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Phobya water-cooled case design competition - the best concepts so far

Phobya water-cooled case design competition - the best concepts so far

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

It's been nearly two weeks since we announced Phobya's case design competition, which is exclusive to bit-tech's forums. The response has been huge, with the Stage 1 design thread already sporting nearly 20 pages filled with fantastic concepts of cases all designed to be water-cooling friendly.

If you missed the article, Phobya is offering you the chance to have the water-cooled case of your dreams made and kitted out with water-cooling gear.

Here the other prizes you can win:
2nd Place - a £100 Aquatuning sponsorship voucher
3rd Place - a £50 Aquatuning sponsorship voucher.

All you have to do is post a design of what you believe to be the perfect case for water cooling in this thread. Make sure you read the initial article first though for handy hints and tips.

Here are some of our favourite concepts which have been discussed in detail so far:

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Forum users a-dub and motas opted for cube-like tower designs but both are very different

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anakha has started work on a bulbous tower while xs_rise has gone all futuristic with his design called Liquibox

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Forum regular editor22 has gone all asymmetric with this fantastic-looking cube while recent Mod of the Month winner, razer2007 has opted for a widened tower design to obtain room for huge radiators

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zesti has moved all the hard disks to the backpanel to make room for all his water-cooling gear while demolisher has designed a huge cube-shaped case with a cavernous interior.


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subtec has thought ahead and considered general airflow in his design as well as making room for a huge radiator in the roof. One of bit-tech's most talented renders, roboduck, has been hard at work on this superb white tower which has plenty of room for water-cooling hardware.

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Finally, jrs77 has already entered his final design having come up with what appears to be a partly modular case which he claims to have 10 drive bays, five locations for a triple 120mm-fan radiator and three possible PSU mounts making it extremely flexible.


You have until 28th November to post your design and email a copy to modding@bit-tech.net. The community will then vote on all submitted designs and the best will go through to Stage 2 for further development.

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slackda 16th November 2010, 12:14 Quote
some smart looking designs there, want to get one in, but struggling to find time around my revision :(
mi1ez 16th November 2010, 12:55 Quote
Really need to get cracking on this while the girlfriend writes her magazine articles of an evening!
M7ck 16th November 2010, 12:57 Quote
This is a competition that I did consider entering but although in my head I know exactly what I want, when it comes to putting it on paper I am lost. Some amazing designs already by the forumites ensure this will be a close run contest and I cant wait to see all the final designs.
Razer2007 16th November 2010, 13:15 Quote
Some very cool designs. thanks for the feedback I had on the thread! Most of the designs are spectacular, but I like mine the best. LOL.
DriftCarl 16th November 2010, 13:23 Quote
I have some ideas for this too and am working on a few virtual mock ups.
I am quite excited since I recently got a new SilverStone Raven RV02 case. If you are familiar with that case then you wont be suprised to know where I will get my format inspiration from :D
[USRF]Obiwan 16th November 2010, 15:48 Quote
Although I like all the designs and thoughts behind it. I find that some case designs are to big and impracticable to be made in fabrication.

If I look realistically into the future, 10 3" drive bays or five 5" drive bays are also overdone since you can do enough with 4x2TB drives and one br/dvd burner. Seeing the increase in Tera-bytes every year. A year from now you could predict that five 3" and two 5" drive bays are enough, not to mention the usb3.0 external device possibilities. To really stand out design wise you should probably aim at a mid tower design where one could fit in a 360 rad loop, the primary reason for this being all the WC cooling stuff is jammed into big towers most of the times. Do it in a mid tower and you have struck gold.

Thoughts?
SMIFFYDUDE 16th November 2010, 16:30 Quote
Don't these get put into production? If so some of the designs are not starters, although they look great they are hugely impractical. Not sure were I would be able to put he LiquibOx. My favorite design is the one by anakha.
jrs77 16th November 2010, 16:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Although I like all the designs and thoughts behind it. I find that some case designs are to big and impracticable to be made in fabrication.

If I look realistically into the future, 10 3" drive bays or five 5" drive bays are also overdone since you can do enough with 4x2TB drives and one br/dvd burner. Seeing the increase in Tera-bytes every year. A year from now you could predict that five 3" and two 5" drive bays are enough, not to mention the usb3.0 external device possibilities. To really stand out design wise you should probably aim at a mid tower design where one could fit in a 360 rad loop, the primary reason for this being all the WC cooling stuff is jammed into big towers most of the times. Do it in a mid tower and you have struck gold.

Thoughts?

My concept is a midi-tower actually, allthough it has space for up to 10 5.1/4" bays. The whole case is 500x225x500mm (h x w x d). That's just 50mm higher/deeper and 10mm wider then a Antec Threehundred and far from the measurements of a full-tower.

;)
Combatus 16th November 2010, 16:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Don't these get put into production? If so some of the designs are not starters, although they look great they are hugely impractical. Not sure were I would be able to put he LiquibOx. My favorite design is the one by anakha.

They are only concepts at this stage - if you think it would be impractical then by all means vote for your favourite or submit something you think is better ;-) They are big, but water-cooling radiators aren't getting smaller so it stands to reason that the designs will need to be large. However, as jrs77 has shown, it's not impossible to design something that's the same size as a midi tower.
alexdcd 16th November 2010, 20:39 Quote
Im kinda interested in putting a few days of work in on SolidWorks then Render in KeyShot,
but.... who are these guys, never heard of them before and the company info provided is very, very suspicious?
Just wondering if it is worth the effort for a no-show?
Only one product released two years ago with patent still pending!
rickysio 17th November 2010, 04:02 Quote
Have had a few concepts, no time since it's ENDING on the day my A levels end.

How evil, bit.
[USRF]Obiwan 17th November 2010, 09:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus

They are only concepts at this stage - if you think it would be impractical then by all means vote for your favourite or submit something you think is better ;-) They are big, but water-cooling radiators aren't getting smaller so it stands to reason that the designs will need to be large. However, as jrs77 has shown, it's not impossible to design something that's the same size as a midi tower.

Well I managed to put a 240 rad, reservoir, Eheim pump, dvd drive, 3 hd's, CPU block, Chipset block, gpu block and 40x4 lcd into a LILI PC60. (old model) So you don't need to go big, just think very hard on efficient spacing.
Xtrafresh 18th November 2010, 08:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by [USRF
Obiwan]Well I managed to put a 240 rad, reservoir, Eheim pump, dvd drive, 3 hd's, CPU block, Chipset block, gpu block and 40x4 lcd into a LILI PC60. (old model) So you don't need to go big, just think very hard on efficient spacing.
If you look through the thread, you can see most people are trying to make the case compatible for at least two radiators, plus a bunch of DVD drives and HDDs. This means making the case bigger, much bigger in some cases :)
Cyberpower-UK 22nd November 2010, 17:29 Quote
I love the stretched Antec 300 look of jrs77's design, would definitely consider something like that for big water cooled systems if it actually makes it to market.
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