Prototyping The world most flexible SFF case? LOUQE Ghost S1

buLL

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but this looks like the exact same design as the Dan A4. You should also post the hardware that the case can hold, it would really help. Beside that, you have some really good renderings there! And the case looks awesome. Cheers
 

PaChalski

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but this looks like the exact same design as the Dan A4. You should also post the hardware that the case can hold, it would really help. Beside that, you have some really good renderings there! And the case looks awesome. Cheers
Tech Specs


Core Dimensions 179 x 128 x 315 mm

Overall Dimensions 181 x 133 x 320 mm (including feet and case shell)

Weight & Volume 1,7 Kg & 7.1 L

Material 2.5 mm heat treated magnesium and silicone enforced aluminum

Sleve Colors Ore Grey, Artic White and Juniper Green

Connectivity Top mounted HDMI connector and 2 x USB 3.1 (internal 20 pin plug)

GPU compatability Dual-Slot, max 305 mm without bracket, 316 mm including bracket

mb compatability Mini-ITX

PSU compatability SFX, SFX-L

CPU cooler comp. max height 65 mm

Memory comp. max height 69 mm

PCIe Extender 3M Twin Axial 250 mm PCIe Gen3+ extender (included)
 

buLL

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Tech Specs


Core Dimensions 179 x 128 x 315 mm

Overall Dimensions 181 x 133 x 320 mm (including feet and case shell)

Weight & Volume 1,7 Kg & 7.1 L

Material 2.5 mm heat treated magnesium and silicone enforced aluminum

Sleve Colors Ore Grey, Artic White and Juniper Green

Connectivity Top mounted HDMI connector and 2 x USB 3.1 (internal 20 pin plug)

GPU compatability Dual-Slot, max 305 mm without bracket, 316 mm including bracket

mb compatability Mini-ITX

PSU compatability SFX, SFX-L

CPU cooler comp. max height 65 mm

Memory comp. max height 69 mm

PCIe Extender 3M Twin Axial 250 mm PCIe Gen3+ extender (included)
Thanks, that really helps! One more question: did u get an inspiration from Dan A4 case? I can't see a diference from this to his case. Cheers
 

PaChalski

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All small cases will look the same at a first glance. There are plenty of differences. check out our beta page on www.louqe.com where they are explained. This is a fundamentally different design
 

buLL

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All small cases will look the same at a first glance. There are plenty of differences. check out our beta page on www.louqe.com where they are explained. This is a fundamentally different design
Cool man, I will be following your post to see how that works out, as I really liked your case. Do you have a build prototype already? Could you show some pictures of it with all the hardware mounted?
 

Kmpkt

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Nice looking case and design. Best of luck guys.
 

PaChalski

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So, one is JUST shy of allowing & the other is JUST enough for the Noctua NH-L9x65; which is which…?
Hi, this is a good question. We are currently testing to replace thh MB stand-offs to 4mm instead of 6mm which would fit the Noctua NH-L9x65 (a personal favorite).

There is one more parameter to consider in this matter. Adding the side panel filter steals 3mm from the width, not allowing for a 65mm CPU-fan.

What is your opinion, should we make the case wider and allowing for 65mm CPU cooler, filters or not?
 

wywywywy

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Yes it's the most unique part of the case and it's not clear at all from the first post.

I would like to see "bottom hats" too for even more flexibility.

Can a top hat stack on top of another top hat?

By the way I love the aesthetics.
 
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PaChalski

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Yes it's the most unique part of the case and it's not clear at all from the first post.

I would like to see "bottom hats" too for even more flexibility.

Can a top hat stack on top of another top hat?

By the way I love the aesthetics.

The spine made from a single part of magnesium and silicon reinforced aluminum and the cable management solution are in my opinion pretty radical as well.

Yes, TopHats are stackable, they connect to the inside of the shell or to each-other.

Check out the homepage for all the details: www.louqe.com and pleas give feedback on the page as well.
 
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PaChalski

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Yes it's the most unique part of the case and it's not clear at all from the first post.

I would like to see "bottom hats" too for even more flexibility.
We were thinking of allowing for this as well but couldn't really see an application for it, the reason they are on top is to be able to mount a water cooler there and not have worm air being pushed up through the case affecting the ambient temp.

What would you put in the bottom? HDDs?
 

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What would you put in the bottom? HDDs?
I'd say that some people would be interested in putting a radiator into the bottom as well to get very strong airflow. Never underestimate the lengths people go to to create stupidly over-cooled builds :D

That said, I don't think the number of people is high enough to justify special pedestals, but if you can make it so the top-hats can also connect to the bottom, it would be an awesome feature.
 
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wywywywy

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What would you put in the bottom? HDDs?
For me personally, I would put a rad in the bottom hat, and a pump and res on in the top hat. And maybe an SSD.

I can see people wanting to use 2 AIOs, one for CPU one for GPU.

But yea looking at the design, a bottom hat is probably not so easy to do without compromises.
 
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As a 10-year-old I built my first PC, a 16Mhz 386 with 2 MB of RAM, 20 MB 3.5” IDE HDD and booted DOS 3.1. Ever since I have been a serious PC enthusiast. In the beginning it was all about pushing the system to it’s limits by overclocking and homemade water cooling systems based on fountain pumps and garden hoses from the hardware store that dangled down the window from my childhood room. When I eventually moved from the comfort of my parents’ home I remember feeling “my home is where my PC is”. In fact, the first I unpacked was my green Cheftech full-tower monster, stared WinAmp and spent hours on IRC before I started thinking of the rest of the moving boxes.

After 10 years in the management consulting industry (and countless Lenovo Laptops) the urge of revisiting the good old days suddenly came back. I was surprised to see that the product development in the PC case field had practically been standing still since I last built a PC. My last chasse was comparable to what the market had to offer now, still made out of stamped and perforated sheet metal, the same panel gaps and the clanky fell held together with pop riverts – “How can so little have happened in this field when every other aspect of the PC has shifted lightyears?” was my reaction.

I had outgrown the PC chassis from the past, but was still in demand of the performance. I wanted a Small Form Factor PC Case that did not only fit all the latest technology but also looked good enough to deserve a place in front of the sofa next to our BangOlufsen speakers. This was 163 days ago, I decided to quit my day-job and focus all my energy on making such a PC reality. Today it is all starting to come together and I would like to present the results. I would love to get all the feedback I can get before the KickStarter launch.


The Ghost S1

Tech Specs


Tech Specs

Core Dimensions 179 x 128 x 315 mm
Overall Dimensions 181 x 133 x 320 mm (including feet and case shell)
Weight & Volume 1,7 Kg & 7.1 L
Material 2.5 mm heat treated magnesium and silicone enforced aluminum
Sleve Colors Ore Grey, Artic White and Juniper Green
Connectivity Top mounted 2 x USB 3.1 (internal 20 pin plug), HDMI
GPU compatability Dual-Slot, max 305 mm without bracket, 316 mm including bracket
mb compatability Mini-ITX
PSU compatability SFX, SFX-L
CPU cooler comp. max height 64 mm
Memory comp. max height 69 mm
PCIe Extender 3M Twin Axial 250 mm PCIe Gen3+ extender (included)

The Spine
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The Core


All components
Please don't take this the wrong way, but you really need to touch up the OP. Use some formatting and break up your wall of text instead of just copy and pasting your draft kick starter intro and your specs from the website. For example:

The Ghost S1

Tech Specs


Tech Specs

Core Dimensions 179 x 128 x 315 mm
Overall Dimensions 181 x 133 x 320 mm (including feet and case shell)
Weight & Volume 1,7 Kg & 7.1 L
Material 2.5 mm heat treated magnesium and silicone enforced aluminum
Sleve Colors Ore Grey, Artic White and Juniper Green
Connectivity Top mounted 2 x USB 3.1 (internal 20 pin plug), HDMI
GPU compatability Dual-Slot, max 305 mm without bracket, 316 mm including bracket
mb compatability Mini-ITX
PSU compatability SFX, SFX-L
CPU cooler comp. max height 64 mm
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The Ghost S1

Tech Specs
Core Dimensions: 179 x 128 x 315 mm
Overall Dimensions:181 x 133 x 320 mm (including feet and case shell)
Weight: 1.7kg
Volume: 7.1 L

MB compatability: Mini-ITX
PSU compatability: SFX, SFX-L
Max CPU Cooler height: 64 mm

Sleeve Colors: Ore Grey, Artic White and Juniper Green (isn't it some sort of salmon color on your site?)

Constructed from: 2.5 mm heat treated magnesium and silicone enforced aluminum

Available Top Ports: 2x USB 3.1 (internal 20 pin plug), HDMI
I literally scrolled through the OP, read your story, checked out a few pics, scrolled up for details and lost interest until I saw some comments talking about some sort of innovative top hat. I would humbly suggest you put as much effort into these social media forays as you have your innovative design - you need to hook people on the forums and steer them to your eventual Kickstarter page to seal the deal.

I'd add more pics to the OP and also give some sample builds. Even after looking at your site I don't know how many 3.5" HDDs I could fit in your system with which top hat or even if it is possible without a top hat.

Also would going to 4mm standoffs limit the ability to use an m.2 SSD mounted to the bottom of the motherboard?

Sorry if I came off like a dick, just want to help. Welcome to the forum and I look forward to seeing your case come to market!
 
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