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So I have decided to actually do a little modding to my case.
I had already mounted the 360mm radiator in the top of the case when i first got it, but I just drilled two extra holes and called it good.

I have decided I am going to cut out the top of the case between the fans and make a plate that will cover both fan holes, and it will have a radiator mount cut into it. So it will be a perfect fit and placement of my radiator in the top of my case.

I am also going to move around my water cooling and put a false floor in the case.
So far I have mocked up a sort of false floor/cover. I have swapped out the big hard drive cage for the smaller one, and moved my pump to the bottom of the case.

I would like to switch to a regular pump with a normal res instead of a pump/res combo that I have now.
In order for me to do that I will need to get a pump, and either use my micro res I have, or use my frozenQ res that is being used as a night light for my GFs bedroom.
in order for me to accomplish this task I am going to need a few new fittings for my water hoses, and I am going to need to get some spray paint.

I am looking to pick up some second hand right angle fittings, a pump, and if possibly in the future I am going to be looking for a GTX 580 reference block for my video card.

Any advice on this adventure would be great.

Lets just get on with the pictures since that is what you people love.
Edited by thrasherht - 4/28/12 at 12:47pm
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All pictures will be hosted on flickr and can be found in the link below
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thrasherht/sets/72157629919688457/
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Here is the first set of pictures.


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Here is the case before doing anything to it.

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This is the old hard drive cage I will be removing.

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Hard drive cage rivets drilled out and cage removed. All the cords are from the hard drives that were in the old cage.

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Close up of the cage area. The new smaller cage will be mounted upside down to the bottom of the drive bay cage.

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Old hard drive cage out of the case.

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New cage ready to be mocked up for mounting.

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Cage temp mounted in place with a few screws that are through holes I drilled into the motherboard tray.
You can see the screws going into the cage on the left side.

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Trying out different spots for the new pump/res location. I am using one of my junk pumps that XSPC replaced for me free of charge.

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Plexi bent and trimmed up a bit. I am going to sand and paint the plexi black so you can't see through it.
I have though about grabbing some RIT dye so that I don't have to worry about paint being scratched and such.

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Plexi cover sanded up after being bent and trimmed to fit in the case.

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Workshop in progress. It is my dads wood working shop, but many tools that work well for case modding as well.

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sanded plexi in place

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Trying to figure out a location for the res if I decide to use it.

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I will either use the pump/res and right angle fittings to come up the side of the drive bay cage, or I will use a normal pump and a right angle fitting on this res to go straight down into the pump.

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The metal between the fan holes will be cut out to make it a single large hole across the top of the case.
I am going to use a plate with a radiator cutout in it to fill the hole and mount the radiator in its new spot.
I have decided to rotate my radiator so the barbs are towards the front of the case since I will be able to mount it much further back then the old mounting method.

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Radiator I will be using. It is an XSPC RS360 with xigmatek fans on it. The fans will be blowing down into the case, and will be mounted on underside of the radiator in pull.

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Rough placement of the radiator once I make the adapter plate for it.


I am really hoping I can make the plate well enough that the radiator misses the memory. Previous to this I had about 2mm between the fans and the edge of the memory heatsink. So with the radiator moving a bit, I am hoping I can make it sit a little better in the case.
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Good work there, subbed. Makes me wanna start modding my Phantom too ^^
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Originally Posted by strych9 View Post

Good work there, subbed. Makes me wanna start modding my Phantom too ^^

I got sick and tired of looking at my computer the way it was. It wasn't unique at all. So I decided to start ripping it apart. Only down side is now I am down my main rig until i can get it back together, or at least the cooling ghetto rigged. I have my laptop hooked to my main rigs monitor mouse and keyboard right now.

I am hoping it turns out nice.
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You'll find that plexi really paints decently if you just wipe it down with a clean rag with acetone.
When you sand it, you'll never be able to get the scratches not to show.
Just paint the back side, use black laquer, and it'll look like a foot deep laquer paint job.
Darlene

Thanks for the tip. good thing I have lots of those sheets of plexi. Somewhere in the area of about 100 of them. Only bad thing is I need to heat them up to get the paper off because they are old.

I still think I want to try dying the plastic and see how that looks.
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Thanks for the tip. good thing I have lots of those sheets of plexi. Somewhere in the area of about 100 of them. Only bad thing is I need to heat them up to get the paper off because they are old.
I still think I want to try dying the plastic and see how that looks.

Actually, soaking them should work significantly better. Heat has the potential to damage the acrylic.
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Actually, soaking them should work significantly better. Heat has the potential to damage the acrylic.

I will give that a try on one of the panes. What should I soak it in? just soap and water?
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