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post #11 of 20
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Well I finally finished up for the time being, I finished up it Sunday afternoon while watching football. My case is no longer a half taken apart mess, yey. The mod was a bit of a fail, boo. I'm just happy to have it put back together, and it was done before bf3.

Sorry for the crappy pics, my fiance had the point n shoot with her at work.

This is the mess of a condition it was in for the last month or so, but imagine a GPU, and more wires everywhere.
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I tried getting the MCP320xp to fit up top again, but with my mobo, it was just too much of a PITA to get it to fit mounted internally, and I really didn't want it on top. I could have made it fit, but I would have had to dremel into the 5.25" bay quite a bit, and the holes on the top would have been really offset from center, it would be cramped, and I just didn't want to deal with that.

I decided for the sake of getting something done, I would paint the inside, and revert back to my previous setup with the rs240 rad, and cpu block. I'm down to a single GPU now, and winter is knocking on the door, so I figured a space heater may be nice to have.

Here's me leak testing, after the paint job:
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Here's a side view with panel off (panel stay on at all times now):
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Front view with the panel off:
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I typically run it with the front, and side panel on, so it's pretty quiet.

A bit of a fail mod in that I didn't get everything put in that I wanted, but at least I realized it was going to be too much of PITA, before I started cutting up the top of the case, at least now I can still re-purpose it later.

I still want to get some modder's mesh for the front, to have a grill effect. I was at target tonight, and found a wire mesh trash basket for $8.99. I may just go pick that up, and paint it black, then cut out a size piece I need for up front. It'd be cheaper than ordering some, and I could pick it up locally.

Next summer I will probably get a case with more room above the motherboard, and mount both the 240, and 360 rads, and add my GPU block. Then I'll be able to move my htpc into this case.
post #12 of 20
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I installed a fan controller, the Lamptron FC-2, I took a pic with my iPhone, but I couldn't even make out the fan controller.

I have a few finishing touches I want to add this month. I want to get some modder's mesh for the front intake area, and clean up that broken plastic look. That definitely has to go.

I would like to add some carbon fiber for the 5.25" bay, and either stealth the DVD drive, or just remove it.

I also want to add one of the EVGA GTX580 back plates.

I think those couple items can be done with relative ease, and would finish off the build nicely.

For my next update, I will take pics with my point and shoot, I have located it, and the battery is charged.
post #13 of 20
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I finally did a few more modifications to my case.

I cut out the front panel, so I could mount my 240 radiator flush.

I had intended on adding 2 more radiators, another 240, and a 120. After doing some dremel work on the front panel of my pc, I realized how much of a PITA it was going to be to cut up the top. If I did mount a radiator up there it would severely cramp room for the motherboard, and may not work with a future motherboard, so I scrapped that idea. I replaced the RS240 with an EX240 rad, and added the EX120 radiator on the rear exhaust.

I also found a deal locally on a BNIB GTX480 EK FC Copper block, so after a little searching I found a few users that had successfully used one on a 580, so I decided to try it. I haven't done much OC'ing yet, but so far it seems ok. I'm going to try to find a IR Thermometer to see how effeciently the vram's are being cooled.

I also added a grill to the front, and made an enclosure for my 3.5" drive to go up in my 5.25" bay.

I'm going to go outside and enjoy this nice weather, maybe do a few more things, and take some pics.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by anubis1127 View Post

After doing some dremel work on the front panel of my pc, I realized how much of a PITA it was going to be to cut up the top.

It's exponentially harder because the case has that thick layer of plastic on top tongue.gif. It's not too bad though, it just takes some time and a lot of patience if you're going at it with a dremel, I would imagine it being a lot easier with a jigsaw. Can't wait to see pictures. thumb.gif

Anyway, glad this project wasn't discontinued. I saw your for sale threads and feared the worst!
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by skkhai View Post

It's exponentially harder because the case has that thick layer of plastic on top tongue.gif. It's not too bad though, it just takes some time and a lot of patience if you're going at it with a dremel, I would imagine it being a lot easier with a jigsaw. Can't wait to see pictures. thumb.gif
Anyway, glad this project wasn't discontinued. I saw your for sale threads and feared the worst!

Yeah, I can see why it took you so long when you did yours. I have a jigsaw, but I don't have a table / clamps / anything study to saw on, so it's rather dangerous, and you can't really get straight cuts without the object being secure, so I would have had to dremel it.

I sold off my 2500k and the extra radiators I didn't end up using, so I'm down to my i3 530. I wanted something new to OC, and had never put my i3 under h20, right now I'm running prime95 with it OC'd to 4.5ghz. I also have a i7 870, and another p55 board on the way, should be here Monday, or Tuesday.

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Here is a pic while stress testing. I'm going to do a little cable management and put the front bezel, and side panels on tomorrow, as well as put a little carbon fiber vinyl wrap on.

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Edited by anubis1127 - 3/3/12 at 3:02pm
post #16 of 20
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I didn't like the loop order in the above pick, so i took it apart today. I am going to go pump -> 120 rad -> cpu block -> gpu block -> 240 rad -> res.

I am going to wait until I get my new mobo and cpu to figure out what I want in the case. The gigabyte board is blue, so that may look kind of cool with the current tubing I have. If I end up staying with the EVGA board, I'll add either grey, black, or red tubing for the final build. Which board I use will eventually determine what color sleeving I will order.

I added a little 3M Scotchprint Vinyl today:

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I'm still debating to cut around the side panel and have the plastic expose. I think it would probably break up the vinyl a bit, and look nice, but it could take some patience to make it look good. I wasn't even going to put the vinyl on the side panels originally, but I have so much of the stuff (got it for christmas from 2 people) I figured I'd try it out.

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New parts came in today. I decided I'm going to put the i7 in my EVGA board and test's it's OC ability. I ran into some strange issues when overclocking my i3, but I'm thinking it was just the CPU, so I want to verify that. I like the look of the EVGA board better than the Gigabyte board, but if that proves to be a better overclocker, then I will just use it.

More leak testing:

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Edited by anubis1127 - 3/5/12 at 5:45pm
post #17 of 20
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More pics:

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That's it for now.

Next update will feature cable sleeving, cable management/hiding, some compression/angled fittings, and possibly a new CPU block, and wrap up any loose ends.
post #18 of 20
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oops, double post, if anybody sees this, delete please.
post #19 of 20
That Vinyl looks great, I wasn't expecting it at all! I think it goes really well with how the case was designed, flat panels and all. Antec should have really made a carbon fiber special edition of this case biggrin.gif. I'm assuming you did the same to the front door?

How translucent is that tubing? I was considering a switch to colored tubing but at the same time I wanted to be able to see through the tubing. Seeing the bubbles bleed out of a loop is actually one of my favorite parts about putting together a loop!

Anyway, I love what you're doing to the case. That carbon fiber vinyl is a great idea and I think it's a badass way to restore a scratched up P180. I'm not going to hesitate buying a used one now for any of my future computers. thumb.gif
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by skkhai View Post

That Vinyl looks great, I wasn't expecting it at all! I think it goes really well with how the case was designed, flat panels and all. Antec should have really made a carbon fiber special edition of this case biggrin.gif. I'm assuming you did the same to the front door?
How translucent is that tubing? I was considering a switch to colored tubing but at the same time I wanted to be able to see through the tubing. Seeing the bubbles bleed out of a loop is actually one of my favorite parts about putting together a loop!
Anyway, I love what you're doing to the case. That carbon fiber vinyl is a great idea and I think it's a badass way to restore a scratched up P180. I'm not going to hesitate buying a used one now for any of my future computers. thumb.gif

Thanks! I haven't decided on the front door yet, for now I just left it off, but I have enough left over to do it, so I may.

I would say the tubing is semi-translucent, I don't have a UV light in my case, that would probably help the effect. I can see through it enough to see the bubbles.

Yeah, my side panels were a bit scratched up, as well as the top plastic bezel, so I slapped some vinyl over it to cover it up. It was significantly easier than trying to paint it.
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