- Oct 30, 2015
Back again after having a Corsair One and getting the itch to build a PC. I went balls to the wall and did a full custom loop in a Core P5 after falling in love with the open chassis style of cases (Even put the RAM on water).
I am left with this cable mess, Having waited nearly two months for my custom cables supplies to come, My eyes wandered to other builds I’ve seen. I ended up getting a Ghost S1 (Didn’t get the two large top hats so the build is postponed) and planned to do a small custom loop. A point that irked me was that I was going to have to forego my ATX motherboard, My full sized Platinum PSU and my 4 water cooled RAM sticks and RAM block. This motivated me to consider a full ATX sized SmFF (Smallish Form Factor) open style chassis that takes design points from the Core P5 and trying to maximise on part recycling in transitioning my builds.
From what started to a rough sketch on paper has developed to this initial draft of my concept, Bringing it here for peer review and some potential advice/enhancements that I’ve missed before I send it to a local sheet metal shop.
I’ll make some more renders and load in some components to help with the concept but this is what I have so far.
The plan is to have two 240 Rads mounted “externally” to the ATX footprint of the motherboard. The PSU will have to be SFX in order to meet my footprint requirements. My current build has one of those Phantek Glaciar 220 DDC Combos and I’m not sure there will be room for that but I will be making a bracket to mount the DDC pump on a plate that will use spare PCIE slots, So if that works then I will try to make a way to reuse my Glaciar in a similar fashion.
I’ve modeled cutouts for cables to match my motherboards I/O and the floating plate behind the motherboard tray will be the “cable management”. Still undecided how far I should space it off the backplate but that’s something I’ll work out down the track as it’s a simple matter of making standoffs, it really could be adjustable if need be.
It’s not shown in the picture, But every part is modular. The front and rear RAD mounts can be removed with a few screws and the case stand/feet can be raised/lowered to accommodate longer GPUs. I’m using a waterblocked 2080ti so my measurements are based around that.