What's that you say? An update???
Yes folks, I have a small but somewhat important update to dish out.Update 12 - Motherboard Tray Cuts
So this week I got some work done on the motherboard tray. Since I will be routing some cables, err actually all of the cables, I needed to make some cable management cuts.
Here is the top of the board. The marks you can see are for the front I/O cables.
Cut marks for GPU and SATA power cables.
And here is the cut out at the bottom for all of the wires to go through. This one has to be large because it has to fit a LOT of wires.
I didn't take an pictures of the cutting process but I used my dremel and some cutting disks and filed the cuts down with a metal file.
GPU, SATA, and 24 pin cable cut out.
Cut out for all of the wires.
Cut out for front I/O.
Here is the case all prepped for the motherboard standoffs to be JBWelded to the case. The exterior of the case (the part with the legs and handle) has been sandblasted in preparation for powder coating.
I put lipstick on the bottom of the standoffs to mark their place on the case. I then scratched the case to give the JBWeld a better area to adhere to.
Standoff in place. I dipped my finger in some warm water which let me spread the JBWeld around with my finger without it attaching to my finger. It worked REALLY well.
Here is the case with the standoffs in place. I nailed the placement on all of them. Only one was slightly out of line but it was easy to move when I attached the motherboard tray. It was only off by about 2 millimeters or so.
The next step was to put some weight on the tray. I put down a towel first so I wouldn't scratch up the tray anymore than I already have. I then placed some bricks and some magazines on the tray.
I let the JBWeld dry for 24 hours in the garage, and then brought the case inside and let it continue drying in a warm environment for an additional 24 hours.
Here are some pictures with my components inside the case! Without any wires...
With PSU and wires.
So, everything fits. Everything is all snug and fits how I thought it would. So, things to do when I have time:
-make PSU standoffs for PSU PCB
-cut PowerMac PSU housing for cable management
-still need to figure out how to attach the U-channel together
-take the case to get powder coated
My physics class is preventing me from getting anything done. She gives us 5 hours of physics homework a night, that doesn't even include the other homework for other classes. I'll try and sneak updates in soon. I also have some more money so I purchased some stuff from FrozenCPU. I will post pictures when that stuff gets here. I bought 4 fans and 7 SATA cables. I bought the cool Akasa SATA cables that you can make any length you want.
Until next time...