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Never really posted my rig or works in progress, so I hope you guys like it.

I kind of forgot to take pics before I started, but then figured I could make this into a worklog and maybe some of you will come up with better ideas of how I should finish this work in progress. Keep in mind, I have never owned or used power tools of any kind in my life. I bought a dremel and a drill specifically to use this old case I've had for several years as a learning experience. So far I've had fun and hope to do more mod in the future.

The main goal of this project was silence even with high end hardware. I am coming from a Lian Li case I just bought a matter of months ago, but tired of the resonating panels and weird vibrations I get in it some times that the soundproofing just couldn't cover up. Back to my old faithful case.

Base P182 for those that are unsure what it looks like since I didn't take pics before I started.

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Now for all the fun!

As you can see a lot was skipped here, but I gutted all the slider bays for 3.5" drive and took out the plastic rails for it. I then drilled out all the rivets of sections I wanted removed in order to fit in a 240mm radiator in the front. After all that I dremeled off the cross bar support section to stop pretty much at the mobo tray and then re-riveted it back in place.

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Don't mind the rough cut. I discovered a dremel is the wrong tool for the job and after cutting for 10 minutes trying not to break the fiberglass cutting wheel I was only halfway. Got violent and folded the rest back and forth till it snapped off lmao. Filed it down a bit with a metal file I found in my Dad's garage.

Now on to some sound proofing as I am a big silence nut.

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Here I filled in the gap of the cross bar section that used to have plastic stuff to open and close wire management holes or whatever is was for. Allows me to put the sound proofing on more flush. Just used some foam presentation board I picked up at Walmart on the cheap.

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Put some U-channel around my super terrible cut so I don't slice my fingers off.

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Inside of the front door with the ultra thick 7mm sheet of acoutipack and my stickers that I never peeled off from when I built this computer over a year ago. Still use all of those parts except the Noctua and Sapphire ATI (5870) card.
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Was trying to brainstorm ideas on how to mount this radiator with the least vibration transference so I resorted to zip ties. I LOVE zipties. So many uses!! So i came up with this mounting idea of making little hooks in the holes of the 5.25" bay area to essentially hang my 240mm radiator from. The bottom of the case has some holes too so I can suspend it and pull it tight and be mounted with zip ties. Also planning to zip tie the fans on the radiator with rubber gaskets.

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UPDATE 11-14-11

Finally started finishing up the sound proofing on the cross section. Added holes for the tubes to reach the pump that will be suspended on the new made zip tie hooks.

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I then finally mounted the radiator today along with the fan mounted in push/pull on the radiator. Finally getting some structure to this rebuild.

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Edited by Strobe - 11/13/11 at 9:06pm
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There is obviously a lot left to do, but I still haven't decided on a few things. I would like to hear from you guys on radiator mounting. I was thinking of just using the single 240mm radiator to cool my i7-930 and GTX580. I'm not an overclocker, in fact I under volt my CPU to run cooler. I only overclock for benches and then I turn my fans up anyway. Most of the time this runs in silent mode with fans around 600-700RPM on my controller. I do have another 120mm radiator that I currently use, but can't think of a good way to mount it that it won't just get recycled hot air like it does in my current setup. Won't fit in the 5.25" bay with my blu-ray drive. Do I really need the 240 + 120, or can the single 240 handle it with just decent temps. Not looking for insane low temps or uber overclocking.

The radiators are XSPC RX series so they are quite large and optimized for my slow silent fans.

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Edited by Strobe - 11/7/11 at 5:18pm
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post #4 of 35
nice i had one with a 360 placed in the top of it lol
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nice i had one with a 360 placed in the top of it lol
I use my case in a computer cabinet with the back of it cut out so all my hot air needs to be directed to the back. Otherwise I would just throw hot air into the cabinet and it would just have a massive heat build up over time. It used to run fine on air in the cabinet with all exhaust pointing out the back and the top fan had the little curved plastic taped off rather than holes so it directed air out the back as well.
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looks intense, haha, I just went for the direct route

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Lol. I wanted to keep my setup all internal just. Not a fan of the giant rads hanging off the back etc. The computer cabinet limits me on that as well. The cabinet does a nice job of deadening the noise for me as well. I got like a double barrier. And yes, the computer cabinet door is soundproofed as well lmao.

I bet you get some really nice temps with that 480 up there though.
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http://www.overclockers.com/forums/s...d.php?t=650891

thats how i set up mine but my fans were external
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Would have taken me so long to cut that lol. I thought I was gonna die trying to cut that simple cross section of my case with a dremel. I would need a shroud of some kind to point all that air out the top to go out the back of my computer cabinet.
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Would have taken me so long to cut that lol. I thought I was gonna die trying to cut that simple cross section of my case with a dremel. I would need a shroud of some kind to point all that air out the top to go out the back of my computer cabinet.
not really since those fans are intakes to get best temps and i only had a single 120 on the back side for exhaust
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