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post #131 of 990
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A little Saturday update:

As you could see in the pics on the previous page, I can't use the 200mm front fan, as the PSU exhausts to the front, and the AC power cord (even a 90 degree one) needs some of that space.

Rather than leave a big ugly hole, I wanted a panel that would cover most of the open area, and also allow me to add a pair of 92mm fans, if I have a need for them.

The original 200 mm fan is 30mm thick, so I set the panel back 10mm so that I could use 38mm thick, 92mm diameter fans if I need to move some serious air, Vantec Tornados perhaps, as there is not much selection in 25mm thick fans in that size.

If it turns out that I don't need the more powerful fans, I can just put in some mediocre white led fans to add light and fill up the holes.

Always better to be ready in case I need the bigger fans, and turn out not to, than to find I need them, and not have made provision for them.

So here's how Saturday morning went:


Darlene

Here's the pic of the open 200mm fan hole to be closed off:



First thing is to make a pattern from some posterboard and make sure it fits as desired:



Cut out a piece of sheet steel, 22 gage is tough enough for small items, and still easy enough to work with:





Drilling the fan holes takes patience, and some experience:




Wooo Hooooo, . . pretty nice job there Darlene, untill deburring the second hole, then Ooooops . . .




Put a pretty nasty cut in my hand as well, but at least I didn't have to drive myself to the ER for stitches this time.


Anyway . . . With more damage to my ego than my hand, and a little blacksmithing, I'm at least back to where I was a bunch of curse words ago:



Here it is sitting in place:



And with the PSU in place as well:




Now to make it all look more professional, I added the little cresent at the bottom:




Edited by IT Diva - 12/8/12 at 11:10am
post #132 of 990
Yess nice nice biggrin.gif!

always nice to see some progress biggrin.gif!

But u work with a grinder to get clean etches? haha wow biggrin.gif!
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I did a little more trimming on the optical drives cage, notably to the very top bay with the screw on side panels.

I like having a bit more finger room up there to work in, and with the huge mass of cables that the 820 has, there's more room needed on the right side too.


This should be the final version of the top bay side panels:






Here it is, as apart as it can get, all the rivets drilled out: (the drive cage parts unscrew now, so that's efffectively apart)




With it apart, I took a good look at whether you could squeeze a 420 into the new phantom 820, like in the switch 810.

Here's what I concluded should work, physically at least, the cables are going to be another matter as they'll need to be relocated forward some:

It's alot like the 810.

If you cut the top bay side panels away at the rear, you can just put a fan controller in that bay with the front holes.,

You can get an XT45 420 in there with a fan on the underside, but not the top, as the USB / fan control modules are in the way.

The modules will obstruct the exitting airflow some, but you'll still be better off than with a 280.


It's made for a 280 up top, and the front of a 280 sits well behind the optical drive bays: (it's easy to see here with everything upside down)



If you cut the side panels of the top bay forward to where you can still mount a fan controller in that bay, you'll have room for the XT45 420 to fit.


Now to get the cables to relocate, you'd need to "L" shape the rectangular hole they normally go thru to the left and then forward,
blending into the round hole so that they'll go down in front of the rad:







Hope this is helping some of you plan your 820 build,

Darlene
Edited by IT Diva - 12/8/12 at 2:51pm
post #134 of 990
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Quote:
Originally Posted by k.3nny View Post

Yess nice nice biggrin.gif!
always nice to see some progress biggrin.gif!
But u work with a grinder to get clean etches? haha wow biggrin.gif!

I just use a file to finish up on interior edges, decades of using one of these gets you pretty good . . . smile.gif

Well except when a disc gets a ding and tears up your work. mad.gif


I have a small bench mount belt sander that gets exterior edges nice and flat and straight. . .

Just clean up the burrs and it's ready to go


Darlene
Edited by IT Diva - 12/8/12 at 7:15pm
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A little update to the first post above;

Since no good deed ever seems to go unpunished,

With everything apart to where I can start to get some measurements and perspective,

I may need to mod that front panel filler plate a bit.

The lip that sets back 10mm is high enough that it will clear a top fan on the rad I plan to use on the bottom which is listed as 63mm tall.

What I'm not sure about untill I have it in hand, is how far that front end cap (tank) sits forward of the fan mounting holes.

From what I'm measuring, it looks like to fit a 280 on the bottom, (or any 140mm fan sized rad) The rad can not be over 60mm tall.

Since mine is supposed to be 63mm, it looks like I may need to remove the lower 5mm to 10mm or so of the recess that the 200mm fan originally set into.





I'll put in the main part of the front panel filler plate, but leave off the lower cresent shaped piece untill I get the rad and make adjustments if necessary.

Darlene
Edited by IT Diva - 12/8/12 at 2:55pm
post #136 of 990
this is helping me plan my phantom 820 build
thanks rep +
 
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drum.gif Drum roll please . . . .

And the cuts everyone's been waiting for . . . .

I cut the top and the bottom panels off to match the 280 rad length, so both are now ready to graft on the next 280 sections to.

Here's the bottom panel:

Notice that they did a nice job of putting slots to accomodate 280's with either 15mm or 20mm fan spacings.






And looking from the other side to see that the slots are correct; the fans are set 5mm apart to show they would fit on a Black Ice rad.




Now here's the top panel:





Now look at that pic again, closely . . .

They screwed the pooch, while they put in slots, they're useless. You still can't use a rad with 20mm fan spacings 'cuz they're too short.

They didn't account for the extra 5mm in length over a 15mm spaced counterpart.

The left end screws are max to the left of their slots, and the right end screws are max to the right of their slots, and the fans are tight together as they would be on a 15mm spacing rad.

The front slots need to be 5mm longer to the front, or more accurately, moved 5mm to the front.

Let's friggin' hope they got the new top panels for the switch right . . . . .


Darlene


OK, Tomorrow I'll work on getting the rear rad sections ready . . . thumb.gif
Edited by IT Diva - 12/8/12 at 6:10pm
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Doesnt nzxt specify that you can fit a 280 or full 360mm rad in the top? Why dont you use a 360?
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I was thinking for months on doing this with the old phantom to put either watercooling to the max or have to separate pc configs.
    
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Doesnt nzxt specify that you can fit a 280 or full 360mm rad in the top? Why dont you use a 360?

280rad will fit, but no black ice because 20mm spacing instead of 15 wink.gif 360 rad will fit easely smile.gif
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