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Change of plan on the HDD mount. I decided to cut a piece of acrylic that could be held in place and still allow removal of the pedestal bottom without moving the cage.
I cut the notch out to match the hole I made in the pedestal bottom, essentially eliminating the two small middle holes in favor of a larger one that the cabling could be passed through.
Holes were drilled and tapped in the HDD cage to secure the cage to the acrylic with screws from underneath.

Two holes in the rear match some of the existing threaded inserts in the pedestal, and the two front holes are drilled and tapped to use the screws that secure the middle of the pedestal bottom.
I replaced all the pedestal and pedestal bottom mounting screws with extra thumb screws that came with the case/pedestal.
Bless Case Labs for supplying plenty of screws.
The cage is slightly offset to one side to allow direct access to the SATA power cables as they pass through the hole.
Soon as I get stickers printed up for the fans I will install the NZXT 140mm fan in the rear of the pedestal. There are already mounting holes in place as provided.


Edited by mandrix - 1/1/13 at 3:30pm
post #592 of 2434
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A few pics of the HDD cage & fan installed.


post #593 of 2434
Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee:thumb:
post #594 of 2434
looks great ! that first pic - where it should say Gentle Typhoon on the sticker, must be the cam perspective - sure looks like a shorter text, almost thought it read NZXT wink.gif
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post #595 of 2434
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Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee:thumb:
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looks great ! that first pic - where it should say Gentle Typhoon on the sticker, must be the cam perspective - sure looks like a shorter text, almost thought it read NZXT wink.gif
That would be because it's an NZXT fan. I swear, can't you keep up? biggrin.gif
Read post #591. smile.gif
post #596 of 2434
mandrix,

you may have already told this but i can not find it dont mean its not there just my eye site and memory is not what it use to be.

what kind of paper did you use to print the stickers??

thank you in advance for answering this!!biggrin.gif
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mandrix,
you may have already told this but i can not find it dont mean its not there just my eye site and memory is not what it use to be.
what kind of paper did you use to print the stickers??
thank you in advance for answering this!!biggrin.gif

I used "Papillo Inkjet Waterproof White Vinyl". Basically it's a vinyl based printing medium that you can make "peel and stick" decals with. I ordered this and some clear laminate sheets from Ebay, but if you have a decent Crafts store nearby you can probably find it. I'm in the boondocks so there was no convenient place for me to go to a physical store.
Probably did not need the laminate, but it keeps the decal nice and stiff and provides some extra protection.

(I pretty much followed cpachris's lead on this, as explained in his BBBB build log, that's why I didn't give much of an explanation originally.)

After printing, I covered the sheet with clear laminate and worked all the air bubbles out real good with my hand and a library card (credit card, whatever, I used a library card).
Then I cut each piece out with a 1 1/2" circle punch. The stock stickers on the AP15's are 1 5/8" but I could not find a punch that size and so settled for the 1 1/2" Paper Shapers punch. I originally bought another brand punch but it broke on the first punch, and so finally ordered the Paper Shapers punch and it got the job done.

I used a free vector graphics program called Inkscape to do the actual designs, then exported the design to .PNG format so I could print them. All actual printing was done from Windows photo viewer on my Kodak 5250 inkjet printer.
Use whatever graphics program you are comfortable with, I've never done anything like this before and had no need for an expensive software program so Inkscape filled my needs quite well. The learning curve was steep but I managed to learn barely enough to get by. wink.gif

Any more questions feel free to ask, or look in cpachris's BBBB log to see his work.
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Drives are now mounted in the cage including an added WD Green 2TB. I left one of the three SSD's mounted on the side of the case.
I fabbed and sleeved a new SATA power cable, it's sleeved from the psu connector up to the first SATA power connector only. For this I used the thinner insulated 18 AWG wire with an OD of .0403" and it made punching the cable into the connectors much easier than the heavier 18AWG I've used throughout the build.



The NZXT fan behind the cage is going to have to go. I did not notice before the blades are warped and makes the fan too noisy. I will probably substitute an AP15 in it's place if there are no mounting problems. I don't believe I have another 140mm fan sitting around but I will dig through the spare parts later and make sure.

120.2 flexbay radiator mount arrived yesterday. To get the RX240 mounted I'm going to shift the Aquaero up two bays, that will leave a single bay between the Aquaero and the FC8, and the RX240. I have ventilated single bay covers which will go in those spots.
Not sure if any wiring to the Aquaero will have to be redone, I'm thinking right now probably not except for the Aquabus cable to the Power Adjust will have to be longer. I will pull the 3 pin connectors off the current one and fab up a longer cable and sleeve it today.

I will have to cut new tubing for the Aquaero water block in/outs to make the extra distance to the flow meter on the gpu and to the reservoir.
Still need to fab a SATA power cable for the DVD drive and sleeve a data cable.
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Very nice job on the cables... and cool use of the upper pedestal (pedestal doesn't seem right... attic? loft? headpiece? biggrin.gif) - I think I'm gonna do that in a lower pedestal for my M8 sometime in the future... I'm getting pretty jelly of all that rad space and the clean interior space... mine just suddenly got cramped the day I decided that I had to have my BD-R drive in my system rather than use an external all the time... guess I needed a bigger CL than the M8! But I'm pretty sure I'll make due... Your rig just makes me feel less 'satisfied' with what I've done so far. biggrin.gif
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Very nice job on the cables... and cool use of the upper pedestal (pedestal doesn't seem right... attic? loft? headpiece? biggrin.gif) - I think I'm gonna do that in a lower pedestal for my M8 sometime in the future... I'm getting pretty jelly of all that rad space and the clean interior space... mine just suddenly got cramped the day I decided that I had to have my BD-R drive in my system rather than use an external all the time... guess I needed a bigger CL than the M8! But I'm pretty sure I'll make due... Your rig just makes me feel less 'satisfied' with what I've done so far. biggrin.gif
Yes I do love having that room to work with. smile.gif
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