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Here's my Antec Case mod.

* I have to say that I'm not the most proficient experienced PC installer> I buy my PC's parts and have them all installed professionally, 2 years ago I decided to upgrade my 10 year old pentium> picked up a new motherboard, nicer sound card,ram and great graphics card for general use. With a couple of hard drives etc> went with liquid cooling since I felt passive would be too noisy, and didn't like the idea of a hot case internally> took it to a local shop and had everything installed. Done.

* Now 2 years later, still very concerned about installing parts for my PC, I one day went to remove my sound card in order to ~ adjust and remove my RAM in order to prep it for Paint( I assumed that it would not be such a big deal) in the process of removing my sound card ~ and the Ram modules I accidently moved and pushed a Sata power cable off a Hard drive socket> when I removed the hard drive I discovered that the socket plastic clips had completely broken off?> this was a huge disapointment, since now I was no longer able to use my Main OS hard drive ( although I was able to boot 1 or twice before the connecters wouldn't work)..where eventually I was stuck with no computer...this turning into a 5 week period (since Western Digitals RMA program sent me 2 incorrect drives to replace my velociraptor)...

* I decided that something had to be done about those Sata cables and not only them but all my cables inside my case( my galaxy gtx 470 cables where palstered against my Sata cables, and my Asus xonars power cables where practically warpped around my gpu and other cables.

* My case being a mid tower only allows for the hard drives to be mounted in one direction...since I have absolutly no room to buy another case that is larger (my area only allows a limited amount of Height and depth ) and anything available would be too deep, or slightly too tall. So I decided to change the orientation of my Hard drives, vis avi, mounting them across my case> this would require me to cut out the existing 3.5" panel and make room for 3 hard drives> I ended up doing it by hand and cut and trimmed some aluminum plates that would support the hard drives as well as aluminum U channels that would now allow me to Slide my Hard drives in and out without any screws.

Here are some pics:

BEFORE MOD:









AFTER MOD:


















Custom USB 3.0 mount



















Installed an Icy Dock Dual 2.5" - 3.5" HDD Enclosure[/SIZE]







Heres an Update. Added a Pioneer SO8 XL Burner in White (Matches the case)






Edited by Gamedaz - 4/17/14 at 8:55am
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Not bad, looks very clean!

But It looks like your 240mm rad is intaking from inside the case and expelling it out the bottom?
If that's right then you are starving your card of air quite badly
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This was an unexpected 2 month project> I've learned more about hardware installation...I am able to diagnose any issue on the hard ware side much more easily without funbmling or tearing at cables inside the case, everything can just pop out and be replaced much more easily. No more cables! thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Sir Amik Vase View Post

Not bad, looks very clean!

But It looks like your 240mm rad is intaking from inside the case and expelling it out the bottom?
If that's right then you are starving your card of air quite badly

Thats a Lian Li 120mm Fan PCI case> it's designed to expell / push air out the back of the PCI slots outside the case> although I am experimenting with a different orientation, I've got some Akasa Vipre120mm fans that have the curved blades> they're designed to coherently push air directly out the top, where most fans just shoot air out the sides...this allows ambient cool air to be pushed up into the GPU directly above the fans helping it stay cool, where it then pushes it out the back of the case> while I'm gaming I can hear the fans spin up (1900 rpm models)..this lowers the gpu temps by about 2c ~ the hottest my Gtx 670 has gotten is about 63C ~ Stock clocks (S.C model).

I prefer to have ambient cooler air go into the card since suprisingly my case doesn't get extremely hot despite its compact size> my previous set-up as mentioned earlier was a galaxy GTX 470 and an intel core i7 950> I can say that the 950 was a heat monster, OC @ 3.6GHZ the exhaust out the back of the case was near scorching (almost) > the newer 3770K chip I have now is much more mellower and doesn't even get hot @ 3.9GHZ...my CPU fans never go above 1500rpm when I'm pushing the CPU encoding and such> they stay pretty quite, it's a quite machine, albeit some minor case vibrations. The saberooth also helps in cooling IMO because now air from the fans travel coherently along the motherboard and doesn't get trapped along the pcb board like my older Gigabyte motherboard.
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* Here are some pics of the back PSU cable.

The power supply cable that came with the 850 Watt NZXT PSU (fully modular) was too long> in fact it was hanging dangerously near other cables> this prevented me from actually checking the fan temps at the back of the case for reference...I made a custom 1 ft cable @ 12gauge...thus shortening it and making it more convenient to check for temps at the back of the case.

I also have a total of only 3 cables plugged into the back of the case entirely (PSU /Audio /Video) > everything else is wireless including Hi-Speed internet. This has helped reduce clutter as well. smile.gif




Edited by Gamedaz - 7/6/13 at 6:45am
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I like that cord. Good mod
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Edited by Gamedaz - 4/17/14 at 9:18am
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how did you make the cord...please tell...i want one!!!
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how did you make the cord...please tell...i want one!!!

Purchased White cable online> Purchased Hospital Grade power Plug separetly.

Installed cable into modular power plug.


Edited by Gamedaz - 4/17/14 at 9:19am
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* I'm considering changing the current setup so it doesn't require a PC desk, a more open concept.
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