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Antec 300 mod/build log - Beginning

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Not that I am getting bored with my desk, but with the lack of time because of work I am not really able to do as much work as I would like to it. I require hours at a time to do an amount of work on it that satisfies me ( Especially now I am ready to stain it which takes more time than I have atm, though obviously it'll be done over the next while) This project I am doing "on the side" can take up a small amount of time, and yield a lot of progression!

Eg, all of the work done in this post took me 20 minutes wink.gif

This build will be watercooled, at the moment I will be putting an Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Z68 board in here, along side an EK Acetal motherboard-block so I will have to think about the coloured theme I will have going (also using Noctua fans). Not doing a stupid "RED BLACK" build. That is too mainstream. This will be something "new" and "fresh". So yes I have big plans for this build and I hope it goes well!

Here we have her, all ready slightly altered by previous owner. Even he saw the potential!


I needed to take all the cabling stuff out of the case, just a pain in the ass that I had to take the roof off to do it as my fat thumbs couldn't get in to take the power/reset/LED things out. As this case is all riveted, I used a cordless drill and a 3mm drillbit


After what seemed like forever to take one rivet out I switched up to my proper drill, this one is my favorite to use as it is small and light!


12 rivets later..


This build is going to be watercooled so I need some space for the two rads. I will be taking the front bays out as that is where I will put my first rad which will be a 360mm


One thing I love about this case is the motherboard tray is riveted to the front piece unlike a lot of cases where it is only riveted to the 5.25" bay and so when you take the bays out the case becomes very unsturdy, so now I don't have to put an extra support steel piece up


The other rad (either 240 or a 280) will be housed up the top. I will be using the bitspower rad grill over the case metal to keep things tidy.


Was a pain to try and think things over about the rad situation when the 240 grill was rocking over the raised case mesh so cut it out I shall, with what other than my favourite tool! My dremel <3




Don't want to scratch up the 240 Bitspower plate nor my fingers. Will give it a quick file


Not sure if the 240 grill be enough, it seems a bit of a tight squeeze. There might be 0.5mm of metal underlapping the rad grill so will have to assess how I can do it. Would like to use a 240 Rad rather than a 280.


Actually, I might Reverse ATX this case. this allows me to have the rad in the top with about 10cm of space between it and the motherboard. Will only be running a pull configuration but that will be fine!


Flipped it, and wow... All the old rivet holes line up. Glad to see that as it makes life 100x easier!


I left myself for about 10 minutes pondering of what I will do to this case. In ways it will be SIMILAR to my old Black Phantom (full tower) build,


(on another unrelated note, finally figured out how to resize with Lightoom upon export and use Dropbox as my photo hosting site. NEVER using Imageshack again...)
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First Build
(13 items)
 
Budget Rig
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770K MSI Z87 GD-65 Asus Direct CUII GTX 780 Corsair Vengeance Pro (2x8GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 840 Evo Be Quiet! Dark Rock 2 Windows 7 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine 3  Corsair AX760  Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Corsair Vengeance M65 
Audio
Kingston HyperX Cloud  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3-3250 Asus p8 h61-m le csm r2.0 GIGABYTE GV-N750OC-1GI GeForce GTX 750 1024MB Team 1333 2x4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Western Digital WD Green WD10EZRX 1TB Windows 7 Corsair CX430 NZXT Source 210 
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First Build
(13 items)
 
Budget Rig
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770K MSI Z87 GD-65 Asus Direct CUII GTX 780 Corsair Vengeance Pro (2x8GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 840 Evo Be Quiet! Dark Rock 2 Windows 7 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine 3  Corsair AX760  Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Corsair Vengeance M65 
Audio
Kingston HyperX Cloud  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3-3250 Asus p8 h61-m le csm r2.0 GIGABYTE GV-N750OC-1GI GeForce GTX 750 1024MB Team 1333 2x4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Western Digital WD Green WD10EZRX 1TB Windows 7 Corsair CX430 NZXT Source 210 
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