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  1. In the build before my last build, I decided to go BIG. It was a few years back, and I was planning on putting dual GPU's, three RAID arrays, three PCIe extension/expansion cards, and at least a dozen disk drives, into my build. So, I did a quick search and decided to go with a full-tower case called "Throne", and what ended up happening was that the case, after alterations (and removing problems), is essentially empty. I had bought a huge case, expecting to need the space, but the end result was a chassis that was so under-utilized it had an echo. With my next build, (in other words, the build I am using nowadays) I thought back on my experience with a full tower chassis. I realized the need for better planning, more detailed thought on what to do and how. I bought the Lian Li Mesh II Performance... and at first, I was very impressed. But once I started working through the build, problem after problem arose. My mobo's VRM prevented my planned installation of a 280mm radiator on the top of the chassis, so I went down in size to a 240mm radiator, which fit without hitting the VRM. But then the 240mm radiator ended up being too thick... when the fans were mounted on the radiator, the fans were touching my RAM DIMMs. My mobo's rear I/O assembly was quite bulky, which became a problem when I went to mount the rear exhaust fan, and that problem only got worse when I decided to switch over to a double custom loop/AIO loop design. The custom loop flowed out from the GPU and into a 140mm radiator that I wanted to place in the rear exhaust position. To pull this off, I had to drill holes through the rear of the case for the tubing connection, and mount the radiator on the outside of the case, while the fan remained on the inside. My front radiator ran into similar dimensional problems, which I will skip for brevity's sake. The thermaltake reservoir/pump combo, which I ended up mounting upright onto the front radiator, was another pain in the neck, as it could not fit between my GPU and the front radiator. I even had problems, in terms of space, with my SSDs, and had to tear out the chassis' sliding HD/SSD module, which was made specifically to be a convenient space saving feature. Small features on the chassis also caused, and continue to cause problems, like how the printed board under the power button and front panel controls is just a little lower than the rest of the chassis, and it catches my custom loop's tubing every time I open the front of the case. These issues are driving me insane! So here is where I get to my point. Wouldn't it be absolutely awesome if there were a top flight computer case design company **cough** {THERMALTAKE} **Cough** **Cough**, that could put together either an app, or website based tool (I know im out of date and showing my age by saying this, but something like Flash) that would allow us custom builders to place our own choice of components, into a virtual representation of their chassis (even if it is somewhat roughly shaped in terms of dimensions). Think about it,... choose your motherboard, place it in the chassis of your choice, and see just how much room there is between the top and the mobo's protruding components. Unsure of where to place your thermaltake Pacific PR22-D5? Make sure it fits where you want to put it, or find out where you will now need to put it. Save yourself perhaps hours of tedious work, by virtually switching where certain cards or components are, without having to actually pull them out and reorder everything. What do you guys think? I know that there would be quite a few issues, like rounded corners, angled surfaces, non-square items, but I think if people were able to "community workshop" item dimensions, it could be very helpful. So? Thoughts?
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