Logisys Clear Acrylic Case
Are you sick of having a computer case that doesnít make much of a statement? Do you want your room to look like something straight out of a gamerís den? Logisys realizes that some of you do, so they make clear acrylic cases to fit your needs.
After reading Ben's review here, discuss it here!
Well writen article. I especially like the fact that he used the term "ricey" as a descriptive.
However, there are a few points that i would like to adress.
Seconedly, and this to me is the biggest issue. Acrylic cases are not properly grounded. and allow for static charge buildup. And acrylic is a thermally insulative material.
The biggest issue here is of course the grounding. The motherboard is grounded in part to the chassis of the case, and the power supply casing is also part of that grounding loop. WHen you remvoe the interface material from the power supply and motherboard for grounding purposes, you greatly increase teh risk of damaging hardware. Seconedly, this problem is compounded by the fact that acrylic builds up a static charge. So does metal...but not at such a high rate, and its grounded to help prevent it from beciming a problem, becuase its in direct contact witht he grounded casing of the PSU. You could (hardware removed) take one of the cases side panels, rub in on the carpet, and have it pull at your hair from static charge. This is a very serious issue becuase most people put their cases on the floor, and most of the time that floor is carpet. WHich also means residual static charge in the carpet can transfer to the case. Again, this would happen in a regular metal case, but becuase the case itself is grouned, its not an issue. It simply passes through the case, throught he PSU cord, to the ground in your home. In an acrylic case, the change of a static spark jumping to a hardware component that is not properly grouned, would cause that charge to run through the hardware over the common grounds, which they are not specificly designed to handle. And that can cause hardware failure in many different forms.
Alot of people have raved on about how acrylic cases are safe, and how its not that important. But ive seent he fried hardware, ranging from HDD's, to motherboards, to PSU's. All in Acrylic cases, with power infistructure failures, with no other direct link, then an acrylic case.
And finally, Acrylic cases do not allow for the wicking of heat. Yes the case temps with adiquate cooling are respectable. However, unlike a metal case, it can not absorb the heat, and wick it away. It will eventually built up the heat, and turn the case into a mini green house. In the unfortuante event that a fan should fail, or you live in a hot climate, or have your case in direct sun, your hardware would literally cook. With not even a small amount of heat soak to pull the hot air away. Leaving what coolig is active, to fend for itself.
With these issues. I can not, could not, would not, and will not even recemend a Acrylic case to anyone for building a PC. Aside from the "cool" factor, they have absolutely zero benefit. And IMHO, should be avoided.
^Thanks for the heads-up. My bedroom in that apartment was anything but warm, at any time, so i never ran into any temperatures that couldn't be taken care of by the airflow granted by that setup. I do understand what you're saying though.
I DID notice the static cling with hair and fuzz on the carpet, which was one of the reasons i ran it on my desk. I probably should have said something about that in the article.
Thanks for the input. :)
No problem man. Thanks for the understanding.
Besides, i cant stay mad at anyone with a rally car in their AV. Especially a Toyota Celica GT4 ST-185, and doubly so with the YUA girls.
Ive actually got an ST-185 done by the same artist that did this EVO-IV, but i can never get teh transparency right.
Actually... it's an ST185 GT4 RC :p
I think i've seen that ST185 pic that you speak of, too... I can never decide if i like the Evo IIs or the IVs the best though...
Anyways, thanks again, and i'll keep that stuff in mind for the next one. :)
Heres the pictures. Figured you would like them.
THe top one is the one id like to use as an AV...but its just to complex to do a proper transparency.
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