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Phobya case design competition, with Aquatuning

Phobya case design competition, with Aquatuning

Phobya will pick the best design and build the case. You get to name it and they'll give you an example kitted out with cooling hardware

If you've built a water-cooled PC, you'll know what a struggle it can be to find space for large radiators in most modern cases. With the ever popular Lian Li V2000 now discontinued and the SilverStone TJ07 long in the tooth, it's no wonder that many modders have built their own case instead.

Thankfully, water-cooling manufacturer Phobya has an extremely exciting project for all you budding case designers and water-cooling enthusiasts out there. It's offering you the chance to design your perfect water-cooled case and have it professionally built. It's going to be picking one lucky contender, taking their design and turning it into reality.

the new case will form part of a new line of water-cooling-inspired cases made by Phobya and will be sold around the world - you even get your own sample of your case, kitted out with water-cooling gear, and you get to name it too.

1st Place - you get your case built and sold through out the world - you even get to name it. Phobya will send you one too, packed with water-cooling hardware.
2nd Place - a £100 Aquatuning sponsorship voucher
3rd Place - a £50 Aquatuning sponsorship voucher.


Stage one

will see everyone post rough designs of their entry with the deadline being Sunday 28 November 2010 - you have four weeks to enter. Stage one is for rough concepts, experimentation and for you to take on board advice from other forum users. Then it's the community's turn - bit-tech readers will vote for their favourite design and the best will go through to the next stage where their designs will progress further.

See below for the design guidelines.

Stage two

will begin in the second week of December with the winners from Stage 1 progressing with their designs. You'll have another four weeks to add some serious detail and make any major changes to your design with input from the community. As with stage one, bit-tech members will vote on their favourite designs and the best will go through to the final round.

Stage three

will begin in February and is the time to add all the detail - colour, lighting and those subtle bits that make every case unique. It will be your chance to make your case as flexible and capable as you want. You'll have another four weeks to make these changes, then the final round of voting will take place. The best three designs will go to Phobya and it will decide the winner.

How to enter:

You must submit your final designs for each stage to modding@bit-tech.net and in this thread in the Aquatuning sub-forum for voting before the deadline for that stage. The deadlines will be clearly posted in the thread for each stage. There's no minimum post count, just register here.

Don't worry if you're no good at rendering, we'll accept any form of design from a scanned/photographed pencil drawing to a 3ds Max render. We do recommend trying Google SketchUp.

Handy Design Tools

bit-tech's SketchUp component collection.
Templates for radiators can be found here.

Design Guidlines

You have the choice of designing a case based on a midi-tower or full-tower or a unique design of your own. The following specifications must be considered but aren't mandatory.

Midi-sized tower
  • Up to two locations for large radiators (minimum of dual 120mm/140mm)
  • 1-2 pump mounting locations
  • 4 x 5.25in bays
  • 4 x 3.5in Bays
  • 1 x PSU mount
  • Hole for fill port and external radiators
  • Internal mounting for an reservoir as EK Multioption or Phobya Balancer
  • Mounting holes in the side for bigger radiators
  • Holes for 16mm or 19mm vandal switches (power and reset buttons)
  • LED holes for power and HDD lights

Full tower
  • Single up to quad Radiator in top also in the bottom (140mm and 120mm)
  • 2 - 3 Pump mounts
  • 2 x 5,25" Bay
  • 4 x 3.5" HDD Bay with air circulation
  • 4 x 2.5" HDD bay with air circulation
  • 1 - 3 x PSU mounts
  • Holes for fill port and external radiators
  • 1 or 2 more places for radiators including a Phobya Xtreme 200
  • Minimum 2 x internal mounts for a reservoir such as the EK Multioption or Phobya Balancer
  • Mounting holes in the side for bigger radiators such as the Phobya Xtreme NOVA 1080 and the Cape Cora
  • holes for 16mm or 19mm vandal switches (power and reset buttons)
  • LED holes power and HDD

You should include designs of the bare case and with hardware installed if possible. Other original designs will be accepted but the case must be easy to build. Extra points will be awarded for this and also for regular updates to your designs in the thread.

So, head over to the Aquatuning sub-forum and start posting your designs. And if you've got any questions, feel free to ask via the main bit-tech forum. Good luck!

27 Comments

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pistol_pete 1st November 2010, 14:20 Quote
Those are some demanding specs! Does the full tower have to have a rad in the top and bottom? Or can it just be 2 internal radiators in general?
Claave 1st November 2010, 14:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pistol_pete
Those are some demanding specs! Does the full tower have to have a rad in the top and bottom? Or can it just be 2 internal radiators in general?

From the article:
Design Guidlines
You have the choice of designing a case based on a midi-tower or full-tower or a unique design of your own. The following specifications must be considered but aren't mandatory.
mi1ez 1st November 2010, 14:23 Quote
This seems like a really exciting competition! One to really get your teeth into. I'm in!
Combatus 1st November 2010, 15:02 Quote
Indeed! Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!
jrs77 1st November 2010, 15:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claave
From the article:
Design Guidlines
You have the choice of designing a case based on a midi-tower or full-tower or a unique design of your own. The following specifications must be considered but aren't mandatory.

Sure they're mandatory, or do you really think that Phobya/Aquatuning is going to build custom rads and reservoirs?

With the specs given, they clearly have some designs in mind allready, so why bother trying to be creative at all and not just built a standard TJ07 or ACS840?
Quote:
You should include designs of the bare case and with hardware installed if possible. Other original designs will be accepted but the case must be easy to build. Extra points will be awarded for this and also for regular updates to your designs in the thread.

"...the case must be easy to build..." That's basically throwing 95% of the possible designs out of the window to begin with, as we're tied to industrial manufacturing and design.

And extra points for updates?!?!? What updates? Desiging a case isn't a long WIP actually, but only a task of a few days, if you're used to that kind of work.
So as someone with a finished design to start with I get shafted?!?

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Sorry, but the rules for the contest do suck very hard
Nitrix 1st November 2010, 15:37 Quote
Hi,

The specs are not mandatory its just a list to give you an idea of what we would expect to see in a case of that size, you can put in what you like.

And yes we have the ability to build custom rads and res's nps by we would expect that most entries would use standard size components to make the cases universal.

For the buils we need to be able to lasercut it and fold it thats about the only limitations the cases will be built in smallish batches so the general rules of mass production will not apply.

and as for the WIP the idea is to show your design take comments and feedback and possible update it with these suggestions if you see fit.
Combatus 1st November 2010, 15:58 Quote
Last point is especially true. If you think you can design the perfect case in a few days then I'd say you'd be a fool not to post your design and then incorporate any feedback you get from the community. This is half the point of the competition. Nothing is perfect after all.

No you won't be shafted. Stage one is for concepts and discussion. If you already have a finished design then you could post some simplified examples of it to get some feedback.The deadline is 28th Nov so you can post it then if you want, after that people will need to stick to their designs so copying isn't an issue.
geort45 1st November 2010, 20:16 Quote
Is this competition open to international users :)?
Waynio 1st November 2010, 20:31 Quote
Wow this sounds great, I bet we see some amazing ideas from this, I'm a total water cooling newb though & lack some skills in the design area so all my designs are no thrills & no tubing & make all my own models so I can count myself out as mine would look like garbage compared to many here, but I'll be keen to see the winning design :).
Skill3d 1st November 2010, 22:56 Quote
Lol I came up with an idea couple of months ago so this is a excellent competition

And if you guys don't build it I'll build it myself ;)
bobisgod 2nd November 2010, 01:36 Quote
EDIT: Saw Combatus's comment in a different thread. NVM
Mattmc91 2nd November 2010, 01:45 Quote
Nitrix 2nd November 2010, 02:08 Quote
looking good :)
Xtrafresh 2nd November 2010, 11:25 Quote
Matt, your res owns!

Cool competition! I'll definately get my own design in there, my head is already spinning with more ideas then you can shake a radiator at. First installments tonight!

To the nay-sayers, it's their competition, they can set you any design limits they want. Besides, if they are to actually build and sell this case, ofcourse it's going to be impossible to make it one of these outlandish designs that populate the buildlogs and the MNPCTech design compos. This is a different challenge however, and in some ways, much harder.
Nitrix 2nd November 2010, 11:38 Quote
Thanks for your support we look forward to your design :)
confusis 3rd November 2010, 08:24 Quote
looks like an epic design contest. will get going after the weekend. Is this open to international users or just the UK?
Nitrix 3rd November 2010, 10:49 Quote
international :)
Mattmc91 3rd November 2010, 11:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
Matt, your res owns!

Cool competition! I'll definately get my own design in there, my head is already spinning with more ideas then you can shake a radiator at. First installments tonight!

To the nay-sayers, it's their competition, they can set you any design limits they want. Besides, if they are to actually build and sell this case, ofcourse it's going to be impossible to make it one of these outlandish designs that populate the buildlogs and the MNPCTech design compos. This is a different challenge however, and in some ways, much harder.

This.

The way I see it, laser cut, punch, fold + rivet is my goal.


Hell, if they don't make this case, I will :D

And the trollface on res is a watermark xD
Nitrix 3rd November 2010, 11:14 Quote
well put :)
DeadMan 3rd November 2010, 18:25 Quote
Well going by their website the winning case may also never be finished.
rayson 3rd November 2010, 21:03 Quote
so can i build something sff or do i have to build a midtower or fulltower
Nitrix 3rd November 2010, 22:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DeadMan
Well going by their website the winning case may also never be finished.

Haha - epic yes we have pointed that out to them and they are making a new one atm

Quote:
Originally Posted by rayson
so can i build something sff or do i have to build a midtower or fulltower

i would go more for a tower tbh
Xtrafresh 3rd November 2010, 23:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DeadMan
Well going by their website the winning case may also never be finished.

whose site?
GCOFIELDD 5th November 2010, 20:03 Quote
Will royalties from sales be provided to the individual with the winning design?
Sleepstreamer 6th November 2010, 11:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
Matt, your res owns!

Cool competition! I'll definately get my own design in there, my head is already spinning with more ideas then you can shake a radiator at. First installments tonight!

To the nay-sayers, it's their competition, they can set you any design limits they want. Besides, if they are to actually build and sell this case, ofcourse it's going to be impossible to make it one of these outlandish designs that populate the buildlogs and the MNPCTech design compos. This is a different challenge however, and in some ways, much harder.

Agreed.

I personally find this kind of competition much, much more fun since it's more about making something that actually works. Won't be entering this though since I've never used watercooling and won't know what problems usually occur when installing/using it.
geort45 7th November 2010, 05:56 Quote
In which forum should one start posting progress of the design :/?

Darn nvm, found it,...
Xtrafresh 7th November 2010, 18:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GCOFIELDD
Will royalties from sales be provided to the individual with the winning design?
I'll go ahead and answer this one: no they won't. The prize is pretty clearly stated in the article and again in the Stage 1 Thread: your own case plus all cooling hardware required. If you ask me, that's a very generous prize. If you disagree, you are free to not participate :p
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