This is my first post after many years of lurking. I've been doodling case designs for quite a while now, and yesterd after I saw the new Silverstone FT05, I finally felt inspired enough to do a composite of my fantasy design in Photoshop, and then share it with the lovely people here who might appreciate it:
Both the unrestricted airflow of the FT02/FT05 and the understated aluminium design of recent Apple Macs, specifically the Mac Mini, were used as a base for this design. The exterior is a composite where I stretched out the Mac Mini to the desired dimension, and then added the old Mac Pros ventilation holes. The interior is a composite of the FT05 interior, to which I added HDD racks from the Bitfenix Prodigy on top. The doors on both sides cover the entirety of the case, meaning that the air-holes are a part of the doors, but due to my lacking Photoshop skillz I simplified the composite image a bit.
The interior of the case is divided in to two chambers. The lower chamber houses the m-ATX motherboard, fed by two 140mm fans up front, as well as the PSU which draws air in from the bottom and exhausts out back. Depending on PSU length, there is also a 2x3.5" HDD cage in front of the PSU, as in the FT05. There is a 120mm exhaust at the back to help get rid of hot air, and a slim ODD top left. The upper chamber houses 4x3.5" HDDs as well as 3(?)x2.5" HDDs, and has 2x80mm fans up front feeding fresh air and 2x80mm at the back exhausting it. All three fans would have dust-filters in front of them, either through a 2x140mm and a 2x80mm one, or a single large one.
Critique is more than welcome, but please forgive dimensional errors as well as Photoshop errors, as I made the design by eye without measuring anything exactly, and the composite is cobbled together from bits and pieces around the net. The idea is that the case is a bit wider than seen here, because as you can see the long GPU is blocking the front fans, but as I'm using the FT05 interior I had to go with its dimensions.