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In-Desk NAS on the cheap!

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So I'm going to be putting this:

450

450

Not a fancy mod like most of what's here, but it's something to keep me busy for a while. And I'd rather have trial and error on a crappy Dell than my sig rig if I decide to put that in there at a later time.

Plexi front.

Dell Dimension 4700, P4, 1G RAM, 1.5tb SATA HDD.

I already have almost everything needed for this "mod". The Dell was given to me along with 7 others a few months ago, the plexi was found in the shed of my new house, the HDD is currently in my sig rig, the fans will be scavenged from the dell cases. The rest of what I need will be purchased for as cheap as possible.

So far I have bought:
1 plexi knife. $2.99 @ Lowes
1 packet of velcro strips. $1.99 @ Lowes (To attach the plexi to the front of the enclosure and still be able to get to it when/if needed.)

So the first trick is figuring out what to do about the CPU cooler. It's one of those ghetto shroud things that Dell is notorious for, where the rear fan is used to pull air through the fins on the CPU cooler instead of having a dedicated fan.

450

450

I don't have any other coolers laying around, so I'll have to rig up something fancy with one of the fans I have around.
Edited by NeighborhoodGeek - 2/3/12 at 7:42pm
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Looks like its gonna be sweet, accessible hot swap bays would be rad if its feasible.

Are you gonna be using that oem fan in the dell? if not I would gladly take it
    
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I got nothing accomplished on this except taking apart the tower. lol In order to take the mobo out, you HAVE to remove the CPU cooler to get at the last four screws. That is just crappy design imo.

So since I took the cooler off, I need to apply new thermal paste... And I cannot find the box I had it in anywhere. frown.gif

I also discovered that the little heatsink on the NB is really loose, so I'll need to fix that, too.

On top of all of that BS, I ran out of canned air, so the mobo is still filthy, AND I have lost my jigsaw.

So a quick tip: Do NOT start a project right after you move and still have things left to unpack. lmao


No hotswaps this time around, I'm just using what I have to get it up and running and I don't have anything for that. I will be using as many parts from the case as possible. The drive bays are not going to be used, as they are set up really dumb. But the fan will be used, as well as some from the other 7 Dell's I have that are identical.
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