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[Case Gallery] Smartgrid

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To view this case mod, go here.



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Hey guys. In this caseconstruction I have separated all the controls and the Bluray-Drive from the main case so that the maincase can have a clean look. I have build a case like this three times. You may use google to look for "exclaim kontrollmodul" and "exclaim le mans" if you are interested in those constructions. The third one has not been published because one detail of the construction is not finished. Well lets talk about "Smartgrid" now: The small case contains 4x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, a connector and a switch for external HDD, 50 LEDs and a switch for all LEDs (the switch gives a signal to a transistor in the main case to control the 80 LEDs build in there), a swich for bypassing the fan-control and buttons for power and reset. The length of the cable is 2m. Now about the main case: As you see on one of the last pictures I tried to unite metal and MDF to become a clean and solid unit. I also used a lot of screws to make the construction stable. The upper chamber contains a PSU and up to two SSDs. The lower chamber contains a three-path-fan-control and a HDD packed in a bitumenbox to make it silent. The middle chamber contains a mATX motherboard and the rest of the hardware. One last comment: In my point of view the practice of sleeving all cables is kind of square. And as not many cables are visible I just neglected the sleeving part.

Moin,
Lang ist her, dass ich einen PC gebaut habe.
Nach meinem Cons Kontrollmodul, Le Mans und dem noch unveröffentlichten Silentdrive geht die Idee der Trennung von Laufwerk usw. und der eigentlichen Hardware in die vierte Runde:

In dem kleinen Case sind:
- BD-Laufwerk
- 4x USB 2.0
- 2x USB 3.0
- Anschluss für externe 12V-Geräte
- Schalter zur Überbrückung der Lütersteuerung
- Schalter für Licht
- Schalter für Anschluss für externe Geräte
- PWR-Taster (inkl PWR-LED)
- RST-Taster (inkl HDD-LED)
- 50 LEDs

War ganz schon schwierig, das alles da unterzubringen, aber letztlich hats geklappt. Bloß kann man es nicht mehr auf machen. Das Laufwerk wird einfach reingeschoben. Auf der Unterseite sind Löcher, damit mdan es irgendwo aufhängen kann - z.b. an die Tischunterseite.

Das Kabel ist etwa 2m lang.

Das Hauptcase hat drei Kammern, die durch Gitter getrennt sind. Oben ist das NT und bis zu zwei SSDs. Unten ist eine in Bitumenbox verpackte HDD und eine Lüftersteuerung mit drei Kanälen. Die Decke und den Boden kann man abnehmen, um zu all dem Zugang zu erhalten. In die dritte Kammer passt ein mATX-Board.

In der mittleren Kammer ist auch eine Strebe, die zusammen mit dem Frontgitter für Stabilität sorgt (alles ist miteinander verschraubt und die Schrauben sind verspachtelt). Außerdem sind da noch 18 LEDs drin. Ansonsten sind oben und unten in den Kammern je 20 LEDs, die durch die Gitter leuchten.

Auf der Rückseite sind neben dem Kabeleingang die drei Potis der Lüftersteuerung zu sehen. Darunter ist jeweils ein Schriftzug in Plexi gefräst und mit je zwei LEDs beleuchtet, damit man auch weiß, was man steuert.

Die rechte Seite habe ich mit einem Fisch und 16 LEDs aufgelockert.

Das ganze besteht übrigens (sofern nicht offensichtlich Plexi oder Edelstahl) aus MDF und dem inneren eines alten Gehäuses, wobei ich nur den Ausschnitt für die I/O-Blende und die Konstruktion für die Erweiterungskarten sowie den MB-Teller mit den ganzen Schraubbefestigungen verwendet und geschickt in das MDF eingearbeitet habe. Motto war mehr oder weniger: Was kann ich mit meinem neuen Dremel samt Oberfräsvorsatzgerät so alles anstellen?

Kleines Highlight für mich: Man sieht auf der Rückseite des Cases sie Schrauben der Erweiterungskarten nicht. :)
 
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Thats the most creative build I have seen in a long looong while. Excellent job! 10/10
 
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great case, simple and clean
but the description not in english may make little bit difficult for some
 
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translation

okay, you are right - i wrote an english text as well to give all the important facts.
 

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gave it 9/10 because : my neck hurts :D
jokes apart, there is good attention to detail, but some parts dont seem to fit clean.

would love to see the worklog if you can link it.
 
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Very creative but sideways pictures? Why not rotate them
 
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That S-ata cable junction to Blu-ray its a good solution,
and the minimalist design its nice too,
I wonder if the led´s in the blu drive doesn't affect your vision if it gets to closer to screen monitor at night or with lights off because their brightness.
For that you get 8/10.
 
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10/10 from me!
I love to see these "home made" cases!!
 
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sideways pictures

Very creative but sideways pictures? Why not rotate them
Well the pictures are rotated back to be sideways when uploading. I tried to combine two upright photos in one picture but that does not work neither. What shall I do? I onlay have these pictures.


I wonder if the led´s in the blu drive doesn't affect your vision if it gets to closer to screen monitor at night or with lights off because their brightness.
In that case I would but the desktop-case at the other end of the table. By the way - it has holes underneath which allow mounting it to the bottom of a table. Unfortunately I did not make any foto of that.
 
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thanks
 
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You are the second person who got a 10/10 from me in the case mod section. The fact that you fabricated the case from scratch is definitive +. Good job.