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First Look At Wild New "Level 10" Concept PC Case

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the definite-style-points dept.

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notthatwillsmith writes "Maximum PC just posted an exclusive hands on with Thermaltake's unique Level 10 case. This concept design features individual compartments for different components (each with dedicated cooling) all mounted on a black steel frame. The case looks like a prop from 2001, rendered in black steel instead of white plastic. It's absolutely unlike anything I've ever seen before."

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very pretty (2, Interesting)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571213)

but for me, and my company, ludicrous to even consider. Laptops and Desktops and Servers are all throw-away* commodities these days. I have no use for this. But wow, it's pretty.

*recycle, Manbearpig thanks you.

Re:very pretty (4, Insightful)

0racle (667029) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571291)

Cases like this are aimed at the hobbyist, not at corporate desks or people only interested in a tool.

Personally, I kinda like it.

Re:very pretty (4, Insightful)

sadness203 (1539377) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571389)

47 pounds case ? It's for no hobbyist, it's for body builder. No normal geek could even think of moving this behemoth.
And I find it rather ugly.

Re:very pretty (5, Funny)

sajuuk (1371145) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571469)

Any normal geek should be able to lift 47lbs without a problem from moving around outdated CRTs to throw them out of windows. And from moving around liquid cooled servers.

Re:very pretty (5, Funny)

Nested (981630) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571627)

Any normal geek that is, excluding Mac users. Jobs killed CRTs back in 2002 (well, except for the eMac which sold for an additional three years to EDU) lending plenty of time for major muscle atrophy to have set in.

tl;dr Mac users won't be able to lift this thing.

Re:very pretty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571817)

They won't be able to use it anyway, since they aren't allowed to build their own machines (Jobs killed that too).

Re:very pretty (1)

sarahbau (692647) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572029)

My Mac Pro weighs 42 lbs. That's not much less than this case.

Re:very pretty (4, Insightful)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572089)

Just saying "any normal geek" already excludes Mac users. It has nothing to do with when Apple stopped using CRTs.

/me dons asbestos undies

Re:very pretty (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571793)

Mod parent up! The same thing occurred to me a long time when I had to clear out a large storage room full of dead CRTS and every-single-part-made-completely-out-of-lead computers. Don't forget ye olden days printers as well...Always wondered how my wimpier brethren got by.

Re:very pretty (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571491)

47 pounds?! Hope you live next door to the factory because it'll cost more to ship than to build.

Re:very pretty (4, Funny)

Trepidity (597) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571529)

They've helpfully taken care of that problem, ensuring that the cost of the case is significantly more than the cost of shipping by setting the case's price at $700.

Re:very pretty (1)

HeronBlademaster (1079477) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571531)

When you're already paying $700 for the case, what's another $100 for shipping? That's like searching for a $10 discount on RAM when you're also buying a $1000 Core i7 Extreme (and then possibly using it for nothing more than Minesweeper). It's all about perspective...

Re:very pretty (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571501)

The article summary seems to agree with you:

"The case looks like a prop from 2001, rendered in black steel instead of white plastic".

*points to Cupertino* - the cute little toys are that-away, bub. I rather like the "ugly black behemoth".

Re:very pretty (1)

frosty_tsm (933163) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571669)

I used to have a 50 pound tower, and I even carried it from one end of campus and back (one mile).

Today's geeks get to enjoy the luxury of being out of shape with their EEE PCs and Macbook Airs.

Re:very pretty (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571797)

I just threw out a beige-box server case that weighed almost as much as this one & it was no where near as pretty.

Re:very pretty (1)

BassMan449 (1356143) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571859)

My tower weighs over 50 now. Any powerful computer in a large case will likely way as much as mine. I didn't RTFA but if I'm interpreting it right and the case itself is 47 pounds with no components then your probably looking in the mid 50's once everything is in there. That really is not that extreme and I've seen some computers that are far worse.

Re:very pretty (1)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571589)

A true geek appreciates the insides of a PC. A case is purely superfluous.

Re:very pretty (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571771)

That's not a troll, that's an opinion from a non-cutting edge user or non-gamer.

Re:very pretty (1)

theIsovist (1348209) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571847)

that's not a non-cutting edge user, that's just someone who looks at a case and says, yeah it may look good, but i'll go with the 5 dollar option that does the same and enjoy my end of the year bonus, thank you very much.

Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (2, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571267)

If you buy one of these suckers, you'd best make sure your girlfriend really enjoys dusting. Oh, wait a minute...this is Slashdot. Never mind.

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571411)

If you buy one of these suckers, you'd best make sure your girlfriend really enjoys dusting. Oh, wait a minute...this is Slashdot.

I'd also point out that, in addition to slashdot, this is also the 21st century.

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571533)

That means vacuuming instead of dusting?

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (1)

schon (31600) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571581)

No No No.. it means that dust has been vanquished and doesn't exist anymore!

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (2, Informative)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571535)

I'd also point out that, in addition to slashdot, this is also the 21st century.

Exactly! We can make our own mechanical women now, girlfriends are soooo last century!

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571647)

My *wife* (yes really) does actually like putting on a maid's costume and picking up the feather duster.

Unfortunately, she never gets around to the dusting.

So I'm thinking of exchanging her for a newer model.

Your "mechanical women" seem like just the trick... can you please send me the technical specs and blueprints?

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (0, Offtopic)

abbynormal brain (1637419) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571781)

I am SO tempted to respond to this in a sassy way ... but, alas, my Karma is currently positive. Gotta keep Carson Daly happy.

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571935)

My *wife* (yes really) does actually like putting on a maid's costume and picking up the feather duster.

Unfortunately, she never gets around to the dusting.

I'm a tad confused - is this a bug, or a feature?

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (5, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571985)

I'm a tad confused - is this a bug, or a feature?

Depends on if you're home when it happens.

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572011)

It used to be a feature, but middle age has made it into a bug.

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572143)

Can I have the *wife* since you don't need it anymore? I don't mind bugs like that, and the maid costume might be interesting,

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (1)

megamerican (1073936) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571703)

If you buy one of these suckers, you'd best make sure your girlfriend really enjoys dusting. Oh, wait a minute...this is Slashdot.

I'd also point out that, in addition to slashdot, this is also the 21st century.

I'd also point out, in addition to this being the 21st century, water is wet.

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (1)

HeronBlademaster (1079477) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571739)

I'd also point out that, in addition to slashdot, this is also the 21st century.

Exactly. Neither of us bother to dust.

Re:Looks like a bit of a dust magnet (1)

NoYob (1630681) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571865)

If you buy one of these suckers, you'd best make sure your girlfriend really enjoys dusting. Oh, wait a minute...this is Slashdot. I'd also point out that, in addition to slashdot, this is also the 21st century.

You tell 'em. I have an out of work programmer who's job was off-shored dusting my shit.

Wait... what? (4, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571273)

The case looks like a prop from 2001, rendered in black steel instead of white plastic. It's absolutely unlike anything I've ever seen before.

How can it look like a prop from a movie if its unlike anything you've ever seen before?

Logic failing aside,

It makes me think of what might happen if they combined the Death Star's Exterior with a PS3.

Re:Wait... what? (1)

xxEtineSxx (711059) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571329)

The case looks like a prop from 2001, rendered in black steel instead of white plastic. It's absolutely unlike anything I've ever seen before(IRL)

Thar -- fixd.

Re:Wait... what? (1)

theIsovist (1348209) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571893)

or simply, the PS2 slim with a few cheesy 3rd party additions. Am I the only one who thinks this looks almost sue-worthy similar to the PS2?

Motherboard? (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571293)

Wow, that's just incredibly gorgeous.

Did anyone notice whether or not it can handle standard motherboards?

Re:Motherboard? (1)

lien_meat (1126847) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571569)

I read on their website [ttlevel10.com] on the "Gallery" tab that it's atx & mini atx form factor. (somehow the specifications are in the gallery...no clue why...)

Re:Motherboard? (2, Informative)

bcmm (768152) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571579)

From TFA:

The case fits standard ATX and micro-ATX boards.

It is indeed beautiful. And it's very cool that it takes standard hardware Every other commercial case I've seen is either a barebone with a non-removable motherboard, a conventional large box, or a large box with tacky plastic 'round the edges to make it look less like a large box. I couldn't imagine anybody spending this much on a non-standard case which will go obsolete, but a real case stays current for a long time, unless, of course, the PSU is non-replaceable. Anybody know about that?

Re:Motherboard? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571707)

As opposed to what? A non-standard motherboard?

"Yes, here's our 700$ case. It's huge and you will pay through the nose to ship it, but surprise! All you're allowed to put in it is this incredibly specific profile that Dell designed for one discontinued line of laptops back in 2002!"

It takes ATX and MicroATX. So yes. "Standard."

Re:Motherboard? (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572073)

Gorgeous?

It barks.

Really. Who wants their home or office to look like a hold over from a 1920's industrial plant!?!

TFA says it is "jaw dropping". (-1, Troll)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571299)

Snore.
Snore.
Snore.

Re:TFA says it is "jaw dropping". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571527)

It's so incredible, that it is in fact bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29572023)

just like a pussy!

Can't wait to dust it. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571333)

All those nooks and crannies, I'd say it looks like the moore's law version of an english muffin. Hope your apartment is actually a fab's clean room.

Duh (5, Funny)

moogied (1175879) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571337)

Of course its like nothing you've ever seen. Its completely unnecessary. I've never seen a car with built-in centrifuge.. doesn't mean they should make one.

Re:Duh (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571455)

The centrifuge is for enriching the uranium in your carbon-free nuclear gas turbine green-car, you unimaginative clod.

Re:Duh (2, Funny)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571653)

1.21 gigawatts should be enough for anyone.

Re:Duh (1)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571623)

Of course its like nothing you've ever seen. Its completely unnecessary. I've never seen a car with built-in centrifuge.. doesn't mean they should make one.

I travel by centrifuge you insensitive clod.

Re:Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571745)

You could, since the car has a perpetual motion engine powered by an endless supply of centrifugal force.

Re:Duh (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571931)

For suitably small values of "centrifuge", you could probably just cable-tie you sample tubes to one or more of your hubcaps.

Heck, a lot of hubcaps even have convenient little slots in them, that would be just about right for sample tubes...

Re:Duh (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571933)

I've never seen a car with built-in centrifuge.. doesn't mean they should make one.

They do. [diesel-fuels.com]

Ok. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571341)

Cool? Yes. $700 cool? No.

Re:Ok. (1)

joggle (594025) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571467)

Sigh, I have to agree. According to their website their target customer is architects (trying to make a good impression on clients presumably), high-end gamers (presumably the highest end gamers who have absolutely unlimited budgets) and content creators thanks to its thermal properties.

I don't see how this case could possibly be worth $700 to anyone that cares anything about money though (except for perhaps the architects). Sure, it looks pretty but it's also huge, heavy, difficult to clean and awfully expensive for a case.

Re:Ok. (1)

HeronBlademaster (1079477) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571799)

(presumably the highest end gamers who have absolutely unlimited budgets)

This. $2000 can get you an essentially top of the line machine these days (at least, it did for me); if I were going to spend $700 on the case, I'd want to scale up the other parts appropriately (getting into you-have-to-be-kidding-me territory), and the machine would cost somewhere in the vicinity of $7000. Granted, it's not hard to put together a parts list far exceeding that cost, but no gamer really needs anything that expensive.

Re:Ok. (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571879)

Now I'm wondering if my neighbor, the metalworker, could do something like this for a fraction of the price if I gave him the specs?

Re:Ok. (2, Insightful)

theIsovist (1348209) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572003)

I find it interesting that they intend to sell it to architects. The case design is clutered and littered with ornamental additions. the reveals on the flat side take away from the clean plane they attempted to create. Modern architecture and design is about simple, elegant beauty. This case is overly elaborate and the added details do nothing to enhance the function. For the record, IAA.

Re:Ok. (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572025)

Sure, it looks pretty but it's also huge, heavy,

Oh now no need to make fun of Maximum PC's website ... Oh, wait, were you talking about the PC case?

Re:Ok. (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571493)

Cool? No. $700 cool? No way in hell.

If it was a choice between this and the Antec Solo with both at $89.95, then maybe I'd be interested in this case but it would be close.

Here's why. (1)

NoYob (1630681) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571967)

...designed in conjunction with BMW DesignWorks.

Next up, case designs by Ferrari, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, etc....

Then Ralph Lauren will do one for the bankers.

Re:Ok. (1)

an unsound mind (1419599) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572105)

Cool? Yes. $200 cool? Still yes.

$700 cool? Are you fucking kidding me?

Pretty but still not perfect (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571383)

If you look at the drive bay covers they are not perfectly aligned. For $700, you would expect Jobsian OCD attention to detail, regardless in shortcomings to the other design elements.

Re:Pretty but still not perfect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571955)

attention to detail

Obviously you aren't very familiar with ThermalTake.

The bottom line: $700 (4, Insightful)

steveha (103154) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571391)

That's all I really need to know. It looks interesting, it might be cool, but I'll never buy one.

steveha

Re:The bottom line: $700 (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571801)

Makes me want to quantify the Mac tax I pay... as in I tend to equate to the days when Alienware and likes first hit the scene and a lot of us scoffed at paying for packaging... and here I am with an iMac and a MacBook Pro.

The problem I have with this case is that its shown in vertical. Granted the old style desktop is not in vogue anymore but towers just scream computer. I guess its why my preferred platform is a laptop operating closed (clam shell) most of the time. Its because I can place it somewhere where it does make a statement. Which is also probably why I like the iMac, it doesn't look like a computer. Don't get the wrong idea, Apple doesn't always get it right. The Mac Mini and Apple TV both have no place in my world, the later would look like crap in my entertainment center and many others as black or stainless are what is in style.

The second problem with a case like that is that all the imagination is gone when its created, you don't get to much of anything other than assemble it. At least with traditional cases you can paint/window/etc them to make them look less like hardware.

Re:The bottom line: $700 (1)

Bakkster (1529253) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571909)

Especially since one can build a new machine for less than that total.

I'd love to meet the person who builds a machine that has thermal demands that necessitate a kit like this, then actually pushes the machine enough that he couldn't have gotten by spending 1/3rd of the price.

"Thermally isolated" (1)

qoncept (599709) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571403)

The guts of the Level 10: individual compartments keep components thermally isolated. And it looks wicked.

Sweet! Now my hard drives and CPU get hotter and my DVD drive stays at room temp! HOW ADVANCED!!!

Expensive! (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571427)

The Level 10 will be available in mid-October for $700.

$700 for a case? I can buy a quad-core desktop with more RAM than I know what to do with for that much.

Re:Expensive! (1)

madsenj37 (612413) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571613)

Run Flash in Firefox!

Re:Expensive! (1)

ElSupreme (1217088) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571709)

That is what I was thinking.

Looks stupid, priced stupid (1, Troll)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571437)

Fugly. I wouldn't pay $700 for that. Let me change that - I wouldn't pay $7.00 for that. It's too damn big. Also, if you add up all the fans you'll need to take full advantage of the |individual cooling", it's going to be noisy.

Definitely targeted at the "more money than brains" folks.

Re:Looks stupid, priced stupid (1)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571989)

Definitely targeted at the "more money than brains" folks.

Of course, it came from BMW Design Group...

Actually, I'd like to think of it as "Just as much money as brains"...

Anyone else remember the Cube? (1)

Dareth (47614) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571463)

Ah the simplicity of simple easy to access slots for things.

Hey this looks cool, but that is about my budget for a whole rig, so I will stick to something functional without stupid LED glowing in my eyes.

Terrible (3, Insightful)

ShooterNeo (555040) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571475)

Why this case is a bad idea :

1. $700. That would buy a whole generation of core component upgrades (CPU/video card/RAM)
2. It uses small, noisy fans rather than larger, quiet ones like this case : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103011 [newegg.com]
3. Having a sweet looking computer case isn't going to impress anyone any more than having a sweet comic book collection. Save the money for spending things on stuff that actually (theoretically) have a chance of getting you laid, like better clothes or a nicer car.
4. You could buy a vapor chill cooler instead and overclock like mad. This case won't give you any more performance than a standard case.

In short, $700? No Wi Fi? Less space than a server case? Lame.

Re:Terrible (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571635)

No Wi Fi?

WiFi has no place on a boxt that needs to have a power cord plugged into the wall to function.

It's a luggable. (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571699)

Didn't you see the handle? It's clearly meant to be a "luggable." A full-sized computer that you can move about the house when you want. Do you want to have to fish cat 5 through all the convenient locations in your house just to take full advantage of it? Wired ethernet has its own security problems btw.

Re:It's a luggable. (1)

Hyppy (74366) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572021)

Wired ethernet has its own security problems btw.

Oh pray tell

Re:Terrible (1)

ShooterNeo (555040) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571965)

That was a riff on the :

No wi fi? Less space than a Nomad? Lame.

Joke that is floating around on slashdot.

Re:Terrible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571663)

1. $700. That would buy a whole generation of core component upgrades (CPU/video card/RAM)

*snip*

Save the money for spending things on stuff that actually (theoretically) have a chance of getting you laid, like better clothes or a nicer car.

Unnecessary step there. For $700 you could easily get four or five hour with a rather nice prostitute. Well over a dozen shags with a crackwhore.

Re:Terrible (1)

HeronBlademaster (1079477) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571961)

Having a sweet looking computer case isn't going to impress anyone any more than having a sweet comic book collection.

I agree with the rest of your comment, but not this. Imagine you're looking to hire a graphic design company to design your new ads for $NEXT_BIG_THING. Company A has nice, sleek-looking cases and dual-monitor setups on each designer's desk. Company B has yellowed, coffee-stained beige cases and a pair of old 15" CRTs on each desk. Assuming each company produces work of equivalent quality, and both are willing to charge the same price, which would you hire?

Personally, I'd go for company A; nicer-looking machines implies nicer machines, which means that the designers are going to spend less time waiting for their machines to process things, which means that my work will get done faster.

You'll find that most people looking to hire companies like that don't even make decisions based on that much information. They'll choose based solely on nicer-looking cases, because to them it implies that they're wealthier and therefore better at their jobs, with no regard for what the implications might be, and without bothering to investigate further.

You're right in that it doesn't matter for the average gamer. But for a business who's looking to present the best possible image to clients? I can understand making sure every case looks high-end.

Re:Terrible (3, Insightful)

Stevecrox (962208) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571987)

Why does everyone assume fancy cars or superbikes will get you laid. When I bought my £4k superbike every person (men and women) all thought the said the same thing. The problem is if you pull up outside a crowded pub in a top class Mercedes/ Audi A4 controvertible or a superbike all that happens is 10 guys come up to have a look at it and tell you how awesome it is. Then they tell you how they'd love to own one and ask you how it drives/rides.

It's like the myth that owning a motorcyle makes you cool to the opposite sex. Honestly in 7 years of riding I've met three random girls who liked the idea. Every other woman I've met when it comes up in conversation has used this exact phrase "Thats so cool, but I could never ride a bike its too scary." I ride a bike because its a joy, not because it makes me "cool". As for the Mecredes and the Audi pure luck from work rentals off of Hertz.

My point? Buy what makes you happy, if its a superbike or a massive comic collection. Just because you have a particular possession you won't magically become more attractive to the opposite sex. For me this case seems like a massive waste of money, but then I think iPhones are massive wastes of money.

Nice design work, BMW!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571555)

Now I'll just wait for the $50 knockoff by Asus.

no Firewire ports (3, Insightful)

arizonagroovejet (874489) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571575)

For $700 I'd expect at least one FW800 port on the front.

Re:no Firewire ports (1)

NoYob (1630681) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571993)

For $700 I'd expect at least one FW800 port on the front.

And a self-lubricating vagina and a mouth.

I see the bays... (1)

repetty (260322) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571587)

I see the bays; where's the cabinet?

Re:I see the bays... (1)

wsanders (114993) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571695)

Mobo fits on the RHS, and big rectangular cutout for your enormous stack of CPU coolers.

I don't see where the air is supposed to go, though.

Oh, well this is just for the crowd who have a house full of lucite furniture and inflatable chairs, whoever they are.

"Central pillar" (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571609)

Rather than a standard aluminum box, the Thermaltake Level 10 would incorporate a central pillar, with individual compartments hanging from it for the motherboard...

Now, I don't know what definition of "central pillar" they're using, but I would think that, at the very least, it would mean that components wouldn't all be mounted on one side of a giant panel that stretches from front to back and top to bottom.

It definitely looks "cool" but it also looks gigantic, heavy, and poorly balanced â" if you actually attempt to use that handle they stuck on there, I can't see how you don't cut up your shins on the razor-sharp flared base as 50 pounds of steel swings inconveniently towards you.

Re:"Central pillar" (1)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571715)

The next version comes with a pair of complimentary hockey shin guards.

Dumb. (4, Insightful)

rAiNsT0rm (877553) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571671)

I've been a system builder since the 486DX2 66MHz days and of all the case designs I've seen come, go, and be claimed to be the next coming, the only one to ever be a perfect blend of form and function is the Mac Pro cases by Apple. I'm not even a fanboy, and most of those cases probably were never even cracked, but there is no denying them. This thing is just dumb.

Re:Dumb. (1)

value_added (719364) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571995)

[O]f all the case designs I've seen come, go, and be claimed to be the next coming, the only one to ever be a perfect blend of form and function is the Mac Pro cases by Apple.

My next system will be a Mac Pro for that very reason.

I sat down and calculated the costs of building something similar and compared that to the standard but comparable server offerings from Dell, among others. The first was cheaper, but simply wasn't worth the effort, and there was no guarantee I'd end up with something as good, or as quiet. The second, well, who really wants to run something that sounds like multiple hairdryers if you don't have a server room?

The irony, of course, is I won't be running OS X.

It looks like an old piece of (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571693)

telephone switching equipment. Seriously, an expensive design and manufacturing process and its really not that good looking.

$700 for What? (1)

greymond (539980) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571779)

Don't get me wrong, I think this case looks cool and I am assuming that keeping each component separate really will cut down on the overall heat generated by the computer. However, for $700 (a little less in some cases) you could get a water or liquid cooled case from Xoxide which would, in my theorycrafting as I haven't played with this case hands on, would keep your components a lot cooler. Perhaps if this case was around the $350 range it'd be more appealing to me.

Tag suggestion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571821)

I suggest this be tagged onecasetorulethemall.

Looks extruded from a smart surface (1)

tibman (623933) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571833)

It looks like a computer was extruded out from a smart surface or something. The appearence is very appealing to me, very few structural parts. That must be why it is made of metal instead of plastic. Not seeing 80/120mm fan grills all over the place looks strange too. I'm skeptical about how cool it actually is... well, air cooling anyways.

Waiting for next revision (4, Funny)

Stealth Dave (189726) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571851)

My case needs to go to eleven.

Targeted at the wrong market? (1)

Seriph (466197) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571949)

OK I'm one of the saps that are able and willing to lay down $700 (well actually about 500 UKP) for an interestingly designed computer case as long as it's functional and well built. The only problem is that this one's looks just don't appeal to me in the way that something like the Mac Pro cases do.

level 10? (0, Redundant)

sukotto (122876) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571957)

Screw that. I only use cases that go up to 11.

not very interesting (3, Interesting)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572041)

I would prefer something with more class, more style, more customization and a price tag that doesn't make one vomit blood.

This is going to be my next case. Wood and brass (fake brass, but close enough). Great thing about a wood case is that it is easily modifiable with simple household tools.
http://www.nmediapc.com/htpc8000.htm

Cables length? (4, Insightful)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572061)

One of the strengths and unfortunate weaknesses of PCs is that components are interchangable. This is a plus, since it means anyone can replace a part, but the downside is, the replacement parts may not fit the "concept" quite wel.

In this case, it appears that while there's the central stand for wire routing, I'm not sure if it comes with the requisite power supply and cables trimmed to the right length. Too much cable is OK, you can hide the slack in the tower, but more often than not, cables are just a wee bit too short.

A design like the old G4 towers where one side flips down with the motherboard exposed and all the cables running along the edge is what I envision a good case to be, but even in OEM PC designs from Dell and the like, they incorporate such "flip open" design. Unfortunately, it fails as some cable is too short, meaning it flips open a little bit, you disconnect it, open it more, disconnect the next too-short cable, etc. A real mess that spoils the nice servicability.

My one concern is that - what happens if the power supply you bought doesn't have cables that reach? You have to invest in extensions? Or is that vertical stand contain a backplane, and all you do is plug the power/sata/IDE/etc cables into it, where they will go to the right component?

Will it hold a Mac (1)

Registered Coward v2 (447531) | more than 4 years ago | (#29572075)

mother board and components? If so, that'd be a great case to replace the boring steel box. All you need the is a cool keyboard / mouse / monitor to finish it off.
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