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  • craigwatanabe
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    and remember those lucite cases will crack in time. Metal cases are more resilient when it comes to expansion and contraction, plastics just develop stress cracks at the mounting points where the plastic is bound by fasteners and are restricted from stretching and shrinking with the rest of it's surface.

    Something to consider if you run your computer hot in an airconditioned environment.

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  • Nik
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    I have a clear tower case. It's fun to look at and all, but my particular case is difficult to get into because it doesn't have a modern quick release latch. Plus after a while the dirt that builds up is actually visible unlike solid cases...

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  • adrian
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    Originally posted by craigwatanabe
    Regarding those clear top hard drives, again I don't see the logic in that one considering most hard drives are mounted in bays that orient the drive in such a way that you can't see the window anyway! And unless they start making windows for external hard drive enclosures, no one will see the spinning platter(s) anyway.
    I guess its the ambition of the modder. Mostly everyone did a window case mod. Besides, its like car people: different tastes for different people.

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  • craigwatanabe
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    Quite honestly showing off your electronics is a bit nerdy to me. However said, those clear lucite cases have one problem, that is they crack if you drop or over torque the case screws.

    And eventually the dust gathering inside the case (like around the fans) will make for a really messy display of obsolete hardware. Yes obsolete because your Dual 512Mb DDR PCI-E SLI Nvidia cards will be so old news in a year and with a clear case you'll have to constantly upgrade and clean that box more often than not.

    I like to hide my wiring because it's nothing to brag about. Imagine clear double walled homes...ooooh showing off that 12/3 Romex wiring! Not!!!

    Clear cases and windows are basically bragging about your build and if you got nothing to brag about I wouldn't show it off.

    Regarding those clear top hard drives, again I don't see the logic in that one considering most hard drives are mounted in bays that orient the drive in such a way that you can't see the window anyway! And unless they start making windows for external hard drive enclosures, no one will see the spinning platter(s) anyway.
    Last edited by craigwatanabe; July 8, 2006, 08:44 PM.

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  • adrian
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    We had a discussion about this when a noob showed a picture of a clear tower and was raving about it like it was the first of its kind. Lets just say one of the comments was "that looks like a ricer for computers".

    Two of my own-built computes has windows (the first I modded in, the other had it preinstalled) and even though it shows the insides of the case, unless you organize it like a clean freak, then its basically useless.

    Then again, pointing to the topic title, there has been some hard drives that had the top cut open and put a clear plastic-like cover to watch the spindles, same goes to a CD drive.

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  • Pomai
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    Originally posted by MadAzza
    her insistence on using that annoying blue font??
    In keeping with the topic of this thread, Perhaps Serenity should use a CLEAR, TRANSPARENT font color like this!<<<<<highlight there

    Silence is golden... Lemon Chiffon, actually.

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  • MadAzza
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    Originally posted by Serenity
    Oh~okay, I wont use the blue font anymore.

    I can't help it, I just want to be different from everbody, what's so wrong with that???
    I was just teasing, Serenity!

    BTW ... green is worse.

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  • cezanne
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    But I thought you Mac people don't care about that stuff... .
    Originally posted by Pomai
    I had a feeling this was about CPU's -- not hard drives.

    Simply an OEM Power Mac G5 with the cover removed works for me. Kind of a modern take on Kikaida.

    The second generation iMacs had clear rear panels. That was pretty cool. Don't forget the wrong-price-pointed G4 CUBE.

    For computer design concepts and proto-art, one of my favorite sites is http://www.theapplecollection.com

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  • Pomai
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    I had a feeling this was about CPU's -- not hard drives.

    Simply an OEM Power Mac G5 with the cover removed works for me. Kind of a modern take on Kikaida.

    The second generation iMacs had clear rear panels. That was pretty cool. Don't forget the wrong-price-pointed G4 CUBE.

    For computer design concepts and proto-art, one of my favorite sites is http://www.theapplecollection.com

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  • cezanne
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    Originally posted by Serenity
    [B]Oh~okay,
    Or, why on earth should I use the black font
    (that everybody uses) when I am not required to use it?.

    That's my thoughts on that.

    Aloha.
    You go girl!

    I think the clear cases are cool I guess. But I still bought a plain jane black mid tower case for my last build. It has a puka on the side of the case with a duct to fan the CPU, on the back another extra puka for another fan, USBs on the front... but that's it.

    My nephew has a clear side panel on his computer. He "tricked" it out with all these lights and stuff... whatever .

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  • Serenity
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    Originally posted by MadAzza
    Why are you picking apart every little thing she writes, when what you should be criticizing is her insistence on using that annoying blue font??
    Oh~okay, I wont use the blue font anymore.

    I can't help it, I just want to be different from everbody, what's so wrong with that???

    kind of like, why on earth would I want to wear what everybody is wearing when I'm not required to wear it.

    Or, why on earth should I use the black font
    (that everybody uses) when I am not required to use it?.

    That's my thoughts on that.

    Aloha.
    Originally posted by helen
    Speaking for myself I wouldn't care either way if a PC was in transparent case or not. Professionally I would not mind a PC case or two be transparent or a side cover be transparent. That way I can show the co-workers the differences between a hard drive, a CD-ROM, a floppy disk, power supply, motherboard, RAM and the case itself.
    NOW that's a good example for using a clear/transparent case.

    It could be used to show things inside wirings etc... without actually having to open it up to see, & it is much easier to just look through it.

    Good one!!.

    Thanks.

    Aloha.

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  • helen
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    Speaking for myself I wouldn't care either way if a PC was in transparent case or not. Professionally I would not mind a PC case or two be transparent or a side cover be transparent. That way I can show the co-workers the differences between a hard drive, a CD-ROM, a floppy disk, power supply, motherboard, RAM and the case itself.

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  • Serenity
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    Originally posted by Cameron
    meh I built a clear case, and put a bunch of those fancy colored led fans in it, but it kept me up at night so I got rid of it.
    Good Answer & Good point!!.

    Thanks so much for the reply.

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  • Cameron
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    meh I built a clear case, and put a bunch of those fancy colored led fans in it, but it kept me up at night so I got rid of it.

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  • Miulang
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    I've seen some clear towers that have fishtanks in them. Now fish can get an education without swimming in schools!

    Miulang

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