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Hello people!

I started planning this build long before the holidays. I didn't have any tools to do it so I persuaded my parents to get me a Dremel 4000 for christmas. After that I went ahead and ordered the case and some more parts that I could afford. The general purpose of this m-ATX build is to have a nice media computer in the living room, as well as having a small system that I can take with me when traveling if I need a powerful PC where I am going.

I had a lot of plans for the build and they include the following:

- Add window to the right side panel.
- Add 140mm/120mm fan slot to the top panel(front location, where optical drives would be).
- Rotate bottom HDD mount 90 degrees to make room for 3.5" fan-controller and making cable management a bit tidier.
- Paint front intake grill white.
- Paint side and top panels white(leaving the front, back and insides in the original color).
- Paint PSU intake grill white(Goldrock PSU has "golden" grill), this is a maybe depending on how visible it is through the top panel.


And this is what is going into the case once the modding and painting is done:

MSI Z87M-G43 m-ATX(recieved)
Intel i5 4670K 3.4Ghz(recieved)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD(recieved)
Intel Gen2 80GB SSD(Old)
Silverstone Argon AR01 CPU Cooler(not ordered yet)
Corsair Value Select 1333Mhz 4 X 2GB(Old)
Zalman Goldrock 750W 80+Gold PSU(recieved)
NZXT Sleeved LED Cable(1M) White(Not ordered yet)
Scythe Kaze Q 3.5" 4-channel Fan Controller(Not ordered yet)

The GPU, an Asus Radeon HD6950 2GB(unlocked), will be transferred from my current build(Air 540 Work Station) once I upgrade it. I will also move the GPU over when I travel somewhere and am in need of a PC where I am going.

Parts I have recieved:



I will be ordering the rest of the parts as soon as they are in stock and I have the funds I need to purchase them.

I have never modded anything before so this will be a very interesting experience. Starting out with the top 120/140mm fan slot I discovered that the Dremel couldn't take drill bits over 3.4mm(duuh!! do your research!!) so I needed to borrow a drill from a friend. Then went out to buy some more much needed supplies before going ahead. I wanted to copy the PSU intake holes for the fan intake, mostly for looks because I thought it would be nice to have both the top intakes look almost identical. I screwed a bit up when drawing it and copying it over to the part where I wanted the intake, so it's not even remotely close to being perfectly straight. At the moment it looks quite bad, but once I get it sanded/grinded down and paint it I am sure it will look pretty decent with the fan and filter installed.



I'm a student and on a fairly tight budget, so I decided to reuse the slightly scratched window from my OLD NZXT Tempest Evo. So I cut out the largest possible square piece from it to use in the new case. Hopefully it will look decent once everything is done. I still need to cut it a bit more to fit it better to the cut-out on the side panel.



For the side window I decided to go with rounded edges as I thought this made the most sense and would be easiest to accomplish a clean look on(specially if I can get a hold on some u-channel rubber!). Very happy with the result on this one as I have never cut anything before this(except the plastic window).

Before:


After:


What's left to do now is to sand down the edges on the window cut-out as well as the drill holes on the top panel intake position. Then it's on to sanding down the paint on the side panels, top panel and front grill before the painting begins. After that there is of course the mounting of the window to the panel.

I will be figuring out the 90 degree rotation of the HDD mount as soon as the fan controller arrives because I need to figure out how much space it needs and if I need to actually mod the controller itself to make it work. Otherwise I will figure out something else for the HDD.

If anyone has any tips and tricks they would like to share with a modding newbie regarding anything I'd be happy to hear them! Also regarding painting as I am not too familiar with that. I've got one can of primer and two cans of half-glossy white paint so I think I have what I need to get a decent paint job going. I'll be posting as soon as I have something new to show every time so be sure to subscribe if you want to follow my first time modding experience further. Thanks for reading smile.gif

EDIT: Filthy language, sorry

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Edited by theKab - 1/31/14 at 9:08am
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Cool guys!thumb.gif

I'm almost done grinding the metal smooth on the top panel and on the side window cut-out. Gonna post some random pictures of various parts tomorrow when I have the time for it.

I've been playing around with the hard drive cage a bit and figured out a bit more how I can mount it so it provides clearance for the fan-controller and other things. It's just a bit tricky to get a nice mount without having all the parts. I need to use one of the motherboard standoffs for one of the screws it seems like because of the dent in the bottom of the case. I'll look more into it once I have the rest of the parts. If anyone have done something similar, or have other ideas of how and where to mount HDDs in this case without using the standard HDD cage that would be greatly appreciated!
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Well, there are 5.25 inch bay adapters that many have used for both 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives. However, if you want to be a bit more creative:

A couple of members have even placed 2 3.5 inch hard drives on the floor of the case, side by side with a bit of foam under them to reduce vibration. I'd use silicone washers on bolts through the floor if I was going to do this. Note, that it requires removing the heatsink support from the floor. In a water cooled system this can be an interesting and clean look if you have multiple hard drives.

SSDs generate very little heat so some members have placed them on the back surface of the motherboard tray, on the side of the Power Supply area, and on the side of the 5.25 inch bays. Even on top of an optical drive. (I think somene did this.) Almost anywhere you can think of.
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Thanks Qrash.thumb.gif And yeah, I want to get more creative with it as I don't want to use the 5.25" bays for anything. That's because of the fan I'm installing up there, don't want to block the little airflow "gain".

I think it would be possible to actually add the HDD cage to where the CPU cooler support is right now, and then add the support on top of the cage. I could even probably just leave the support out, as it would only be needed when traveling, in which cases I would need to take the HDD out of the case anyway(not need, but it's not stupid to do so). Then I could just replace the HDD with the cooler support. I think we have a plan! Unless my super brilliant 90 degree cage moving plus fan control clearance works out that is. Won't know for sure until I have the parts. Just wish that CDON would get them in stock already!!

For SSDs I plan on using the small indent behind the motherboard tray/PSU area for that which will be perfectly fine. Actually I even tried fitting a 3.5" HDD behind the motherboard tray, it's actually quite slim so it could work, but then there's almost no room for cable management. Decisions decisions rolleyes.gif
Edited by theKab - 1/15/14 at 2:40am
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Just checking back in with some more WIP images from the project.

Did some more testing with the HDD mount and figured out something, I think. On the first image it doesn't fit because of the bend outwards for the PSU mounting system.




But in the second HDD image here it could possibly work. All i need is three holes for screws on the top. And of course the small problem of motherboard tray clearance. So I would have to cut off a small corner of the tray, but that may be worth it! Or maybe not? It would make me able to conceal both the SSD and HDD. Not sure how it would look on the tray though. Maybe it won't even show?

WIP shot of grinding smooth the insane amount of holes for the top panel.



Top and right panels ready for primer and paint!biggrin.gif



And last a shot of my incredibly large work space! It's basically a 2 square meters large shack in the cellar.



Going to make the left side panel and the front grill ready for primer and paint later today and then make room somewhere to start painting these babies! Other than that, still waiting for the CPU cooler and fan controller to get in stock where I need them to be. May have to contact the store and get an estimate. Also ordered 6ft of u-channel rubber from MNPCTech as I couldn't find it anywhere in Norwegian online stores or any shops around where I live.
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Whoopwhoop! Back from the cellar again. Prepared a KILLROOM!biggrin.gif



And then went on to prepare all the parts, as well as myself for painting




After the first layers of primer the room looks like this, completely grey haze in there. Feels and smells kind of dangerous!tongue.gif



Over the next few days I will be sanding and spraying the parts until I am done. Then I will of course let it dry and cure a long time before attempting to mount anything. Until then there is mostly just waiting for parts. Maybe I will start adding components to the case and do some cable management when I have time. I also need to focus more on my studies for now because I have been slacking off on that. Can you guess why?thumb.gif

Anyways that's it for now, I'm off to play some games! Stay tuned wink.gif
Edited by theKab - 1/15/14 at 2:48pm
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DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Just kidding. I'm enjoying all the photos. My wife likes the killroom.

Re: cable management. Definitely plan it out beforehand so you end up with a tidy interior and to prevent having to undo and redo some of the cabling. For example, with my hardware the power supply's 8 pin motherboard cable would not fit through the small hole at the bottom edge of the motherboard tray so it was important to feed it through the hole with the tray loosened and lifted slightly. That sort of thing. Good luck (with school too) and keep the photos coming.
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OKOK I WILL!! Cool that you're liking the photos, wish I had a better camera than my phone though. Tell your wife that it's kind freaky to like such a thing!

I have been test fitting the PSU and checked that all cables can pass through where they should. Thanks for the heads up though, it's easy to forget things.
Edited by theKab - 1/16/14 at 10:28am
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