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[Build Log] Phantom 630 - Reverse ATX - MK II (updated 5/28)

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Well, I decided to reverse the case for a start and add a window.
(Didn't end up liking my first attempt and I screwed up the window on the case so....)

Here is the MK II model story.

Start of the project:
Here is the beautiful new case sans plastic. (not sure why it's upside down. It's right side up on my PC.)


Here is the same new case sans the back panel and MB tray.


Here is the back panel and MB tray still attached. It is possible to remove these as a single unit


Placed the new back panel and put a couple of rivets in place to hold it. Had to remove the top to deal with some minor clearance issues.


Reversed!:

Voila! Here is the finished reversed frame.


I had to make one small modification to the top panel to make it fit.


Here's a preview of what's going on with the plastic.


Case window is complete and I'm actually happy with it this time.

Cut out the side panel with a dremel sawmax. The masking tape helps protect the paint on the panels.





One of the members posted a great article on painting cases. Took a hint and bought some denatured alcohol and tack cloth for cleaning surfaces. He also suggested warming the paint can in hot water. Found the link: thumb.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/69626/spookys-computer-painting-guide

Worked great. Paint came out much better. Purchased a grip for the shaker can as well. Makes it much easier to spray evenly.

It's nice that we have a good community of people that are willing to share knowledge.




Instead of using screws to hold the window I decided to use silicone adhesive. It's messy but it seems to be working well.



Here's the painted side panel and top/front.




Here's the window. I dressed the edges of the cut with some small u-channel prior to placing the window.







This bad boy is ready for some parts.....



5/28/13 - Picked up some new parts, more paint, and tore apart my last build for parts. Time to start building....

I decided to ditch my 1U resevior/pump combo and go to a custom EK dual top.


Made a new harness for the pumps that allows me to get individual pump speeds. I had these tied together before and it caused some weird behavior.


Whoo hoo. Always wanted a Maximus Formula and Microcenter had one in stock. Finally took the plunge. Isn't it pretty...



Mounted the formula with a 3770K and a Koolance water block. I'll be using the primochill advanced. So far it looks good and bends well.


Check out my killer painting skillz.... to bad I figured out after painting that my 360 is not going to fit. mad.gif
I put the 240 in place with some of the GTs that I salvaged from my last build.



I decided to let my pump float rather than hard mount it. We'll see how that works from a noise perspective.



That's all for now. More parts are on the way.
Edited by pgdeaner - 6/17/13 at 1:00pm
post #2 of 22
Do you have the plastic panels?
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by KillThePancake View Post

Do you have the plastic panels?

Yup, I'll get pics of all the piece parts here soon. If you've not seen it yet, here's a link. I really like the case so far. http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom_630
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Edited by pgdeaner - 5/11/13 at 10:45am
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Could you give some details and or more photos on doing that window?
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Sure. Working on the second iteration now. biggrin.gif
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Edited by pgdeaner - 5/11/13 at 10:46am
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any progess on this?? I'm about to upgrade into 630 coming from a 410. I needed more real estate!

your rigs in your sig say you got a switch 810.
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post #9 of 22
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Weather here is Colorado has been really cold. Hard to motivate myself to go into the basement. My current rig is built with a Switch 810. It is an awesome case and I reversed that one as well. If you go down the road of DIY window, I might invest in a jigsaw. In hindsight, the tools I have work great for what they are meant for, but they are not designed for the work required unless you have a great deal of patience. redface.gif
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This one looks like its going to be interesting. When can we see some more details? biggrin.gif Subbed.
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