The C-24 Case

This case is basically a wooden drum (think oil rather than musical) that lies on its side supported by four legs. While Spotswood can make C series cases out of more materials and in more colors than L series cases, the appointment of the design is a little spartan. There are options for the side panels as well, but ours are black and conceal the computer within (when we eventually get one in there).

The top, bottom and back of the case (interestingly the back is where the Spotswood case badge is), both have room for lots of fans. This case comes with 3x120mm fans installed in the top three fan ports. The two rear ports can remain unpopulated, and we recommend leaving at least one of them without a fan for reasons we'll explain later.

Those two metal covers with the thumbscrews are where you feed in lines to the outside world like power and video. PS/2 keyboard and mouse, network and other cables also go through these. Having two different ports for external lines can help to keep the back of this computer a little more organized looking than others with a reduction in accessibility to the actual spots these devices will need to be plugged in.

With the case on its side and the panels removed, we can look into the case and see the plate used for mounting the motherboard. Looking into the other side of the case we can see the mounting areas for the power supply and disk drives. The orientation makes this less like a traditional case shoved into a kick drum. Imagine taking the side panel out of a traditional case and mounting the drive rack and power supply on the outside of this panel and you've got something more like the internals of this case.

On the front, USB, IEEE 1394, and speaker connectors are available. We also have two spots for optical drives and power and reset buttons. The major difference between the C-24 and L-24 is the external appearance and additional hardware. Here are the rest of our shots of getting the C-24 set up with legs and ready to convert to an L-24.

Index The L-24 Case


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  • Spotswood - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - link

    As the President, builder and designer, I have a responsibility to clarify a few points in this review that are inaccurate, misrepresented or not at all addressed. I offer the following facts and information.

    - The two rear ports aren't meant for mounting case fans, rather they are there to access the inside of the case without having to remove a side panel/head.

    - The hardware to convert the C-24 to an L-24 was provided to the author solely for the purpose of not having to supply two separate cases for review. An L-24 case normally has all of the hardware already attached to it.

    - The mounting position of the motherboard tray is adjustable. The issues with the length of the PSU cables would have been eliminated if the author mounted the motherboard tray lower and more toward the front of the case. The instruction manual explicitly details the adjust-ability of the motherboard mounting.

    - In the future, the motherboard tray will be revised with large holes to help facilitate routing cables from behind and underneath the motherboard itself.

    - The case supplied for the review was built to have airflow move from the bottom to the top. However, when placing an order the customer is free to choose the total number of case fans (0-9), there location, along with the make and model.

    - The three fans supplied with this particular case were SCYTHE S-FLEX™ 1200rpm fans (SFF21E). These fans are highly regarded by enthusiasts for there high CFM and low noise.

    - The author failed to present any temperature or noise measurements prior to offering a series of solutions to perceived problems with cooling and noise.

    - The case was built to be reviewed as a water-cooled case. A complete CPU water-cooling rig (D-Tek Fusion waterblock, Swiftech MCP655 pump, ThermoChill PA120.3 radiator, etc.) was supplied to the author for the sole purpose of this review.

    Richard Chomiczewski, President
    Spotswood Custom Computers, Inc.

  • cggkevin - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - link

    A better deal would be to go to a pawn shop and pick up a drum set for a couple of hundred and then just set a real PC case inside. This is kinda like a non-mini mini-ITC project. Reply
  • MagnumMan - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - link

    So basically they've tried to put a square peg in a round hole, on stands. Yuck. Reply
  • steveyballme - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - link

    WOW! a castle computer!">
  • KIAman - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - link

    LOL, people have forgotten that style AND good performance should be considered in a case design.

    Drums? Come on, where's the creativity? I can brainstorm about 4 other designs without blinking.

    1. Empty 5 gallon Aquafina jug
    2. 1/8 scale model of Hummer
    3. A 1 foot radius Earth globe
    4. Toy model castle
  • steveyballme - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - link

    You guys got your pics mixed up.">
  • mikeblas - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - link

    "(think oil rather than musical)"

    Are you sure? Because it looks way more like a musical drum than an oil drum, to me. And the review even says it's designed to look like a kick bass. Who edited this? Were they awake?
  • strikeback03 - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - link

    To me the article was not the most clear on the difference between C and L series cases, but as far as I could tell the C series are cylindrical but just have plain endcaps, not the drumheads and hardware. So sitting with the cylinder axis vertically and no bass drum hardware, it does sort of resemble a sawed-off oil barrel. Reply
  • Spacecomber - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - link

    I've always been skeptical about case designs, such as acrylic cases, that lack a metal exterior that can act as shield against the computer radiating electrical interference. This seems like it might be a particular concern in an environment where you are using analog audio equipment, such as in home theater, music server and music recording applications.

    While that's the theory, does anyone have some practical experience with regard to this potential problem?
  • wisfal - Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - link

    I think that the style and uniqueness of the case is pretty good, I never thought of turning my drum kit into a computer case. I would go great for anyone with a music oriented room. But for a price like that, I could go to a pawn shop and Home Depot and build 10 of them for the price of one. Reply

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