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Old 27th June 2004, 3:47 PM   #1
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Default The Cool Cube [small project - finished!]

The idea of this case comes from wanting to build a case just out of fans.


Basic sketch of what it will look like. Sorry about the shoddynes but it would take me ages to do that in a cad program.

A total of 18 80mm fans (none at the bottom and 2 missing from the back allowing for the mb backplate). The front 4 blowing in, put not sure about the others atm, tho will be half blowing, in half blowing out.

The total width will be 225mm, with 175mm internal. Alowing for a via epia m with is 170mm. 15mm alluminium C channel will be used (depends whats available tho) as spacers between the fans to give it that extra width.

The base will be aprox 25mm thickness of mdf painted black to look like the 4 missing fans. A slimline (12mm) ddvrom drive will be stealthed behind a length of C channel. Was wanting to buy a slot load ($120US), but managed to pick up the tray load of the forums for $50.

Alluminium diamonds/triangles will be holding it all together, giving it a metal feel. And i'm thinking blue neons inside.

I'm hoping for the edges to be curved alluminium sheet, but I haven't got the tools to do that. So i'm thinking maybe curved plastic sprayed silver (will look shit tho) or trying to find 50mm diameter alluminium tubing which i could then quarter. Thats basically whats holding me up atm.

So what do you guys think?


EDIT: finally finished, click here to be taken to the final photos

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Old 27th June 2004, 3:51 PM   #2
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thats gonna be one big noise machine !


however, that is a unique idea, and i am very curious to how it will turn out

Good Luck !
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Old 27th June 2004, 4:17 PM   #3
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try working out the airflow directions for that beast :P
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Old 27th June 2004, 10:41 PM   #4
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Imagine sticking your fingers into that...
OUCH...

nice idea tho...
maybe some particitions inside to direct air flow..
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Old 29th June 2004, 9:46 PM   #5
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What about using some clear fans and Aluminium?
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Old 30th June 2004, 12:14 AM   #6
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What about using some clear fans and Aluminium?

i couldn't afford 18 fancy fans

the fans i'm using are
Panaflo FBM-08A12M 12V 0.16A 80mm 29dB, 36.6cfm,

bought 20 from ebay for $37.50 inc post
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Old 30th June 2004, 12:24 AM   #7
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little bit of an update:

went to bunnings and all they had was 12mm C channel, hence i've only got 1mm on either side of the mb and fans.

aslo bought 0.6mm aluminium sheet which will be rolled to give the curved edges.

i've started building one side, and i've decieded that an octagon in the center looks better.



EDIT: finished off 2 more sides and can show the basic shape.


the two other sides are abit more complicated, being the dvd drive and the mb connection panel.

will look better once all the other triangles are added in.

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Old 30th June 2004, 10:00 AM   #8
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Your gunna need a hellova fan controller???
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Old 9th July 2004, 6:03 PM   #9
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theres been abit more progress...

The 25mm MDF for the base was cut to size and then spray painted black (nothing really special)



I hacked up an old atx desktop case the get the motherboard tray. 2 shots below show it attached and then the actual epia board sitting on it.





The octagonal shaped alluminium thats going to be on all the edges was easily added to the base.
The good thing about 0.5mm sheets is that it can just be cut with scissors.

Finally 2 faces where completely finished, which now gives a better idea of the finished look.



MMmm, shiny.



The rest is quite straight forward, just alot of screws and cutting out shapes.

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Old 9th July 2004, 7:32 PM   #10
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Wow thats looking very good at the moment - can't wait to see the finished product

Now imagine that mod with Tornado fans Arrhhh my ears burn just thinking about it
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Old 10th July 2004, 10:08 AM   #11
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I dub thee "hovercraft cube". :P
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Old 11th July 2004, 11:34 AM   #12
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looks good mate, hope you have ear muffs though are you goign to be leaving it on 24/7?
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Old 11th July 2004, 11:57 AM   #13
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Wow, that looks way better than I'd imagined it ever could. Way to stick it to all the Epia passive cooled guys out there. (Myself included)

It will be an easy to upgrade to the dual Opteron Mini-ITX that's coming out too.
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Old 11th July 2004, 9:15 PM   #14
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thanks for the feedback guys.


i just thought i would calculate some theretical numbers.

each fan produces a stated 29dB which is equivalent to voice/soft wisper. tho because i've been handeling them quite abit, i'm sure its higher.

hence abit of googling for equations gives the following for 18 identical fans (i think):
total sound level = sound level of one + 10log(number of sources)
= 29 + 12.5 = 42dB
which is only equivalent to a suburban home/office


also calculating the power requirement of a single fan:
power = voltage x current
= 12 x 0.16 = 1.92 W

hence for 18 fans total would be 35w
which is relatively nothing for the 200w atx powersupply i'm using (below)









finally abit more of an update...




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Old 12th July 2004, 9:47 AM   #15
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Wow thats comming together really well

Keep us updated
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