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I've seriously thought about buying this case. The only one thing that has put me off is the reversed motherboard, not because I don't like the idea but because the window would be on the wrong side. I wouldn't be able to see the internals through the side window as it would be facing the wall.

I don't suppose it's possible to build it in the 'normal' orientation?

Here in the UK it sells for £350 which is high but not outrageously so for what it is.
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post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by Big Elf;13833353 
I've seriously thought about buying this case. The only one thing that has put me off is the reversed motherboard, not because I don't like the idea but because the window would be on the wrong side. I wouldn't be able to see the internals through the side window as it would be facing the wall.

I don't suppose it's possible to build it in the 'normal' orientation?

Here in the UK it sells for £350 which is high but not outrageously so for what it is.

I haven't tried it, but I'm pretty sure you can reverse everything. The rear panel appears to be reversible as are the two side panels. You would probably have to flip the window on the other side too and relocate the one middle beam to the other side, but from what I can tell...you can make the MB orientation standard left access or reversed right access. I've never tried reversed, so I purposely left it alone.

I think this very reason is why there is a two plate rear panel...otherwise it would be one piece.

I'll do some checking on this and get back to you...you may have to drill a couple of holes..not sure yet.
Edited by Martinm210 - 6/11/11 at 7:33am
    
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post #13 of 21
Thank you. I've just contacted the UK supplier to get them to confirm this and asked them to reserve one if it's possible to build it in this configuration. This is my dream case.

Although my TJ07 doesn't look too bad with the quad rad on the back it would be nice to get them both inside.
Edited by Big Elf - 6/11/11 at 7:32am
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post #14 of 21
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It's possible, but it will take a few mods to secure the front portion of the motherboard tray:

Reversible (Left Side Access) with mods

While it’s not a simple bolt on, with a few simply mods…you could potentially run the case with the traditional left side access window by flipping the motherboard tray.

This is what I found as one possible solution. Basically the rear part of the tray flips without mods, but you need to do a little work to resecure the front portion of the motherboard tray.

xspc-h2-35.jpg?w=614&h=448
  • Drill & Countersink new holes in front & rear panel tab to shift upper securing beam up a bit
  • Drill new holes in beam
  • Supply short loose screws and nuts to secure top of MB tray to beam
  • Drill new holes in mid compartment divider
  • Supply long 6-32 screws and spacers of the correct length to secure MB tray to divider
So it is possible, hope this helps.
    
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post #15 of 21
It does, thanks. I'm working through the manual as well. The only problem I can see is cutting a new hole in the side panel or extending the one on the other.

I think I'd be reluctant to extend the existing hole as you'd see a lot of the relatively unattractive drive bays. I have insufficient skills to cut holes so will have to think about this. Well, I can cut holes quite easily but not necessarily in straight lines and finish edges properly.
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post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Big Elf;13834097 
It does, thanks. I'm working through the manual as well. The only problem I can see is cutting a new hole in the side panel or extending the one on the other.

I think I'd be reluctant to extend the existing hole as you'd see a lot of the relatively unattractive drive bays. I have insufficient skills to cut holes so will have to think about this. Well, I can cut holes quite easily but not necessarily in straight lines and finish edges properly.

You don't have to cut anything on the side panels. Each side is finished the same, so all you would have to do is move the acrylic from one side to the other and then install them inside out.cheers.gif

The only drill/mod work I see is the need to reattach the front portion of the motherboard tray. Need to move the top beam upward and provide spacers to the bottom portion. Side panels should be fine, just some unscrewing of the acrylic to install it on the other side of the existing hole cut.
    
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That's what I initially thought but it looks as though that when you swap the panels over the window looks onto the drive bays in the main rather than the motherboard. I hope you're right though.
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post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Big Elf;13834149 
That's what I initially thought but it looks as though that when you swap the panels over the window looks onto the drive bays in the main rather than the motherboard. I hope you're right though.

That's why you have to move the acrylic to the other side. You basically leave the hole orientation by intalling the right panel on the left side but inside out. The acrylic is attached via several screws to the side panel, but they go clear through. You would just have to move the acrylic mounting screws to the opposite side and the window will line up to the MB tray just the same.cheers.gif

Probably easiest to think of the panel swap by thinking about sliding the right panel up without rotating or turning it and sliding it down on the left side. Window hole remains in the same spot...the panels simply swap and run inside out.
    
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post #19 of 21
That's really neat design. Thank you again.
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post #20 of 21
How sturdy is the case? Also only power button?
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