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I recently updated some of the computers in our office and ended up with 3 Antec Plus SX1030B File Server Cases. I have always enjoyed the simplistic and understated look of this steel case. With so much potential I could just not bring myself to just pitch these. So I figured why not it's time for a new project. I have spent hours on end looking at pictures of beautifully modded cases, and am now getting bored with my current configuration.
This will be my first full case mod and my first crack at water cooling. I plan to flip the mother board, vertical mount the power supply, add a plexi panel to hide the PS and water cooling equipment, add a side panel window and paint. Feel free to criticize what ever you may like, this is going to be a learning experience!

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System Specs:

I5 2500k
Asrock Fatal1ty Z77 Motherboard
GSkill Ripjaws 4x4 pc1600
Power Color 7950
OCZ 750 watt modular PS
OCZ 120g Vertex SSD

Water Cooling Parts:
To be determined (budget issues)

360 Radiator:
Pump:
CPU Block:
GPU Full cover Block:
GPU Backplate:
Reservoir:
Tygon Tubing: 3/8 id - 1/2 od
Compression fittings:

Eye candy:

NZXT Red led sleeved lighting 2 meters x2
Individual sleeved cables (everything)
Fan Controller: TBD
Fans: TBD
Edited by Bucshman - 10/25/12 at 9:27pm
    
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post #2 of 12
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Had the day off work today, stopped an bought a Dremel tool and, I think, I made some really good progress today.

Case stripped down:

Ready for flip:

Put back together with screws (test fit)
    
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post #3 of 12
Dang, that case has lots of potential. I can't believe these were going to be tossed out! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with thumb.gif
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post #4 of 12
Looks interesting.

Antec do some amazing work with their cases. They have so much potentional.


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post #5 of 12
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Just came in from the garage, and I'm done for the night. I picked a bad case to learn how to use a Dremel tool, the 1mm steel panels did not want to cut easy. Will be away at work for the next few days but will post pics when I get back at it.


Window cut out, still need to file the edges

Cut out and remounted power supply vertically (test fit)

Support bars installed to hold Plexi panel to hide power supply and water cooling equipment.

Done for the night!
Edited by Bucshman - 10/25/12 at 9:28pm
    
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post #6 of 12
Your PSU looks gold drool.gif

I so want to do my next build or mod with gold bits n piece's.

I am thinking my next project is going to be my HTPC/server.


Looking good. smile.gif
post #7 of 12
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Haven't had much time to work on the case much lately, but had some unseasonably warm weather today and decided to paint what I have done.

I didn't wait for the paint to completely dry before riveting it back together, had some spots to touch up but I think it turned out just fine. Now I just need to get the water cooling gear and cable sleeve. Will post pics of the ripped apart power supply next week.
    
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post #8 of 12
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Had some more warm (42 degree f) weather today and decided to do some more painting.
Found this mesh in my garage, looks like it will work perfect
Trying to show the steam coming off my coffee cup, its cold in Michigan.
Plexi panel will be painted just test fitting
Had to move the painting inside next to the heater
    
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post #9 of 12
GAWD I love these cases! May I ask how you flipped it? My eyes can't tell exactly went on there. What are you doing with the other two cases? (Subbed Btw thumb.gif)
post #10 of 12
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It was actually quite easy with this case, all I had to do was drill out the rivets on the back side and front side of the case and literally flip the back panel end to end and remount it upside down. Amazingly I only had to drill 2 holes into the mother board try to rivet it back in, all the holes on the front and back lined up perfect. Then I cut out a piece to mount the power supply vertically as well.
As for the other cases one of them is donating parts to this one. I did not like the handle on the side panel so I took the other panel from one, and I had to trash one of the plastic face plates from one because of a paint issue. I tried to paint early one morning and did not let the plastic heat up enough and the paint looked like it froze as it went on, I quickly tried to wipe it off then sand when it dried but I couldn't fix it. I am still not sure what I will do with the third one but I'm sure I can put it to good use.
    
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