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post #171 of 202
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Hmmm, the way I have my drive cage on the mobo side means the sata data cables will have to twist 180° along their axis in order to plug in.
I'm not liking this, so I've decided to flip the drivecage 180° and put together a new sata power cable.

With the drives in the PSU side drivecage laying flat, this means that the cable will always have to twist 90°. Would it somehow be possible to flip the drivecage 90° instead?
I'll take a closer look at this when I have a few minutes to spare.
post #172 of 202
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Originally Posted by Whatts View Post

Hmmm, the way I have my drive cage on the mobo side means the sata data cables will have to twist 180° along their axis in order to plug in.
I'm not liking this, so I've decided to flip the drivecage 180° and put together a new sata power cable.

With the drives in the PSU side drivecage laying flat, this means that the cable will always have to twist 90°. Would it somehow be possible to flip the drivecage 90° instead?
I'll take a closer look at this when I have a few minutes to spare.

Not as far as I could tell - at least not without losing the fan and having to drill new holes - IIRC the hole pattern is rectangular and won't line up with the cage if it's rotated 90°. I wanted to do the exact same thing on my build. That's the thing I like the least about the M8/M10 cases is that the PSU side isn't modular like the CPU side - not that it would help the 90° drive cage issue... but it would at least bring some more flexibility to the case (and add another 1" or so to the width, but I like wide so I wouldn't care).
post #173 of 202
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Originally Posted by DiGiCiDAL View Post

Not as far as I could tell - at least not without losing the fan and having to drill new holes - IIRC the hole pattern is rectangular and won't line up with the cage if it's rotated 90°. I wanted to do the exact same thing on my build. That's the thing I like the least about the M8/M10 cases is that the PSU side isn't modular like the CPU side - not that it would help the 90° drive cage issue... but it would at least bring some more flexibility to the case (and add another 1" or so to the width, but I like wide so I wouldn't care).

I hadn't even thought about the width yet. I had noticed that the holes aren't in a square pattern, so drilling would always have been necessary. But it still has to fit in the case obviously smile.gif
I don't have a window on the PSU side, so twisting the cables isn't the end of the world. But I'll keep thinking to find a better solution (if possible).
post #174 of 202
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I hadn't even thought about the width yet. I had noticed that the holes aren't in a square pattern, so drilling would always have been necessary. But it still has to fit in the case obviously smile.gif
I don't have a window on the PSU side, so twisting the cables isn't the end of the world. But I'll keep thinking to find a better solution (if possible).

Well the physical width of the drive cage isn't a problem at all because it's actually wider the way it's meant to be positioned. However if it were rotated so the drives are in a vertical array the places where the holes need to be drilled doesn't have enough metal (on the fan bracket inside). I could be wrong about that because it's been a few months since I was right in the middle of it - and I'm at my office now so I can't just look. But IIRC the fan bracket is much more cutout on top and bottom than it is on the sides (where the cage normally screws in).
post #175 of 202
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It's been a few days but just a small update for now:
I've received a few parts and I'm waiting for a few other items, but I'm hoping most stuff will arrive this week.

I've already received:
  • eBay - 7 sata cables, the kind that can be cut to length
  • MDPC - more sleeve and heatshrink, and a few more sata connectors

I'm still waiting for:
  • CaseLabs - 120mm top and some smaller items - finally cleared customs and is now somewhere in Belgium
  • ModDIY - 5-pin modular connectors for PSU, electrical wire, fan connectors and some small stuff - sent and has left Hong Kong
  • Highflow.nl - 3 more Noiseblocker fans and a bunch op pass-through molex connectors - backordered
  • Lutro0 Customs - some small tools and a few connectors (8-pin and 24-pin) - order placed
post #176 of 202
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Now what's the plan for all this stuff?

I've already got my current sata data cables sleeved, but I'd like it a little cleaner by cutting the cables to length. I've already killed 2 cables doing this, so 7 new cables should give me some breathing room rolleyes.gif I've also tried packing 2 cables in one sleeve, but I couldn't get this clean enough to my liking (yet). I may experiment a little more with this...

The 5-pin connectors will go on my custom sata power cables, so they'll plug directly into the PSU, eliminating the need for the standard sata cables completely.

I'll also do something with the cables going up to the fans, though I'm not quite sure yet what exactly. I've got 3-way splitters from Bitfenix that look pretty clean (nice individual sleeving) and 6-way splitters from Phobya (not as clean looking as the Bitfenix cables). The Bitfenix cables have one line that branches out on 3 points along the way, the Phobya's are star-like and branch out from 1 central point. These last ones are the ones in the pics of the finished fans with stickers. Whichever cable I end up using, I'll probably cut them to the correct length.

I've now got 2 Noiseblocker intake fans in the front, one on each side's HDD cage and behind a filter. The 3 new fans will also be filtered intakes, probably 2 more in the front and 1 in the back (but I'll see how I like this and may end up with everything in front).

The pass-through molex connectors will be used to create a custom cable with only molex connectors and everything in exactly the right place. Maybe one cable per side to split the load over 2 PSU connections.

I've not looked any further into rotating the HDD cage on the PSU side. The cables look OK twisted 90° so there's really no reason anymore.

I have also played a little with the cables for the CCFLs, making them a whole lot shorter and sleeved. I'll probably post a picture later on today.
post #177 of 202
MOAR PICS! thumb.gif

Keep up the good work too.
post #178 of 202
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Originally Posted by Scorpion49 View Post

MOAR PICS! thumb.gif

Your wish is my command smile.gif I've been slouching with the pics, I know...

Yay! 20 days after being shipped my 120mm top is finally in da house! Jim had mentioned the option of FedEx instead of USPS, but at twice the price I tried my luck with USPS (again). Luckily nothing is damaged this time.
I'd ordered the top, the vertical and horizontal accessory mounts, a few attachment plates and another PSU side drive cage. I won't be using all of it right away, but more installation options is always nice right? biggrin.gif I will be using the front part of the drive cage for a fan + filter on the intake, and should I run out of drive space further on I can just bolt the actual HDD part back on.

Here's how the 120mm top compares to the 85mm (on top of each other):



That 120 certainly is a big hunk of aluminum:

post #179 of 202
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Closer pics of the sleeved sata data cables:





Yes indeed, those are the standard sata power cables, the homemade ones are still missing the 5-pin connectors to plug into the PSU. Only the data cable closest to the mobo is custom length, the other ones are standard (for now).

As you can see the sleeved 24-pin extension color doesn't match the MDPC sleeve:



I'll try to fix this, probably make my own extension (or at least try).
post #180 of 202
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Front view with fans and filters behind the mesh on both sides of the case:



The one on the PSU side is a little further back in the case, so it looks a little darker.

There is a gap between the fans and the top, so how much green you see, depends on your viewing angle:





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