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post #1 of 18
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I had bought this old G3 ML330 case off of craigslist hoping I would be able to use it for something. I only paid ten bucks for the entire system. Since then I've gutted out the old outdated dual Xeon board, and stripped it all the way down. I'd say it's around the size of a Mis tower. I was thinking of taking out the 5.25 drive bays as I never use them, making a new front panel to house fans (I'm thinking dual 140). Would this be a good case to eventually run a custom water cooling loop in? The only thing I really hate about it right now is that the power supply is mounted on top and there's no cable management. For the front panel I was thinking of cutting the bottom piece out and replacing it with Modder's Mesh. I don;t want to get *too* labor intensive on this build, but I'm willing to do a little work. I really want to use this case as it's in perfect condition, but if no one thinks it's worth it, I have another plan waiting in the wings, so to speak. Sorry for the lengthy post, Thanks for looking! biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 18
Recommendations:

1. Consider moving the power supply to the lower front area of the case. You can then use the old opening for ventilation or whatever you want.

2. Eliminate the floppy drive opening on the front panel. Consider replacing it with a card reader/USB ports. Easy enough if you're careful about cutting and filing to make it fit right.

3. Rework the 5.25" drive bays to place your WC reservoir and pump(s) and show them off through that front panel.

4. Instead of modder's mesh in the lower front panel, consider the idea of replacing the "bars" with ones made of acrylic, either UV reactive or clear/frosted and lighting with LEDs, and keeping the design fairly similar to the original lines of the case. Remove the metal from behind that panel to allow for airflow.

5. Looks like plenty of room in the top of the case for a 360 radiator if you lay it out right. I don't see any reason you couldn't water cool in this case, but it's going to be a little bit tight so plan and test fit as much as possible.
post #3 of 18
It has potential, I'll give it that. I'm interrested to see what you do with it. I understand you don't want to go too crazy on labor, but I don't think you will really need to. If you do put in some time, I certainly think it will be worth it, and pretty inexpensive compared with getting a prebuilt case of the same quality. So I say, go for it! If it doesn't turn out to your satisfaction, the cost is minimal, so that's good. I'm actually kind of jealous, I've been looking for a preject case to work with for less than $20, really just for fun, but have had no luck.

I like TLHarrell's sugestions, especially moving the PSU. Removing the 5.25" bay rack should give you ample space up front. It looks like a rather large mid-tower, so with those bays removed you shouldn't have too much of an issue with W/C.

One of the first things I'd do in planning is figuring out your plan for cable management. You said it pretty much non-existant, but if you want this case to really shine, you'll want to come up with a good way to compensate.

Have you thought of a side panel idea, or if you will window it?
Also, what were you thinking on collors? Make sure you paint that interrior once you get your layout set up, to give it that nice finished look!

I'm looking forward to see what you do with it, maybe you can get some good ideas for me too!

EDIT: I cant see the inside top in your pictures, but have you considered (or have the access to tools) a top cut-out for additional exhaust? It might be a decent idea, since you plan on pulling so much air fromt he front of the case. Perhaps you'd have room to mount a 360 rad there? That may be a little to much work though...
Edited by Purger - 11/8/12 at 10:49am
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post #4 of 18
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Thanks for the replies guys. Moving the power supply to the lower front is a great idea. I'm probably going to do that. There is enough room for a 360 radiator, maybe even a 420. I plan on putting a window in the case, just because I like to see whats going on inside the computer. I may add some fans in the lower regions on the side because I want the graphics cards to have ample cooling. For colors, I was thinking flat black for the inside for a nice clean look, but I'm not sure what I want to replace the gray with. I may start work on this today drilling out some rivets. If I do, there will be a thread smile.gif
post #5 of 18
Mod it and make something crazy awesome! wink.gif
post #6 of 18
please link the thread here really like modding old cases good luck!
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Heh, I hope it will be awesome! I just need to get some drill bits later today. I'll be sure to post a link here! Thanks for the support guys!
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i think a 1/8th is the size drill bit you need to drill out those rivets smile.gif just some friendly advice thumb.gif
or i think bout 3mm in metric
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Cool! Thank you! That will definitely come in handy!
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no probs, make sure you got some pliers too, as the drilled out rivets can be annoyin (and sharp) to remove from drill bit,
eg hold drilled rivet with pliers, turn drill in reverse(left) have fun... oooh i love a good case mode smile.gif tryna think of what to do with an old powermac G4 i have, hackintosh maybe?
EDIT have fun!!!
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