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Hiya OCN,

I'm currently taking a British ICGSE Course for Resistant Materials (Design and Technology) at school right now.

In this course, we have to design a product that has a theme of storage from gadgets to books/magazines to newspapers and wine bottles.
Obviously, I chose to make a computer case, but with a twist, I will need to have an integrated solution to store gadgets as well as the storage cannot be permanent/long term as most of our computer cases are. My solution is to design/build in a compartment that has media/charging docks for a variety of devices from android devices to iphones/itouchs.

I'm currently in the market research task of my course and have chosen OCN as my main focus group for market research and profiling for my proposed case.
Survey: https://spreadsheets.google.com/view...UmdLSTRobHc6MQ

But please, read the features/description of what I plan to build first before filling in the survey. I will include rough sketchup models that are not fully rendered as the design is not final and subject to changes depending on how difficult different features are to implement. However, I will try and to do my best to include all the features I have listed below.

Inspirations: Raven series and TJ07 case from silvestone

features:
-Will be aroudn the size of the TJ07
-90* angled motherboard tray (depending on difficulty, I will try and make it removable by using rollers)
-10-12HDD support (perfect for a media server)
-XL-ATX support (if not, E-ATX at least)
-Support for 1 standard ATX PSU
-Support for 2x 360 rads in push-pull config (using Thermochill PA 120.3 rads as reference models)
-Integrated media dock/compartment for media devices (Android devices will be based on the samsung galaxy s, dock will be made out of moulded acrylic and will provide charging capabilities only. Same goes for apple devices up to the iPhone) (There will be pressure based sensors that will activate LEDs that will turn on once your device is placed on the dock)<---This LED feature is planned but I'm not set on it depending on how much time I will have to make this and how difficult it would be to implement
-Acrylic side windows
-Made out of sheet aluminium and acrylic

Preliminary sketchup models (not really to scale, more tweaking will be done, but this is what the basic shapes/compartments should look like in the final product)

The two empty spaces near the top is the proposed area for the media dock compartment that can be opened and closed using hinges. There will be 120mm fan cutouts, but I'll sort that out later on

Top left perspective view: Back of the mobo tray. 360 Rad and PSU located
HDD cages haven't been added yet underneath the media dock.


Top right perspective view: Sketchup isn't rendering properly on my dad's crappy laptop. Thats supposed to be the mobo and the mobo tray. 2nd 360 rad is located on the bottom. HDD cages haven't been added in as well.


Another view:


any questions, please post and I"ll answer as best as I can

Edited by Mr.Pie - 3/18/11 at 7:55am
post #2 of 49
Hey. looks to be a good project!

My only concern is that if the mobo tray is removable via rollers to the top that
1) it has a form of handle to make sliding in/out easier
2) It could be quite dangerous for the internals of the PC pulling in and out if it is dropped as it will fall in straight down... =/
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Originally Posted by Fatality292 View Post
Hey. looks to be a good project!

My only concern is that if the mobo tray is removable via rollers to the top that
1) it has a form of handle to make sliding in/out easier
2) It could be quite dangerous for the internals of the PC pulling in and out if it is dropped as it will fall in straight down... =/
cheers
ahh, thats what I missed out
I was thinking removable...hmm missing something
thats it

yea I"ll need to think of a way to secure it if I make it removable and a rather fool proof way to get it out as well

thanks anyway! please pass the word onto other members if possible and fill out my survey!

cheers!
post #4 of 49
I agree, the removable motherboard tray should probably fold out somehow rather than sliding, for safety's sake, both of the user and the hardware...
If I were designing a case for a water loop, I'd look at having some built in tubing (either copper or plastic) that ran through a nice hidden duct to make the loop installation really easy and very neat. All you'd see were a couple of regular G 1/4" fittings you could attach barbs/compression fittings to at each end...
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Check out the caselabs designs for inspiration too - they're very well thought out.

You could also think about headset storage, mini fridge etc or go for more of a lan party/micro atx style as there's more room for innovation. There's little that hasn't been done in the big cases.

Also I'd love to see a remote control case. Water cooling cases with twin rads are heavy, if you were to take the drive componentry from a large remote control car and add it to the base that would be cool. You might have to downgear it so it has enough torque though.
     
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You may want to increase the price range in your survey, your competitors are typically all in the $300-$500 range, but your price range listing is <200
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stren View Post
Also I'd love to see a remote control case. Water cooling cases with twin rads are heavy, if you were to take the drive componentry from a large remote control car and add it to the base that would be cool. You might have to downgear it so it has enough torque though.
Is this so you don't have to carry it to the car?
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post #8 of 49
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stren View Post
You may want to increase the price range in your survey, your competitors are typically all in the $300-$500 range, but your price range listing is <200
oh thanks, I really had no idea what kind of pricing cause I didn't check when I rushed to put up the survey
I can't edit the survey anymore though

Quote:
Originally Posted by stren View Post
Check out the caselabs designs for inspiration too - they're very well thought out.

You could also think about headset storage, mini fridge etc or go for more of a lan party/micro atx style as there's more room for innovation. There's little that hasn't been done in the big cases.

Also I'd love to see a remote control case. Water cooling cases with twin rads are heavy, if you were to take the drive componentry from a large remote control car and add it to the base that would be cool. You might have to downgear it so it has enough torque though.
hmm, I was originally planning this design more along the lines of a HTPC/Home Media Server with gaming capabilities throwing into one. But I guess lan party/something more portable sounds good as well. I'll keep that in mind as well thanks!

Quote:
Originally Posted by allikat View Post
I agree, the removable motherboard tray should probably fold out somehow rather than sliding, for safety's sake, both of the user and the hardware...
If I were designing a case for a water loop, I'd look at having some built in tubing (either copper or plastic) that ran through a nice hidden duct to make the loop installation really easy and very neat. All you'd see were a couple of regular G 1/4" fittings you could attach barbs/compression fittings to at each end...
hmm....well thing is, I was planning this case with ability for medium to large loops, but air coolers could still use it. I'll see how easy I can implement the idea. Also now after some thought, I'm not as sure as I was before on implement a removable motherboard tray. Its also rather hard if I orientate it in the middle at 90*........got some thinking to do

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Originally Posted by Fatality292 View Post
Is this so you don't have to carry it to the car?
teeheee remote controlled car; can't do that i'm afraid
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bumps
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bump
need as much people to fill this in please before the end of the week
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