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Project: Raptor [CM Elite 360 Mod]

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Project: Raptor
My CM Elite 360 Mod

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My LAN case mod, a mini-tower with everything you'd expect in a mid-tower and packing an ATX motherboard, a window and some watercooling.

-Contents-
-Introduction-
Okay, so the name isn't concrete and may change but basically I chose the name because velociraptors are small - but they'll still rip your guts out biggrin.gif I frequent LANs quite a bit and being small I decided I needed something small to take to LANs with me BUT still house my rig with room for expansion. So I chose the CM Elite 360 - which packs an ATX motherboard - so a full-range of Crossfire/SLI is available and I can upgrade to i7s-Bulldozers and the such - my only upperlimit is ~9" graphics cards - limited to a 5770 or 560.

See just your typical HTPC... with soooo much potential (and just threw in a picture of the rat's nest it was before all the modding):

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Only thing new from the above picture is the H60 which was bolted to the 120mm fan hole on the side of the door (it didn't fit on the top) - and it wasn't ideal for accessing the case and probably would be unnecessary strain on the piping and crack them, not fun. Also needed to expand the storage capacity of this case, since it was limited to only 2x 3.5" drives - so planned to expand this to 4 for a decent RAID5/0+1 and a spot for an SSD. And while you're at it, throw in a window smile.gif

-Credit-
Goes to my mate WOLFWRX without which I would not have the tools and expertise to do much of this.
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In case you're wondering what I'm putting in here, it's my sig rig. If I'm throwing in anything else I'll be sure to mention it.
Edited by CourageD - 7/24/11 at 2:12pm
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Day 1: Anglegrinders, Ingenious Mounts and Bad Paint

So me and a mate got together with some tools, namely an anglegrinder, ideal for this project - we care little of your opinion that this may be a poor tool for the job. I didn't want to mount the H60 radiator on top of the case because it would create something that would increase height and stick out - increasing risk of transit damage. So came up with a steel plate that sat just inside the door to mount the radiator to. Cut it up with the angle grinder and ended up with:

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Originally the hard drive bay wasn't part of the plan so this was going to be a "quick" mod, so we planned to cut the window and respray the entire case - including the inside.

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It was a minor respray, and it didn't warrant taking the case apart if you were good at it AND if you were sold PRIMER. Alas I was fleeced by the hardware store and ended up being conned into buying gray spray paint labled as Primer... Knew I should've stuck with brands I knew, never had any problems. But alas this paint didn't stick as was discovered the day later - and scratched off by fingernails mad.gif At the time we had no idea, so we cut up the window and placed it on, this was where the first signs of "bad paint" showed up but we just assumed it wasn't dry.

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Looking good - rough edges but those will be filed, fixed with a little body filler, one looks a bit skew and painted up nicely - but the paint was a big !@#$ up. In the mean time my PC sat like this, all naked tongue.gif Also note new GPU cooler.

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Edited by CourageD - 7/24/11 at 2:15pm
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Day 2: The Great Big Coolermaster 4-in-3

Thought of doing a custom job on the drive bays but this Coolermaster unit just seemed like much less work and just what I needed (click for details if you want):


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Okay this case only has 2x5.25" and a 1x3.5" external bays so naturally we had to do a bit of cutting to make a wide enough opening. A LOT of precise cutting later we managed to fit this unit in - this included cutting the plastic bezel with the anglegrinder. Until it all fitted together.

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And then wired the silent fan (can't hear it with my ear next to it) to a LiPO, looking sexy:

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Okay, had to write some university access tests. Will hopefully start finishing up with this project on Monday smile.gif Then the drive bay will be fully fitted, and the entire case will be broken down and resprayed - with proper paint - actually going to send it to the car shop down the road, they've offered to sand it and spray it in their spray booth for a good price - cheaper than buying more spraypaint tongue.gif
Edited by CourageD - 7/24/11 at 2:21pm
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Lol Hi smile.gif

Cant wait to see it done biggrin.gif
Edited by WOLFWRX - 7/23/11 at 5:15pm
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The case panels finally got painted, have had to box fit it in the mean time, will post pics, not too bad - thought if we're gonna spend half an hour putting my PC inside a cardboard box might as well do it properly and throw in a window.

Now just gotta put it back together and a few minor details.
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Putting it together has taken a little long, sooo much so that I've secured a new board (Biostar TZ68A+) which is red, white and black.

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Also based off the artwork that was on my boxes thatused for my "temporary" box mod I'm really liking the colours. I'll upload some pics of that soon enough. So off now to secure two or three 120mm Red Sickleflows or Xtraflows and some Red LEDs to replace the power and HDD LED's (now the silly ultra-bright CM LEDs will not light up my entire room at night tongue.gif).

Also the presence of an LPT header means the search for the few components to make a 2x16 LCD usable is over and can be wired directly to the LPT header.
Edited by CourageD - 9/11/11 at 2:23pm
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