I designed and built this clear case myself. It is exactly 1 cm larger in each dimension than a Shuttle XPC SFF case, but it accomodates a full ATX board, 6 expansion slots, a full ATX power supply, DVD-ROM, up to two hard drives (only one currently installed), and a 120mm intake fan. I built it from 1/4" window-grade Lexan plastic because it is very strong and very easy to work with. It did get a bit scratched during the building process, and the scratches are highlighted by the camera flash, but looks were never the intention of the project, so i don't really mind. The input fan is soldered parallel to the power supply (runs on on 115V AC) and is activated by the toggle switch on the front of the case.
PLEASE, NO FLAMING ABOUT UNORGANIZED WIRING!
These pictures were taken in March. Since then I have fixed up the wiring and added a system power switch to the front of the case: http://www.frozencpu.com/ele-70.html
Unfortunately the system is at home and I am away for a co-op all summer, so I can't take any new pics to show. I'll update this thread with new pics some time after I get home in August.
*Note that I listed three video cards because I use different ones depending on which older games I feel like playing on the system. The Voodoo5 is for Unreal/UT and the GeForce2 is for everything else. The Rage Fury Maxx doesn't even work under Win2K...it's more of a novelty item, but I did use it in that system once when I had Win98SE installed.
I plan on doing a full upgrade either before I go back to school at the end of August, or some time in September after the new semester has started. My current but not yet definite plans are as follows:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
MSI motherboard w/ Radeon Xpress 3200 CrossFire chipset
2GB Corsair XMS DDR2-1066
Built-By-ATi Radeon X1900XT
(2x) WD Caviar 500GB SATA3.0Gb/s
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music
Antec P180 mid-tower case
Antec TruePowerII 550W ps
*Of course, I will post pics when I get the new system.
*I designed that CPU block because I'm not satisfied with any designs that I have seen on the market, and I was planning to do water cooling on my next computer. With the new direction Intel has taken, I really don't need to consider water cooling anymore....
**Note the cutout on the bottom of the block. This is because it was designed to fit a Socket A system and I never updated the model for Socket 939 or AM2.
I hope you remembered to run grounding straps/wires from the mobo and all the metal component cases to the power supply. Unless you paid the extra money for the anti static coated material, polyacryilcs love to build up static chrges
The primary PC case is a cheap one that I picked up at TigerDirect when I built the system. It was made by Just-For-PC USA, cost $50, came with four case fans (I added the top one myself), hard drive heatsink, screwless drive clips, and a hinged motherboard panel.
As for grounding....this isn't a polyacrylic case, it's Lexan which is polycarbonate. Still I'm sure it builds up some charge just because it is plastic, but I really don't see it as a problem. Every component is grounded through the same connection from which it receives power, so the mobo, CD drive, and hard drive are grounded directly through the ps. Then all the expansion cards are individually grounded through the PCI/AGP slots to the motherboard. If that turns out not to be enough and the thing dies from static discharge, no big loss, but I don't think it will happen.