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Would you design your own computer case if you could?

Total: 39 votes (3 blank votes)

  • Yes
  • 79 %
  • No
  • 3 %
  • Maybe
  • 11 %
  • Whats a case?
  • 8 %
a b ) Power supply
September 4, 2010 2:20:21 PM

Hello everybody! This is a poll asking if you could design your own case, would you? More importantly, please give a description, drawing, picture, render, tech specs, or brief summary/explanation of how you would design it.

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a b ) Power supply
September 4, 2010 3:14:31 PM

For the person who answer no, why not? For those who answered yes, how would you design it?
a c 243 ) Power supply
September 4, 2010 3:36:49 PM

I've gotten to the point of "What's a case ?"
It's so much easier to swap or add components on an open bench, and it makes peoples eye's pop when they see it.
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a c 274 ) Power supply
September 4, 2010 3:38:51 PM

I have wanted to make my own for a while, but i probably wont get around to it for another year or two when i will hopefully have a bit more time to go in an use the machine shop on campus to do this.

While i think stuff like the 902 and the HAF 922 look cool, if i were going to build my own i would make it a lot like the Corsair 800D and the Silverstone fortress, i like how they are smooth and i like the fortress hiding all of the cables but i would switch it up so the back plate of the motherboard was close to the floor so all of the wires exit in a nice little bundle at the bottom of the case. I would probably not have the PSU exhausting out the case and instead use a few nicely concealed 200mm fans on the back to handle that with vents on the bottom front and top to let air in. I want it to be sort of an ominous black box sitting next to the desk that someone looks at and they dont know its a computer.
a b ) Power supply
September 4, 2010 3:49:24 PM

Interesting. If i had the skills to build my own, which are getting there, well, id imagine something like the 800D would be the easiest to build, as far as just a black box more or less :lol:  If you ask me, as this is a bit of an experiment, i want to know specifics. So to start off, here are a few questions:

  • What size? Mid, Large, Small?
  • What color interior? What color outside?
  • What material?
  • PSU Mounted Top or bottom?
  • How many 5.25" bays? Door? Mesh all them?
  • How many 3.5" bays? Hotswap any? Sideways mounted or normal?
  • How many fans? What size fans? Fan configuration?
  • MOBO Configuration? Inverted?
  • Cable management?
    September 4, 2010 6:50:00 PM

    I won't give away my multi-million dollar idea on these forums, sorry. Just remember the name TYJ technology when you see it blowing your mind.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 6:53:44 PM

    HA, ok. :sarcastic:  But in the spirit of sharing, how bout a few of those bullets. Most dont give away much at all overall.
    a c 274 ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 6:58:40 PM

    The one i described early would probably be fairly large, black, probably made of steel with a bottom mounted PSU to keep it nice and stable with all the heavy stuff in the bottom. Probably 2 5.25" bays to the front behind little doors, 4 internal sideways mounted 3.5" bays, i dont really see the need for 12 HDD bays unless you are doing a giant RAID setup, and since it would be a custom build i would probably assemble it and then decide where i need holes for the PSU cables and what not, then go back and cut them and put rubber grommets on them.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 7:12:58 PM

    I personally like the look and concept of mesh dust filtered 5.25" bay going down the whole front. Keeps it nice and uniform, good ventilation, and so on. I dont see a need for more than say 4 5.25" bays max (2 ODD, 1/2 fan control, card reader or hub maybe) and thats max, so put 4 on there. Then id say more than 6 3.25 HDD's is just pointless, so 6 is max for that. Mounted side ways of course. Now that we have that figured out, the front will be 8-10 mesh 5.25" bays going down the front. There will be 4 5.25" bay slots, 1 hotswap ssd on front, 1 hotswap hdd on front, and then a cage of 4 sideways HDD. 2 hotswap to be less specfic. Then a 120-180mm fan on the bottom, siliverstons AP181 would be good for that...thoughts? Im just thinking outloud, maybe NZXT or silverstone will give some thought to what the user wants :lol: 
    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 8:28:10 PM

    Design my own case huh? Well...

    * What size? Mid, Large, Small? ~ Full tower
    * What color interior? What color outside? ~Silver or Black internal and external
    * What material? ~ Aluminum, of course
    * PSU Mounted Top or bottom? Bottom, or both
    * How many 5.25" bays? Door? Mesh all them? Either an Antec 900 style 5.25" style or as few 5.25" bays as possible, maybe just one, so I can fit more fans.
    * How many 3.5" bays? Hotswap any? Sideways mounted or normal? Side ways, no hotswap
    * How many fans? What size fans? Fan configuration? 2-3 120/140mm front intake fans, 2 140mm/ 3 120mm top exhaust fans, 1 120/140mm rear fan, 1 140mm side fan over the GPU, 2 internal 120/140mm fans for a push pull on the HDD bays and front intake.
    * MOBO Configuration? Inverted? Standard, removable
    * Cable management? 1"+ space behind mobo tray and 800D-like cutouts

    Basically an aluminum version of the Antec P190 with better cable management and a removeable mobo tray:


    Or the Lian Li PC-A71 with these:
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

    As you can see I have expensive taste...
    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 8:34:14 PM

    Well if I could build my own case, here is what it would probably look like or be like (I might make a 3D model of it in CAD later).

    Size: Large
    Height: 26'' (Room for HDD/ODD Bays, Fans)
    Depth: 24'' (Room for large MB's, Fans)
    Width: 12'' (Room for large HSF's, Fans, Cable Management)

    Color:
    Exterior: Black
    Interior: Black

    Material: Something very strong and very heavy. Carbonated Steel maybe, some parts might be titanium.

    PSU Mount: Both...so I can fit two PSU's if need be. But if I had one, it would be bottom mounted to keep the CG low for stability.

    Bays:
    5.25: 5 (For 2 ODD's, and a large fan controller with a display)
    3.5: Fill up the rest of the height space for plenty of storage devices.

    Bay Mounting: All of them are mounted on the side, you open the side door, put into a nest, slide it in. Kind of like in an HAF 932, except the HDD's would be parallel lengthwise to the case, not perpendicular as they are in an HAF so connectors would be behind them. For 5.25'' drives, you would the same thing and then push them forward to slot into the bay and appear in front of the case.

    Doors: There is a door on both sides and front.

    Trays: The motherboard is on a removable tray which can be slotted out the back of the case without removing the cooler or any extension cards, just removing connectors. Part of the top is a removable panel on screws for more access...my main goal for a case is easy access to any part of it so the more things come off the better.

    Fans:
    Top: Dual 300mm Exhuast
    Side: 400mm Intake (Basically the entire side panel
    Rear: Dual 200mm Exhaust
    Bottom: Dual 200mm, Single 140mm Intake
    Front: Dual 250mm
    ^Its a crazy fan config but for a case of the size...it would fit well. And water cooling is an option.

    Cable Management: Removable tunnels along the edges of the inside of the case and a 1-2'' space behind the Mobo tray for extra wires.



    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 9:02:07 PM

    blackhawk1928 said:
    Well if I could build my own case, here is what it would probably look like or be like (I might make a 3D model of it in CAD later).

    Size: Large
    Height: 26'' (Room for HDD/ODD Bays, Fans)
    Depth: 24'' (Room for large MB's, Fans)
    Width: 12'' (Room for large HSF's, Fans, Cable Management)

    Color:
    Exterior: Black
    Interior: Black

    Material: Something very strong and very heavy. Carbonated Steel maybe, some parts might be titanium.

    PSU Mount: Both...so I can fit two PSU's if need be. But if I had one, it would be bottom mounted to keep the CG low for stability.

    Bays:
    5.25: 5 (For 2 ODD's, and a large fan controller with a display)
    3.5: Fill up the rest of the height space for plenty of storage devices.

    Bay Mounting: All of them are mounted on the side, you open the side door, put into a nest, slide it in. Kind of like in an HAF 932, except the HDD's would be parallel lengthwise to the case, not perpendicular as they are in an HAF so connectors would be behind them. For 5.25'' drives, you would the same thing and then push them forward to slot into the bay and appear in front of the case.

    Doors: There is a door on both sides and front.

    Trays: The motherboard is on a removable tray which can be slotted out the back of the case without removing the cooler or any extension cards, just removing connectors. Part of the top is a removable panel on screws for more access...my main goal for a case is easy access to any part of it so the more things come off the better.

    Fans:
    Top: Dual 300mm Exhuast
    Side: 400mm Intake (Basically the entire side panel
    Rear: Dual 200mm Exhaust
    Bottom: Dual 200mm, Single 140mm Intake
    Front: Dual 250mm
    ^Its a crazy fan config but for a case of the size...it would fit well. And water cooling is an option.

    Cable Management: Removable tunnels along the edges of the inside of the case and a 1-2'' space behind the Mobo tray for extra wires.



    While that does sound fairly amazing, the size and fan setup arent exactly practical :lol:  Do we all like hot swappable bays, or do we find them annoying? Also, material...well, we can choose from basically 3, steel, aluminum, plastic, and maybe through in a few other metals and alloys. So thats important. Remember it cant use miracle metal, it has to be cost effective. So beyond that, how bout the motherboard. Removable or CPU backplate cutout? and side panel. Plain, window, or mesh?
    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 9:08:06 PM

    ares1214 said:
    Removable or CPU backplate cutout?


    Both

    ares1214 said:
    and side panel. Plain, window, or mesh?


    Plain or windowed, need an option. Window must only show the components, not 5.25" bay mounting BS.

    Like:


    Not:
    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 9:14:47 PM

    Yeah that bottom one is ugly. Does anybody know how much a side fan really affects cooling? As a window gives 0 cooling, but mesh and fans gives airflow. Also, for the materials, keep in mind iron costs $350 a ton, steel $650-900, and aluminum $2000. So while yes, aluminum IS lighter, it also costs 2-6 times more than iron and steel. Anyway to make iron better? Not like it really needs rust resistance, but who knows.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 9:30:48 PM

    Carbon Fiber might begin to make a debut in cases. While the main obstacle is price (3-5 times more expensive than aluminum), it has amazing atributes. It has a density 1/5 of steel, and 33% less than aluminum. Basically a block of aluminum weighing 10 pounds, would be a block of steel weighing 29 pounds, and carbon fiber weighing 6.5 pounds. Carbon fiber is also 6x stronger than aluminum, and doesnt flex when pushed, so it would feel a LOT sturdier. Considering it costs 3-5 times more than aluminum, but is 6 times stronger (pound for pound) maybe it wouldnt really cost any more?
    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 9:35:33 PM

    ares1214 said:
    Yeah that bottom one is ugly. Does anybody know how much a side fan really affects cooling? As a window gives 0 cooling, but mesh and fans gives airflow. Also, for the materials, keep in mind iron costs $350 a ton, steel $650-900, and aluminum $2000. So while yes, aluminum IS lighter, it also costs 2-6 times more than iron and steel. Anyway to make iron better? Not like it really needs rust resistance, but who knows.


    side fans are good for multiple GPUs, but has to be positioned well.

    ares1214 said:
    Carbon Fiber might begin to make a debut in cases. While the main obstacle is price (3-5 times more expensive than aluminum), it has amazing atributes. It has a density 1/5 of steel, and 33% less than aluminum. Basically a block of aluminum weighing 10 pounds, would be a block of steel weighing 29 pounds, and carbon fiber weighing 6.5 pounds. Carbon fiber is also 6x stronger than aluminum, and doesnt flex when pushed, so it would feel a LOT sturdier. Considering it costs 3-5 times more than aluminum, but is 6 times stronger (pound for pound) maybe it wouldnt really cost any more?


    Well, its been done:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

    Somehow its actually heavy.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 9:42:17 PM

    Well that was made out of aluminum and carbon fiber, and where do you see the weight, i cant find it. Fact is, depending on the type, carbon fiber would be likely 4x lighter than traditional steel and plastic, and about 33% lighter than full aluminum. Although its nice to see its been done, wasnt outrageously expensive, looks good, and was a fairly large size.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 4, 2010 9:45:09 PM

    Also, that case was made with 2.5mm carbon fiber. most steel cases are 0.8mm steel. It might take some engineering and science, but i find it hard to believe they cant make a stronger material be thinner.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 5, 2010 1:57:15 AM

    Thats just a modded 700D. And the SR-2 doesnt matter, it will have such a small market share (0.000001% at best :lol:  ) that its form factor doesnt matter. But just crunched the numbers, and a case that is 21.7 x 8.1 x 21 (inches) needs 2.2 pounds of steel to make a .8mm steel shell, and JUST that. Aluminum would take 0.787 pounds. Carbon fiber would take .5 pounds. Factor in costs for each, 2.2 pounds of steel costs $0.836, 0.787 pounds of aluminum costs about $0.85, and .5 pounds of carbon fiber costs about $1.5-2.5 depending on the type and cost. LASTLY, factor in the strength. If you remember, i said .8mm thick. Fact is, carbon fiber is overall about 6.6x stronger than steel, and 11.7 times stronger than aluminum (overall strength doesnt always equate to the feel of it, just this time it does). For steel to be as strong as .8mm of carbon fiber (the type makes this change a lot, but carbon fiber can me made MANY different ways, so this is even tipping the favor in steel), the steel would have to be 5.3mm thick, or $5.51. The aluminum would have to be 9.36mm thick (aluminum may feel stronger, but it isnt) or $10. In other words, working backwards, the carbon fiber could be .12mm thick to be as strong as the steel ($.38) or 0.07mm thick to be as strong as the aluminum ($.17). I know that was a long and boring math equation, i mean, reading, but carbon fiber seems to be way more efficient. It is also a LOT easier to manipulate, a lot cheaper to put together (no welding) and is suppose to have really good heat properties, not sure if it matters though. Not to mention its already black, so no need for paint :lol:  I wonder why they dont use it.... :hello:  Hey silverstone, USE CARBON FIBER :lol: 

    a b ) Power supply
    September 5, 2010 2:14:07 AM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfswixhCTMM

    Heres a somewhat interesting test showing the heat properties of Carbon fiber vs aluminum. Interesting if you ask me, but i cant really explain it. :lol:  But the temps speak for themselves.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 5, 2010 2:48:21 AM

    Quote:
    and .5 pounds of carbon fiber costs about $1.5-2.5 depending on the type and cost

    Hell no! Carbon Fiber is expensive. A 2x2 twill CF 31" will cost ~ $13-15 per yard. You need about 6 layers for a case. That's ~ $200-250 worth of CF and resin/epoxy for a mid sized case. CF + Kevlar blend and "colored" CF cost even more. Here is a SFF CF case: http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/mod-of-the-month/2010/0...

    Believe me, I played with CF a bit (doing my own CF case btw; project on hold due to cost) and it's not easy to work with CF.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 5, 2010 7:38:55 AM

    a big case 6 ft tall 15 inches wide 15 inches deep it will have a custom 14 inc radiators at the bottom 4 sandwiched wits 12 inch fans in between all blowing up with a huge exhaust fan on top
    a b ) Power supply
    September 5, 2010 11:36:13 AM

    Shadow703793 said:
    Quote:
    and .5 pounds of carbon fiber costs about $1.5-2.5 depending on the type and cost

    Hell no! Carbon Fiber is expensive. A 2x2 twill CF 31" will cost ~ $13-15 per yard. You need about 6 layers for a case. That's ~ $200-250 worth of CF and resin/epoxy for a mid sized case. CF + Kevlar blend and "colored" CF cost even more. Here is a SFF CF case: http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/mod-of-the-month/2010/0...

    Believe me, I played with CF a bit (doing my own CF case btw; project on hold due to cost) and it's not easy to work with CF.


    I wasnt measuring in yards, more of an estimation of pounds to keep things easy. That estimate cant be right considering the one case cost $200, was made out of mostly carbon fiber and some aluminum. If it costs $200-250 in carbon fiber alone, well do the math. Also, the whole case cant really be carbon fiber. Probably the motherboard tray, hdd rack, any mesh, and the expansion slot area would all have to be steel or aluminum, cutting down on cost quite a bit.

    http://www.futurepundit.com/archives/003300.html

    If in 2006 it was $8-10 a pound, i doubt today it will be that expensive. I used $5 as an estimate, and look at the strenth to weight to cost ratio! :lol:  Even if i use $10, it would still cost less to keep the same stregnth. Also, they can customize how they want it. They can likely make it have less tensile strength to be cheaper, but more stiffness, or put foam in the middle, but there are a lot of things they could do to get it just right for computers. And did anybody see that video? Im not gonna lie, i dont get how, i just found it interesting :lol: 
    a b ) Power supply
    September 5, 2010 2:46:03 PM

    You can't effectively do cost of CF by doing it per weight. It won't give you a realistic estimate.

    Quote:
    If it costs $200-250 in carbon fiber alone

    It's the CF + the epoxy/resin. Not just the CF.

    Quote:
    Also, the whole case cant really be carbon fiber

    Sure it can. Considering there is a (very small) market for the Thermal Take Level 10, I'm pretty sure there will be a market for full CF cases :p .
    a b ) Power supply
    September 5, 2010 2:50:24 PM

    Shadow703793 said:
    You can't effectively do cost of CF by doing it per weight. It won't give you a realistic estimate.

    Quote:
    If it costs $200-250 in carbon fiber alone

    It's the CF + the epoxy/resin. Not just the CF.

    Quote:
    Also, the whole case cant really be carbon fiber

    Sure it can. Considering there is a (very small) market for the Thermal Take Level 10, I'm pretty sure there will be a market for full CF cases :p .


    While CF isnt really bought on a per weight basis, its the easiest way to eastimate it and keep things balanced. It still is valid. And like i said, $200-250 cant be possible considering a CF Ultra case is retailing for $200 and its not even that bad. And it doesnt really make sense to use CF for at the least the mobo tray. Just about everything else can, but the mobo tray would have to be aluminum or steel. And yeah, the Level 10 is interesting to say the least :lol: 
    a b ) Power supply
    September 6, 2010 8:38:42 PM

    ^ I think part of the problem with calculating CF cost of a scratch build vs prefabbed case is that there are few places that sell CF directly to consumers without ordering in bulk,etc. I'm basing my prices on what one (as in I) can buy at, meaning no bulk,etc.

    Quote:
    And it doesnt really make sense to use CF for at the least the mobo tray. Just about everything else can, but the mobo tray would have to be aluminum or steel.

    Debatable. I'v seen some cr@ppy MB trays (read: very thin Al) getting bent by heavy coolers (ie Mega) an full cover WBs. :lol: 
    a b ) Power supply
    September 6, 2010 9:40:40 PM

    I agree, but you also have to take in consideration this wouldnt be a build ID do. This is just a speculative of what enthusiasts want for say SS or NZXT to do, not that they would, but i have friends :lol:  But the advantages of CF are overwhelming. In cars, its been shown to technically take less work and skill to put together. No welding basically. It can be customized to fit cases best, maybe less of this strength, more of this, and so on. Considering most computers arent going to crash into something, they can also cheapen it up a bit. Also, depending on the weave and such, it looks quite nice, maybe no paint required, and it looks nice and professional IMO. Not even taking into account the 25-30x strenght to weight ratio. So while it does cost 10-30x more than steel, it can cancel out. And that link... :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 
    a b ) Power supply
    September 6, 2010 10:23:30 PM

    :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  I have no clue how thats relevant but :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 12:04:11 PM

    I would like to make own modded case. But somehow never manage to get the time and money to do it.

    Most of the time... my case lies open with side panels not put in. A bit too lazy on my part. :(  :( 
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 6:51:20 PM

    Why was it lined with granite? Sound absorbing properties? And thats how most of us are. But if you could, and had the time, what would it be like?
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 7:53:27 PM

    Granite??!?!?!? How heavy is that!?!?
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 8:09:44 PM

    Shadow703793 said:
    Granite??!?!?!? How heavy is that!?!?


    It looks great, but your right. He wont be taking it ANYWHERE anytime soon.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 8:12:07 PM

    It actually does look really nice. I wouldnt do it, i dont know what it will do to cooling, sound, or stability of the case, but atleast it looks nice :lol: 
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 8:19:02 PM

    ares1214 said:
    It actually does look really nice. I wouldnt do it, i dont know what it will do to cooling, sound, or stability of the case, but atleast it looks nice :lol: 


    It won't do anything to cooling, the material of the case has absolutely no effect on cooling. As for sound, the weight should help sound in theory. And the stability will be completely up to whoever built it. :D 
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 9:13:30 PM

    It does, just extremely little. Although watch this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfswixhCTMM

    Im not sure what to make out of it :lol:  And i figured the sound would be better with granite, but i wouldnt want a granite slab landing on my motherboard and turning it into a pancake! :lol: 
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 9:22:27 PM

    That video doesn't show us anything. In a case without airflow, then we might see something like that. The problem is that with airflow, like most cases, the material of the case doesn't come into play because it is not the medium that the heat is being dissipated through.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 9:51:46 PM

    While i do understand that, but what do you make of that? Is it just showing carbon fiber heats up a lot slower than aluminum? And i doubt it makes much of a difference, but if the case is hot, well i guess its better it isnt. NOT that it would make a real world difference though.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 10:22:36 PM

    Carbon fiber dissipates heat better than aluminum, its not very surprising. since there was no airflow inside the cases, they acted like heatsinks.
    September 7, 2010 11:16:34 PM

    wow guys.... This case is very well built, by hand. I am no monstermod, and I have a lot of respect for his skills.... I am sure you all catch his mods all the time on here.

    As for the weight of the case, I am only 160 pounds and I can easily by myself take this case downstairs every month to blow it out. The product is not slab granite, it is 3/8 inch thick vs. slab granite at 1 3/8" thick. with building this case out of Aluminum and then lining the top and front with granite and a insert piece for the bottom, granite also, which I can change out, I designed it that way if I wanted a different color then blue. I made the mother board tray removable.

    Cooling in this case if wonderful, even in the summer months. My Phenom II 940 b.e. never hits above 41C and Idles at around 28C- 30C However it is water cooled. I have one 240 mm fan in the front that is hepa filtered, lol. And a 240 mm fan on the top of the case. 5 120 mm fans two that exit, and 2 that blow on my 4870's in crossfire. I have a 90 mm fan on the hardrives pulling out hot air out the back of the case also. I have a tripple rad. and three 120's on it.

    I have had alot of case's I build custom systems, and I have never seen temps this good in a case yet. I could get rid of the water cooling system and put a air cooler on the CPU and would still be able to O.C the 940 B.E to 3.8ghz as I have it at now full time.

    I have a two year old and he loves computers, and tries to play with it all the time, and has never done anything to it or broke anything, so I would think that goes to show how well built it is.

    I am thinking of designing and building another case with Aluminum and lining it with Granite, just been busy trying to finish our house I built. Next one is really going to be interesting. I got my Idea from Mountain mods ufo case's if anyone know what they look like.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 11:22:58 PM

    Quote:
    I got my Idea from Mountain mods ufo case's if anyone know what they look like.

    Yup. I think I know where your trying to go with that...

    Quote:
    , I am only 160 pounds and I can easily by myself take this case downstairs every month to blow it out. The product is not slab granite, it is 3/8 inch thick vs. slab granite at 1 3/8" thick.

    Oh! lol. Here I thought you have a 1" block of granite that could probably stop a .22 from a fair distance.
    September 7, 2010 11:27:39 PM

    no I work for a company called Granite Transformations. We use real Granite, but its not slab, there is noway I would build a case using slab Granite, that would be crazy! LOL

    Were am I trying to go with that?
    September 7, 2010 11:34:53 PM

    I liked Mountains UFO's case's but really didn't want to give them $600 for one, so I built my own and make it the way I wanted it. Pretty happy with it so far, built it around a year ago.
    September 7, 2010 11:41:43 PM

    ares1214 said:
    It actually does look really nice. I wouldnt do it, i dont know what it will do to cooling, sound, or stability of the case, but atleast it looks nice :lol: 


    I think the Granite helps take heat out of the case, the aluminum draws it out and the Granite helps keep it out instead of trapping it. Temps are great in this case, I have several probes and hard drives, graphics cards all stay very little over room temps.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 7, 2010 11:46:44 PM

    But question is if the granite and aluminum are really affecting that, or if its just the fan setup and case design.
    September 8, 2010 2:31:16 AM

    well think of it this way, if you place a cast Iron pan on a surface that has heat, the heat will transfer to that surface and stay there, since the aluminum is on the inside of the top and front and back of case, then wrapped in Granite stone, It is my belief that this helps any hot air in the case that air flow doesn't get rid of inside the case. all of my other case's I have bought have had great air flow, but none kept parts this cool.

    So to answer your question, I would have to say both.
    a b ) Power supply
    September 8, 2010 3:03:24 AM

    Thats interesting, as if it is the case, carbon fiber has a large advantage over steel and aluminum in heat disappation. Im still skeptical it makes a big difference though...
    September 8, 2010 11:30:58 AM

    I am not claiming it makes a big difference, however it does make a big enough differnece from what I have seen regarding temps in my case.... I have had a NZxt Tempest, a cool master 590, a antec 300, for my own builds, and many other cases for other peoples builds I have done. Never worked with carbon fiber yet, that is a Idea, and very interesting.
    !