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An Inside-Out Look At the Antec Skeleton Case

timothy posted about 6 years ago | from the subverting-the-dominant-paradigm dept.

Hardware Hacking 64

Anonymous writes "Here's a step-by-step look at building a PC with the new Antec Skeleton PC chassis. It's obviously not for everybody, but at least Antec is trying out something relatively new for hard-core users. Not sure if you'd need an air spray can to keep the dust off all the components, though ..."

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I don't get it (4, Insightful)

esocid (946821) | about 6 years ago | (#25490637)

Isn't the point of an enclosure to maximize airflow to specific heat generating hardware, and to keep out dust and hair, to make sure those pricy pieces of hardware aren't exposed? I like my protective aluminum mid-tower. Plus I've moved three times so far and all I had to do was pack it up with everything else. I'd imagine you'd have to protect this some other way.

Re:I don't get it (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about 6 years ago | (#25490675)

I'm pretty sure they've figured out the airflow thing. With that big a fan, and the way it's designed, it looks like it moves quite a bit of air over all the components.

As for exposed, again, with the way they've got it designed, it looks like there's plenty of room around all the components to spray it out with compressed air and keep it clean on a regular basis. Which is what you do with a regular case anyway.

Re:I don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25491001)

That doesn't help with the CPU fan, though. I have long hair, and I tend to shed. For about two weeks, I didn't have a grill covering my (traditional) case's intake fans.

When the new grill arrived and I went to mount it, I discovered that the intakes were completely entangled in hair, to the point that it took me an hour to get them clear.

I don't doubt that Antec has covered their bases regarding the case fans, but the motherboard open to the outside world, I can only imagine that the CPU fan would end up sucking in everything in sight unless you put a screen over it. And that has issues of its own.

Re:I don't get it (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25492263)

Is that you, Chewie?

Re:I don't get it (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about 6 years ago | (#25490701)

Also meant to add, I don't see why you couldn't 'skin' this yourself. Kinda seems like half the point.

Re:I don't get it (1)

esocid (946821) | about 6 years ago | (#25491521)

Also meant to add, I don't see why you couldn't 'skin' this yourself. Kinda seems like half the point.

Ah, now that makes much more sense.

Near compulsory actually (1)

TheLink (130905) | about 6 years ago | (#25492959)

I think it's almost necessary to provide a skin.

Otherwise the next time someone makes you laugh while drinking, some liquids might end up sprayed into your computer.

Or something might drop into it.

Re:Near compulsory actually (2, Informative)

sumdumass (711423) | about 6 years ago | (#25493159)

That would depend on where it sits.

Years ago, I did the case mod thing and put windows in it, I even etched pictures in them and lit them up with leds and all that jazz. Red in cobalt blue looks pretty awesome or it did at the time. Anyways, the case was sort of on display about 4 foot from the monitor and key board. I use extensions to make it even further apart. I probable could spit directly at it and not hit it at one point in time. This isn't something that you sit right next to the work area unless your going to purposely not drink or eat around it. Your not going to use this case and shove it under the desk to kick it with your feet.

So with that being said, there probably will be people who spill stuff on it, but the majority of people will be using it as part of the rooms decor like I did when case modding or they will be using it on a test bench where it isn't a good idea to have food or drink anyways.

There are a lot of things you do differently when you have exposed components. I know a guy who actually hosed a $600 Intel Main board he was mocking up on the bench when he was messing with his ink pen and the spring popped out and landed on it where it shorting some things out. This would have happened if it was in a case with the cover off and so on. But the point is, that you do things differently when you have exposed components and the fancier the case, the more it moves from a utility box sitting on the desk to a display object right out in front. But to put it into perspective, how many times have you spilled something into the bowl of mixed nuts or fresh fruit serving as the centerpiece on the table?

Re:Near compulsory actually (1)

kunwon1 (795332) | about 6 years ago | (#25495999)

I do not know if you realize this sir, but your sig is deceptive and moronic, plz to be changing.

Re:I don't get it (1)

Prune (557140) | about 6 years ago | (#25494327)

The most important point is actually to block electromagnetic interference coming from the computer. That's why I laugh at cases with plastic windows.

Re:I don't get it (1)

kunwon1 (795332) | about 6 years ago | (#25496011)

Maybe if you're an amateur radio operator. Otherwise that's one of the -least- important purposes of a case, to an average consumer.

Hmmm (3, Insightful)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about 6 years ago | (#25490645)

Nice case, interesting idea, love Antec and use their products, but at $180, no way. I can almost build an entire PC for that.

Re:Hmmm (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 6 years ago | (#25491285)

My Antec P180b cost about $150 when I got it, and it's been well worth every penny. Your computer is a physical object, the physical enclosure makes a difference. $180 is very reasonable if you have a reason to buy a case like this instead of a standard tower.

Re:Hmmm (1)

blahplusplus (757119) | about 6 years ago | (#25491957)

"$180 is very reasonable if you have a reason to buy a case like this instead of a standard tower."

I'm sorry but no, I regretted buying the antec nine hundred when it first came out only to realize it was painstakingly small and cramped on the inside, which wasn't really emphasized in the reviews. I like the case itself but the fact that there was hardly any space really ruined the design, sometimes I have to wonder who the hell is designing these things. Then they did the revision with the antec 1200... the truth is the hardware industry knows it can rip off computer modding nerds and gamers by adding "gamer case" or "modded case" and charge a hell of a lot extra. The antec 900 now can be found for 100 and less, when it first debut'd it was around $130+ (at least when I bought it).

That's the last time I spend over $100 on a case.

Anymore then $100 on a case and you're pushing it, especially if it comes WITHOUT a power supply

They want $200 for an antec 1200 without a fucking power supply, can you say rip off?

Here's a snip from the info

"No Power Supply included: To optimize performance of your Twelve Hundred, your choice of power supply is crucial."

Yeah apparently so crucial they don't include one or use their power as a manufacturer to get discounts on popular "gaming" and other power supplies.

Re:Hmmm (2, Interesting)

iamhassi (659463) | about 6 years ago | (#25492793)

"That's the last time I spend over $100 on a case. Anymore then $100 on a case and you're pushing it, especially if it comes WITHOUT a power supply"

I purchased a Cooler Master Stacker STC-T01 a few years ago for ~$150. Giant case, room for two power supplies (one top, one bottom), 11 5.25" bays, removable enclosure for four 3.5" hard drives with a 120mm fan on the front of the enclosure for cooling and a side vent large enough for a 300mm fan directly above where the CPU and video card is. I've used it through two motherboards and have no intentions of replacing it for many more years.

Cases are the one thing that lasts through several iterations of CPUs and upgrades so, if anything, that's where you should do the most research when building your own PC and spend some real $$$$. Saying "Anymore then $100 on a case and you're pushing it" is like saying "No one needs more than 640k of ram". PC enthusiasts drop $200 on a video card or CPU that they'll only keep a year or two and don't bat an eye, so what's wrong with dropping $200 on a case that you'll keep 3 or 4 years?

Re:Hmmm (1)

Farmer Pete (1350093) | about 6 years ago | (#25496649)

Saying "Anymore then $100 on a case and you're pushing it" is like saying "No one needs more than 640k of ram". PC enthusiasts drop $200 on a video card or CPU that they'll only keep a year or two and don't bat an eye, so what's wrong with dropping $200 on a case that you'll keep 3 or 4 years?

The point isn't that $200 is way to much for a case, it's that going from $100 to $200 doesn't really give you much in return for your cash. I would rather spend $100 on a case and then spend the extra $100 on a video card or processor. Does that extra $100 get you a better case? It's possible, but for those of us who aren't rich, it's totally not worth it. Some of the best cases I've had were less than $50. My most recent case purchase (6 years ago) was $120, and I don't know how you could get much better than it. My case also came with a 500 watt power supply, but it passed away a few years ago.

Re:Hmmm (1)

YouWantFriesWithThat (1123591) | about 6 years ago | (#25497193)

i can see both sides of the issue here, but i bought a couple hundred dollar lian li case and would never go back to a cheapo.

i needed room for expansion, which i got: 4 x 5.25" bays, 3 x 3.5" bays, and a pull out hard drive enclosure on rails that holds 5 drives. (i can add or remove an internal drive in less than 5 minutes with no contortions or specialized screwdrivers). the mother board tray that pulls out is also great for building a pc on without cutting knuckles trying to attach the board inside the case. this case is 6 years old and will be re-used for projects into the future. it was purchased for the functionality of its design, not eye candy. as GP stated, the cooling in a higher end case is better than i have seen in cheaper cases.

but again, to each his/her own. i was not rich then, and i am less so now, but i saved and worked hard to get a case that was high quality and would be very upgradeable. there was nothing similar for close to a hundred when i was looking at the options, the cheaper ones were all leds and crazy 'leet gamerz' design and not good cooling and roomy interior.

Re:Hmmm (3, Insightful)

Kamots (321174) | about 6 years ago | (#25492827)

On the issue of power supplies, I used to like getting a PSU with my cheapo case.

Then I learned more about PSUs.

Now, I refuse to buy any supply that I haven't seen tested by hardocp or one of the other review sites that does professional level power quality analysis. There are a lot of power supplies being sold that make downright fradulent claims... or don't even provide power that comes close to falling within the ATX spec. Meaning that 6 months down the line you may well find yourself with screwy random hardware failures... or a power supply that blows out all your hardware. (They've lost more than one piece of test equipment when they dared to run a PSU at it's claimed capability)

I'd much rather buy a case without a supply than get some pos that's going in the trash as I don't dare hook it up to any of my equipment.

And I save money on electricity as the PSUs that provide solid quality power tend to run really high effeciencies as well. :P (80%+ instead of 70% adds up over the course of a year)

Re:Hmmm (1)

blahplusplus (757119) | about 6 years ago | (#25494441)

"I'd much rather buy a case without a supply than get some pos that's going in the trash as I don't dare hook it up to any of my equipment."

This is not a reason when dealing with aftermarket cases, places like antec can use their bulk/buying power so you don't have to go out and buy a case and THEN a power supply. They're just dinging gamers twice, power supply + case + insane gpu that needs all these special plugs to run... it's little wonder many people moved to consoles.

It's just so weird to buy a case and then have to buy a seperate power supply. Personally I think places like hardocp are selling ice to eskimo's, in the "pre internet" days, pretty much everoyne used powersupplies that came with their comp/comps case. I have never bought a seperate power supply until right after the generation after Pentium 4.

Again it's a nerdcore thing where the rip you off, most power supplies have to be tested to a certain degree so that they will work with a variety of motherboards, components, etc.

Re:Hmmm (1)

IceCreamGuy (904648) | about 6 years ago | (#25495809)

Pshhhh, in the "pre-internet" days your GPU didn't need a 12V rail, and didn't run Crysis. Welcome to the sad, fractured world of 2008.

Re:Hmmm (1)

dshk (838175) | about 6 years ago | (#25501931)

You should admit that you need a prebuilt machine, and custom built machines are not for you anymore. If somebody does want a custom machine then he also has to select a power supply which best suits his particular needs and which has an appropriate price point. For example even if you have a specific goal, like building a silent machine, you have to select between completely passive and low noise power supplies - both type has their advantage.

Re:Hmmm (1)

Farmer Pete (1350093) | about 6 years ago | (#25496707)

Some of the worst power supplies I've ever had were name brand power supplies. I spent $100 for what I thought was a solid power supply, but when my system started getting flaky a month after the 1yr warranty ran up, I was quite glad I still had my old power supply that came with the case.

Exactly why I buy Antec Cases :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25518117)

I've built 20 or 30 computers and have used Antec cases almost exclusively. I love their PSU's and their bargain cases are good.

I'll keep buying them. :)

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25492907)

When I get a case with a power supply, the first thing I do is throw the power supply in the closet.

The crap you'll get, even with expensive cases, is, well, crap.

A good, quality PSU, even one running as cheap as $50, is probably the best investment you can make toward ensuring your computer has a long, problem free life. (After that, buy a UPS, SRSLY.)

Gee, Lets use the EM spectum... (4, Insightful)

nweaver (113078) | about 6 years ago | (#25490747)

Gee, lets use the EM spectrum as a massive garbage dump for high-frequencey EM waste.

Seriously, folks. Computers NEED shielding to keep their em garbage from causing massive interference to everything else in the room.

Re:Gee, Lets use the EM spectum... (3, Informative)

4D6963 (933028) | about 6 years ago | (#25491003)

Computers NEED shielding to keep their em garbage from causing massive interference to everything else in the room.

Or else what? Been keeping my case open for 5 years and I have yet to notice any side effect or interference.

Re:Gee, Lets use the EM spectum... (2, Interesting)

mollymoo (202721) | about 6 years ago | (#25491597)

Been keeping my case open for 5 years and I have yet to notice any side effect or interference.

Have you actually looked for any side effects or interference? Have you, for example, tested the data rate you get from a 3G phone with the PC on and off? How about your ADSL line?

Re:Gee, Lets use the EM spectum... (2, Interesting)

Khyber (864651) | about 6 years ago | (#25494245)

I run a purely open case (both side panels off) right next to a 5" long-throw subwoofer, one of the satellite speakers is on top of the computer, so's the external hard drive, right in front of the speaker. There's a mixer board atop the subwoofer (comp and subwoofer are only at most 4" apart) and then it's a whole slew of N64, PS3, Wii, PS2, GameCube. My 32" 1080p LCD is right above those, and I have YET to hear or even SEE any interference. I haven't had any issues even with my guitar hooked up directly to the line-in.

Today's electronics, while not so robust against ESD, are pretty well-shielded (if built PROPERLY) as they are. If EM was REALLY a problem from a motherboard, they wouldn't put the hard drives right in front of the damned thing.

Re:Gee, Lets use the EM spectum... (1)

hurfy (735314) | about 6 years ago | (#25500393)

I'll go with this too. Interference is not the issue ;)

How much can they produce and wouldn't they mess up themselves? The Video card does not appear to be shielded from MB and vice-versa. Wouldn't the tape drive get messed up? Wouldn't locking it in a metal case bounce it back and mess up something?

That and the fact that i have a plastic case on each side of desk and the 2 CRTs in the middle show no signs of interference for the 4 years they have been that way. Nor does anything else on or next to the table. Or any of the vintage computers in the room. Couldn't tell about wireless as i dont care and a nuclear blast probably wouldn't phase the dsl modem so another non-issue ;)

What exactly is it supposed to interfere with?

Those clear cases cost almost that much when i bought them before modding was common. Not sure i would do it again with this one even tho it is kinda cool. Besides it is too fat to fit on the desk with everything else anyway!!

Re:Gee, Lets use the EM spectum... (1)

mollymoo (202721) | about 6 years ago | (#25500895)

I specifically picked 3G phones and ADSL as both are limited in bandwidth by the available SNR. They will work in the presence of noise, but they will work more slowly. Games consoles, hard drives and so on are designed to be robust to interference. The shielding that keeps noise in keeps it out too, so you'd need seriously obnoxious noise to affect them. The fact that you've not crossed that threshold doesn't mean that the noise is insignificant, it just means you're using the wrong devices to judge the effects.

If every PC was run without a case hard drives and stereos wouldn't fail, but 3G network performance would be worse everywhere, GPS devices would take longer to get a lock, TV reception would be worse at the margins - there is potential to affect every RF device by raising the RF noise floor. Unless you look in the right places you won't notice this, but that doesn't mean it's not real. There are regulations on allowable emissions for good reasons.

Re:Gee, Lets use the EM spectum... (2, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | about 6 years ago | (#25491017)

Have you measures a modern PC? it's not that bad.

Re:Gee, Lets use the EM spectum... (1)

toddestan (632714) | more than 5 years ago | (#25510407)

I've actually done it. Our company makes instruments that are computer controlled, and since the computer (at the time) needed to do things like accept full-length cards, we find it easier to roll our own rather than deal with an OEM like Dell, IBM, etc. So I was in the position to try to CE certify a white-box PC for sale in Europe. The computer, without the data acquistion/control cards was nothing really special - a Pentium 4 CPU with some Intel-branded motherboard with 6 PCI slots in a roomy (but not very nice) case with a CD drive, 1 harddrive, a bunch of fans, and a higher wattage Antec power supply. Standard parts that I'm sure were available on Newegg. To make things short, the amount of interference from the computer was considerable and it did not pass.

I'm sure on some computers you've taken apart (likely OEM ones), you've noticed things like the EMI fingers (those little metal tab things that touch the panels you can remove from your computer case), metal shields in front of vents, extra grounding wires, and metal plates for the unused drive bays. Those are the type of features the computer is going to need to get the interference down enough to pass CE. Most home built PCs in the US lack those kind of features, and would never pass due to excessive interference. Likewise, the skeleton case in this article would never pass, or a case with a window or missing side panel either.

When was the last time the OP was in a case? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25490781)

Cases don't keep dust out or off, unless they're hermetically sealed after being cleaned to these specs [] .

I did it first! (1)

argent (18001) | about 6 years ago | (#25490833)

Except I called mine "cardboard box and coat hangers". It was just as functional and a lot cheaper.

Re:I did it first! (1)

speedingant (1121329) | about 6 years ago | (#25490913)

Except I called mine "cardboard box and coat hangers". It was just as functional and a lot cheaper.

You said was.. I'm guessing it burnt down your house.

Re:I did it first! (1)

argent (18001) | about 6 years ago | (#25491033)

You said was.

Actually, since Hurricane Ike I've had one server temporarily relocated to a cardboard box. So I guess I'm still avant garde.

I'm guessing it burnt down your house.

Not yet.

Re:I did it first! (1)

speedingant (1121329) | about 6 years ago | (#25491779)

I hope you didn't take offense, I was just trying to be funny ;)

Re:I did it first! (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | about 6 years ago | (#25502155)

Damn, I can't find my pics! I hung everything from a hanger in my closet because that is where the phone lines came in at an apartment I used to live in. I guess a closet could be considered a case though.

Dupe? (4, Informative)

rtechie (244489) | about 6 years ago | (#25490911)

A virtually identical article on this case was posted 2 weeks ago. []

On top of that, this is the worst page-view whore site I have ever seen. The "article" is spread across 10 pages, wrapped in frames and absolutely slathered with advertising. The site designer should be shot.

Re:Dupe? (1)

kv9 (697238) | about 6 years ago | (#25496519)

it's a slideshow, you heathen!

Re:Dupe? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 6 years ago | (#25504125)

You need some more extensions.

Needs less content per page.. (4, Funny)

DanWS6 (1248650) | about 6 years ago | (#25490923)

Maybe they could split up each picture to double the amount of pages I need to view.

Re:Needs less content per page.. (1)

Barny (103770) | about 6 years ago | (#25491215)

Maybe have "zoom in" shots, to pack it out to 30+ pages, of just photos.

Re:Needs less content per page.. (1)

GhaleonStrife (916215) | about 6 years ago | (#25495623)

Don't give them any ideas! They could be watching!

Re:Needs less content per page.. (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | about 6 years ago | (#25502181)

don't worry. people that post most of their content in pictures don't go to sites with words on the page.

My computers are usually cleaner with an open case (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25490943)

The place I live has enough dust that it's going to get in the case, doesn't matter if it is open or closed. In the long run it's easier to leave the case open so I can see when it needs to be cleaned out instead of forgetting about it until the dust causes problems.

On the other hand, a closed case designed properly should have better airflow over components that need cooling than an open case.

loss of space (1)

forceofyoda (855030) | about 6 years ago | (#25491135)

I'm like to fiddle with the guts of my computer as much as the next guy, but I also like to stack things on top of my computer case if I'm NOT fiddling with it. I would have preferred some sort of shelf-like top and the fan in the back.

What's the point of no walls? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25492145)

You still have to slide out the tray holding the motherboard etc. to fiddle with the hardware, right? You can't just unplug the machine and instantly easily access the hardware because the skeleton around it gets in the way. At least that's how it seems to me.

So my question is: what exactly is the advantage of having no walls around the case? Couldn't it have walls all around and still be as easily accessible - provided of course that the wall where the tray slides out is easy to remove/open?

I must be missing something.

Re:What's the point of no walls? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 6 years ago | (#25493931)

It's a metaphor. You're not supposed to install Windows if you use that case (can't install windows without walls).

Modular power supply (1)

jr0dy (943553) | about 6 years ago | (#25492213)

Seems like a lot of complaints about wire management - a modular power supply would probably alleviate a lot of the unnecessary mess. If I had the money I'd try it out, but c'mon Antec, the economy sucks; they should've waited for another Fed-induced boom to launch this thing.

Re:Modular power supply (3, Interesting)

compro01 (777531) | about 6 years ago | (#25492699)

I've found nothing but problems with modular supplies. The contacts wear, oxidize, and after a year or so, it gets to the point where it is throwing the voltages to hell (in excess of 10% off), which doesn't qualify as good in my book.

Re:Modular power supply (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 6 years ago | (#25494291)

I haven't had a problem with my Rocketfish 700w PSU for quite a good while, now. And also, I'm not the kind of person silly enough to connect the power rails while the thing's running. (SATA is hot-swap, and certainly enough I know people that will hook up SATA while the power supply is still running, arcing the contacts and screwing them up.)

If you treat it right and don't CONSTANTLY tool around with the cables, you should not have ANY problem with a modular power supply.

Re:Modular power supply (1)

Drawsalot (733094) | about 6 years ago | (#25495949)

I bought a Thermaltake 700 with modular outputs- I have since moved it and the other components to a larger Antec case (now a 300). I connected it and left it alone and have had no problems. Perhaps it's the brand. I liked being able to eliminate some of the wiring that was not needed in order to improve cooling.

Re:Modular power supply (1)

compro01 (777531) | about 6 years ago | (#25499043)

I tend to just bundle up the extra wires with velcro ties and stuff them into the top 5.25" bay, right above the optical drive, and since that's a dead-air zone anyway (optical drives don't need any active cooling), so it doesn't affect anything anyway, though I suppose that would be a problem in cases that have a top fan mount, though I still subscribe to soldered-joints-are-better-than-contacts camp.

Re:Modular power supply (1)

toddestan (632714) | more than 5 years ago | (#25510463)

That's interesting. Are you always swapping the cables around or something? Are you sure they just weren't cheap supplies to begin with? If modular supplies have problems with the contacts oxidizing, I would imagine the same thing would affect the ends of the connectors on standard power supplies.

efsa (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25492229)

Isn't it illegale to keep a computer open by the FCC?

Also know as.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#25492301)

.. the Asus Contraceptive Case. No worries about sex with this puppy proudly displayed. More effective than a Tron costume.

Not much security (1)

spankyofoz (445751) | about 6 years ago | (#25493529)

It will make hardware upgrades much easier. Just wander around a LAN party and take what you like.

It's like a silicon buffet

FCC class? (1)

Distan (122159) | about 6 years ago | (#25494479)

Nice, but no friggin way a PC built in one of these is going to meet FCC class A or class B limits.

Of course, that isn't Antec's problem - the system integrator is the one responsible for meeting spec.

Text of the page-whore article (1)

farker haiku (883529) | about 6 years ago | (#25496931)

A Box Anticipated By Many Gamers
Chassis and component manufacturer Antec just released a new enthusiast case called the Skeleton, which is just that -- the framework of an enclosure, without the walls. The Test Center assembled a PC using the case, which Antec says people either love or hate.

The Meaning Of Bare Bones
The front of the Skeleton is where the optical and hard drives are housed. It is also where you'll find the power and reset buttons, as well as two USB ports, a FireWire port, an eSATA connection, and audio jacks. The 250mm "Big Boy" fan on top of the unit provides enough airflow to cool most of the components, but is surprisingly quiet

Slider Design
The component tray slides out from the rear of the chassis, allowing for access to the motherboard and power supply. Note the slots on the top of the side screen panels which permit the user to "hang" four additional hard drives (two on each side) in addition to the two that can be mounted in the case.

Open Space
The plastic PCI Mounting Bar sits along the top of the back and provides a bracket to screw in PCI cards. The Skeleton is 3-way SLI ready, so there is enough space to install up to three 11-inch PCI-e graphics cards.

The Board Connects To Component Tray
The motherboard tray sits on top of the component tray and is removed with three screws. This makes it very easy to mount any size board.

Putting Meat On The Bones
The power supply mount sits directly below the back of the motherboard and easily pulls out by lifting the metal tab. After attaching the PSU, the mount slides into the chassis using either of two tracks, depending on its size. Reviewers found mounting the component simple, but finding a place to route the thick cables was much more difficult.

The rear of the completely assembled computer looks a little jumbled. With a little more effort, some of the tangled wires could probably be hidden. Notice that the I/O panel is not used on the Skeleton. Antec recommends that it be kept in a safe place in case you decide to move the motherboard to a traditional case somewhere down the road

Skeleton Of A New Machine
The front of the completed system looks a little bit neater. There is a mount for a second optical drive under the first one, and two, 3.5-inch hard drives hide behind the detachable 92mm fan. All the drives are mounted with a single screw that locks into place by sliding it into the slot. They are also quickly removable by just depressing the appropriate tab.

Cool Cooling
The fan on top of the unit has a speed control switch that the user can set to one of three different speeds. There is also a simple button that changes the multi-color LEDs into a variety of different colors. By default the LEDs cycle through all the options.

can i...? (1)

oneal13rru (1322741) | about 6 years ago | (#25497153)

Can I be cool too? I'm gonna cut a bunch of holes in the side of my beige monster. (Side note: my girl doesn't think beige PCs are ugly... Keeper)

Just Got Mine Yesterday (1)

Khue (625846) | about 6 years ago | (#25497299)

Just got mine yesterday. It will be replacing a custom Acrylic case I made myself. This is the first production case that really gave me a nerdgasm. As far as the people who are complaining about EM, I really think you guys are over estimating how much computers really throw these days. I'm sure it's on par or less then that of a Cell Phone. I am not saying that they don't throw EM at all... but it seems kind of silly to think that this case would cause other devices not to work... or give anyone tumors or some such rubbish. By the way, if you look around you can find one for about 120 bucks. I found mine on Google Checkout.

Re:Just Got Mine Yesterday (1)

atamido (1020905) | about 6 years ago | (#25501009)

Judging from the interference on my little PC speakers, I'd say that cell phones put out a lot more EM than PCs.

Antec is not the first manufacturer (1)

Stonesand (922187) | about 6 years ago | (#25498841)

This has been done for awhile - I've had one on my desk for the last six months from highspeedpc. Check it out here: []
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