OK just a tiny little update... there will be much more progress on this build now that my other projects are pretty well finished for the moment.
Getting ready to solder the power patch cable for the new PSU to hide inside the case of the old one:
Yep... one should not solder anything after a long day of eating and drinking - yuck those are ugly... but they will do as they will get covered with electrical tape first, heatshrink second, and sleeving third...
Good thing this isn't getting seen by anyone
once the build is assembled... it's definitely not my finest work - and my finest work isn't anything special actually.
Once again however... it will do.
And everything works! Testing it out with a PSU I couldn't care less if it fried... but thankfully, such fireworks did not occur and the cable is cool and stable - I added some load on a test bench rig I had laying around and then hooked up the fans I'll be running instead of those loud monsters that came with the Apple unit. These are still a little louder than I would like, but I'm either going to use step-down resistor blocks (non-optimal solution) or a thermisitor controller (optimal solution) with the probe fed through to the main heatsink inside the actual PSU... only issues is finding a solution because my soldering skills need much practice before I try prototyping my own unit!
Here's a shot with the new fans (Fractal Design Silent Series R2 60mm):
Warm winter is here in the west... so I'll be painting (another first so hopefully that doesn't suck).