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I kind of like sumon3's secret compartment, I was thinking If I can't get the optical drive cables to work just right, I might cut some very thin lines in the case, and maybe cover it up with a big sticker or something and use an exacto knife to cut the sticker so the drives can open, far away, you still couldn't tell that something was up.

Also, I just realized, see the very top pic of the case, those two little silver cubes are required to be pushed sideways so that the drawers can be opened, I bet I could make it to where they are no longer required to open the drawers, but one could be used to power on the computer and the other can be used to reset the computer.
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You know those little ide-to-sata converters you can get for IDE drives that you stick on the back of the pins and presto, you can now plug your HDD into a Sata port, I wonder if you can do that for optical drives, a sata cable would offer more flexibility when Im moving that drawer in and out and I bet you can get some long ones.
Windows doesn't usually like them for boot drives when installing the OS. Other than that, they work fine to great, depending on the drive.

SATA cables can go to 36" before they need power. Even at that length, you'll get a bit of latency. Probably not noticeable though.
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Windows doesn't usually like them for boot drives when installing the OS. Other than that, they work fine to great, depending on the drive.

SATA cables can go to 36" before they need power. Even at that length, you'll get a bit of latency. Probably not noticeable though.
excellent, thatll be just fine, just so long that I can temporarily hook up the ide cable without having to uninstall any hardware to reinstall windows.

Well see.
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Your going to need a lot of cfm to really push air through that rig.
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Your going to need a lot of cfm to really push air through that rig.
Not really, the video cards are going to have their own custom air duct system and their own fans can do the work. I am actually designing it so that there is actually alot less air volueme around everything, meaning I can actually get a decent amount of velocity with the air. all 6 sides are also going to have a pretty decent amount of insulation for sound suppression as well so thatll take up some room.

My theory is that all that empty space above your motherboard in the case actually only hinders airflow since empty space can't really force air to go in a certain direction, I guess you could say I am making a channel system that forces the air where I want it.

I actually need to redo one of the pics because I do plan on putting some decent fans in there because I should be able to place them in the center, meaning the insulation will kill their noise quite effectively.
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Found the type of switch I need


They are called keylock switches

The particular switch I will need will be a 3-position switch, off, restart and power on.

So basically, I insert the key, nothing happens, twist clockwise a little and turn it on, also important, finding a switch so that once I release the key, it automatically returns to the off position, and of course to restart I just have to turn it counter clock-wise and let go.

Problem:

So far, goal was to use these switches that could also act as the locking mechanism for the drawer, but that isn't going to happen. Even the ones I could rig to work would only allow me to use them as a power button only. So I will try to find a keylock switch that matches the lock on the drawer and place it so that it appears that each drawer has its own individual lock.
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Back to school this week, ran out of time, so i will do my mockup computer so I can figure out the positioning of everything.
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Sweet idea man! Good luck with it all
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Something that would be really cool, but would add to the cost and time would be to have relays set up behind that key and have them power electromagnetic locks to the drawers.
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Something that would be really cool, but would add to the cost and time would be to have relays set up behind that key and have them power electromagnetic locks to the drawers.
Already thought of it . . .only. . . not.

I had an idea to have a metal pin, that required you to pull up(unlock) on it with a magnet, just so you could get the case open, but then i realized, that would only work on the top drawer, but it would suck doing that everytime I wanted to get to my optical drives.
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