So things have been hectic with work and family, but I managed to get some parts and complete a few tasks... progress ho!
so Friday I got my 3 Black Sata III cables from NewEgg and the 3/8" sleeving fit fine, but the heatshrink was a no-go and I wasnt waiting another week for parts in the mail. so I headed down to Vetco and picked up some heatshrink crazy cheap. they are basically $1.75 for 4 feet.... lesson learned, check local suppliers first. They might not have all the colors, but they will always be cheaper for the basics. this whole lot (12 feet total) ran me about $6.00 after tax.
while I was out, i stopped by tap plastics to price some clear acrylic for the side panel I am going to have laser cut... again with the local suppliers. $1.40 for a 7" by 7" square, can't beat a deal when you can pay in pocket change.
So i got home and was able to finish off the Sata Cables, not too bad i think:
so this week rolls around and I got some case parts on Tuesday, then the case drops in today via UPS. I contemplated skipping my indoor soccer game tonight to work on it (ended in a 6-6 tie, I got carded 3 mins in for almost starting a brawl) but was able to make some progress in between dinner and the kids nonetheless.
first the goodness:
So i installed my pink/purple flower fans in there. gonna look sweet with some bright purple lights:
next task was to cover the backside interior panel (motherboard tray) with some pink carbon fiber vinyl. It came out pretty decent with very minimal bubbles... I was able to smooth em out and they would be hidden behind the mobo anyway. the same goes for the rough cuts around the standoffs, most of it will be hidden, but the exposed sections will give a nice accent thru the acrylic window:
I also started mocking up my drive bay as well. I am scrapping the notion of clumsy drives and going a single bay with a slim slot loading dvd burner and two 2.5" hard drives underneath, 1 128 gb SSD, and another drive for storage. Lian Li decided to put a ridiculously lonely USB port on the front of their slim drive bay converter. i pulled it out and am gonna throw a little purple LED cluster up front for the girls' enjoyment. also picked up a UV purple light stick that I am gonna attach to the interior roof:
I am gonna take the next couple of days and the weekend to finish up the fan/light power cables and hopefully the sata cables too if I can accurately determine the length. I might need to wait for drives to do this.
Considered making a switch too, originally I had planned to go Intel i3, but I might switch it to an AMD board and just use my 965 BE and cooler. this way I just have to buy a new mobo and some ram to match. saving money is always a good thing, especially when this build will not test the boundaries of gaming supremacy.
btw, accumulating quite the stockpile of spare Lian Li parts along the way, gonna be time for a fire sale when this is all said and done:
more soon, hopefully components next...