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Introduction

Hello Everyone!

This marks the first ever build log I have done so any constructive criticism is welcomed as it will help me in to know
what to/not to do in future builds. thumb.gif

I recently became a member of the site and since that day it is pretty well guaranteed that I have had OCN open on my
screen AT LEAST once a day lol biggrin.gif. So I started looking through Case Mods and then moved into SFF Builds (as this
Xbox build was started +2Yrs ago) to see where I'd like to see this project get to.

When this project first started I was following a build done by this man - http://ant.allenthinks.com/?cat=6&paged=4 -
and while what he had made was close what I was aiming at I felt it was "Lacking" that certain feature I was looking for.
So I finished a rough mock up of the build about 2Yrs ago and had it working great for over 8 Months, all the while
searching for that "Special Feature" I could add in.... then the Pico PSU conked out. So I started to acces my options

A) Buy a new Pico PSU for the unit and get it back up and running. Easiest solution.

OR

B) Since it was around this time I was looking into gaming on my PC rather than console, I started looking at what an
entry level Direct X 11 card would set me back.

A couple of things drove me to option B, one was that my Xbox Elite which was one of the original elites released had
finally gave me the RRoD. So I said meh I'll but a new Video card and move everything to a proper ATX sized tower
until I can get the final idea for the Xbox PC figured out.

And that's what I did for about a year, ran my mITX board in my Antek 600 with an HD7770 hanging off it lol.


Then about 2-3 Months ago I was asked to put together a Rig for someone, which was just wanted to upgrade his
existing XP Machine that had lasted him +5 years. Won't go into details as to what his specs ended up being but in
the end he ended up paying me extra, so I decided to spoil myself and bought an ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3 MoBo.
and 16 Gigs of Corsair Vengeance to go with it.

Now that I had a proper motherboard for the CPU I was using (AMD Phenom II x6 1050T, which yes DID work on the
mITX board but at 95W instead of 125W), I was breathing a little easier knowing that I was moving away from this
"Pieced" together PC I had been using.

So this is where my build log now comes in, since I had tried it before but was rather idiotic and didn't think to bring
the idea to a community like OCN, where I can ask questions and see what others have done with such small areas to
work with.

So now that I've bored you with a life story on this thing lol I will just get to the Brass Tax biggrin.gif

The Concept

So this is going to be a build log summing up all of my current progress with this case mod and if the title didn't give it
away, my goal is for this is to be an HTPC/Rom Box but also be able to handle some light DX11 gaming.

Which lead to me to finding out if there were any HD7750's in a Low Profile format, and sure enough there where more
results than expected. I did look at using a riser card and having the GPU mounted horizontal, but my fear there is the
space between components, thus decided an HD7750 should be more than enough to handle the little DX11 gaming
this Rig will see (Building up my main Rig ATM to be my gaming machine).

So the components for the build have changed as things went on and on, but I am fairly certain that this will be the
final revision in terms of Core Components.

Parts List

Current Hardware:
-ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe AM3 Motherboard - Owned
-AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz - Owned
-4GB(2x2GB) Kingston 2GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333Mhz - Owned
-Noctua NH-L9a 92mm SSO2 CPU Cooler - Not Being Added
-SAPPHIRE 100357LP Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 HDCP Ready LP - Not Being Added
-Athena Power AP-MFATX40 400W Mini ITX 80 PLUS BRONZE PSU - Owned
-Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB SSD - Owned
-And of course an Xbox 360 Case - Owned

Nothing to to extreme, with exception to the 400W PSU Lol! tongue.gif

So without further delay, lets get this thing built already right? .... Well I will be starting this weekend lol tongue.gif, will update either later
tonight or tomorrow with photo's of what I currently have completed.


ArbyWan
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Subbed for sure thumb.gif sounds really awesome, can't wait.
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Subbed as well. biggrin.gif
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 3570K [Delid] Asrock Z77E-ITX XFX Radeon R9 Fury X G.SKILL 2133MHz 8GB DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 256GB Silicon Power S60 120GB Western Digital Blue Scorpio 1TB Seagate Constellation 2 1TB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Swiftech Apogee Drive II XSPC RX240+EX240 [Painted White] 5x 2150RPM Gentle Typhoons PWM [Painted Black+W... Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 80 Inline Reservoir  
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 LG 34UC88-B 34" Ultrawide 3440x1440 75Hz HP ZR2240w IPS WASD CODE 87-Key [MX Clear + PBT Keycaps] 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Seasonix X-750 Case Labs Mercury S3 Logitech G502 Sennheiser HD 598 SE 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 3570K [Delid] Asrock Z77E-ITX XFX Radeon R9 Fury X G.SKILL 2133MHz 8GB DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 256GB Silicon Power S60 120GB Western Digital Blue Scorpio 1TB Seagate Constellation 2 1TB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Swiftech Apogee Drive II XSPC RX240+EX240 [Painted White] 5x 2150RPM Gentle Typhoons PWM [Painted Black+W... Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 80 Inline Reservoir  
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 LG 34UC88-B 34" Ultrawide 3440x1440 75Hz HP ZR2240w IPS WASD CODE 87-Key [MX Clear + PBT Keycaps] 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Seasonix X-750 Case Labs Mercury S3 Logitech G502 Sennheiser HD 598 SE 
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Thanks guys! thumb.gif Glad to see some interest, will be making an update either tonight after work or tomorrow morning..

So stay tuned! biggrin.gif

-EDIT-

Okay so Logged into my Home PC at work and grabbed some photo's, just a couple that I knew had already snapped earlier in the week.

So this is what my plan was/is with the Power Button board from the Xbox, this picture should show how hard it is to get to the solder points redface.gif took me better part of a whole day, and I could only get the power button to work not the LED's thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

Will need to take a picture of my Soldering Iron lol... I am sure people will get an idea of how hard the Power Button was when I show it to you tongue.gif.



So that is where the "Power Panel" plate is at so far, might just end up using a normal Switch and LED's but will need to find a way of modding the Front Cover on the Xbox to do so.




The next thing I did was cut out the back plate for the Motherboard, which was just as easy as marking it off with tape, then using the good ol' Dremel to cut out the section.



So this was pretty straight forward, in this picture you can see it have the board as far down toward the "Bottom" of the case as I can as to ensure the room for my Athena Power PSU biggrin.gif

This one shows the space for the PSU, more than enough there! Will post another picture later of it installed, they are really quite small for a 400W PSU.





Well just wanted to give a quick update, will be back later today with more folks! biggrin.gif

OH! and a thing of note is that all my Photo's are taken on a +7year old Kodak 8MP Digital lol, so excuse the poor quality when it shows up redface.gif


ArbyWan.
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The images look great. Way better than most posts of people on CL with potato cams.
As for the system, I didn't see a Optical Drive nor a HDD in the parts list. Wondering which ones your going to use. smile.gif

I'm going to see how this build ends. Looking good so far. biggrin.gif
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The images look great. Way better than most posts of people on CL with potato cams.
As for the system, I didn't see a Optical Drive nor a HDD in the parts list. Wondering which ones your going to use. smile.gif

I'm going to see how this build ends. Looking good so far. biggrin.gif

Cheers man! Yeah I am not using a DVD Drive, if I really need one I have a USB one, and will be using a 120GB Kingston SSD Now.

Also sorry for the delay guys have been sick with the Flu for the past 3 Days mad.gif and am just getting back into the swing of things today so I will be making another update as soon as I can.
     
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**Update**

So I finally have gotten some more work done on this project! rolleyes.gif Have actually found a buyer and so we have been going over what he will/will not need compared to what I was going to toss in this little beast.

The main components haven't changed with exception to the Video Card and the SDD. Decided not to use a video card as he just needs this for HD playback and light internet use, also as you will see in the pictures to follow is that the space between what would have been the Vid Card and PSU was just to close and was afraid of serious heat problems.


Some pictures of the work that was done, not up to my standards yet but the buyer does not seem to care all that much about aesthetics which I am not sure if I am okay with lol tongue.gif.

This is the cuts that I made so the I/O plate and PSU would fit properly.




Everything mounted in place.




These show the space betweem the PSU and the PCIe slot, as you can see there is not a whole lot of room there.





Here is what I rigged up for the SDD, I wanted to have it sit inside the case which might be possible but only spot would be on top of the PSU.




These I had intended to trim up, it is just way to much cable for what this Box is going to need/use. Obviously I could have stuck with the Pico PSU but I had already bought this Athena and won't have another use for it.





Another look at the Hard Drive bay, all and all it came together pretty easily. Only hard part was fishing the Molex to Sata power cable through the Xbox HDD slot.




These last few photos are just of the overall look of it currently, the case will be swapped out as this one was just a prototype to see where we can make cuts.






You may also see that I gave up on the original Xbox power button and LED panel, I may attempt to do it again but for now the current method works. Will need to take a photo of it when it is on so everyone can see how the LED looks.

So that's all until this weekend when I will be adding in some 40mm Fans in certain areas like the NB Heat sink.

Hope you are enjoying it so far.



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