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New cylindrical case for the PC

That is one really nice case my friend. Good on you.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

About a year ago, I took a bunch of standard PC components, and built a cylindrical case around it. I considered where to put the MOBO/GPU/CPU and cables; I thought about thermals and ease of accessibility. I even went so far as to have my friend CAD design a prototype, mill the aluminium, and build a case. Only, it didn’t meet my one directive – a case that was more appliance than cable monster.

 

 

Stage 1: Prototype 1 (Standard PC Parts) - January 2015

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Parts:

·       Silverstone 450W SFX PSU Gold

·       MSI 780 GTX Gaming

·       MSI ITX motherboard

·       16 GB Ram

·       500 GB 2.5 inch Segate HDD

·       intel i7 4770k CPU

We measured each part, loaded them into CAD and milled the aluminium. The process took a long time. Biggest challenge was to remove visible lines from the top of the case; which we overcame using a combination of methods. We then installed the parts in the case and stress tested it using Prime95. The result: we needed a fan to aid airflow; we needed a better way to manage cables.

 

 

Stage 2: Prototype 2 (Fine Tune) - April 2015

 

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Parts: Same as Prototype 1 plus a new 140mm Thermalright fan

I took the outer case we built and redesigned the inside. I used a 3D printer to do the front panel, and painted it gold. I then installed a 140mm fan on top of the case and noticed an immediate improvement in internal temps. Hot air naturally rises; a fan at the top pulling it upward accelerated the natural process – hot air was coming out quicker. But, I still wasn’t happy. The case was too tall and didn’t look right. While it was nice to have a full size GPU, more powerful mini-ITX cards (like the 970 GTX) were coming out and it was time to integrate them into my thinking.

 

Stage 3: Prototype 3 (Making it shorter) - June 2015

 

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Parts: Same as Prototype 2 but removed 780 GTX and replaced it with mini ITX 970 GTX

I reached back out to my CAD buddy and asked him to recalculate every part. While he was doing that, I had an idea for managing the cables. What if we mounted the GPU on to a door, so when you open the door you have access to everything else – HDD, cables for power and SATA? It changed everything. The inside of the case became so much more appealing! As far as I know, no other case has this feature. We had another go at the design and once we finished another prototype, I was finally satisfied.

 

Stage 4: Final Version - September 2015

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Parts: Same as Prototype 3

We did a quick 3D print of most of the parts and CNC’d a new case and bottom. I asked my buddy to make the door’s contour match the round top. We sanded down all the parts and put it all together.  

The result was amazing. We continued to tweak the internal design – creating a special container for the power supply which helps direct the air from the bottom, leaving no place for hot spots.

Next step – create a polished version that we would paint, assemble and test.

 

Stage 5: Final Version Part 2 - October 2015

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Now that we had a working version we all liked, we needed to recreate it with precision. After a year of design, redesign, testing, tweaking, and modifying, i finally finished the case. I love the design and that I can customize it how I want with mini-ITX components. It’s upgradeable, and the premium quality materials we used (high-grade aluminum, electronic paint finish) give it the look I set out for – an aesthetically pleasing computer case that’s as comfortable in a living room as a gaming system or in an office as a workstation.

Would love to hear the Linus community about my build :)

Alexander Gomez

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Wasn't one of these cases just announced/released a couple weeks ago? 

 

/cool nonetheless. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks brother .. yeah I just want to hear the community on what they think of my build ... and maybe suggestions or things they might think could be better :) 


Thanks for you comments mate :)

 

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Wow that's cool really cool


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Wow that's cool really cool


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, OddsCrazyStuff said:

That case would go hand in hand with the airplex GIGANT: http://shop.aquacomputer.de/index.php?cPath=7_31_2026

Might eat up some height, but it would allow for even a high end pc to be put into it.

yeah that is some crazy computer .. looks old school but im sure its got awsome airflow ... many have asked about the airflow of my case .. and i created a custom psu bracket to optimize airflow

 

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I'd like to see it in more of a matte color scheme, and possibly with an optional blu-ray drive. Also some might like a see through panel with some LEDs I don't know just some ideas. But it looks very modern.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks guys ... It's been a year in the making 

i would have loved to have a full size GPU in there and we did in prototype one but because it didn't look right I cut it down to mini ITX 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
24 minutes ago, Chronical93 said:

I'd like to see it in more of a matte color scheme, and possibly with an optional blu-ray drive. Also some might like a see through panel with some LEDs I don't know just some ideas. But it looks very modern.

Yeah I do have it in black but glossy 

 

We we could potentially do a glass case ... That would be cool 

 

let me work on that 

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That looks really great! But instead of real glass try plexi glas, that would probably be cheaper ;) .

 

The best imho is your gold version(sept 15) with plexi in the middle and black steel/alu on top and bottom.

 

I don't know if that's possbile but you could make a headphone holder to clip on top or sth like that, that would be awesome :D

 

 

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