I will tell you from experience with the cmod cases. If you're wanting to do a 1.5mm thick material steel would be the way to go. The custommod cases are 1.5mm alu and they feel ultra malleable. If you're wanting to stick with alu go 2mm. I know it'd cost more but the price would be worth it for a case that doesn't feel like it will fall apartThe intended material is 1.5mm aluminum, and I have created another variation of the ventilation design.
As long as there is enough interest in this project, I will be doing a small production run and I hope to create the prototype in the next month or two. When it comes to the price, it's too early to determine but I plan to go with a higher quality manufacturer.
If this does become the design then a mesh will definitely be included as quite a bit of dust can enter the case without one.
I'm not sure if I should go with steel or aluminum for the case because each material has a pro and a con, so It would be helpful if everyone could fill out this straw poll. Another factor is shipping costs, since steel is cheaper but will cost more to ship since it's heavier.I also mention the steel thing because people love a chassis that will last indefinitely.
Thanks for the suggestion, I know many people use the hdplex and they don't offer a flex psu mounting bracketSuggestion to add adapter plates / brackets for:
- C14 connector used in HDPlex Nano ATX solution (https://www.hdplex.com/hdplex-internal-300w-ac-dc-adapter-with-active-pfc-and-19vdc-output.html)
- Meanwell open PSUs
Little thing goes long way
Magnetic dust filters with steel and longetivity. I think steel would def be the better option. I mean 2mm alu is nice but still take better chance on stripping threads. Plus it's softer easier to ding up etc. And with cases this small a lot of people pack em up and take em around
Edit : I just don't feel the integrity of the vents will hold up with alu. They're long thin runs with nothing to support them. I like the design. I just feel like it will crumble as alu.
Also. You might want to add Flanges for the side panels to sit on on both the front and rear of the chassis. Otherwise you'll have cave in those places. The top and bottom aren't going to be enough. Especially with the length to width ratio of the panels.
That should help tremendously and so as long as the panels fit right it should be fine. I only said something because of tolerences. So as long as the shops tolerences are set good then there shouldnt be any issuesThanks for the input, I've fixed the top flange but wasn't able to add flanges to the sides because they would be too close to the cutouts. They are still able to rest on the side of the chassis however.
Here's the same layout; it will fill a flex psu and the gigabyte cards just like the old version. The only difference is that it will require a c14 cable. I prefere this design better because it has better gpu compatibility and more room for the gpu to exhaust.I prefer to use internal psu.