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post #1 of 30
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I've been scrapping old cases all my life and even with my reffited Compac Server case I don't get the look and feel I want. So I decide to build my own case out of wood. Before I started cutting I wanted to get the opinions of the community. I used GTKRadiant to make an accurate (down to the mm) representation of my case, minus the guts.

The motherboard will lay flat on a rack that has rails on either side so I can pull it out of the back with ease. The hard drive mount will be on rails but with 120mm fans and access from the front of the case.



Above is a side view.
Below is a front view.



My only worry is that the PSU's cords wont be long enough to reach everything. I might have to move the PSU inbetween the 120mm fans.
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post #2 of 30
Yer really great lay out of everything there, and ur a bloody good drawer on the computer, good luck with everything, puttin it together and stuff. if its possible let us know how it went and take pics of it when finished, im really interested in how this turns out.
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post #3 of 30
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Garry88
Yer really great lay out of everything there, and ur a bloody good drawer on the computer,
I didn't draw it. GTKRadiant is a 3D tool used for making levels is Quake 3
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post #4 of 30
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Anyone else have input on the design. Flaws, drawbacks, inprovements, pointers, would be greatly appreciated.
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post #5 of 30
Looks like it going to be a heavy son of a *****. . . the only issue i can see is running the 24 pin motherboard cable and the cpu power cable from the power supplies to the motherboard. . . . also where do you plan to access you PCI slots etc? . . i cant tell from the drawing where the back of the motherboard is going to be
 
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post #6 of 30
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Sorry, heres the back view



And if the power lines are too short, I could just make extention cords.
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post #7 of 30
For the PSU length issues you could extend it and create a modular output where you need it. Use something like this

Then you could put a couple in key places. Maybe you could notch the side of the case to hide the cables in. then bondo over the cables and then paint you could make a perfectly clean case this way!
    
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post #8 of 30
Metal would be better as it conducts heat from the hot inside of you PC to the cool air outside. Also aluminium would be alot lighter than wood.
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post #9 of 30
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Quote:
Originally Posted by noxious89123
Metal would be better as it conducts heat from the hot inside of you PC to the cool air outside. Also aluminium would be alot lighter than wood.
I thought about that, but two key factors hinder a metal aproach, I'm absolutely terrible working with metal, and I don't know anywhere to go to get it custom made.

Also, I have on hand, several large 1" * 12' * 6' oak boards.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SpookedJunglist
For the PSU length issues you could extend it and create a modular output where you need it. Use something like this

Then you could put a couple in key places. Maybe you could notch the side of the case to hide the cables in. then bondo over the cables and then paint you could make a perfectly clean case this way!
I might try that.
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post #10 of 30
thats alot of fan holes how man total n how big of a psur u going to get to push all ur hardware
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