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Bs|Archaon

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#1 12 years ago

Right, well I'm sorry I don't have any fully complete pics but the deadline is getting close and stuff so I need opinions regardless. :p

First (well, second....whatever, it's 2:30am) as little disclaimer, anything useful that you say may be stolen, ripped to pieces, put back together again and churned out through a printer into my project folder. But it's not like you'll ever see the folder so I think I'm safe. :eek:

This is my project for A2 Design and Technology. Originally it was meant to be a HTPC case, but during my research I found that not everyone wants a tiny HTPC, as long as it looks good (and when I say looks good, I mean looks good outside of a geek's computer room :p) they don't mind. So essentially it turned out into a pretty large mATX case.

Specs as follows: Dimensions (WxDxH in mm): 450x280x252 Motherboard support: mATX and smaller Power supply: SFX (mATX) Cooling: 3x120mm fan mountings, no restrictive built-in grills like most retail cases (SEE! I LISTEN! HAH! :rolleyes: ). Ventilation holes on the upper layer for drive cooling. Intention is that 2x 120mm fans are intakes, while a single 120mm fan and the 80mm fan in the PSU are exhausts. This creates a slight positive air pressure, forcing air to be expelled through the top of the case. Does it work like that? No idea whatsoever. :p Drives: 2x 5.25" external, 4x 3.5" internal. Materials: Parts made by me (ie everything except fans, switches, grills) is 100% acrylic. Other cool stuff: Pretty Bulgin switches. Blue and green because Kustom was out of stock of red and I don't care enough about what color it is to bug them about it. :p

Anyway, piccies. Like I said, none of these are of the complete case but they show the features and a some of them are pretty close.

Bulgin Switches: bulgin.jpg

Left side fan mountings: fans_front.jpg

With fans in (I have some clear ones, but clear on clear on wood effect isn't a great thing to take a picture of, so I took the pic with black ones): fans.jpg

Right side from the front: right_front.jpg

Most of it from the rear: mostofit_back.jpg

Thanks for looking peeps, comments appreciated. Though keep in mind that as it's acrylic you could technically have it made in just about any color, so complaining about my choice of colors (or lack of) is gonna fall on deaf ears. I used clear because it means the moderator can see the construction easier, though it's a pain in the **** to photograph. :)

(oh, and I'm the first person at my school to use a laser cutter on acrylic rod. yay...?)




Chocu1a

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#2 12 years ago

Looks incredible so far. Can't wait to see it withi all the hardware installed. Great job.




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#3 12 years ago

(yay the forum is back)

Thanks Count, it's worth noting that this is like a shitty test PC in it. You could make the insides much tidier if you wanted but I am more interested in whether it works. Which it does, so yay.

Oh and these pics were taken at school, hence the old keyboard, 2 button ball mouse (which you can't see), dodgy monitor and crapload of random junk and a few signs about stuff like "If you blunt our fabric scissors, we kill you". :P

Some of the switches wired up. Ripped out of an old Pentium 100 case, I don't have the patience to twist wires like that. :p wired.jpg

Major parts, everything except the modular drive bays which can be added and removed as required. From front to back, top section, middle section with front, back and ventilated sides, bottom section with front with switches, back with mobo/PSU cutouts and sides with fan mountings. parts.jpg

In the light, with keyboard and accessing HDD (hence green light). Being right next to a window, the LED fans given off a very weak light. assembled.jpg

In the dark. Much stronger away from light, especially natural light. lit.jpg

Remember that Pentium 100 I stole the wires/mobo headers from? This was on the 1.2gb drive I removed from it years ago. Look what Archy found hehe. Found a 10gb drive so gonna do a default installation of SuSe 9.2, can't be assed with Windows. All I need to do is prove that it fits together, whether the comp inside works or not is largely irrelevant. 95.jpg




Chocu1a

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#4 12 years ago

Very Cool. I give it an a+. So, the case is stackable?




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#5 12 years ago

Wow, very sexy. Good job. :p Looks like you've got quite a decent airflow there as well, streaming over the CPU. Any chance of some temps?




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#6 12 years ago

The system temp is almost literally room temperature. CPU temp is stupidly high, 52 C on an idle Celeron D. I don't know why there's so much difference, it's the stock heatsink but even so...




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#7 12 years ago

Yeah, I had the same problem with a Celery box I was building in a computing class. Probably due to the fact that it used a Presc(hot) core, and the thermal paste was extremely worn. Someone else in the class managed to get theirs up to 80c. :p

But still, nice design.




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#8 12 years ago

Wow, that is very nice. You have done well. :)

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