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The Plan (Click to show)
Unboxing: Watercooling Parts Batch 1 (Aquatuning.de) (Click to show)
Unboxing: The Case (Jimms.fi) (Click to show)
Test fitting the motherboard (Click to show)
And I need to fit them all into this:
Like so, except with the case turned the other way of course.
Couldn't show it that way because these little buggers were in the way. I've now drilled the rivets out.
Fabricating the motherboard mount (Click to show)
Fabricating the I/O motherboard bracket thing (Click to show)
Test fitting the bracket and the motherboard mount (Click to show)
Installing the motherboard mount (Click to show)
The motherboard in it's old home:
Motherboard out, dusty as hell but ignore that.
And now for the most interesting moment in this build, the test fitting.
Wait for it
It's really squeezed in there tight, it makes this horrible scratching noise when you try to slide it in. I might have to put some tape or something to prevent the case or motherboard from taking damage and also prevent it from shorting out although I'm not sure if there really is any circuitry at the edges of the board, no point taking unnecessary risks
The "seams" at the bottom and the 90 degree angled piece holding the case panels together prevented me from pushing the board all the way to the right so we'll have to do something about that later.
I will also have to cut the "locking mechanism" of the upper 8-pin CPU power connector as the space is so tight that you couldn't reach to press the release button. I'm sure I wouldn't need both cables but as the CPU won't pull more than it needs (right!?) I figured I'd just plug both them both in, otherwise I'd have to figure out how to hide the extra cable and space is quite limited so there's really nowhere to hide cables.
I ordered the case without knowing 100% that its inner dimensions would fit an standard atx board so to see that it fits was very reassuring. Next step is trying to figure out how I'll mount the motherboard securely.
Fixing motherboard standoffs (Click to show)
The 90 degree rivet brackets and bottom seam had to go so first we (I say we because it's mostly my dad who does the metalwork whereas I do the planning) cut out a little bit from the piece so it would slide over the seam...
...but soon we realized it wouldn't work as the motherboard itself would still be touching the seam. So we cut away the whole seam, well a little bit of it at least.
Now the motherboard fits in terms of height but now the rivets in the side prevents me from sliding it all the way back so that has to be fixed.
(Motherboard standoffs dremeled to become washers so theres space space between the case and motherboard mounting plate)
Sunken in screws were used along with enlargened holes so that the side panel would fit.
Making room for the motherboard bracket (Click to show)
As the piece of metal already had the holes pre drilled it was just a matter of screwing in the standoffs. But the plate lacked threading so some sort of nuts were needed so again I had my dad whip out the dremel to fabricate me some custom nuts
A benefit of this is that now I have a bit more options for cable management as thinner cables can be tucked away between the motherboard plate and sidepanel.
Making room for the optical drive (Click to show)
Obviously the original pci slots had to go as they were too low and too few for my intentions:
The case had an encounter with a hand grinder:
Quick test fit:
When I tried to fit my 670 I noticed a small problem:
The slot in the motherboard mount is too tight so it presses on and warps the gpus bracket preventing the card from getting fully inserted in the pci slot on the motherboard. Not too hard to fix but still a problem that needs to be fixed.
Soundcard (Click to show)
And of course, stubborn and determined as I am, I wouldn't be satisfied if the pc wouldn't have an optical drive. As you can imagine, the motherboard was in the way.
Snip, and it fits:
But there was one more obstacle. The holder now fit but the ram sticks were in the way of the optical drive in itself:
Removed the heatsinks and luckily the drive now clears the ramsticks, but only by a few millimeters.
Temporary setup 1 (Click to show)
My father donated his Xonar D1 to me as he doesn't feel he really needs it, so that will be installed:
Unboxing: Watercooling Parts Batch 2 (Specialtech.co.uk) (Click to show)
Painting The Fans (Click to show)
Painting the motherboard mounting plate (Click to show)
Installed everything and booted up to make sure every component still works:
For some reason the BIOS had reset everything so I got a mini heart attack when I was greeted with a message stating that "the OS seems to be missing" or something like that.
Everything worked fine once I re-configured the boot up devices.
Note the ghetto fan-install, there wasn't enough space to use the fan mounts supplied with the megahalems so I had to resort to rubberbands:
Swapping EK Supremacy Jetplate (Click to show)
Fabricating the new rear panel (Click to show)
The raw texture and finish of the plate wouldn't go well with the rest of the build so it has to be painted. I chose to go with a silky matte finish, the color code is RAL 9005 i believe.
While prepping the plate for paint we took the opportunity to enlarge the slot into which the "teeth" of the expansion cards go:
The plate had gotten to rust a bit so that had to be removed, it came off quite easily by scrubbing it a little:
Ready to go:
Final finish, and yes that is our sauna which doubles as a drying cabinet when painting parts:
We also painted the motherboard bracket in same color:
The top is open like that because with it "closed off" it sat too high causing the ports on the motherboard and gpu also to be too high like this:
Fabricating the 280 radiator mount (Click to show)
To be able to mount the 280 radiator the way I intend to, the PSU must be mounted in the top instead. This means that we have to come up with a new rear panel:
(Planned setup, in case you missed it earlier)
The rest of the motherboard plate from the HAF932 that we already used for this builds motherboard mount will once again be used for this. I'll need an L shaped piece like this:
Here we have it cut out:
Case will have to be cut up a little:
Once again i got some help with the cutting. To be honest it does feel a bit like I'm cheating when I'm not doing all the work myself but when it comes to cutting up a somewhat expensive case I'd rather have someone with a it more expertise do it it, than have a go at it myself and possibly end up with a case split in two and two less fingers on my hands.
I have tried using the tools myself but I have a hard time cutting in a straight line so for now I'll just stick to the drills and such. I'm also a bit of a perfectionist so I know I wouldn't be satisfied with the result I'd end up with. The ideas however are mostly (like 90%) all mine so i guess I still can take some credit for the metalwork...
Making the PSU mount (Click to show)
De-Branding the PSU (Click to show)
I wouldn't be satisifed with having the radiator just sitting on it's side in the case so I had to come with a plan how to make some kind of mounting mechanism to secure it to the case.
Luckily we had already made a custom radiator mount for the front of the modded HAF 932, with radiator mounting holes pre drilled and all, so this would be easy:
Drawing the outlines of the new mount:
Cut out piece. The piece ended up being way floppier than I had thought but luckily it wasn't so bad once I got the radiator screwed on, It ended up being quite sturdy actually:
The floppy nature of the holder reminded me of something else.
Excuse my childish humor
Well uhh, back to the project.
The piece had to get trimmed a little in the corners to make room for the rivets and such keeping the case in piece:
I planned to secure the mounting plate the same way the Motherboard mount is, with sunken-in screws that is. If I wanted to put the screws through the frame of the case (where the side panel also screws in place) a slit in the double plate up front would have to be cut so the rad mounting plate could reach far enough:
The case has been given one hell of a treatment during this build
Let's see if the mounting plate fits:
(The arrows indicate where the screws will go btw)
All screwed in, looks quite nice IMO
(The fans are turned that way to protect the exposed motor, I will have both them and the front as intakes to make positive pressure inside the case)
Not a whole lot of space in front of and behind the radiator. I do plan on adding two 120 radiators more up front so we'll see how that goes, but there should be just about enough room for a 30mm rad + 25mm fan with dust filter.
Test-Fitting the newly fabricated parts (Click to show)
As said previously, the coolermaster logo would have to go and It wouldn't be enough with just removing the little badge from the back so I de-branded it completely. Not that anyone will ever see the branding on the sides, but details like that are important to me.
Cleaned out the dust at the same time:
Done. It looks much better in my eyes.
Edited by iBerggman - 4/26/14 at 9:02am
Painted motherboard tray installed:
Motherboard in, the radiator mount was in the way and had to be removed:
Bracket thing in:
It fits perfectly now that the top part is trimmed away. The ports line up 100% now:
Attaching it. The back plate has threaded holes and gets secured with screws that go through the case and the bracket bolts onto the rear plate and case: