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post #11 of 23
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Alright, so yesterday i rotated and remounted the rad, re did the block on the 580, and finished the loop, and finished the mount for the 2 2.5" hard drives, everything is shaping up very nicely, and much better and cleaner looking than i originally thought i could pull off.

The only thing that is not secure is the res/pump. If i had a seperate res and pump, there would be no issue, but since mine is fits in a drive bay, (and i have none) its a bit tricky.

I did think of an idea to cut up the drive bay that was originally in the computer and make it fit, but i don't think i have the tools required to do so, my little dremmel sucks at cutting metal, (zero torque) and I have a power drill that I can attatch the cutting bit too, but seeing as I don't get home from work till 6, I don't have alot of time to be loud in my paper thin wall apartment.

I'm also modding the aluminum brace plate that the 580 heat sink sat on, so that the waterblock can still sit flat on the 580, while the brace fits around it to help support the card.

I also picked out a bright yellow paint color, and now that I have everything mounted, i'm trying to decide if I want to do a full break down just to paint the inside as well, but won't be able to paint till the weekend probably, as its been rainy and humid, and that would just jack up the paint.

Another pic, but its still crappy due to the lighting in the room

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to have everything running, all I really need to do is plug in my fans, and the HD's, and its bootable. I'm going to wait on hooking up the power switch on the front of the case till after it has been painted.

At first I thought heat would be a problem, but really, after everything has been hooked up, i think it will be alright, 4 fans on the rad ( 3 intake, 1 exhaust ) which will keep air blowing across the mo-bo and gpu, and 2 smaller fans in the back for exhaust, so I think i'll be okay.

I was also worried about cable managment, but since the only thing that will be connected are 2 hds ( which are hidden ) the mobo, and gpu, I think i'll be alright.

anyway, let me know what you guys think, I may go pick up some more UV lights, i accidently broke one, and I have 2 blue LED fans, and a blue light bar, so i'm okay on blue, just want the coolant and neon things to glow a bit more.
post #12 of 23
I actually picked up the non-window version of that case sitting next to a dumpster by my house. I'm running my phenom 9500 linux box in smile.gif
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post #13 of 23
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i actually like the quality of this 10 year old case compared to my new cooler master, aside from the dated fan mounts and drive bays, its much more sturdy and not as cheap feeling, compared to my HAF, its a little taller, but not as long and skinnier. and the window is pretty sweet.
post #14 of 23
Very nice case and with modding it, it will be even cooler.... (no pun intended)
 
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post #15 of 23
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thanks, I was planning on running the machine as is for a while, but I think tonight i'm going to just end up sitting the computer out for a few more days, and might as well get everything right the first time and do it all in one go.

Tonight if its dry enough outside ( its been raining ) i'll begin painting the top and side panels, continue cutting out the 580 plate, and continue finding a way to mount the res/pump, I could just zip tie it in, but might as well try to at least come up with a decent way to mount it.

So goal for today,

paint top and side panels ( if weather permits )
try to mount the res/pump
continue working on 580 plate ( does not need to be finished until final assembly, but takes forever to cut through )
mod the front panel and prepare it for paint.

the idea for the 580 is to keep it water cooled, but mod the support frame of it so the water block can fit, and cut a notch out of the plastic cover, so that i can have water cooling, as well as the stock fan for max cooling potential.

unfortunately i'm super busy all the time, and living with a gf who demands an hours attention, and me using power tools upsets the neighbors... its gonna be a slow process. Hopefully on saturday I can finish it. and continue on with Skyrim lol


if anyone has any ideas for the res/pump, let me know ( the only place that i really have room for it is sitting it on top of the rad ) unless i mounted it to the floor of the case, and T lined in a fill port.
post #16 of 23
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so sitting at my desk at work, i got to thinking that what may not be a bad idea is to raise the rad as high as possible, and then mount the res underneath the rad, and put it flush against the bottom and back mo-bo mount wall, that way i can drill 2 holes into the back mo-bo wall, and have the res securely mounted.

I'll try this approach first, as it would require the smallest amount of modification ( just drill new holes for the res and rad mounts ) vs chopping up a bay drive and figuring a way to mount that.

But it also requires me to have a T line at the highest point possible, so I can fill the res, as well as drain air from the system, but if i do that, i don't have a way to easily drain the system, so then i'll just put another T line in near the bottom, so, on my lunch break i'll run to the hardware store and see what I can find that I can use.

EDIT: and as for paint, i'm using spray paint, but to anyone reading this, and planning on painting their case, do it right please... so many crappy paint jobs on this site, everyone seems to think you can cover it all in one go.. false! just do light light layers, even if you missed some spots.

Also trying to decide if i want to wetsand after paint... It will take the gloss out, and be more of a matt color, but will be crazy smooth. ( the front panel would be hard to sand its small parts )
Edited by ClaytonGFinley - 2/1/12 at 9:55am
post #17 of 23
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since i have no decent pictures, here is an idea of how things will be set up inside the case

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post #18 of 23
my buddy has that exact same case, you can make some fans fit on the front of it with a bit of ingenuity
post #19 of 23
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yeah, i don't feel like cutting up the case any more than I already have, but I think my airflow will be fine.

I went and bought 2 t connectors and 2 valves, but realised i bought the wrong size valves... fail. will get the correct sized ones tomorrow.
Edited by ClaytonGFinley - 2/1/12 at 11:45am
post #20 of 23
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So, i've decided to ditch the build, just too many problems, and am tired of messing with it, if i had an air cooled system, it would be no problem.

I'll keep the case, as i'm about to have anohter mo-bo rmaed to me, so maybe i'll just make an i3 build out of it or something.
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