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    Actually, I am using the Mini PCI-E under the board for a Wifi card.

    I made the standoffs 3/8" tall, which is more than enough clearance.


    A standard ATX size PSU? I'm not sure, but there's probably room for it.


    See the object up against the right wall in this picture?

    It'll be able to feed your 8800. I can't say much more than that at this point.


    As for the drives, if you rotate them 90 degrees like the 2.5" disks, they fit, but theres not a whole lot of room for things like power connectors or IDE / SATA cables.


    I actually moved the PCI flex riser slots up a bit, so there might be room for a third 3.5" disk..

    That area of the case is still very much a work in progress.



    I still have to design in vents and air flow..


    And I'm using Solidworks, a 3d CAD / CAM design program.
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    Alternative view..

    Here's another view, with an ATX sized power supply under the PCI slots.

    An ATX power supply would fit, but you'd lose the bottom PCI slot.


    There's not enough room for both the ATX supply and both PCI slots, not unless I increase the height another 1" or so.

    And it's already at 5.25" in height, so I'm trying not to make it any larger.


    Do you really want a ATX PSU, presumably a AC-DC one?

    If so, I might be able to make an alternate configuration for you when I send the design out for manufacturing.. I'm not expecting it to be cheap, though.
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    Lightbulb Coolnes

    Wow man that's badass you can do it up so fast! My whole reason for the standard PSU is cause i couldn't find any 550watt dc-dc board, what board were you going to use?



    i've been wrestling w/ a setup on sketchup, this is the smallest dimension volume i could get to fit a standard psu. The closest i could find was this emko case i could maybe change the top 5.25" drive bays to the 3.5" drives.



    But it's like a Cechz company that makes it, what manufacturer are you taking about.

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    Why five drives?

    The Kontron 986LCD only has 4 SATA ports on board, and the 2 slim CD's would have to use the single master/slave IDE connection, unless you used a USB converter board.


    Typically you can get disk enclosures that will fit 5 3.5" drives in 3 half-height spots...


    But honestly, do you really need 4-5 3.5" drives in a mobile environment?


    You can get 500GB 3.5" SATA hard disks for less than $150 now, and the larger capacity 750GB disks are also available.


    I can't comment further on the PSU, other that it'll be sweet, and I expect to write a review on it in the next few months.

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    Question ideas

    what's the dimensional volume coming out to on your model?

    this is the highest small psu i could find but it's only 220w, shuttle sells a 400w psu in it's latest case, but i don't think people can buy that seperate. Will your psu handle 550w?? will i be able to buy one!
    ur right I don't need 5-3.5" drives, but i do have 2-raptors and 2-350sataII's so i was thinking of getting them all stuffed in there some how. But, then again i'm thinking about mobility, and seeing this:

    it's got two slots for the vidCard, but a 220w wouldn't handle the 8800gts load, so i'm just confused and drawing straws looking for answers..
    Then i find your thread, you got good ideas, man! Looking foward to more of your results

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    yep was thinking of usb converter, but you're right there's no need for five. Maybe four though, i got 2raptors and 2 satas so was thinking of stuffing them all in there. what about something like this?



    Who're you taking your design to? Is the PSU 500w+ ratings??

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    Don't forget you'll need room for the cables and connectors

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    Good point! Added another slot drive:



    These are just ideas, i want to know what you think Giuliano for the best solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onidragon View Post
    Don't forget you'll need room for the cables and connectors
    And airflow..

    A case that dense would likely self-destruct due to overheating in a short amount of time.


    The fan in an ATX power supply is usually used to cool the power supply itself, not the entire case...

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    Quoth Spock..

    .. something something needs of the many..


    Alright.. By making the case 1" wider to 16" I can fit in 4 3.5" disks rotated 90 degrees, and still make use of both PCI slots.



    The size of the case is almost as big as the rather large Opus ATX full sized case..


    The distance between the hard disks and the edge of the motherboard is 3/4", which should be sufficient room for power and SATA connectors.


    The three fans are 80mm fans, but the slim kind - 15mm thick instead of the normal 25mm thick.



    Though for the life of me I don't know why you would need two slim CD/DVD drives.

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