Concept Necere's concept/ideation thread

Necere

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Feb 22, 2015
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From my observation, I think the demand is there.
I see these cases on Taobao, there seems to be a new case with similar dimensions, every few month.
One of the highest voted sffpc subreddit posts I seen in recent times was on one of these cases, 1.3K upvotes;
That's a clean, colorful build and all, but the case itself seems a bit lacking. No place for intake fans, and just two 80mm for exhaust? That's not great. Definitely more of a form over function case/build, IMO.
 

chyll2

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Jun 27, 2018
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imo, upvotes doesnt mean there is a demand for it (but hey, that is really good and clean looking build).

One of the biggest demand for custom ITX has really been 2.5 slot and up support for GPU.
 
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CC Ricers

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Nov 1, 2015
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That case @Sam quoted is a K77 btw. And yea it's pretty much trying to be as small and barebones as possible without needing a riser cable. You'd expect it to sacrifice a lot of options that way. But looks like a fun challenge to watercool in it.
 
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cbri

Chassis Packer
Aug 28, 2019
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Hi Necere, next time you're bored, perhaps you could think about what this case would look like with the same style vents on a larger area of the side panel?
I know it's just a concept, but at such a small size I'm guessing it would most likely be passively cooled and call for more ventilation, especially in a horizontal config.

I love console-style cases. I'm currently planning a build in a Sentry that I just bought secondhand, but this looks so much nicer imo.
There are some beautiful renders in this thread! Cheers!

 
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QuantumBraced

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@Necere, I was thinking... what if you made a 4-slot version of the NCase M1 that could fit mATX. It's already 3 slot, just add another slot, i.e. another 20mm in height and another 10mm in length, so that the SFX PSU would more comfortably clear the board and you should have mATX compatibility, correct? It would only add ~12% more volume, or 1.5L.

You'd also get a few new options for ITX. You could do a bottom-mounted AIO (might also work in mATX config?). Maybe even bottom-mounted AIO + side-mounted GPU AIO/hybrid rad. You could do a custom loop and cool a bottom rad comfortably with the extra clearance. You could use an M.2-to-PCIe riser or bifurcation riser to add another slot to ITX. Even in the default config, it would be nice to have extra airflow clearance for bottom fans to the GPU. So lots of options, seems worth another 1.5L. And you've already done all the development work and R&D for it, seems like it's just a matter of extending those 2 dimensions a bit.

Does it make sense? I was inspired by those 3-slot mATX boards that fit in the M1.
 
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Necere

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@Necere, I was thinking... what if you made a 4-slot version of the NCase M1 that could fit mATX. It's already 3 slot, just add another slot, i.e. another 20mm in height and another 10mm in length, so that the SFX PSU would more comfortably clear the board and you should have mATX compatibility, correct? It would only add ~12% more volume, or 1.5L.

You'd also get a few new options for ITX. You could do a bottom-mounted AIO (might also work in mATX config?). Maybe even bottom-mounted AIO + side-mounted GPU AIO/hybrid rad. You could do a custom loop and cool a bottom rad comfortably with the extra clearance. You could use an M.2-to-PCIe riser or bifurcation riser to add another slot to ITX. Even in the default config, it would be nice to have extra airflow clearance for bottom fans to the GPU. So lots of options, seems worth another 1.5L. And you've already done all the development work and R&D for it, seems like it's just a matter of extending those 2 dimensions a bit.

Does it make sense? I was inspired by those 3-slot mATX boards that fit in the M1.
In principle, sure... but if I'm increasing dimensions, wouldn't it be nice to add ~12mm to the width so it properly supports the NH-C14S with its top fan, as well as better support for tall GPUs? And what about another ~10mm at the top for some slim exhaust fans and better clearance for SFX-L PSUs? That puts us at 15.7L though, and at that point it starts to feel like a different layout might make more sense. I have various ideas for that on the drawing board, but nothing I've settled on for now.

Plus, the issue with going even slightly larger is it increases shipping cost, which has been one of the main showstoppers to doing a larger case for a long time. It just becomes too great a portion of the overall cost. The case would either need to be designed to be flat packable and assembled by the user, or else we have to move production out of Taiwan (and away from LL), as it's significantly more efficient to ship from China. W360 has been pushing in this direction for a while now, and part of the impetus for the Sidearmd project is to test the waters of manufacturing+shipping from China.
 

Sam

Chassis Packer
Jul 19, 2019
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That's a clean, colorful build and all, but the case itself seems a bit lacking. No place for intake fans, and just two 80mm for exhaust? That's not great. Definitely more of a form over function case/build, IMO.
Take a look at this one for more M1 mini inspirations, has an interesting liquid AIO implementation;
 

dzungitx

Cable Smoosher
Sep 16, 2019
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Take a look at this one for more M1 mini inspirations, has an interesting liquid AIO implementation;
Liquid AIO has been removed from 2nd batch. I placed an order at Nov 1th and he said it doesn't support liquid AIO. But I see someone can still use liquid AIO.
 
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k0n

Caliper Novice
Jul 3, 2019
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That's a clean, colorful build and all, but the case itself seems a bit lacking. No place for intake fans, and just two 80mm for exhaust? That's not great. Definitely more of a form over function case/build, IMO.
I just needed to reply to this... The SF600 and reference XT are both exhausting. CPU cooler is very close to the vented panels (blowing towards backside and psu). I would say it is pulling air in at the bottom and top.