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Cool Computer Cases Continue

CmdrTaco posted more than 15 years ago | from the quest-never-ends dept.

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philby sent us a link to another site offering some pretty crazy case designs. The end of beige is almost in site. Several of these are quite cool, although the strangest one is call The Penguin. You gotta see that one.

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SO ugly. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978224)

And it's so easy to make a nice case:
a simple, elegant, black cube.

One that's not made out of plastic.

How about 300W power supply (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978225)


Noticed no 300W power cases.

Wimpy!

Need 300W for us power dual-cpu users. Hehehe.

well, woopdie-doo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978226)

futuristic huh? dump the floppy. seriously, does anyone use them for anything but installs anymore?

If they're going for radical designs, how about a clear plastic case, or better yet one made entirely out of LEGO's.

-tjw


Correction (pedant) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978227)

Ought to be s/site/sight/

But I like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978228)

The standard beige, squareish-looking case, with no stupid sliding doors, or curvy surfaces, or nonstandard floppy drives, or anything like that. I'll keep my cheap $30, fully-functional, no-frills case, thanks.

--Mike (Only anonymous because I don't happen to have an e-mail address)

who needs a case anyway? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978229)

I have three computers and none have their case on.
It just makes it easer to tinker with the HW. I guess
I was ahead of my time. I did this before see through
cases were in.

If you ask me, the coolest case would be a modified
IBM xt case. Go for the retro look!!

That's IT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978230)

I've had it. I'm going to open up a woodshop and start making real cases, like out of mahogany and oak and bird's eye maple. I'll have the overpaid execs of lame start-ups busting down my door to have cases that match their mega-$$$ solid oak desks...yeah...THAT's where the money is...

That's IT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978231)

I've seen pics of a really nicely done case like that. Matching speakers, mouse, and keyboard. Must have taken forever, but it was gorgeous. Nothing like a nice, hardwood computer, you know?


mwegner@cs.oberlin.edu

These are beige-- more of the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978232)

These ARE beige.

Rack case - std colors tho (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978233)

http://www.calpc.com/html/rack_mount_computer.html
a buddy is very satisfied with these.

One of my friends did that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978234)

One of my friends has done the metalic look.

He has applied various types of metalic paint (silver and gold), and put on fake rivets.

It looks really cool :-))


My case is spray painted bright red, as is my keyboard (which looks really cool because you can't see the letters on it), and my palmtop, and occasionally my hair (though not with spray paint).


UGH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978235)

man! those are ugly cases, 'specially the ones near the bottom. makin' me queasy.

No, it's not beige, it's IVORY! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978236)


Um, that's different, right? Right?!


:)

Just Variations on Beige...SPAM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978237)

i looked at the cases - just variations of beige.
kind of like:

spam spam;
spam eggs and spam;
spam spam sausage and spam;
spam spam spam spam ketchup and spam.

but nothing really interesting or revolutionary
like what apple did with the iMac or new G3.
the PC world adds a dash of colour to a beige
box and calls it another revolution... .

Just Variations on Beige...SPAM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978238)

i looked at the cases - just variations of beige.
kind of like:

spam spam;
spam eggs and spam;
spam spam sausage and spam;
spam spam spam spam ketchup and spam.

but nothing really interesting or revolutionary
like what apple did with the iMac or new G3.
the PC world adds a dash of colour to a beige
box and calls it another revolution... (yawn).

SO ugly. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978239)

with several smallish LCD panels, each cycling through cryptic sounding TLA's, wireframe graphics, and mathmatical formulae, surrounding a red glowing "eye" that is mounted on a metal panel...

Nah, been done.

/. effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978240)

I do not know. I just tried to visit this site, and the slashdot effect seems to have taken hold, at least on on of the pages. It is a phenomenon I wold like to take more time to study in depth. An djust think of the beowulf cluster I could make with several of thes boxes.

/.'ed!!! damn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978241)

damn, rob you'll really need to mirror thoses sites before linking them hehehehe...

futurecase.com got the slashdot effect!



-Me.

Buy an SGI today! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978242)

Hey, I know you... :)

Make a big yellow Pikachu box. Heh.

HAL 9000 Case (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978243)

Dammit, when can I have my HAL 9000 Case?

Black cube, with funky clear plastic things that I need to slide out to shutdown.

And, of course, the HAL `face' up front.

-cow

$30 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978244)

I would, but mine's an AT case (I'm not cool enough or wealthy enough to upgrade everything at once to ATX, so I'm stuck)


I'd still think you could get a decent ATX one with a 250+ watt supply for around $50-60, depending on where you look, maybe less. Have you checked pricewatch?


--Mike


Computer cases will all be grey... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978245)

... until you can replace the face plates of your CD-ROM/DVD/Floppy/Orb/Zip/etc drive. My friend has an Acer computer with a black case, when he upgraded to a DVD he couldn't find one for a reasonable price with a black face plate. His nice looking case has become an eyesore.

Until PC owners have a "fashion" sense about the grey box hidden under their desk, manufacturers will ignore this. Until there is a market that is willing to support the extra cost of storing identical parts in a wherehouse that are different colors, we will have no chioce of color in our box.

Anyway, what is so bad about grey? I think that InWin makes some fine looking cases. A lot nicer than most of those vomit colored designer cases.

I personaly like the option to find the best price on computer components without having to worry about their colors.


Loren

Mounting motherboard to wood no problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978246)

with heat... a very hot chip is still under 200F, far below the fire hazzard point. just to be safe, use several fans.

Since were on the topic of cases... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978247)

What is a good 300W+ ATX full tower that will keep the inside REALLY cool for around $100-$200?

Sailor Moon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978248)

I just got a beige WinTel box last January. I'm gonna have my brother airbrush Sailor Moon & Devil Hunter Yohko all over it. It's gonna be spiffy!

Tinted Plexiglass with blacklights (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978249)

Think about it. You could pimp out your box much like you could your car with stereo equipment. Have some glow in the dark scsi cables and a smooth blue tinted plexglass case with a blacklight mounted and it'll look sweet.

G3 Cloning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978250)

Can someone clone and modify the G3 case for PCs?

G3 Cloning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978251)

Are on crack? Those are the ugliest things ever devised.

Uninspired? No way! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978252)

Who told you that chick like Penguins ?
Mine don't even try to think about Linux!!
Too danmed hard to lurn for them..

Ba.. that's life..

--
Life is beautiful without all those stupid
clouds..Smile and go take a walk near the
Penguins zoo :-)

Better be careful there, sonny boy, -FIRE!!!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1978253)

Sure wood doesn't start to burn. But I work for a computer company that shall rename very nameless that made some boards that CAUGHT FIRE SPONTANEOUSLY. I won't tell you specifically why they did, but it was a manufacturing error. Also, I know it has happened to other companies. Since these were inside metal cases it was contained. to a single office. A lot better than bringing down the whole building. Extra fans would only serve to spit out more smoldering embers into your workspace (it was that bad - real scary). If you need that wood verneer, glue it to the outside of something metal. There s a reason why your wood case would probably not be UL approved.

Crap construction? Who cares? (1)

jbrw (520) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978285)

...as long as they look cool, right?

Bah!

...j

End of beige? (1)

John Campbell (559) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978286)

All of those cases looked pretty darned beige to me. Some of them were beige with little colored bits on them, but hell, the IBM PC 300GL I've got sitting in front of me has little colored bits on it, too (blue, of course).

The real problem with modern cases isn't the color, anyway. You don't like the color? Paint it. The problem with modern cases is that they're too damn small. Give me one of those huge old AT boxes any day...

Wood cases (1)

Cheakamus (635) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978290)

As I understand it, it is important to have a case to block the EMF from the system (please correct me if I'm wrong). What is the shielding capability of wood? Would it have to be lined with some sort of metal, as most plastic cases I've seen are? I think a nicely finished wood case would be awesome.

Thanks!

Cheakamus

Very nice and all that but... (1)

Codifex Maximus (639) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978291)

What I really want is:
Multiple LEDs for Multiple HardDrives/Systems.
Power LED, Temp, Fan Status, Processor Speed via BIOS, CPU/s load meters. (LCD's could be substituted for LED's)
Minimum of 3 5.25" and 2 3.5" bays.
300W+ Power Supply.
Removable motherboard mounting frame.
Multiprocessor friendly layout.
Intrusion Detection System.
Advanced Cooling System ie: Heatsink external to case with thermostatically controlled cooling.
Choice of colors: Black, Tan, Ivory, Purple, Brushed Aluminum etc...

All for under $200USD. :|

IBM XT case - still alive and kicking (0)

gavinhall (33) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978293)

Posted by The ULTIMATE Crippler:

If a dumbass burglar stumbled into my office and had to pick which machine to steal, he'd probably get the crappiest one because it is in a big ass full tower case with dual power supplies and all that. The rattly XT case with the "blinkenlights" sticker on it would have been a far more desirable booty if Mr. Burglar only knew not to judge a book by its cover. :-)

BTW - The XT is going to be a dual Pentium II 400MHz as soon as I get my tax refund back. Woo! Now I just need to find a nice clickety clack keyboard so I can get rid of this freebie I got from Best Buy ($9.99 sticker, and a $9.99 rebate).

Penguin target? (1)

Kyt (903) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978297)

I can't help wondering if the Penguin boxes are yet another lame attempt to cash in on the explosion of Linux-lovers, or if they're intended to be "cute" boxes for geeks to buy their kids or girlfriends who've been whining for iMacs.

Uninspired (1)

mackga (990) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978298)

Some of the cases aren't that bad - a black Pointnet 8008 or the Penguin would be okay, but I find most case design uninspiring/uninsipired. I still like the old Sun pizza boxes, myself.

Not really just cases... (1)

mackga (990) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978299)

But here are some pics [black-cube.net] of older Sun and SGI boxen. Some are pretty cool. Hey, maybe I can use that extra ss5 case for my homebuilt? Think the boss'd miss it?

Buy an SGI (1)

mholve (1101) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978300)

They ALL have cool cases - standard. :)

Too small... (1)

mholve (1101) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978301)

Put the big stuff in a plain 'ol ugly POS you hide in the closet. Keep all the workstations in small, almost NC-like cases. You'll like it much better, trust me. Run CAT5 cable! :)

Ugly-Cases-R-Us (1)

mholve (1101) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978302)

Same old shit, different shape. Ugh.

The Duo (1)

tak* (1121) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978303)

The coolest case I saw there was the Duo case. It would be cool if there was an option for black with the purple. The real question is, how do they open up? Like a standard ATX case? If so, big deal. Wheres the innovation there?
It's far easier to forgive your enemy after you get even with him.

Ugh! (1)

tjones (1282) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978305)

When are we going to see brushed aluminum finish with fake chrome on the plastic parts? :)

These boxes just look like beige+ to me.

Hide the boxes (1)

Dave W (1310) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978306)

I agree, but we have gone one further and hidden all the PC's. We have two of us in a smallish room with 5 pc's. These are boxed in with sound proofing on some Ikea shelving.

The only problem is getting keyboard, mouse and monitor cables long enough. We have 7 meters so far and it is not quite enough.

The cat 5 solutions are very expensive. Maybe USB will help later?

Dave

Rackmount cases (1)

Jerky McNaughty (1391) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978307)

I'd rather have a relatively cheap rackmount case, anyone know where to get those?

Mounting motherboard to wood? (1)

Sabalon (1684) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978308)

I have a case that is 4 inches thick and a space that is 3 inches wide. The power supply will fit in...are there any problems with just screwing the motherboard to a piece of wood and secure it in there? Cut out the whole case alltogether.

And wow, the cases in this article are so ugly

Uninspired? No way! (1)

Draco (1804) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978311)

I would love the penguin case... especialy as my linux box at work is already called penguinbox

I think it's awesome, and the chicks would dig it... er... yeah...

End of beige? (1)

mattdm (1931) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978312)

Rob, most of these cases are beige.

--

Too small... (1)

emag (4640) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978319)

Why do all of these "cool" cases only come in mid-tower arrangements? Some of us need more than 5-6 drive bays, and prefer the room in a full tower. I guess I'll just have to design my own.

Remind me of IPC/IPX (don't keep score) (1)

doomicon (5310) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978320)

Couple of the cases remind me of the old lunchbox cases from Sun. I wouldn't mind a couple of those to fill with some older 486 MB/CPU's I have hanging on the wall, would save some space on my shelf. Otherwise I don't think the others are real practical, nor are they innovative just different.

Shuttle??? (1)

jshare (6557) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978322)

What's the target market for the two Shuttle designs? Do they even have expansion slots? What motherboards can they use? I'm a bit unimpressed by the info available on the site....

Jordan

Yawn... (1)

Optic (6803) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978323)

These are just typical cases with a fancy new front bezel. whoop. Moulded plastic. Plus, at least from my perspective, they're ugly.

I am a fan of big, heavy, ugly cases that protect your equipment, offer easy access to the bits you need access to, provide reasonble security against accidents (guards on switches and buttons), provide proper status monitoring (alarms, lots of LED's) and can easily be hidden away.

Silent computing is what I like. NC's are the future. :)

Bout time (1)

z0mbie (8533) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978326)

Yay! I can finally get that beigeness out of my head from looking at user's pc's all day long :)

Not much info... (1)

Tank (9385) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978328)

I don't know about this site... A large ammount of info about the cases isn't shown (AT/ATX, PRICE, etc), and I can't figure out what all the space on some of the bottom models is used for.... Maybe those folks will read this and address some of those things.

Also, when is someone going to come up with some really kick-ass rack mountable cases??

They're still boxes - and still beige. (1)

cyberwench (10225) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978329)

It reminds me of the old Bloom County where they go to buy a wheelchair - "What's so unique about this one?" "It has purple arm pads!". Aren't there any industrial design geeks out there willing to take this on? The coolest case I've seen so far is one we made for my brother... painted the case matte black, ran wires out and up the side, big black pipe on the top, chrome & latex accents. I'd like to be able to buy something like that. Or a totally round case... why is it so hard to find something like that??

My .02, anyway.

Leilah

lose the case... (1)

cyberwench (10225) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978330)

I'd suggest just losing the case - we have a computer at home that just has everything mounted onto a 1x6. It's easier than trying to fit everything into the case, and you get better air circulation too. Make sure you use those little motherboard feet, though - I don't think it'd work as well mounted flat on the board.

Leilah

Alphie - Barbarella (1)

cyberwench (10225) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978331)

The computer in Barbarella had this cool wall-o-metal thingys that moved when it talked... I want one that'll do that. I suppose it still wouldn't solve the case problem, but it'd be really cool.

Leilah

Cases for men! (1)

trabic (10931) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978333)

Ok the steel cases were pretty cool, but the other ones come with a 235W power supply?!? what am i supposed to use to run my drives, pedal power?

Mounting motherboard to wood? (1)

Serfer (11135) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978334)

No problems as far as i could see. Just don't tighten the screws too much, don't want to break anything...

beige boxes (1)

Lysol (11150) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978335)

Yeah, but they're all still beige somewhere's in them. I don't understand why I can't get a box that is completely non-beige. I mean, look at SGI machines. I've always thought they looked great! I dunno, this still baffles me. It's like everyone thinks the imac is so revolutionary, but there's been unix vendors doing color for some time now. I lust for a O2 case...

Better than wood... (1)

markhb (11721) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978336)

Go with 24k Au, probably with some firmer sheet metal inside to ensure it doesn't squish under the monitor/books/beer bottles/cat.

Buy an SGI today! (1)

SkyWriter (12677) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978337)

YES!

These are bad 'wannabe' cases, except for the
penguin one... I have no idea what that's trying
to be..
Confidentially I'm hiding all my cases behind
some nice hand sanded, veneered, and stained
finish plywood. Or maybe just spray paint em
all bright yellow! :)

Cases are not to be taken for granite! (1)

jabber (13196) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978340)

I'd love to see one of those, maybe with nice rosewood inlays, like an expensive luxury car.

Or maybe one that looks as though it were rough-hewn stone, with all sides except one polished to a high luster.

How about bumper chrome, or pearized laquer, like a '57 Chevy..

Would be expensive as hell to get started, but a custom case business would clean up, and do wonders for customization freaks.

Mac freaks (1)

Silverhammer (13644) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978341)

How many Mac freaks do you know that EVER open up their Macs?

People use Macs not because they're too stupid to understand how they work, but because they're too smart to care.

Comus would not look bad as a DVD Player (1)

KenCrandall (13860) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978343)



I've been contemplating setting up a PC as a DVD Player/Games machine by getting a slimline case and hooking it up to my home theater rig. That way, I could network it up to a Linux box for storage, and just run *duck* Win98 on it to play NHL 99 and Half-Life and so my wife could surf the net and use Office. Unfortunately, while getting a nice LPX case in the States is easy, LPX mobos don't have much of a market. NLX cases are a bit big, although getting them isn't difficult.


Ken

mounting motherboard on wood (1)

sarcastro (14549) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978344)

well, it worked for the apple I.

Mounting motherboard to wood? (1)

Zebulun (14800) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978345)

I was thinking the exact same thing.
geez. My only fear is the heat generated by
the processor. Could there be a fire hazard
of an all wood case? (I'm sure there would
be a intel PII or overclocked Celesux, but Im
more interested in using it with an AMD K6-2).

Also, what about using plexy? make a clear
plastic case?

Anyone have any URLs for how-tos and specs on
making an ATX hard wood or other material case?

if not, ill just do it myself. like i almost
have a life anywho. not.

-Z

Too small... (1)

Malic (15038) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978346)

Personally, I like the idea make a computer case out of Legos. If you need more drive bays, just rebuild the case...

Tired of a tower, need desktop case - rebuild it...

Mounting motherboard to wood? (1)

Malic (15038) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978347)

There might be a grounding problem. Most motherboards depend on good case mounting for some sort of grounding.

Yeah, who cares about RF interference anyway? (1)

Royster (16042) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978349)

Oh, maybe the FCC. Don't sell one of those.

They're still boxes. (1)

Karaoke Cold Lazarus (16429) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978350)

All of those cases are, for the most part, rectangular boxes with a nifty molded face plate. Sure, they may look a little better than the standard but come on, they don't break any ground as far as industrial design. When are we going to see some real innovation?

Mmm PPC... (1)

Karaoke Cold Lazarus (16429) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978351)

Actually, I really liked the design for the 20th Anniversary Mac.
A computer that serves as a piece of furniture or a work of art is very sexy indeed.
Gimmie some rounded corners!

Apple has the right idea, but... (1)

Karaoke Cold Lazarus (16429) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978352)

I open mine up quite often.
Although its never because anything goes wrong.
Sometimes I just like to look. Sometimes I just like to tweak.

Not too cool. (1)

jwriney (16598) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978353)

These still don't look as nifty as the ones from Colorcase( www.colorcase.com [colorcase.com] ), especially the Phoenix Gold and Phoenix Blue. Unfortunately, the Colorcase models are a bit pricy and have gotten some pretty bad reviews(complaining about poor construction, etc). Oh well.

--jwriney
John Riney
jwriney@awod.com

Me... (1)

jwriney (16598) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978354)

Eh, a cheap case is no fun to work on. When I was a hardware techie guy at my university, I used to hate working on those lame 20 buck cases all our PCs had. Sharp metal edges, cheap plastic siding, bizzaro mounting mechanisms that break too easy - bah.

The case I use in my home box, OTOH, cost me 99 bucks with PS, but it's a dream to play around in- 3 5" bays, 3 3" bays, either 2 or 3 internal 3" bays, big, heavy, lots of metal, solid as a brick wall. The sliding moboard tray is nice too. A-Pro ATX-196PX, btw. It's not beige, either.

--jwriney
John Riney
jwriney@awod.com

They're still boxes. (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978356)

The IBM Aptiva series had some nice design:
Specifically the model that had the pop-up floppy/CD drive that rested on the desk while the tower went on the floor.
Now that's good ID.

Besides, all the components of computers are boxy, what else is the case going to be?
A Box is the most space-efficent way of putting those components together.
Those Intel Pyramids might suit you, but they better have a BIG fan in the top :)
Go PPC!

Really Cool Case (1)

ScUmM_BoY (17825) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978357)

The coolest case wouldnt have all the sheet metal edges that carve your hands up every time you try to expand your system. Most of the Really creative cases ive seen have been home made/improved. A good one was painted flat black, and had pink, green and blue paint splattered on it. we need a 'By Geeks, For Geeks' hardware storage section in slashdot (with pics, tuts, etc) on how to get/make cool computer containers. a cheap way to get a rack mounted case would be TRES cool. I guess thats it for me today...


el retardo (1)

davek (18465) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978358)

I'm waiting for the sleak, black, futuristic look of the new VT340! Yippie!
-davek

well, woopdie-doo (1)

Ted Nitz (18875) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978359)

futuristic huh? dump the floppy. seriously, does anyone use them for anything but installs anymore?

If they're going for radical designs, how about a clear plastic case
...

gosh, why don't they just sell the iMac case? I think it's pretty nifty, it even has a handle built into the top! ooo or that new G3 case, that one is soooo cool.

I don't know what you're talking about (1)

PinheadX (18941) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978360)

/. effect is in full effect... keeps giving me a connection refused error.

Oh well, from reading the comments so far, they don't sound all that great. Think I'll stick with my unmarked (UN Helicopter style) black case.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I run BeOS. The rules don't apply.

Apple has the right idea, but... (1)

PinheadX (18941) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978361)

How many Mac freaks do you know that EVER open up their Macs?

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I run BeOS. The rules don't apply.

New case ideas... (1)

PinheadX (18941) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978362)

Some things to do to decorate your case...

Get some spaceship models. Use parts from models and glue all over your case (greebles or nernies). Paint Black. Will look like the outside of a spaceship or some kind of freaky Borg thing.

Buy a disco ball. Use little plastic mirror stickers all over the outside of your case (inside too if you want)

Collect all those AOL and MSN CDs. Break into pieces. Glue shiny side out to case. Also works nicely with bad CDR copies.

Plexiglass and screws and a drill - Instant see through case. What are you looking at tho? Can't see the data moving...

Get foam rubber mix. Mix up. Apply to case. Airbrush or spraypaint.

Buy tiny beads at a craft store. Spray adhesive to outside of case. Roll in beads.

Get pictures (porn) from magazines or motherboard and peripheral manuals. Glue to outside of case. Spray lacquer on to protect.

Get several cheap cases. Do all of the above to many case covers. Build one or two machines. Swap out when you get bored.


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I run BeOS. The rules don't apply.

who needs a case anyway? (1)

AJWM (19027) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978365)

For a real retro look, how about an old PDP-11/34 case, or an IMSI or Altair case if you could find one.

I dunno what you'd do with all those front panel switches, though, and you'd have to disguise the CD drive.

Too bad I scrapped the old VT-52 I had, would have been cool to replace the guts with an SVGA monitor or something. Hmm, I wonder if an ATX or baby-AT mobo would fit in the old Franklin Apple-II clone that's out in the garage...

Cases are not to be taken for granite! (1)

AJWM (19027) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978366)

Yeah, how about custom cases designed to coordinate with your desktop theme-of-the-day.

(Now, if I could only get the resize button in the corner of my monitor housing to work...)

who needs a case anyway? (1)

coreybrenner (19101) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978367)

I've been thinking of doing this, too.
Imagine using the external peripheral cases (the ones that looked like another PC, but with no floppy drive bays) to hold a bunch of SCSI disks, or maybe a couple of extra PC cases for stuff like CDROMs... maybe a bus-extension kit that could make use of extra slots in outboard cases... hmm... fun.

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No, it's not beige, it's IVORY! (1)

InstantCool (19982) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978371)

If you don't like ivory, I see that BRONZE is available. Truly a plethora o' colors.

I think I can hear Steve Jobs laughing.

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Uninspired (1)

InstantCool (19982) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978372)

Can anyone say that they'd really want that stupid pengiun box? If I had that box, I'd have to reach over and smack it every once in a while...

...well, that might actually be kinda fun...

...hmm.

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And another thing! (1)

InstantCool (19982) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978373)

Most companies that are touting a "way cool design" are just accenting beige with another color. Big deal! What if I don't want any beige on my machine!

Even if you don't like the design, you have to give credit to companies like Apple, Sony, and Acer (just a few off the top of my head) for trying something new.

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Mounting motherboard to wood? (1)

WesBiggs (20360) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978375)

We have some plexiglass cases set up. Fun to watch all the blinking SCSI lights.

Just make sure you have enough air circulation. PII's and Cyrix MIIs put out a LOT of heat and will often cook themselves if the airflow is not to their liking. This means put lots of vents and fans in the plexiglass, or mount a GOOD (i.e. not the cheapest one you can find) cooling fan on the CPU itself.

Wes

Recycle old Commodore 64s, Apple IIs... (1)

WesBiggs (20360) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978376)

With a half-size mobo and laptop HD, rip out the innards of your vintage computer and hook it up to the keyboard. I'd buy that.

Wes

Apple has the right idea (1)

MoxCamel (20484) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978377)

I dunno about the funky case design and colors, but Apple has the right idea behind their Power Mac G3 [apple.com] . The fold-down enclosure is something the PC world should have had a long time ago. Everything you need access to, right there in front of you on the door. Brilliant. So far (with very few exceptions, which are usually homebuilt), all I've seen in the PC world is beige cases with little bits of colored plastic. Yawn.

$30 (1)

kmj9907 (20499) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978379)

Tell me where you can get a decently made ATX, fully functional, no-frills, etc. case for $30, please. I would love to know. I saw some $30 cases the other day, but they all seemed to be low-end, low-watt, and of unknown/questionable brand. I would like a case that doesn't require you to be double jointed and have a 5 yr old's hands to insert and remove drives. Thanx

kmj

$30($60) (1)

kmj9907 (20499) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978380)

$60 is the area I've seen. I saw a good 235W for $50. Haven't checked pricewatch or others. Point is: I'm a stingy bastard, and 60 is 2x30. :)

kmj

Too small... (1)

vitaflo (20507) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978381)

>>Personally, I like the idea make a computer case out of Legos

While it is very cool, you wouldn't believe how many Lego's it takes to build a case, not to meantion how long it takes to put one together, especially if you're going for something cool.

However, once you finish it, it is VERY sweet indeed.

Cases for men! (1)

Mr T (21709) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978383)

Enough of this garbage. The cases you want are either the PC Power and Cooling Supplies Deluxe Chrome Tower (http://www.pcpowercooling.com/chrome.html) yes, it comes in chrome and it is made of solid steal. Or the SuperMicro SC801-a (http://www.supermicro.com/PRODUCT/Chassis/chassis .htm) It's a dualy, 2 300W power supplies...

If you get the supermicro, you also need to invest several dollars in a can of either black or chrome spray paint to properly color the mighty beast.

No penguins, no pretty colors, these are industrial grade machines!

Cases for men! (1)

Mr T (21709) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978384)

That's just the enclosure, you have to pick out the power supply you want and I'd assume most of us would put a 300 or 400watter in that case.

There is a link at the bottom of that page which lists the power supply options. I don't think you can fit the 600watt bad boy in to that case but you can put a 400 in it.

How about 300W power supply (1)

Alan Baker (22111) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978386)

Actually, 300 watt power supplies are available "at an additional charge"

http://www.wickedpc.com/reviews/futurecomfeeliii 808/

Wood cases (1)

Whitechapel (22125) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978387)

In order to be FCC compliant, a PC has to be EM shielded. This works both ways: it keeps external devices from (theoretically) interfering with the PC's operation and it keeps the PC (which generates quite a bit of EM radiation itself) from interfering with other things.

There's nothing wrong with building your case out of wood, but wood by itself has no shielding capabilities. Better line the inside of the case with light gauge sheet metal.

size maters (1)

canuck (27271) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978391)

There all just to small. I want more slots, ands more ports, and room for my hands. besides there still mostlly beige as a base.

canuck

They are NOT cool... (1)

Dr.Saeuerlich (27313) | more than 15 years ago | (#1978392)

Whats the really COOL thing with these cases?
They are basically grey with a little color and they are way ugly!!

I want something totally different...
iMac is different, the NeXT slabs and cubes look cool (because the kbd, mouse and monitor are also in the same design)...

all this so called cool cases play just with bright colors, not with form - they are all box-like...they should also add more design elements to the sides and maybe the top (like the black IBM netfinity)

And why only Mid-towers?!?
Some people like bigtowers, some like slab like things...

BTW: to check out cool case design get the book:
Appe Design. has a lot of cool prototypes, especially the Spartacus (20th anniv. mac) models!

Robert
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