An example of BASIC entry that we're looking to get from you guys there really is plenty more you can do with this and we cant stress enough effort and your proposal standing out is the key to winning:
Before I start this entry proper, I'd like to give a big thanks to TTL and Caselabs for going through with this brilliant competition. It really proves that this is one of the best communities out there, and I'm happy to be a part of it.
So, to start this entry off, I think i'll explain just what the case means to me as computer enthusiast, and why i'm such a big fan.
In short, PC cases these days are homogenous, with each manufacturer bending to conformity. They're relatively small boxes crammed with expensive computer hardware, with very little to do in terms of customisation. You can add rads to a few, sure. On a couple, you can remove the hard drive bays. None of this comes close to the modularity that I believe the modern computer enthusiast deserves.
Below is an image from Tom's review, showing what's possible with a conventional rad setup.
This clearly demonstrates the amount of room that we have to play around with here, with a push/pull 480 60mm rad being displayed at the top as well as the 360 mm in the front.
This is a great display of what's possible with conventional watercooling rads, but that phase is over for me, and now i'm looking for something a little cooler
The hardware I’m wanting to fill this beast with is as follows:
MSI Z77 MPower
2x MSI r7970 Lightning Edition
16GB of Avexir MPower RAM (4 DIMMS)
60GB Corsair Force GT
512GB Samsung 840 Pro
Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 480mm Quad Radiator
Alphacool HF 38 Cape Cyclone 250 Revision 2 Resevoir
2x EK FC7970 Lightning CSQ Full Cover Waterblock for MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning Graphics Card : Nickel Acetal
Laing D5 (Alphacool VPP655-T12) Vario
Masterkleer Hi-Flex 7/16" ID - 5/8" OD (11-16mm) Tubing : Clear
Bitspower barbs and fittings.
Mayhem’s Dye + Distilled water
Custom phase-change unit.
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste
I've included a basic mockup of what i'm thinking about, but please excuse my terrible photoshop skills!
As you can see here, I plan on using a 480mm rad to cool my two GPUs. This may be a little excessive, but i'm not one for doing things in moderation! The D5 pump shall be hidden beneath the separating plate, to keep things looking tidy. As well as the D5, and here's the big one, there shall also be a phase changing unit used to cool the CPU. Recent advancements have made in-case phase changing more palatable, as quieter compressors have been developed.
There will be two SSDs behind the back panel. One, a 60GB Force GT from Corsair, and the other a 512GB 840 Pro from Sansung. The former shall be my boot drive, and the latter shall be where my games and programs are kept. I have a separate file server for storage.
All in all, this should be the project i’ve been waiting to complete for a while now. If I win, I hope to share my journey with you guys with a project log - I hope what i’ve said already can stir some interest.
Once again, a big thanks to Tom and Caselabs for this wonderful competition!
All the best,