September 30th, 2009 by Owen Jones
What is a translucent computer case and what could it do for you? Well, before we begin chatting about the see-through computer case, permit me to inquire you something: what does your computer?s casing signify to you? I can even ask: what does your computer signify to you? I ask this as your response will ascertain what you would like for your computer and its housing or case.
Most people have always been happy enough with the plain, standard light-grey housing that comes as bog-standard with the preponderance of computers. Some have never even thought about it. But then there are others who have thought about their computer?s case a lot and who would like something special for their computer.
Some of these people were accomplished at metalwork, others at woodwork and a few at glassware and there are a few truly incredible, innovative, homemade cases out there. Especially among the gaming community. However, we are not all so able with our hands, but that does not signify that we have to be stuck with a grey computer case.
The easiest choice, if you want a custom computer casing is to construct one out of acrylic - the sort of substance used to construct the majority of fish tanks. You can buy and easily cut sheets of acrylic for the sides and bond them all together with acrylic resin. That may appear tricky, but it truly is not. In the beginning you would have to research the architecture of a normal computer case and then just copy it in acrylic. You can construct a clear computer casing in a weekend.
Or you might buy a clear computer case kit. These kits arrive in flat-packs just like most kitchen furniture and can be easily assembled according to the instructions with a screwdriver. No cutting, no measuring, just a little gentle screwing.
And I signify gentle, as the screws that come with the clear computer housing packs are usually made of acrylic too and will break easily. It is the only element of the construction procedure that requires a advisory note, because you don?t want to have to drill out a shattered screw, do you? That would only put a downer on your fun.
So why would anyone wish for a translucent computer casing? I imagine that there are loads of explanations. A few individuals may just want to be different and others may want to show that they can assemble or even construct such a housing. However, the transparent computer housing also has artistic and functional advantages. At least the good ones do.
On the Aesthetic Front: hobbyists add neon lights and small LEDs that twinkle on and off or just glow eerily, possibly activated by a certain occurrence, like a hard drive coming to life. These displays are called ?themes? and are normally red or blue, but can be almost any imaginable colour. Then you can attach coloured fans (or paint your existing ones). You already have at least one fan in your case and probably two or three.
On the Practical Front: lots of people like to see what is happening inside their computer case and it is neither realistic nor safe to remove the cover all together. Furthermore, creating your own translucent computer casing allows you to insert more fans as over-heating is the main cause of hardware malfunction. The more fans the better.
A transparent computer housing would also permit you to observe whether a fan has failed, which would result in over-heating in a normal housing and certain hardware malfunction, whereas you would notice it happening through your transparent computer case and substitute the fan before critical injury and loss of data might transpire.