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For the lower drive bays, I assume you just drilled out the rivets to remove them? I don't know why they didn't make those removable!
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looking good!

I covered mine n Carbon Di-Noc

That is super slick. The possibilities are endless, so long as we get rid of that horrendous orange!
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looking good NKH. I was just wondering, would it be possible to install the radiator with the fans facing down instead of to the side of the case (and cut out fan holes underneath the case)? Or is there not enough room with the psu down there.
The radiator is too long to lay down and pull air from underneath with the PSU in the bottom section.

It might be a better solution to do a dual 2x120 radiator setup. One in the bottom section pulling air in and one in the very top pushing air out. This would give you slightly more cooling but would be a bit more complicated and expensive. If you did your loop right, you could probably cool a CPU and at least one GPU with the dual 2x120 setup quite easily.

I had considered moving the PSU behind the mounted SSDs to mount my RX360 on the bottom, but then I would have had to cut a hole into the dividing section to blow the air down in with the radiator (or just let it go into the case). There is a fan right there by the SSDs pulling in air from the front, so airflow to the PSU wouldn't have been half bad.

Mounting the radiator facing the side is also more aesthetically pleasing in my opinion. You'll see when I get my window done.
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For the lower drive bays, I assume you just drilled out the rivets to remove them? I don't know why they didn't make those removable!
I did just that, my Dewalt and two sizes of drill bits. It was really easy, just be careful not to lose control and run down the side of your case with a drill bit!

And I agree, Fractal should have made the bottom cages removable just like they did for the top cage. It did make my project a little more interesting though.
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Second to last update!

I wanted to make my cables look professional without the effort required to sleeve them. I needed a mobo 8 pin extension and when I went looking I ended up buying both a 24 and 8 pin extension that were already sleeved, made by ModRight.

I needed to paint my DVD drive black, which was a minor mod.

The next fun thing I tackled was lightning. I wanted some simple, white light to shine onto the CPU area. There wasn't a good place to attach my LED strip, so instead I fabricated a LED mount that was the same shape as the top rear exhaust fan's mounting section. I had some aluminum left over from my PSU cover, so a cutting I went. I oversized the piece by just enough to stick the LED strip along the bottom and I got direct light onto the CPU area.

Koolance drain valve, Logisys LED strip, IandH KillCoil, ModRight mobo extensions (AKA my cable sleeving solution):


The 24 pin extension:


For just a few bucks, these are really well done:


The 8 pin extension:


DVD ready to go:


DVD and lighting mount done:


LEDs attached (I scraped it up doing a test fit):


Before I attached my LED mount:


After:


Shot from below:
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This thread confirms it, I need a new case. This Xaser III is from 2005, missing half of the stuff it originally came with.
    
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Going to do almost the exact same mod tomorrow! Oh man those HDD cases are going to be a pain. Good thinking with the drilling, think i'm going to do the same thing instead of using a dremel. Should be easy enough!

Awesome mod SUB + REP
Edited by Blackbirdx58 - 6/10/11 at 5:58pm
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Very nice work on everything.
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Final "modding" update!

A note about the side window. I ordered a 24x24 piece of light grey cell cast acrylic from Delvie's Plastics. It came well packaged and with a layer of paper over the sheet (as advertised). I paid something like $42 shipped for this and don't regret this final piece at all. It brings everything together. I've never liked the side window cut into the original side panel, but have never had to the guts to try and pull this off myself until now.

I was really, really nervous about cutting the acrylic side window myself, but it wasn't that bad. I cut the 24x24 piece down to size by hand with my trusty Dremel and cleaned up the edges with the sanding drum, followed by a little sanding by hand. I was really pleased with the edges considering I wasn't using a table saw or even a jigsaw.

The holes were roughly done with a 4.5 inch hole saw. I discovered that a hole saw is not the best suited tool to cut into acrylic with. It felt like it slid through instead of cutting and I had to do a lot of sanding on the holes. A drill press with the hole saw attached would have been a much better fit. My drill may also have lacked the proper RPM to really make easy work out of the acrylic.

Once cut I did a test fit and marked my holes for attaching it to the side. There were four holes already tapped ( I don't know what purpose they served) so I just used those. I found four screws that fit, painted the heads black and called it done.

Side window teaser:


Marking it up:


4.5 inch hole saw:


Holes are a bit rough:


After some cleaning up:


Even cleaner:


Ready for a side window:


Powered off:


Powered on (weak camera + poor lighting = blue tint?):


Lights off (much better at showing off the LED lighting):


Another shot:

Edited by NKH - 6/12/11 at 8:50pm
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Oh my jesus beautiful UV window wonderful mother of god watercooling bless the white fans
Now that I'm calm...
- I really like the white fans and white inside... The tinted window is freaking sweet
- The watercooling looks really snazzy, you did it well
- I think you did a wonderful job with the rig, going to minute details like painting the fans
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