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This is my first case mod so any help would be appreciated.

When we were cleaning out our garage last sunday, I found an old AV cabinet that usede to sit under our old TV. I asked my dad if I could mod it and he let me, so now I am waiting until next week when school is over to go down to the workshop and start to mod it. It is a large AV cabinet and I am going to put a computer, XBOX and maybe my PS2 in it. More updates sooon, have to sleep.
    
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Ok, so the general shape, is that it is about half a metre high, 3/4 of a metre long, and about 2/3 of a metre deep. It has two levels as separated by a wooden panel. I intend to mount the motherboards of the PC and consoles in the top level, possibly one upside down. there will be at least 2 120mm fans blowing air through from one side to the other. In the lower level there will be the PSU's for both the Xbox, and the PC. they will have their own fan cutouts in the base of the cabinet. I am also considering swapping the xbox PSU out for a conventional PC one, if I can find a tutorial on how to do so. There will be cable routing holes in the dividing panel for the motherboards and the hdd's and odd's will be in the lower level. There is a glass window in the front of the cabinet, so I am planning on covering everything on the lower level up except the ODD's.
    
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Ok, so I now have a confirmed parts list.

PC:
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 255
Mobo:Asus M4A78LT-M LE (M-ATX AM3)
HDD:whatever I can find. maybe an 80gb from my XBOX if I can't fit it.
RAM: CORSAIR VS2GB1333D3
OS: XBMC Live possibly? Maybe Win7 with XBMC.
GPU: Radeon HD 4550 Low Profile
XBOX:
HDD: 80GB
OS: XBOX Softmodded with XBMC dash

(XBOX only if it will fit next to the PC.) It doesen't.
Edited by TA4K - 10/15/11 at 2:14am
    
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Alright, so I have a little corner at the workshop that my dad has given me. The first thing I did was mod a Pioneer TS-X7 to accomadate another speaker. right now they are wired up to 2 headphone jacks until my two 10w amps come in. the amps will power the sub and the two speakers. I have also cut some rubber pipe for standoffs on the motherboard. I had it sitting on some normal standoffs on the wood next to the backplate that I drilled out of another case and it fitted perfectly, so I can't have the mobo sitting down on the standoffs. I need the height. I will finally get some pics up tommorrow when I get the camera from home.
    
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post #5 of 9
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Update 01: Basic Shape

Tah Daah!
PICS!

So this is the basic shape I am working with.


You can see here that the middle tray is removable and that is where I intend to mount everything. I worked out that there is no room for the Xbox, so I can salvage the HDD from that to act as a boot drive.

This is where the MOBO is going. it will be facing the back with a few fans thrown in for good measure, to pull air in from the front and run it through the components, finally exhausting it out the back.


This is my workbench. It is at the back door, so I get nice cool air for my sig rig! On top of the more conventional looking PC back there is my recently modified Pioneer TS-X7 that used to only have one smaller speaker, but then the subs in both blew so I replaced one and put the second smaller speaker in for good measure. It will also go with this build when my two 10w amps turn up.
    
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post #6 of 9
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Update 02

We now have more pics! I was hard at work yesterday getting the cable routing holes drilled and the motherboard mounted. It took me ages to get it done but it looks really good now.















    
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post #7 of 9
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Update 02.5

I also have some pics of my TS-X7, and some historic goodies that I found!


The TS-X7, in all its modded glory. If you want me to show the inner workings, then tell me and I will.

Look at these!






I should OC the hejeebers out of these for fun.
    
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Awesome idea, cant wait to see how it pans out.

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post #9 of 9
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Long time no update, the HTPC scratch case is now firewood, and the mobo is in an awesome new enclosure. Pics soon!
    
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