I got a total of three packages today, with one yesterday. The first one is from Online Metals.com, for the raw materials for the case. Second one is from eBay. I picked up some authentic ammo cases for my modding pleasure (you'll see where they go in a bit!). The third package was my most anticipated, the one from MDPC. Lastly, the package I got yesterday was from McMaster-Carr, with some hardware that I ordered. Nothing too special there. I also got some modding done to the drive bays yesterday. I didn't really get anywhere since it was getting late, but I figured I may as well explain it here. I had a little fun with the camera, so bear with me if you have slow internetz
Inside I recieved a lot of spare 16ga and 22ga metal to work with. The big item in this package is my 6" by 48" cold roll steel sheet. This will form the top and front pieces of my rig. Now I just have to figure out a way to bend the strip into an arc. Any ideas?
In the USPS Flat Rate box were two ammo cans. These will definately add to the look of the build, and I have a secret use for them later down the line of pictures! Not too much to say about them, I mean they're ammo cans. Yeah woo!
The most anticipated package of them all, the one from MDPC. This sat in New York customs for 11 days, and I'm not happy about it. Regardless, I'm happy some @#$*& didn't puncture or lose the package. I ordered 40 meters of sleeving, and I'll have to do some experimenting with it. I'll most likely have to order more, but at the same time I'm not doing the WHOLE power supply, just the cables I'm using. This is my very first experience with MDPC sleeving and I was blown away. I've always read about how this stuff is the king of sleeving, and I wish I would have purchased some sooner. Nils was also kind enough to include a sample of his heatshrink and a small cut of Shade 19 for me.
Here are some other items I picked up that I thought I should add to the log. The Phobya 240 grill is just to replace the plastic thing I was using on the bottom 240 radiator. If you look at some previous case pictures, rather than cut 120mm holes for the fans, I cut out a box for a grill or mount.(When I tried using a hole saw, it was getting caught on the flimsy pieces of the case, such as the mesh, so the box was a lot easier). Next to it, I've got some slot protectors that look a little better than the stock Cooler Master ones, three SATA cables, and some Tygon Norprene (in the 1/4ID x 3/8OD flavor for the hard drives).
Went ahead and sleeved the three SATA cables I had. God I love the sleeving, and the color. I took some pictures with the sleeved cables on some Norprene ,and my obnoxiously large hot-swap backplane, to see how the cables looked acutally plugged in.
Here's a sneak peek on what I plan on doing with an ammo container
Like I said previously, I did a quick mod to the hard drive cage in my case. I don't need the whole hard drive cage, and I'd like to make some room to show off the watercooled hard drive. Most people cut off a huge bottom section and have a small cage up top, but I thought it'd look pretty cool to do the opposite. I'll keep a couple bays down below (above the 240 radiator), for my res and DVD drive, and have the hard drives sit up top. The SSD will be located in the back with cable management, I'm not too concerned with showing that off. So I took my trusty dremel out, made a line, and made the cut! I may cut the hard drive cage down some more, but it'll have to wait until this weekend when I actually have time to sit down and think about the mods I'm doing. This is where some of my spare steel will come in! Stay tuned!