Published on 8th February 2011 by
Originally Posted by Combatus14th February.
Originally Posted by lysolsome nice and interesting design concepts, but i always am left wondering, why are they always so freaking over sized giant cases? there have to be more people than just me that are entirely put off by large tower size.
so after my complaint, i prefer the following in order:
II, Dominus, Proteus, Phobya Gladio.
all of them still have little niggles that bother me though, besides just the size.
Originally Posted by subtecEven though my design is fairly large, I actually agree with you. Personally, I prefer smaller cases, and usually I stick to small form-factor designs.
I think though, what comes up when you're trying to design a case specifically for watercooling, is that you quickly realize it's hard to come up with something that hasn't already been done. There are already quite a few cases on the market that will handle a couple of radiators internally, or can be easily modded to do so. There are only so many configurations that work well, and most of them have been done.
Another point is that watercooling takes up a lot of space; the rads, pumps, and reservoirs take up a lot of extra room on top of the space needed for drive bays and power supply. The TJ07 is arranged pretty efficiently, but it's still fairly large. Its 240+360 (+/-120) rad support was what I considered the baseline for number of rads in a proper "watercooling case." There's an argument to be made for a smaller watercooled case, IMO, but there's so much "you need a quad+triple rad to handle that hardware" sort of posts floating around on enthusiast forums that it seems like a case with just a 360 rad, say, would be overlooked by a lot of people.
Considering what I managed to fit in my design (the SR-2 is a huge board, you don't realize how big until you see it next to a standard ATX mb), it's pretty efficiently packaged. It does trade off some drive bays for big rads and dual PSUs, but overall, for something smaller than an 800D it's not bad. Actually, I think it wouldn't be too hard to scale it down a bit, dropping the SR-2 and dual PSU support, along with smaller rads.
Originally Posted by Razer2007I can't believe Dominus moved from 1st to 4th!!!
Originally Posted by SnowyOwlFunny thing you are getting seriously challenged by your own render...this honnors you my friend he would not be there without you;)
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