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Looking for a case for faceplate replacement

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by buns, May 6, 2003.

  1. buns

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    Im looking to go for a new case for my pc...... now the two options are to build one from the ground or to get a case and replce the front plate. And no..... i have a dign case and im not that fussed and none of the others I have seen are particularly appealing so its easier to build my own.

    So...... drive bays dont matter...... only drive I will have is a single HD. I dont need something with a whole load of space for cooling fans since im going to be doing a big celeron underclock or trying mini itx with a plan to go totally fanless. Dont need a fancy faceplate included since i'll just end up giving it the boot..... though a nice removable power reset assembly would maybe be nice. Only other stipulation..... i do in face want a drive bay or opening or mounting location right in the center of the front of the case where I am going to get a nice max orbital display.

    So any ideas of a sturdy case to fit the bill? Silver or black being the color?

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    Is this for the video processor PC?
     
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    Yeah it is...... just exploring all possibilities. It would make things alot easier to do it this way....... making up different faceplates is the easy bit!
     
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    I'll keep my eyes peeled.

    Have a look at some project boxes from Farnell etc. Maybe be summit there to mod.
     
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    Hi,

    I could not decide on what case to use for my HTPC so I made one from scratch using steel tubing as a framework and then used aluminium sheeting to form the outer case. It looks fantasitic and works a treat...also it's dead quiet with a combination of Zalman HSF & PSU + running the two 80mm front fans and two 60mm rear fans at 5v.

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    It took about 4 days to make in total.

    I have more pictures if your interested and vefore anyone complains about the lighting it is switchable :D

    Cheers, Lee
     
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    What about a 19" rackmount and modding it with your own faceplate?

    I'm thinking about doing something similar with an IPC-C4SB; a 4U ATX server case in black I picked up brand new for £80 on eBay a while ago. I was amazed at the build quality - it's incredibly strong and very well designed, though perhaps a little too roomy for what you want. I particularly like the slide off top, which provides access to the whole of the inner compartment.

    This is the manufacturer's UK site :- http://www.pcicase.co.uk/ (mine is the IPC-C4SB in black).

    Just in case (not intended) the model like mine would suit your purpose I know of another 2 for £80 + £15 P&P (I think they retail at about double that), although I'm about to buy 1 another myself to use for a new workstation.
     
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    Nice case there Loonatic.

    I like the lighting actaully, nice that it can be turned off though. :D

    More pics etc. would be appreciated.
     
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    Lee, That is one cool case! Its very different...... personall the current hcpc cases arent my thing which is why i want something of my own...... plus no one else has one so its special! :D

    mephistopheles, those things are enormous! the width wouldnt be too bad........ i think 7 inches high and 27 deep is a bit excessive mind you! I was thinking 5 inch max or as slimline as i can manage and get a pci card in there...... and depth wise, well i wont even have drives in there so again it can be quite compact...... im going to go and have a look and see if i can find what case serge at avs used for his run.....

    thanks

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    OK, just an idea! I have a collossal black CRT monitor so I wanted something hefty to match it aesthetically! A rinky-dink little thing mounted next to my monitor would look naff.

    I did say the one I have might be a bit too roomy for what you want, but they do have 1U and 2U cases, which are obviously much smaller - 24.5" x 1.75", I think, with riser cards for PCI.
     
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    24.5 is still a very deep case.....even my amps (which are big!) arent that deep..... but that doesnt necessarily rule it out. Is there any down sides to using riser cards? it turns out i will only be needing to actually use one pci slot so its a possibility, but are there losses due to the design...... ie pci card is no longer directly into the mobo

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    Looks a touch on the large side really.

    I think all that buns needs space for is a mobo, hdd, psu and a couple of PCI cards. Shouldn't need to be too large.

    Cheers anyhoo.
     
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    Sorry for not being more responsive here...... I have finals frighteningly soon!

    Dannyc,
    That case doesnt look too bad at all, it doesnt appear so deep as the others. I'll have a check up a bit more on it when i get a chance.

    On feedback from Immersive, the Xcard coupled into my planned H3D-2 solution is very very good, so im contemplating changing plans to include a drive, doesnt add too much space but i guess it needs a bit. I have scribbled a few ideas for front panels onto paper so i'll try and get them onto file.

    I dont suppose anyone knows if it is possible, and where if it is, to get the smoked darkened plastic type stuff that is used for in front of lcds? Im thinking of a sheet of the stuff that will be about the size of the front panel...... not just a wee slot of it

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    I'm pretty sure you can get the stuff. Not sure where from though.
     
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    Right........ spent last half hour trying to attach a paint image...... first its too big in bits bow its too big in dimensions....... so i guess i wont be able to give anyone my idea til its made!

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    If you want to email it to me, i'll rescale and compress it for you.
     
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    One concept picture by Mr Buns.
     

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    I guess the middle grey bit is a DVD-tray front?

    And the display at the bottom is behind a large sheet of tinted perspex.
     
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    Yup! you got it........ the whole dark area was planned as perspex...... but i might need some additional blanking there else i might get internal lights shining though. Depending on how solid the perspexy bit is the steel surround bit for it might be un necessary, and it would also drop the amount of work to do it.

    At the moment im looking to have the power switch and reset on the side or soething, i cant think of a good and simple method to get matching switches to go on the front....... im guessing that bit of metal work would be somewhat more awkward!

    Thanks Rick

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    Best of luck with your exams! Been there done that...

    As for the filter medium, Farnell USED to sell it in a reasonable sized sheet. Unfortunately, they stopped stockign it a few months befero I ordered some. Hmm. The only other place I have seen it is from a company called Notz plastics AG who are in Switzerland. However, they refused to sell me a piece as small as I wanted, and wouldn't tell me of any UK distributers that might. Stupid thing was it was for work (and I was gonna sneak some for me :)), and I only wanted a sample to see if it was ok, we were then gonna buy loads!
     
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    Hmmmmm....... i have my views on european business methods and your experience is exactly what id expect! :D Im sure the stuff cant be too hard to get........ its little more than darkened perspex! Im not going to concern myself with the filtering nature just yet, i thought that i had seen a couple of blue MO vfd's anyhow.

    Thanks for the exams....... i dunno what i'd do without this as a break......... neutrino oscilations are starting to pickle my brain! :eek:

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    errrrrrrrm yeah........ finding the perspex sheeting looks to be rather tricky! you can get anything and everything, but the only places i can find are really serious and wanting real money! Surely everyone who buys themselves an lcd of whatever for their pc is going to need something like this? who could i ask??

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    The only people who I know of who buy this sort of thing are schools/colleges/unis. I know my old school used to have a specialist plastic supplier.
     
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    and i know someone else........ lmp........ they sell a rectangle of the stuff with every case which has an lcd..... i dropped them an email to see if they can enlighten me! :D

    fingers crossed!

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