Introduction I'm thinking about possibly building a case. About once every couple of months I find my way back to B-T and it just gives me the fever. Cowbell didn't work, so maybe it's time to actually try a mod myself. This is what I'm thinking: The entire thing will be built out of acrylic (colors discussed below). The case is designed with an eye for: Absolute silence! I'm using an air cooled PC right now, and even with the fans undervolted it just gets on my nerves. As you can see, the only vents are on the bottom (where sound is prevented through shrouds, slow fan speeds and dust filters) and the top (where sound is funneled through the back and therefore away from my ears). I don't have the specifics of the mounting worked out yet, but everything will be mounted with anti-vibration washers and whatnot. Dust free! I just cleaned out my computer and it is a PAIN. Dust gets stuck in all the little nooks and crannies and you either have to completely disassemble everything (including the PITA-almost-break-the-mobo heatsink) or not get it completely clean. Dust filters will help some, but 2 of my 3 inlet fans are mounted in a plexi side with decorative fanguards. I haven't figured out exactly how yet, but I want to mount filtration material beneath the radiator to keep any dust from being pulled through the fans, and since there are three inlet fans with no outlet fans (well, there's the PSU fan) the case will have positive pressure, and thus not collect dust on every porous surface. Look awesome! Ok, I'm no artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I've got some ideas to make this case stand out from off-the-shelf plexi cases. (At least it'll be the coolest one anyone in my family has seen ) Case Features Air flow: The basic idea is to have three 140mm fans (each controlled by an external on/off switch) pulling air through a radiator at the bottom. The case will be more-or-less airtight, with the exception of the top, where nice big holes will be left so the air can go out the exhaust tube and out the back. I might potentially have 120mm fans mounted in the holes or 40/50mm fans (the biggest that will fit) mounted in the exhaust fan as an emergency/high use backup, but that will mostly depend on the 140mm's, and I'm not nearly that far into the planning stage. Water Cooling: First of all, yes I know that the 140x3 radiator is way more than I'll ever need (especially when you find out what equipment I'm running ). Since my case can fit it, my idea was to have the biggest radiator I could so that I could run the slowest fans I could. (I'm tentatively thinking of the HW Labs Black Ice GT Stealth 420. It has a huge FPI, but it's also half as tall as most radiators and the fins are supposed to be thinner.) Now that that's out of the way, I also want to integrate the reservoir into the front of the case. I will have to think carefully about weight distribution (it's total volume is about 1/2 L), but it will give me an easy "wow" factor, especially with creative LED lighting. Hard Drives: I swear I've seen vertical hard drives somewhere, but I can't seem to find them anymore. The idea was to use one of the fans to blow air over the hard drives, since there's no front intake. (This shouldn't affect their performance, should it?) The actual mounting needs some work (right now with all four HDDs filled there's no room for air flow), but I was having a really hard time messing with it in SketchUp. Top Panels: Instead of getting a standard USB/Audio header, I want to install a cardreader with audio. I want a card reader anyway, and this way it will take up less space. I also currently use a switch bay to switch my fans; I want to re-use this to power the fans/lighting. I have a couple of cool ideas related to this, but I'll keep it a secret for now Speaking of the top bay, after I modeled the top exhaust pipe, I realized that that angled surface is the perfect size to mount the switches and card reader at an angle. I'm not sure which I like better yet, but here's what that looks like: The advantage of that is it *might* (depending on the exact measurements of the components) give me room for a second DVD player if I ever upgrade. Look at how close the top DVD is to my random guesses of 1" and 2" for the top device depths: Cable Management: I don't think I've ever seen this in another case, but I want to have a "fake" back wall on which the motherboard, pump base, and HDD cage will be mounted. Then inbetween this wall and the side door will be a 3/4' gap used for cable routing. The idea is I will shoot the PSU wires into there, then have the other end come out right next to where it's needed. (For an idea of what I'm talking about, look very closely at the graphics card; that's not a watercooling tube, it's a power cable). I want to do the same thing for fan, LED, headers, etc, and have the HDD connect from the back. Here's another view I made: Colors: I couldn't make the SketchUp drawing look anything like what's in my head, but I tried... It's pretty much what it says on the tin: the main color will be some sort of translucent black/gray with blood red highlights. The wall that isn't drawn on the case will be clear, as will the front of the res. I've got some ideas about where I want lighting (white LED spotlights with cold cathode UV highlighting red UV accents), but the specific details will depend on so many other things at this point, I might as well keep them a surprise so nobody's let down Name: There's a big theme of "see through, but not quite" and for some reason the name "Ghost" seemed about right. But then there's also sort of a "living machine" element with the blood red wiring and tubing, so ghost doesn't quite fit either. I dunno, TBD for now. Conclusion What do you all think? Lame/awesome/pointless? Potential timeline: erm... I'm starting a new job (eventually... long story) which will get me the cash I need to work on this, but it will take up a wee bit of my time. I'll spend my last few days (weeks?) unemployed to shore up the final details, and hopefully some of my first paycheck will go towards some plexi Thanks for looking!