Thanks for the kind words.. Its not THAT big an innovation though, its a case with PC bits in them!
I'm using the case for a while now. Here are the good and bad bits:
- I run the CPU passive, seems there is enough convection / room airflow from the bottom front opening to the back to keep it from overheating with just the moderately good Sonic Tower heatsink. Not bad for a 2.5ghz 1.4 volt Sempron64 (amd64 minus some cache).
- the PSU is really cool with only a ~500rpm fan, harddisks get enough air to be cool as well
- I had one HD when I built the system. I have two now.. I should've suspended the drives turned 90 degrees. I have two on top of eachother now, the top one gets no air. Its about 8c hotter than the lower one (34 vs 42c,). Not a 'problem', two cool drives.. but a simple thing to improve.
- VGA cooling is tricky, the front fan quickly becomes audible should you need some real airflow.
- Cursing at incredibly short PSU cables doesn't make them longer..
- Electronic gfx and mainboard buzzing, even slight, really wants to get out through the front openings
- front mounted fans are ok until you have to ramp them up say higher than 600rpm. Not noisy but then its a little too 'noticable'..
- The absolute smallest amount of airflow is more than enough to cool a few harddisks.. I actually think just putting them in a box with some top and bottom vents might not see them heat beyond 45..50c on a hot day, seeing as one of my drives is basically not in the airflow path.
- A possible sollution to the 'front panel escapeing noises' (fan and electro buzz) would be to use a big GPU cooler mounted with the cooling fins at the CPU side, so a rear 120mm exhaust fan would suck air over both the GPU and CPU heatsink. Looking at how little airflow is needed with 'mid spec' graphics cards and todays processors, you'd be hard pressed to overheat the components. This way you can perhaps let it take cold air in from somewhere other than the front panel of the case.
'sucked' air is much more predictable, it goes where you think, unlike 'blowing' air which chickens out at the sight of obstacles or even heat!
However, at the time of build, I had a big-ass heatsink on the 'chip side' of the graphics card so the chosen approach was the thing to do. Getting one of those Thermalright VGA coolers would've cost about as much as I paid for the graphics card to start with!! (and the case cost much much less..)