Hello everyone !!!
This is the worklog of my new / first project, I called it PHINIX CUBE
. I will TRY to create a new SFF case, based on plexiglass. This thread is my Worklog.
Please comment anything - it will be very helpful !!! Thanks and I hope it will be fun for all of us:-)
."There was an ideaâ€¦"
My project will be based on acrylic case. Everyone knows full ATX acrylic cases from Sunbeam, Antec or Gigabyte. But I wanted to have a smaller case, sth near to SFF case that I have now â€“ Sugo SG01evo. Since I made my move to SFF world by buying Shuttle SN25P I decided to never go back to full tower cases and stay with those little beauties. So decided to build my own mATX acrylic case from scratch. After a few hours of consideration I concluded that difference between ATX and mATX case is now so big â€“ Ash already tried to put full ATX mobo in Sugo case, so I thought â€“ why not? Why not to build acrylic case that takes ATX mobo but still be small enough to call it SFF?
I would like to do sth like this mod, which is IMHO a state of artâ€¦
The idea is to make sth like that but using SFF case... or making a sff case...
After another few hours of searching on internet of sources of materials for my project I found itâ€¦ Someone already thought about making that kind of case! Well it is not exactly what I wanted to build, but it will still be a mod !!!
So the base will beâ€¦ SUNBEAM UFO ACRYLIC CUBE CASE.
Sunbeam website: http://www.sunbeamtech.com/index-2.html
Some pics of Cube case:
There are also acrylic cases from Gigabyte or Danger Den, but they all too big - I want sth small...
Well.. When I studied this chassis I have notices many cons :
â€¢ Position of 120mm fans is not accurate â€“ just installation of any card will interrupt air flow between them. Solve: fans should be mounted on other walls.
â€¢ Height of first floor is to high compare to second â€“ it could be better to switch heights â€“ making second with mobo higher to fit high zalman cpu coolers, PLUS SLI bridge wont fit in this case (not every bridge, for example Asus)
â€¢ PSU can lie down â€“ not on its side, it will reduce height of first level and overall size of the case.
â€¢ There is also an idea how to place a mobo â€“ with I/O panel on the back â€“ that means case will be a little bit wider.
So there is my question â€“ is it worth to mod this UFO case or better idea is to build my own from scratch? Maybe better idea would be to mod Sunbeam case? I could use some parts from it and change panels, which would be easyâ€¦ Iâ€™ll need to think about it for a whileâ€¦
Anyway, I'm getting a mortgage on Monday and will buy a house this or next week, so please don't expect me to do some miracles with my budget:) I can only promise that I'll do my best to finish this project... this year, or after next 25;)
. UPDATE: 09/06/07
I have some ideas about how to do all the layout of this case and how to place all components inside. First of all It has to be compatible with all mobos, CPU coolers and PSUs. There must be a place for water cool system. Case must be high enough to take SLI bridges, all kinds, cause Asus makes them little bit higher because of small pins at the top of them â€“ thatâ€™s is why they wont fit I Sunbeam case, AND thatâ€™s why it eliminates that case! (plus some other cons I mentioned aboveâ€¦).
There are two ways of components accommodation. First â€“ mobo on lower level, then everything else on upper level. Second â€“ other way â€“ mobo on upper. I think this may have influence on air circulation.
Most important in planning this case is what size it will be.
First of all, I need to gather all parts sizes to accommodate them and calculate size of the case.
Motherboard ATX size has 305 x 244mm â€“ if I put mobo on lower level, then this may be a case base size. All things like psu, pump, reservoirs, dvd, hdds will be on upper level. Otherwise I need add at least 3cm in width to make holes for tubing and cables to reach mobo on upper level.
BUT â€“ Iâ€™m still not sure if I want to build ATX size. Maybe mATX would be better?
Main thing is I donâ€™t like the idea of I/O panel coming out on side of the case. I like normal way â€“ from behind
Sugo dimensions are: 263 mm (W) x 216 mm (H) x 393 mm (D) (WxHxD mm)
UFO Sunbeam: 295 mm (W) x 300 mm (H) x 380 mm (D) (WxHxD mm)
I think I could make it :
â€¢ 270mm (W) x 250mm (H) x 380mm (D)
â€“ for mATX mobos only. Something between both of them. It would be like Sugo but little bit higher.
â€¢ 320mm (W) x 250mm (H) x 350mm (D)
â€“ for ATX/mATX mobos.
â€¢ IF I let I/O panel be on left side of case, THAN frst dimensions will be ok for ATX/mATX mobos â€“ it will be the same like Ashtefere did â€“ ATX mobo in Sugo case â€“ fits great. I will just make it a little bit higher, 250mm.
â€¢ Well, there is also last idea â€“ CUBE = 300x300x300 would look great, but this would be only for mATX mobos and, I believe, hard to fit all WC stuff.NOW - what do you guys think Which size I should follow???
. UPDATE: 01/07/07
I think I'm going to start building this incredible case in about mid September. Trying to buy a house this month and have to say that "offers over" and "closing dates" pisses me off !!! It's like blind bidding! it's really stupid. Anyway, after a car trouble I had last month (Â£700 just flashed in front of my eyes) I really need to buy a house, then moving. After that I can have fun with this project, but till then I will gather all information, make measurements, documentation and of course I won't hesitate to share with all this with you ! :-)
. UPDATE: 12/07/07
Well, finally!!! I bought the house! Huuu... that was terrible, I was getting furious with all that closing dates... Entry date: 22 August 2007. THEN - ALL THE FUN BEGINS !!! :-)
I'm still gathering all details, items, tools, materials and still planning planning and... planning. I want to start with everything being prepared. I have some plan drawings, I will scan them or make some pictures and share with you how I see this case:-) I downloaded that Sketchup program to create 3D views, need to get on with this software first and show you later on... till then...