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Hi everyone. I'm thinking about creating my own case, but I'm stuck on the case material right now. Quite a few people are saying that the P180 is a great case due to all the innovative features, and I know it has a unique case design, the case walls are a 3-layered design, aluminum-plastic-aluminum. I was wondering if that would be a good way to make a totally custom case, and would it cost alot?

Thanks.
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I don't think it would be. The amount of effort you'd have to put into it just by cutting the panels would be enough of a hassle. I'd suggest going for something with thin aluminum paneling that will be easy to cut and form.
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Well, the thing is that it won't look like a normal case... I was thinking alot about it, and all the cases I've seen are either cases with a sucky internal layout, or I didn't like the outside look very much.

Then I saw a hummer mod, and figured that's already been done, then remembered Gundam, and hoping it hasn't been done yet... So basically, I want to make a case inside of a 1/10th or so scale gundam, inside the chest cavity. I may take the basic parts of some case, like the back panel, but I'd like to know various things about case material for the whole thing.

I'm not really sure if it would be sturdy enough though. Do you think aluminum would be sturdy enough? If not, maybe I can go with steel...

I'd like it to be pretty quiet, hopefully have a water cooling setup entirely within it.

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Eidi
Hi everyone. I'm thinking about creating my own case, but I'm stuck on the case material right now. Quite a few people are saying that the P180 is a great case due to all the innovative features, and I know it has a unique case design, the case walls are a 3-layered design, aluminum-plastic-aluminum. I was wondering if that would be a good way to make a totally custom case, and would it cost alot?

Thanks.
Hi Eidi,

Ok I'm a bit confused... You want to make or build your own case??

For materials there's plexiglas, wood, alum, light gauge steel. Here are some examples and ideas, if it's "making" a case you want:

http://www.xoxide.com/clearacatxca.html here's a clear case example

http://server2.modthebox.com/gallery...lbumListPage=3
here's an example of a wood and glass case.
At the modthebox web site above, they also have a review of the P-180 case you mentioned.

Have fun, :-)
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Basically, I want to build a case, I was using the P180 as an example of how it uses material. The aluminum-plastic-aluminum case design stifles noises, I believe, that's why I was thinking of using it.

I'd like to mount the computer inside the torso of a gundam. I know it sounds crazy, but it'll be fun. I may make my own back plate, or I may gut an already existing back plate out of a case, and then I'll paint it to make it less noticable.

I'll do some research on various case materials, but right now I'm thinking maybe either aluminum or light gauge steel and sandwiched between them maybe plastic or plexiglass, whichever would work better... I'd just like alot of noise stiflation.

Oh, I'll also be water cooling, or maybe even phase change cooling the parts inside. Not sure which yet, but I think water is cheaper...

Thanks!
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