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I don't remember if I did a vid for that case mod. If I did, it may be lost to the ages by now. I'll have to look around.

Anyway, back to my primary box...
I added a second nvidia gts450 to my box and am now running three monitors. Sweet.

While in there, I did some house keeping and flipped the drives around as suggested by many here. I may have inadvertently tweaked a sata cable too hard as I've been getting drive drops ever since! Bad juju. Looking into that issue now...

While I had the cover off, I took a pair of pix. One of the open case and one with the cover on. I then photoshopped some design ideas on how I may cut the thing open to reveal some of the gorgeous lighting effect going on.

Here's the bare pictures with the cover overexposed to show off the details better.


Here are 9 alternate design ideas.


I printed this pic out on nice glossy paper and proceeded to sharpie it up. Design 1, 4 and 7 fell to the might of the felt tipped marker quite fast.

I then proceeded to look at individual elements of the others.

After an hour of staring, only two have not felt the wrath of the felt. #2 and #5. I like the simplicity of the all open design of #2 and the constrained version of #5.

The 'Top Bar'.
I like the implementation of #3 (and that's all I like of that design) and #9. #6 I do not like. And while I didn't go for the swiss cheese look of #1, I do like the ordered row of holes in #9, both top and bottom rows. I liked the top bar on #8, but I can drop that.

The 'Bottom Bar'.
I like the ordered holes in #9, but also go for the look of #8.

The Drive Bays.
The top drive bay works for #2 or #5, but only in the full configuration. In #6 and #8, having the lower bay exposed with the upper covered is best if I don't go for a full-open look. Either #6 or #8 work for me. I like the grooved effect of the case in the lower lower drive bay and would not mind keeping it, but am not so in love with it that I couldn't wipe it away. The thing about the upper bay that bugs me is the big 'HAF' marking. If I could get rid of that while keeping the look and texture of the rest of the panel, I would. CoolerMaster really ruined the panel with that HAF marking, imo.

The CPU zone.
I like #8 the best. An open bar under the fan with the vertical open bars on the left and right of the fan, as opposed to the implementation of #6.

So it looks like #2 and #5 with a two variations off #8. One where there are round holes in top and or bottom as opposed to straight bars, the variation of #6 and #8 for the drive bay, and the cpu zone could be all open or cut into smaller holes. The memory block doesn't show up up at all, so that doesn't matter if exposed or not. The side panel fan would be attached right to the acrylic face, so wouldn't retain the grated look it has there now. And leave the upper drive bay covered.

I don't know when I will next work on this, but another round of design is in order before any cuts are made. I usually like the 'measure once, cut until you get it right' approach, but in this case, I want to do it right. There are no second chances.

For now, due to drive drop outs, I'm doing an offline back up of everything and with over 3tb of data, I've got a day or two of transfers to go. From there, I don't know. I've been meaning to turn all six drives into a raid 10, but had problems 1.5yrs ago when I first tried. I was getting 'signature collisions', a problem I've since learned about and resolved.

Win7 64bit will only let me use 4 drives to make a raid10. but my sabertooth x58 mobo will let me use all six drives for a raid 10. Right now, it's a mess of 2 drives making a raid 0 for my primary work drive which backs up to one of two raid 1's every few hours.

The raid 0 is what's been dropping on me and the other two drives are full up with backup files, so its' a general mess. I really hope I didn't twiddle the sata port too badly. I can't afford a replacement right now or anytime soon. This is a mission critical piece of hardware for me. Hey ho. That's the way technology goes.

Never turn your back on a computer. Not even for a second.
post #42 of 45
I like #2 but I would add covers over the drive bays/HDD area with a PSU cover too. Then you could do a nice lighting design on the covers for that extra touch while covering all the ugly stuff up.
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nice job Tom, thanks for the LED videos, its really an easy process thumb.gif
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Not sure if anyone asked, but how much warmer is the case with the lights on? That has to be hot as heck in that case.
 
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post #45 of 45
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For a well ventilated case, the extra miscule hea from the resistors is negligable. That said, I don't have a thermometer to test the exact difference. My bet would be a single degree, possibly two.

Spreading the leds around ensures maximum heat dispersion. If you bundled lots of them very very close to each other, heat would be noticeable. But opening the case with the computer and leds powered on for awhile and moving your had around to difference areas, there is no heat difference. The cpu and northbridge (for those that still have northbridges) and ram are the hottest areas.

And thanks, Ron. I'm glad the vids help!
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