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post #11 of 21
If your goal is really small form-factor then crazy shapes are out of the question (flame-shaped? Seriously?). You're pretty much stuck with rectangular boxes. That doesn't mean they have to be boring looking, though! IMO there's a serious lack of high-end industrial design in the PC case market. I'm not sure if that's the direction you're interested in or have the resources for, but that's what I'd like to see more of personally.

While I'm not a professional designer, I've dabbled a bit in the sort of designs I'd like to see, the results of which you can see here. This design, specifically, is my idea of a functional, powerful, upgradeable and attractive SFF machine in as small a package as possible.
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If your goal is really small form-factor then crazy shapes are out of the question (flame-shaped? Seriously?). You're pretty much stuck with rectangular boxes. That doesn't mean they have to be boring looking, though! IMO there's a serious lack of high-end industrial design in the PC case market. I'm not sure if that's the direction you're interested in or have the resources for, but that's what I'd like to see more of personally.

While I'm not a professional designer, I've dabbled a bit in the sort of designs I'd like to see, the results of which you can see here. This design, specifically, is my idea of a functional, powerful, upgradeable and attractive SFF machine in as small a package as possible.
I understand where you're coming from. I prefer minimal/modern myself, but I have to address everyone's input. I'm impressed with the thought you put into your designs. Designing the framework of the case before moving on the exterior shows an understanding of function. Would you like to collaborate further in this project?
post #13 of 21
Sure. Drop me a pm if you like.
post #14 of 21
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This design, specifically, is my idea of a functional, powerful, upgradeable and attractive SFF machine in as small a package as possible.
That is VERY close to what I would image for a perfect SFF case. Full length video card, full size ATX PSU and mini-ITX motherboard with room for a full height CPU HSF.

Perfect.
I would buy it.

The only thing I would personally want changed is to have the optical drive bay removed. Optical drives are useless to me and I would imagine they are getting less and less use in general with more content coming over the network.
post #15 of 21
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That is VERY close to what I would image for a perfect SFF case. Full length video card, full size ATX PSU and mini-ITX motherboard with room for a full height CPU HSF.

Perfect.
I would buy it.
Thanks. It is a rather good design, I admit

One question though (and this goes for anyone to answer): it has 3-slots as is, for large, triple-slot coolers. Would you prefer the case a little smaller with only 2-slots or is 3 cool?


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The only thing I would personally want changed is to have the optical drive bay removed. Optical drives are useless to me and I would imagine they are getting less and less use in general with more content coming over the network.
Yeah, but in my design it adds basically nothing extra to the overall size, so you might as well have the option, right? You could just have a blank insert if you have no need for it.
post #16 of 21
Myself, I'd prefer mATX.... I've looked into mITX some, but I'm still not seeing enough choices or options for motherboards to suit me yet.... so the mATX would afford more flexibility....

1-2 slots for optical drives (some of us still use them ), and a couple of hard drive bays.....

And since I'm still set on using air-cooling, room for the larger heatsinks is also a plus....
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post #17 of 21
I too love mini itx boards but face it no matter what you build it will not have the capability or functionality of an atx board.I could never use one as my main rig for that reason.
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post #18 of 21
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I too love mini itx boards but face it no matter what you build it will not have the capability or functionality of an atx board.I could never use one as my main rig for that reason.
I find the capabilities of mITX boards to be quite sufficient. Not everyone needs multiple graphics cards. Many find onboard sound to be sufficient. If all you need is a graphics card and some hard drives, then anything more is just wasted IMO. Sure, if you're going for overclocking records or want to max eye candy, then you might consider a full ATX board. But I prefer my computer not to take up my whole desk or floor.
post #19 of 21
Mine attaches to the back of my monitor and I have no issues playing BFBC2 on High graphics w/ a full sized GPU. Its alla matter of making the space do what you want it to do. Just look at different components separately and ask your self if they can be relocated, reduced in size or done away with all together base on what you want.
Then see if the space you created can be filled with another object to push towards your goal or if you just want to reduce the footprint. Consider the power requirements of all components, fans, opti-drive, pumps? even lighting, paint and case material can play into this. For my money...the easiest thing to dump is ALWAYS going to be the Opti drive. you will rarely ever use it and if you DO need to use one...there are TONs OF GREAT Portable fullsize and slim sized USB drives out there.
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post #20 of 21
Personally I would love to see a mITX case where the top panel has a large hole in it. Then you could grab a mITX P55 board, pair it with an i7 860 and stick a massive air cooler like a true/megahalems on it:




Or if you don't want to use a large cooler then it could just be replaced with a window.
    
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