Hey thanks syrillian, that shop is definitely an option. It's just that they dont stock the DS3 Mobo which I am seriously looking at, and their prices are a little high compared to newegg. But thanks for thinking of it
*Edit* Sorry Syrillian, just found the DS3 at computerHQ, whats more it is the cheapest seller of the board according to price grabber.
Hello once more fellow modsters. It has been A while since my last post because I got lazy for a while and didnt do anything on the case over the holidays, and when I did start there were a few complications that have only just been solved. But now the cage
. If you have dial up you might aswell leave this overnight then come back because there are heaps of pics...
My inspiration to complete the case came with a warm sunny day in Welington, and to fuel my inspired mood I made a batch of..... Crackers
I took the cage outside and looked it over to plan my cable management
These little gaps at the end of the drive bays are great for routing cables, and they can fit molex connectors.
Pretty much everything will go through those holes and behind the drive bay/mobo tray.
Problem 1: The front usb, on/off switch, reset button etc cables where not an ideal color.
Solution: Cover them in black electrical tape:
In goes the motherboard, you can see that front connector cable blending in nicely.
My vibration-stopping idea for the PSU, which later went wrong as you will see.
What the non windowed side looks like:
The old case:
UV green painting the fans and pci brackets.
Problem 2: Initially I painted them in the sun but each coat seemed to evaporate and I was getting nowhere but using plenty of paint.
Solution: Inside the paint set much better. You can see all the brush strokes, but dont know how else to paint on plastic. You obviously dont notice the brush strokes when the fans are spinning.
Problem 3: As I was routing one of the rear 80mm fans cables behind the mobo plate a wire snapped out of one of the pins in the molex connector. I tried plying it back in but only succeeded in pulling another pin right out.
Solution: I went put to my junk collection of old computers and grabbed the power connector from an in-built Penium 1 fan. I chopped off the penium fans end of the cable and stripped the wire back. I also chopped the stuffed molex end off 80mm case fan. This left me with two red and two black wires which I soldered together.
My deluxe soldering station (mousepad on scythe):
The finished product (dont laugh its my first try):
Problem 4: When I first put everything together the case was live and would give me a little tingle wherever I touched it.
Solution: I asked a friend to come and have a look at it and he said it probably wasnt grounded properly. So I removed the blu-tak from the PSU and sanded off all the paint from around the screw holes, and installed a standoff for the mobo (the case already has the raised screw holes).
Problem 5: Computer wont turn on (minor issue)....
Solution: So I called computer expert friend Martin in. His diagnosis was that the power switch had become disconnected. I had caught the connectors cable on the corner of the optical drive as I slid it in and I gave it quite a tug before realising, and indeed it had become disconnected.
Martin got the switch from my old case and connected it temporarily to the mobo and the computer turned on. The switch is definitely the problem. After prising the faulty switch from my case it was clear that the wires had become seperated from the metal contacts, stopping the circuit from being created. We removed the heatshrink and stripped a new section of wire off, then with the thinnest solder ever connected the wires back again. Bingo it works.
Problem 6: Front bottom fan lights up, but doesnt spin.
Solution: The Draftstoper was blocking the blades from spinning, so i ripped it out. Amazingly the motor didnt burn out and it works sweet.
Problem 7: Every time someone walks in the door and sees the computer they say: "Why all the fans?" and, "Why all the lights?"
Solution: Havent got one yet. I basically just start explaining the basics of overclocking and heat and general computer stuff, causing the unfortunate No0b to fall asleep or turn right around and mutter somethng about the wrong house. Any solutions would be appreciated.
- Pete for the hook-ups and advice and teaching me lots.
- Martin for makiing it work and also teaching me lots.
- Mum for donating her living room as a workshop.
- Dad for tools and advice.
- Wellington Performance Vehicles for the lexan and use of power tools.
- Thanks to Imageshack and Photobucket for hosting my images.
- Ben for choosing the right Green.
- Overclock.net for teaching me!
Please ask any questions, and please note that the blue light is actually UV light that the camera shows as blue. You dont really notice any light coming out of the cathodes with the eye, just a purplish haze around the cathode itself.