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Maki role 10th September 2013, 10:38 Quote
Finally! It certainly sounds very impressive on the feature side, although I simply can't shake the image that somebody put a corset on a Mac Pro...
maverik-sg1 10th September 2013, 11:15 Quote
hahaha about the corset, made me laugh out loud :)

Great case no doubt and way out of my price league - However, £400+ cases should really come with removable fan filters please.

But having said that, really, really nice case.
GuilleAcoustic 10th September 2013, 11:24 Quote
Finally ! But ouch on the price tag, far too much for my purse. I second maverik on the removable fan filters and I would add that hot swap backplane for the HDD racks is MANDATORY given the price tag.

Well done Snowy, I'm glad to see your design fianlly alive. It was a tough fight during this design contest ;), too bad I didn't made it to the final round :D
stuartwood89 10th September 2013, 11:26 Quote
Yeah I would definitely say the handles were more 'G4/5/MacPro-esque' than 'Prodigy-esque', seeing as those designs have been around for a hell of a lot longer than the Prodigy.
Spreadie 10th September 2013, 13:22 Quote
How long in the making? I vaguely remember something about this two or three years ago?

No sound insulation, no blanking plates for unused fan/rad mounts, huuuuge case.

I applaud the effort, but I think the market may have moved on in the meantime.
GuilleAcoustic 10th September 2013, 13:45 Quote
@Spreadie: It was a lil' more than 2 years ago. I created my account for this contest.
Vetalar 10th September 2013, 14:00 Quote
It's all good but what for this when there 800-900d, tj07, tons of lili cases on the shelves?

send from Deathstar via HAL9000
AlienwareAndy 10th September 2013, 18:38 Quote
It's absolutely honking.

It just literally looks like lots of metal bent into shape and it looks completely unfinished.
Spreadie 10th September 2013, 19:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by AlienwareAndy
It's absolutely honking.

It just literally looks like lots of metal bent into shape and it looks completely unfinished.
Now, c'mon Andy. Stop beating about the bush, and tell us what you really think!

:) :p
AlienwareAndy 10th September 2013, 19:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
Now, c'mon Andy. Stop beating about the bush, and tell us what you really think!

:) :p

I wouldn't mind dude but FFS, one look at our project logs section and you can bloody see where the brains are at !

Why not just hire some one like B-Negative and get them to do it properly?

I mean chit, even EVGA have designed a nice looking case.
docodine 10th September 2013, 20:35 Quote
i'd rather buy a g5 case and a hammer
stuartwood89 10th September 2013, 20:37 Quote
^ LOL
AlienwareAndy 10th September 2013, 22:21 Quote
Just seen the price..

Oh dear.
Corky42 11th September 2013, 08:08 Quote
Indeed, for £423 you would expect it to be made of titanium or come ready fitted with a full WC setup.
Kovoet 11th September 2013, 08:44 Quote
Surely it has to be a typing error. That's just madness. There's no way that is worth more than my old Cosmos ll.

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Parge 11th September 2013, 09:45 Quote
I'm sorry but that is about £200 too expensive.
jon 11th September 2013, 15:08 Quote
I think it's about £300 too expensive ...

400+ ought to have some parts in it, surely? Not just a WC setup, how about a mobo?

the design is fine, well done to snowy for that, and congratulations on it seeing production. But that price is a showstopper.
AlienwareAndy 11th September 2013, 22:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by jon
I think it's about £300 too expensive ...

400+ ought to have some parts in it, surely? Not just a WC setup, how about a mobo?

the design is fine, well done to snowy for that, and congratulations on it seeing production. But that price is a showstopper.

Well it's looking like it'll end up like the other Phobya monstrosity, being sold for peanuts to try and shift stock.

As for the design? it's not fine, it's honking. It looks like a regular desktop case like, say, the Phantom, that's had all of the plastic stripped off to show the bare steel interior.

http://s72.photobucket.com/user/timmahtiburon/media/Re-ALX/clean4.jpg.html

I'm sorry to any one involved in this, but that's just how it looks to me. It's absolutely honking. Even looking at the photos it just looks like a ton of laser cut steel all bolted together. For £420 or whatever the price is you could walk into a company with a laser or water cutter, get your dream case cut, then go and have it all powder coated.

I look forward to seeing one sat side by side with either a Cosmos 2 or 900D. Then it will be completely apparent.
bullseye 11th September 2013, 22:20 Quote
If they genuinely want feed back then my advice would be give this one to Snowy and stay out of the case market,

It might win mod of the month as a scratch build but cant see it competing with the likes of Silverstone or Coolermaster especially with the ridiculously high price tag.
Ficky Pucker 11th September 2013, 22:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
i'd rather buy a g5 case and a hammer

you'd not only save £400 but also end up with a much better looking case as well :D
subset7 12th September 2013, 00:27 Quote
I'd only expect to pay about half of what the asking price is,nice case but not worth the asking price.
SchizoFrog 12th September 2013, 01:14 Quote
Between the asking price and the image, this became the article I spent least amount of time on in a very long time. Extortionate price, ugly looks and I suddenly couldn't care less what anyone had to say about it.
Also seems to be a very slow week for the BT team with a single game review on Monday, this case preview on Tuesday, nothing on Wednesday and a bunch of side articles. I hope the team are busy in the office working on something...
siliconfanatic 12th September 2013, 02:17 Quote
Agreed, far too expensive... I hate to say it but it looks like a bland metal frame. It legitimatley looks likes someone stripped a case, put some handles on it and hammered in the sides. Plastic, mesh, metal, whatever! Put some meat on them bones and a brain in the beast for that price!

I normally don't like to hate something, but this's got me to the point of pitchforks and torches raging.

Next time, make a case that's worth buying, and give it a price tag that doesn't make someone want to cuss them out.
p0Pe 14th September 2013, 23:19 Quote
This is why you should not try and take a modders idea and mass produce it.

What modders make is not meant to be mass produces. And if you go ahead and try, you will end up with something that looks half done because you cannot afford to make it look like the designer intended. And STILL you have to put a stupid high price tag on it because you have to earn in the hours you used to make it this far.

This was a great original design, but a horrible idea to try and manufacture, and whoever was behind this as project leader should seriously sit down and think about this.
m0zes 16th September 2013, 14:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by p0Pe
What modders make is not meant to be mass produces. And if you go ahead and try, you will end up with something that looks half done because you cannot afford to make it look like the designer intended.

Agreed, if modders are going to be involved in the design of cases then it has to be done in a more intelligent way:
1- On a complete new product the modder/s need to be involved with the rest of the production team at the very earliest brief/design phases to extract useful ideas and to ensure mass production and efficiency are represented right from the very start
2- There's already plenty of very capable case manufactures on the market and phobia deals with a very niche market that isn't competing with them. Therefore a partnership could be discussed, and a multistage modding competition created:

Stage 1 - Existing cases from brand X are listed and voted on to determine which case/s will be customized in the next stage.

Stage 2 - With a case selected modders are asked to design a modified version of the case that still retains the basic form and construction of the basic case. This still keeps the options wide open, but allows modding and mass manufacturing to meet part way within the competition.
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