crippled with a 39 degree fever but that's alright
it's been wayyyyyyy too long since i've last updated this thread :tongue:
schoolwork and illness does take its toll :thumbdn:
anyway, this update's gonna be a long one, even though I'm dormant here doesn't mean I'm dormant irl :thumbup: did quite a bit of **** so here I come
without further ado, let us begin ^_^UPDATE #8: MODDING WOES/FINAL PREPARATIONS. WEDNESDAY 3/7/2013.
Some time ago, a friend decided to come over to critique mono.
He came over and we had a discussion about some possible modding on the case...I was pretty keen on the idea, and modding cases do sound like fun
So I went to Bunnings, bought a sheet of 900mm x 600mm x 3mm white acrylic and started measuring stuff.
Why did I want to start modding the 900D?
Well, first things first, theres some bits about the 900D that I don't like. For example, after removing the HDD cages there's a massive gap that's exposed...
As you can see there, the cables and cable ties are showing and that just hurts my eyes because I'm really anal about precision and details on my rig :lol:
That's why I decided to make 3 panels:
One to mount the SSD's (these two bad boys need a home)
One to mound the HDD and cover up the gaping hole that's ugly as well
One as a midplate to separate the top from the bottom compartments
So one night I went off with my dad, bought a jigsaw and started cutting...
It was harder than it looked, and by 10pm we were not only pissing off the neigbours with the high pitched noises but we were also pissed by the fragility and the brittleness of the acrylic, which had a tendency to snap under huge pressure...All these scrap cutlets
Anyway, here's our "den"
In the end, we did cut out the three panels, they just needed a file or a sand down and they were good to go..Sorry I didn't take pix of them
However drilling holes into them was a nightmare as I needed 4 20mm holes and some normal holes to secure the acrylic onto the case...The tendency for the acrylic to snap and crack was a real bummer, and in the end me and me old man just gave up...We used up all the acrylic as well, so yea :/
So my modding plans, if not out the window, are temporarily taking a massive detour.
This is one of the last batches of shipments that I'll get before starting to build my rig:
I particularly like this piece:
Haven't opened the pack yet but it looks promising
Also ordered some stuff off TKR, the Aquaero Waterblock and some more Mayhems
6 bottles now, for 6 litres of jizz-filled happiness
Corsair was also nice enough to replace the parts that were broken off during transit for my 900D.
Shipped direct from HK, Corsair don't mess about
What does the smaller box contain?
A new I/O front panel
And here we have the front panel cover, with the 4 tabs finally on securely for proper mounting on my front panel:
Now when I move the case, I don't hear some creaky hinge noises :lol:
And I don't have to resort to using blu-tack either
There she is
Throughout my "dormancy" I did have a few hours to play around with the water pathway for my first loop
I have some sketches but this is what it looks like IRL:
As you can see, my AX1200i is slumbering and so are my 780's
I find that this water path is pretty eye-catching and no-nonsense, it's all slanted top right to bottom left and I think it just looks very neat
As well as that the tubing to the top rad is tucked away somewhat inconspicuously... how many of you guys noticed it?
Now I got a quick question:
How should I rout my PCI-E cables to the GPU's?
Two possible ways:
1. Horizontally - what most people do:
2. Vertically - looks neater and shorter cable length:
Just vertically means my bottom grommet is filled with 4x pci-e cables, i/o cables, 2x usb cables, usb3 cable...overload
The bottom of my case atm l0l it's being used as a storage area
Since I'm running two loops, I need all the space that I can get to mount both my reservoirs.
My first Aqualis will be mounted like this:
And the water pathway will be mostly hidden from view
The T and L blocks are so handy :thumbup:
I also had some fun undressing the Aquaero:
All three layers of the Aquaero
Now here's the aforementioned waterblock from TKR:
And here's the Aquaero with the waterblock mounted on it:
I'm not sure how to mount it...Should I mount it normally like any drive with the touchscreen facing out? Because I don't want to ruin the clean look of the 900D exterior panel..
I was thinking about doing this:
But then the cables and water pathway are kinda harder to access.. so stuck on that
One Saturday I got bored so I started sleeving my USB cables:
They did turn out nicely but my heatshrink is too big
after shrinking it to about 15mm it started smouldering, so the sleeving isn't the cleanest.. But since I'm taking off the front panel I/O to replace it with the new one that Corsair sent me, I don't really mind
Practise I guess
Where to place my SSD's?
Quick shot of the cable management that I've been doing over the holidays:
And the front panel, what lurks beneath the aluminium fascia:
Getting rid of the fan filter grants access to a magnificent place to maintain your watercooling...It's also a nice place to put a drain valve. Or two.
Anyway, to end this I'd like to thank you guys thus far for not giving up on this thread...I reached 10k views not very long ago, it's nice to see that even though I'm not posting people do still read this thread...It gives me great encouragement to see that my work, although amateurish, is kinda admired by some :Pirate: Or hated, idk.. :Paranoid:
Not sure when the next update will be, not gonna promise any dates but I will assure you that it'll be a MASSIVE
Big thanks to mad_mic3
for giving me ideas and stuff, but the mods will be on hold as they're currently too difficult for me as I do not have the resources nor the time to devote to completely modding my case... Do however note that next year I will definitely finish this project off.
And finally, a massive thanks to my mum for giving me the best early birthday present ever
P.S. This corner used to be empty
Anyway, have a good one fellas and don't go away!