PART TWO! I said I didn't finish the other stuff I started and wile its still true I figured I did enough in the second run after I stopped playing games with some guys from my clan to give you guys an update that was almost physically painful to make haha
I figured it was time for the motherboard tray to come out.
so it came out
and the support that the drive cage and the mother board attached to in the middle
Then the top rails came off because I decided that if I DON'T run with the crazy stuff in this project I would never be truly happy with how it ended up.
hey look. they are actually the exact same part. just one is flipped 180* to the other. easy way to keep cost down. Good Job Lian-Li. im kind of impressed actually. but the case is still WAY expensive for what it does... I'm justifying the expense with the blank canvas that it allows me to paint on.
As you know I was kicking around the idea of flipping the motherboard tray to the other side of the case but I wasn't sold that I could get it done to the quality that I try to hold my self to or if it was even possible with the case as it was any way. So tonight I basically said screw it and pulled out the jig saw, a scale, and a sharpie. you already saw the first line I drew.
this is the second
and that one turned into this
that cut took me a SOLID 20 minuets of contemplation to decided if it was worth it or not. I decided that in this build, unlike in the Reactor project, there is no excuse to not build EXACTLY what I want. so the tray is going over. end of story.
during the time of contemplation i was trying to figure out how I can put the damn thing back together again once I cut it apart. I'm just going to make a doubler that runs the whole length from top to bottom and then blend the out side clean with some epoxy or JB Weld or something before paint.
something like this should work nicely with some careful fitting and planing
well there it is.
the expansion slots have been liberated from the floor of the case. I guess their is really no point in turning back now. the hardest part has been done. the first step.
I tried cutting the vent area off of the top of the newly removed back with the Jig saw and then for a few seconds with the Dremmel and decided that i was 1. too tired for that at this point. and 2 that cut is a bit long for me to confidently make free hand.
so im going to take that part to work with me tomorrow and cut it on the band saw with a fence installed so i can be sure its nice and strait and save me self quite a bit of clean up work.
any way. Im going to bed now before I convince my self to cut into the core structure of any other 200 dollar items tonight.
questions, comments and random outbursts are welcomed and appreciated.
have a good night all