do you have any models of the back of the case?
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Arengeta View Post

Do you have any models of the back of the case?

Sure


post #8 of 13
As I can see at the top of the glass you made a special "exhaust" vent, maybe you should make that on every side as well? I think it will improve the overall cooling.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Arengeta View Post

As I can see at the top of the glass you made a special "exhaust" vent, maybe you should make that on every side as well? I think it will improve the overall cooling.

And it will accumulate dust faster......

Anyway, the design is not final yet, we'll see how our prototype goes under the stress test.

And if the result is not good enough, we'll certainly make some changes.
post #10 of 13
Can't wait to see more!
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