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Back in 2011, in 9th grade, a friend and I both scored two old identical server cases from our school's IT department. We originally had plans to make something cool out of them, but that didn't end up happening.

Until now.

I started this last night and didn't think to take very any pictures initially, but the few pictures that I have should get the idea across.



Take note of the very conveniently placed vent.







In this picture, you can see this funny thing at the bottom. I'm yet to work out what it is, but it doesn't have screw holes for any standard size fans.
Also, there was some plastic thing at the front that I took out that supported the other side of it, so it's pretty flimsy without it. Not using it for anything, so it doesn't matter.







Here you can see the front, which has a nice door. It came with a tape drive with some server backup from 2003 in it, but it's not in there now.





So here it is with most of my hardware in, minus the WC gear. I don't have any cable ties right now, and the case isn't exactly easy to work with, so tidy cables are yet to come.





As you can see, I got my WC gear in, albeit temporarily.





Here you can see my Blu-ray burner and XSPC bay res/pump combo, which hides nicely behind the door. Looks pretty sexy.
The Pentium III sticker is a nice touch, also.





Here is where I stuffed some SATA cables through to neaten it up a bit.





Here's a badly focused picture of it close up. There's some sticker residue on the side that I shall clean up.





Here I have just stuffed the cables in so I can continue to use it normally for now.


I worked out that the rad (with the fans) only just sits flush in the case, up against the graphics card. It protrudes so much right now because I put some fan grills on the other side of the rad as to not bend any fins for the time being. I also worked out that my 90 degree fittings will have 0.5mm of clearance. ohno-smiley.gif

I plan on screwing the bottom 4 screws on the rad to the lip of the bottom of the case.

My friend has put his similarly spec'd PC into his, but he doesn't have watercooling, so his isn't quite as interesting. I'll be sure to post both side-to-side when we're both done. thumb.gif

What I have remaining to do:
  • Dremel out a 120mm fan hole in the back
  • Dremel out a 120mm fan hole in the front
  • Order some new tubing and 90 degree fittings
  • Cable tie the bajeesus out of it

I'll be able to order the parts in a week or so, so I'll try to get those fan holes done in the meantime,

Suggestions are very welcome!
Edited by Custard - 6/9/13 at 4:53am
    
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post #2 of 9
I think you need some kind of jack for that 5970 as it seems to be falling on its own weight wink.gif

Otherwise looks good and i have the same Res and pump combo as you and it's great thumb.gif
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I think you need some kind of jack for that 5970 as it seems to be falling on its own weight wink.gif

Otherwise looks good and i have the same Res and pump combo as you and it's great thumb.gif
I think that's mostly due to the angle at which I took the photo. It does sag a tiny bit, but the backplate holds it pretty straight.
I'll rig something up in the future if I can.
    
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if I remember correctly you said they were server towers that thing at the bottom appears to me to be where the old massive hds would have been mounted. I could be wrong but I remember having a 10meg drive at one time that would have fit there perfectly looks like it was setup for 2 of them
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if I remember correctly you said they were server towers that thing at the bottom appears to me to be where the old massive hds would have been mounted. I could be wrong but I remember having a 10meg drive at one time that would have fit there perfectly looks like it was setup for 2 of them
Hmm, you could be right. I'm not sure that this is actually a server case, but it was certainly used as a server.
    
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I think that's mostly due to the angle at which I took the photo. It does sag a tiny bit, but the backplate holds it pretty straight.
I'll rig something up in the future if I can.

Yeah I would advise this too, the elongated cards tend to sag after a while. It's more visible when you have a before/after picture as you don't notice it over time.
 
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Things have been slow, but I have finally ordered my angled fittings and tubing.
I'm hoping to get the fan holes cut out and set everything up at the same time; hopefully soon.
    
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As someone who lives in a theft-prone dorm, I think this might be a good idea for me as well biggrin.gif
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As someone who lives in a theft-prone dorm, I think this might be a good idea for me as well biggrin.gif
All you'd need to complete it would be an IBM Model M and a big ol' CRT.

I already have a Model M, so I might find myself a decent CRT and head off to a LAN. thumb.gif
    
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