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Steiger Dynamics Announces Leet Chassis For DIYers

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Steiger Dynamics has released a very impressive chassis.

Steiger Dynamics is releasing a chassis aimed at the ultimate DIYer. It is known as the LEET chassis, the case features an odd design and a number of interesting features. The chassis is made of hand-brushed aluminum and will cost a tremendous $798. Of course, this is backed by some absurdly good build quality. That hand-brushed aluminum we mentioned? It's 5 mm thick.

The case measures 220 x 435 x 390 mm and fits an E-ATX size motherboard. It also has room for one optical drive bay, four 3.5-inch hard drives, and three SSDs. Because of the limited amount of space above the CPU socket, Steiger Dynamics urges users to employ water cooling and the case features support for two mounted radiators. One 240 mm radiator is on the side while another 120 mm radiator is in the back. By doing this, buyers can still fit three dual-slot graphics cards inside the case, although they cannot be longer than 280 mm.

The most notable feature of the case is the touch screen. Yep, the case features a Samsung-made touchscreen dubbed the Soundgraph FingerVU 700M. It has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, and is connected internally via USB 2.0. Diagonally, it measures 7-inches in size.

The chassis is already available for purchase on the Steiger Dynamics website, and it can be adjusted to the user's wishes. Be warned though, the starting price is $798. Adding a top window panel costs $99, while LED lighting costs another $49, and tailored cables cost even more. Users can also choose from a number of power supplies and water cooling kits. Fortunately, choosing between a silver aluminum chassis or a black anodized aluminum chassis doesn't cost extra, nor does choosing a silver or gold Steiger Dynamics logo.

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    sbudbud , May 15, 2013 1:42 AM
    will cost a tremendous $798.
    cost a tremendous $798.
    cost tremendous $798.
    cost $798.
    $798.
    That is all.
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    Parsian , May 15, 2013 2:20 AM
    awww I was hoping to put my 24" CRT monitor on top of this but it doesnt seem to be rugged enough for that.
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    ojas , May 15, 2013 3:30 AM
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    awww I was hoping to put my 24" CRT monitor on top of this but it doesnt seem to be rugged enough for that.

    Maybe give a call to ibm, see if they have some of this stuff lying around:
    http://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/ibm-pc.jpg
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    g00fysmiley , May 15, 2013 5:06 AM
    0.o i see a nice looking aluminum case worth maybe $150-200 tops and an low resolution lcd screen $100 max... so where is the other $495-545 value coming from?
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    ubercake , May 15, 2013 5:52 AM
    For only $148 more, you can have a window plus LED lighting and the case will look cool, but the shape is pretty impractical. It looks like there are no feet to set it on the side where the PSU is shown in the picture, so the intent is to lay it so the motherboard is parallel to the ground. It will consume more horizontal space than larger standard-design cases. This should be a key consideration for case designers.
    If the intent is to fit it in an entertainment center, the height needs to be considered. This thing is too thick to go anywhere but on top of an entertainment center.
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    halcyon , May 15, 2013 7:04 AM
    Looks like you're paying for the 5mm-thick Al. ...I don't think it's worth that but it is uncommon in the case market so they're trying to make up for the idea that they don't plan to sell too many of these.
    If $798 felt to me like $79 currently does I might bite...but in reality...just...No.
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    vmem , May 15, 2013 7:28 AM
    well, at that cost, no thanks
    I'd rather pay a little more for a murderbox MKII
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    lowguppy , May 15, 2013 10:58 AM
    That's about the worst way you can spend $800-950 on a PC. You can build a pretty good computer for that price. Or buy a couple 27" monitors.
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    vmem , May 15, 2013 11:29 AM
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    That's about the worst way you can spend $800-950 on a PC. You can build a pretty good computer for that price. Or buy a couple 27" monitors.


    it's obviously for people who already have all that and just have extra cash to burn. besides, let's not forget:

    your case is typically the last thing in your rig that will "expire". also, it is the first thing your friends and family will see. it also adds a unique, personal touch to your build, depending on how your mod/decorate it. I think far too many people forget that the case is so much more than just a wind-tunnel to keep your components cool. but how much attention/money you spend on the case is entirely up to the buyer lol
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    ubercake , May 15, 2013 11:41 AM
    @vmem - I like your theory on cases and I'm a firm believer on how they are really a personal choice and something you can use for generations of hardware, but this case is neither desk-friendly, entertainment-center-friendly or floor-friendly by design. The amount of horizontal space it consumes makes it impractical for floor or desk and the amount of vertical space it consumes is bad for most entertainment centers' shelving configurations. Maybe if it had a VESA wall mount in the side of the case under the motherboard it would, at least, lend itself to a sort of artwork?
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    vmem , May 15, 2013 12:41 PM
    @Ubercake

    agreed. honestly I hate the way this case is designed, which is why I made the comment earlier that if I were to spend top dollar, I would spend even more and get a murderbox MKII. it's a good idea to have a touch-panel on a case, but not in this implementation, maybe a few generations down the line we'll have more interesting versions of this
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    vmem , May 15, 2013 1:36 PM
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    Your not a DIYer if you spend 800 bucks on a case just so you know


    and how many people have a mill or a laser/water jet cutter at home? you end up doing the designs and sending it out for machining anyway if you want something done right... and yes, you'll probably spending a couple hundred bucks at the end of the day. I'll say it again, the case is about personality and aesthetics, how much you want to spend on it is completely up to you
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    tim1935 , May 17, 2013 9:55 AM
    "L33T Case" There, fixed it.