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post #11 of 42
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Little update: I found a Gigabyte B75M-D3H which has native PCI slots thumb.gif and a rear port placement that allows me to make a "fanless" solution for the i3-2120T biggrin.gif
See ya when I start doin' somethin' (Xmas maybe...)
    
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post #12 of 42
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Some news: works on this began yesterday when I totally dismantled the old V7.0 system biggrin.gif plan on recycling the 35W Sandy Bridge CPU for my DLNA server wink.gif
Had also to repace the Gigabyte mobo since it had a bent pin on the 1155 socket mad.gif... And I had my bike stolen the day I bought the i3-3220 Ivy Bridge CPU mad.gif
    
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post #13 of 42
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Here we go biggrin.gif
Level 1 finishing


Level 2 finishing


Level 3 finishing, very good precision. wink.gif


Now on to the right side for audio and DVB cards, but this time I want it to be Hi-Fi look, so no brackets, internal fixing and single holes for connectors biggrin.gif
Edited by pm40elys40 - 8/25/13 at 3:45am
    
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post #14 of 42
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Bolting the Seasonic PSU to the bottom cover, extreme rigidity biggrin.gif


Removing the blank tab near the X1 connector on the Hauppauge card, to make room for the 4 standoffs of the audio card. wink.gif


In about an hour, making the holes for audio card and DVB card, quick and easy biggrin.gif only filing required was for the square SPDIF jack. The ESI card is bolted on the bottom via 4 hex standoffs placed in the holes already present for swapping output module between RCA and TRS, extreme sturdiness without bracket wink.gif



Positioning tests with the 3.5" HDD. I can place the ODD centered or to the left, 2.5" drives bolted to the front backing plate, very easy. With center ODD I can place the 2.5"ers on the left and put power button and USB ports in line with it, like my Panny S75 DVD player, with lefty ODD I could set up something like my Marantz CD-17. Still don't know! biggrin.gif

Edited by pm40elys40 - 8/25/13 at 3:48am
    
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post #15 of 42
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Dropping the 3/8" front panel :-( since I found a way to make a suspended cage for the slim-line ODD that makes it protrude just the thickness of the 4mm front panel. wink.gif (cage was taken from a broken Raidsonic external slim box... biggrin.gif)
    
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Just finished the front ODD cage biggrin.gif optical drive to the left at about 75% height, to its left near the edge, power button. Still have to decide where to place the reset and LEDs... rolleyes.gif and which ports make available up front. I have 2xUSB2.0, 2xUSB3.0+AC97, the multi-combo USB3.0+USB2.0+Esatap would be cool... thinking.gif maybe a card reader but I can't find some nice ones...
Edited by pm40elys40 - 11/23/12 at 12:37pm
    
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i have an idea.. if you dont have the tools plunge cut the wood replace the bottm wth a thinner piece of material say 1/4 thinner then put in a 1/4 pice of material with the whole cut in it.. or a dadoo blade ( kind of a wobble blade for a power saw
or make 1./4 inch slices very close to each other and chisel it out. im not a professional but play one in my garage with low grade toools. biggrin.gif
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already making everything OK wink.gif no need for strange things wink.gif now I'm planning HDD placement.
    
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Self-suspending ODD bracket, derived from a Raidsonic/ICYBOX slim-line external box (IB-540-U-B-BL), simply cutting away the rear part where the interface board was.




Preparing holes for the 3.5" position.



Next: placing the 3x2.5" drives. biggrin.gif in some way under the ODD (height 20mm or 3/4" from case bottom). wink.gif
Edited by pm40elys40 - 8/25/13 at 3:50am
    
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Smallish HDD mounting systems



Now have to build some kind of cable protection for the modular PSU cables since they pass over the 3.5" HDD which has very sharp cutting cover edges rolleyes.gif
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