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post #1 of 9
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Just as the title states I have a dell 720 i scored on cl for 40 dollars (working!), but I will do a case swap and move my components from my raven to the dell 720 case.

So what do i need to do....
- remove drive bays. done
- strip case. done
- plasti dip black and green
- get a radiator that is more fitted for the system
- replace the mother board tray
- paint the interior
- get a friggin res

so for a radiator im thinking either a triple 140 or a quad 180, unfortunately my triple 180 will probably not fit in there.

anyways here is a starter image...




Edited by pac0tac0 - 7/9/13 at 2:38pm
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post #2 of 9
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So far I have cut out the drive rack, and modded the hard drive rack so I can rivet it into the top.


gross

all them rivets gone





Edited by pac0tac0 - 7/9/13 at 2:37pm
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probably not going to need it but reserve
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On topic I'm totally doing this someday to my 720, which is dated and currently collecting dust. Off topic, you got it for $40...you bite biggrin.gif I payed north of $1500 for that thing many years ago!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cavey00 View Post

On topic I'm totally doing this someday to my 720, which is dated and currently collecting dust. Off topic, you got it for $40...you bite biggrin.gif I payed north of $1500 for that thing many years ago!

well back in the day I wanted one soooooo bad, but I certainly did not have the funds. I was browsing ebay locally and saw a computer place had a couple in stock, and then I saw on CL that there were two in my area this one for 40 dollars with the full system inside, and a couple scratches or one for 60 dollars but just the case. I figured I could reuse any working parts, so I threw in a hard drive and the thing booted up NP, so that build is going to be my og gaming rig biggrin.gif.

All the date stamps place this unit being built in jan of 2007 I was a sophomore in highschool when it came out hahahah.
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Well I'm gonna keep an eye on this thread because I'm curious how it turns out. I've seen something like this done before but I forget which site it was. They used a Lian Li M/B tray if I remember right and had to cut out the expansion card slots. The guy also had a wiring diagram to reuse that PSU because it has some rediculous amount of 12V rails in it. The ITX board that's stock uses a 8 or 10 pin that isn't used on ATX and he listed how to repin it for more 12v sources if you need them. I think he also had something listed to control those led's.
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Subbed biggrin.gif I'm liking this case
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post #9 of 9
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OK time to bump this back up and get this project going XD, so unfortunatly the xps 720 uses a batx mobo, and that will just not work for us. Luckly I had a computer sitting in a room that was about 15 years old and it seems to be atx (no board to test with) but the measurements match my atx board.

So what ive done.... i finally rivetted the top part of the case up, so now my hd support is good. And ive removed the old IO sheild.

what I have to do this week... i need to trim the metal of the io sheild so i can move the mobo tray closer to the back of the case. Then i have to trim the metal so i can fit the IO sheild out of the other case and bolt that up.

I might actually not do this if a can get my hands on a lian li mobo tray instead, but im not keen on the little 80 mm fan they put on them. Anyways pics biggrin.gif





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