Originally Posted by remixedMind
lets see what you make :]
So not really an update but I wanted to present some of my ideas for this case. Plans on things to change from Compact Splash and also features that I plan to implement to set my case apart from 'Splash.
Here are a few ideas I have come up with so far:
• case "frame"
For those of you who don't know much about the Compact Splash, it has a sort of "inner frame" where the motherboard and pump mount attaches to. This allows you to mount the motherboard on this frame without having to ruin the back panel. It also gives you a lot of room underneath the board for cables or whatever else. I really liked this idea and plan to do something similar except making it larger for mATX (obviously) and have it attach to the front of the case to provide some extra rigidity. In Project Arctic, the motherboard is attached to the back panel, not the most clean looking design. However, when I asked him about it, he stated that the aluminum wouldn't be strong enough for a design like in 'Splash. I believe, with the added support, that it will be strong enough for an mATX board and two GPUs.
• SSD/HDD mounting
The placement of SSD or HDD's in Splash is on the bottom. There is a removable bottom mount where the drives are attached. This is great for ITX, however, with mATX, you have all this wasted space behind the board. Especially if you have a large gap like in Compact Splash. I will be moving the mounting points to there on that inner "frame." This will allow for the bottom of the case to stay completely clean for maybe a light panel, or mounting points for a pump or hard drive cage.
• mounting points
Like I just mentioned, I want to be able to have a lot of options for the case. I could add some extra holes where people could mount a CaseLabs SSD holder like the one that comes in the S3 and S5. That way, people could use an ITX board and have space for up to four extra 2.5in drives. This way, if you want to use the case for a NAS, there will be plenty of options for 2.5in drives. Will look into options for 3.5in drives.
Those are just the biggest things that I have come up with to set the case apart from Compact Splash. Some other small ideas:
• eliminating the front I/O completely
• moving the power button up to top of case
I'm still struggling with radiator compatibility. I think I will design the model using 45MM thick rads and make note that those will be the thickest you could use. Using slimmer radiators will give you more room and more flexibility with running your tubing. I do plan on keeping the PSU mounting the same and limiting it to SFX. Hopefully we will see more power supplies in the SFF with higher wattage. I also plan on keeping the way the case is assembled roughly the same. I may move the "backplate" (part where the "C" of the case connects to the back) down to the bottom. That may make things a little cleaner. Overall, I hope I can create this case that looks like it was inspired by the Compact Splash, but make it unique.