Antec gave us a sneak peek at an early prototype most controversial case design yet: the Skeleton. It's a totally open air case design, your motherboard is mostly exposed and sits on the upper level of the "case" while below it you have room for a power supply, optical drive and hard drive. The entire thing is cooled by a slow spinning 250mm fan and there's enough room to passively cool your CPU with a good heatsink.

Availability will be around September of this year and pricing has yet to be determined. What you see in the gallery is a very early prototype, the final product will be made out of better materials and have some minor changes to allow for things like larger video cards.

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  • MethylONE - Saturday, May 31, 2008 - link

    I have and use the HSPC tech station for my everyday computer.

    It is on a stand with my XBOX, SAT DVR, and my Amplifiers.

    Not sure about the 'this is so impractical' type comments. It works perfectly, looks pretty cool and doesn't get too hot. Of course it's super easy to do any work needed.

    I would certainly buy one of these cases.
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  • BlakLanner - Saturday, May 31, 2008 - link

    I would love to have one of these at work to use as a crash/repair system. Anyone who has to do HDD recoveries or test components could do to have a system this open, but still secured to mountings instead of sitting on a box. Reply
  • RallyMaster - Saturday, May 31, 2008 - link

    that actually looks kinda cool. I have to say I almost want one now haha Reply
  • weevil - Saturday, May 31, 2008 - link

    I want one, just showed the wife and got a thumbs up ; ) Reply
  • Kaleid - Sunday, June 01, 2008 - link

    Were you upside down when she gave that "thumbs up"? :) Reply
  • strafejumper - Saturday, May 31, 2008 - link

    good idea, but to my eye its ugly

    I like the look of the ones that have been around for many years better (someone else already mentioned these too)

    http://www.highspeedpc.com/Merchant2/graphics/0000...">http://www.highspeedpc.com/Merchant2/graphics/0000...
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  • 8steve8 - Friday, May 30, 2008 - link

    this rules. Reply
  • DaveLessnau - Friday, May 30, 2008 - link

    Yet another example of the world be run by non-functional lightbulbs. Why would any company waste the time coming up with a "prototype" which could never have any market penetration based solely on the Wife Acceptance Factor (to say nothing of the legal requirements for shielding and the cost of the lawsuits from the ambulance-chasing crowd)? I'll bet my cat would have a fine couple of minutes playing with the wires/fan/power supply until the house burned down. Reply
  • mindless1 - Monday, June 02, 2008 - link

    Why are there so many different case styles? It's an attempt to appeal to different types of users. One case that has a wife acceptance factor may not appeal to someone else and vice-versa.

    I don't think much of this case myself, it seems like something obvious and yet not polished with anything innovative, merely taking an open frame and curving the top to put a fan in the middle is not so special and yet, better to some to be able to buy it if it would be useful than having to built it themselves or have a PC strung out over their desk which also doesn't have a high wife approval factor.
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  • BigToque - Saturday, May 31, 2008 - link

    Companies are always trying out new products and most of them likely never get past the prototype stage. It's called research and development.

    Just because something like this may not earn a single penny, the company might get incredible value from the research put into it. It might cause the company to come up with another idea that eventually becomes the greatest selling item of all time.
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