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Hey guys, so me and a few people have been talking about designing some cases partially for fun and maybe to start something small. I have a general idea of what i would think people would like to see but we wanted to design a case based off of what people would like see and try to incorporate as many of them as we can.

Some things we would like to know:

-What Features
-What sort of materials
-components or things that you would like to see accommodated
-What sort of price range
-Any sort of water cooling/air cooling elements
.. and well anything else you can think of

Currently we have the ability to get a hold of/ability to use aluminum, acrylic, small amounts of steel and carbon fiber and maybe plastics.

(Most of the people i talking about this with have experience with composites and machining so that should be no issue)

I really hope we can find this to be a doable project if so maybe get a few designs up in the next few weeks.

Thanks for the input!
DNytAftr
Edited by DNytAftr - 4/18/11 at 12:17pm
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i don't like it being plasticy, i hate the plastic bezel on my antec 300, i wish it was metal, and i wish the case was aluminium, i like to see lots of fans and cooling potential, and minimalistic looks, although i still like the look of the haf-x.
    
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post #3 of 26
Air flow

Cable routing

Side window (see all the goodies inside)

Aluminum

I have a lot of hard drives so number of bays is important.

Toolless design although I don't know how you can do that without buying a good case and bastardising it for your project.

Reasonably minimalistic design

Removable motherboard tray
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post #4 of 26
-Tons of airflow
-Watercooling compatible - such as a nice spot on top of the case for a radiator with corresponding rubber grommeted ports in the rear
-Lots of cable management
-Extra HDD bays
-Tool-less
-An opening behind the CPU socket for ease of bracket installation for CPU coolers
-Aluminum
-Sidewindow
-Painted inside and out
-$100-175
post #5 of 26
No obnoxious Blue LED fans, I hate them.. On the topic of fans, some nice 120mm Fans Front, Back, Side. Panels must be sleek Black with a Clear side window. Thumb screws to open the sides up, they are so damn handy

Some holes for cable management, mainly for the HDD's and Mobo connections.

Good amount of HDD Bays, even though I only use one XD.

Materials? Steel or Aluminum, doesn't matter to much as It sits in the same spot all the time. Steel is economical to buy and would suit fine.

Under $150 would be good and preferably with no Crappy PSU already inside it.
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post #6 of 26
-Black Interior
-Nice Airflow
-Built in removable filters
-Cable Management holes
-WC compatable
-Side window
-Bottom mounted PSU with the option to use it fan up and fan down
-Opening for aftermarket CPU Coolers
$90-$180

There the things i most look at in a case, i'll update if i think of more.
Edited by Gawdz - 3/29/11 at 1:38am
post #7 of 26
For me, in no particular order:

black interior
window
cable management holes
space behind mobo tray to actually put cables
2.5" hdd compatibility
post #8 of 26
For me it's something that looks sleek
NO side windows
NO LED fans
black or brushed gray-black
No things that sticks out.
Cable management
Silence *P182
Thumbscrew
lots of 5.25 bays
less HDD 3.5 bays since I don't use such things since back in 2004.


That's why I have the P182 and OBSIDIAN 700D.
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There mare 3 main things i look for
-Space for at least 2 240mm rads or a 360m rad
-4 5.25" and 4 3.5" drive bays Plus one or two 2.5" bay's
-with a window or easy modification for window.
    
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post #10 of 26
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ah, okay! lots of good stuff guys few things up there i didint think about before, Im not sure currently how we would do tooless design .. since we are somewhat limited on what we can do with molded forms but its something to be looked into.

One the ideas that was tossed around was a 3-4 chamber design (mobo, hdd/rad, psu/rad) with the ability to install a 480 (quad) radiator on the bottom and top.

Also what are opinions about motherboard orientation, Example, here in the raven 2 by silverstone where the motherboard is horizontal compared to the traditional vertical orientation, Like it, not really, Cables to much of a problem?


Edited by DNytAftr - 3/29/11 at 1:12pm
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