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post #1 of 26
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Hi all and welcome to my build log called Dark-Core.

This is gonna be a rebuild of the budget media pc I made late last year when I started the custom desk enclosure I finished a couple of months ago. The case that I've decided on for this build is the Fractal Design Core 3000 and I'll be doing it in a black/blue/grey colour scheme. I've also decided to just do this build on air and not go the way of water cooling as it just runs at stock settings.

Old Media PC

i5 3330 3.0 Ghz
ASUS PH877-M
G.Skill 16GB Kit (2x8GB) DDR3 Ripjaws X C10 1600MHz
2TB Western Digital HDD
Asus GeForce GTX650 1GB
Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Mid Tower Case USB3.0 - 500W PSU






New parts for the build.

Fractal Design Core 3000 Mid Tower [OWN]
Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition Blue LED fans x 6 [OWN 4 STILL NEED TO GET THE LAST COUPLE]
Corsair RM650 modular PSU [OWN]
Geil 120GB SSD for OS [OWN]
Western Digital Green 2TB HDD x 4 [NEED TO BUY]
Cable sleeving [NEED TO BUY]
Silverstone SOB02 Slim Blu-Ray Burner Optical Drive [NEED TO BUY]
MSI GeForce GTX750Ti Twin Frozr 2GB GDDR5 [NEED TO BUY]
Blue LED Lighting [NEED TO BUY]
Black & Clear acrylic sheets

Here is a pic of the parts I got so far.




More pics to come in the next couple of days
    
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post #2 of 26
can you fit 4 3.5" drives in the Core 3000?
post #3 of 26
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Yeah its quite easy to get 4 drives into the case. With a short length graphics card you can leave the middle HDD bay that houses 3 drives in and it can be removed or rotated for longer graphic cards to fit as you can see with these couple of photos of the case.






The Plan

Now what I intend to do with the case is remove all the bays that hold the HDD's & optical drives as I'll be making a housing that will hold the hard drives.

Front - All the grills on the front of the case will be removed and I'll have 3 x 120mm fans that will be covered by clear & black acrylic/perspex with holes cut out for the fans giving it a clean look on the front. I'll also have a cut out on the front will be for the optcial drive on the right hand side (similar to what is seen on the MAC's).

Inside - For the inside I'll have a custom HDD mount that will be made up that'll house all the hard drives. The 7 expansion slot bracket covers at the back will painted in blue & grey alternating. I'll also have custom sleeved cables that will be in black/blue/grey throughout for the psu. The case will also have blue led lighting throughout.


Unfortuantely I got no know-how in using Sketchup to show a rendering of what I plan on the case to look like.
    
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I am subbed becuase I prefer builds that are not done by the big hitters who have tons of money.
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post #5 of 26
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Just a little update for the moment.

Over the weekend I started in taking apart the case. Well mainly removing the front panel. Today after work I got round to cuting out the plastic on he font that held the mesh in place and also drilled out the HDD bays. So for the moment this is how it looks.

The Case


Front panel





Also here a little preview on what I plan on doing with the with the fans on the front panel.




During the week I should hopefully be able to get ahold of the clear acrylic/perspex for the front and side panel. So come next weekend I'll be able to spend more time on getting the fans mounted in place and get the front mostly sorted and then it'll be onto the HDD mounting.
    
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post #6 of 26
Sweet, keep it rolling!
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post #7 of 26
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Just a small update for the moment.

At the end of last week I got the piece of perspex for the build and got round to cutting it up ready. From the piece of perspex I was able to get the front, side window and fan mounts cut out and still have almost have left over that I'll be using to make the mount/rack for the HDD's. Unfortunately Its a little small for me to make a back plate that will hide the motherboard tray and opening where the HHD's & optical drives went. I have also removed the braces in the front of the case so its a big open space for the fans to fit in.

Also I've decided that I'm not going to have the black acrylic and will be going with matt black vinyl over the front of the perspex. Which I'll be order this coming weekend along with the optical drive once I get paid on Friday.

So here is a shot of the front cutout and fan mounts which will be glued to the front piece.



Next will be to glue all these pieces together and clean up. Then it'll be onto sorting out the how I'll mount the HHD's in place.
    
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post #8 of 26
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Well this weekend I didn't really get much done on this build. Mainly just got the mounts glued together and drill holes prep to so I can thread the holes so I can screw in the fans. I've also cut out the space for the optical drive but now to just clean the face plate up for the vinyl, Which I ordered on Friday so should be here by next weekend.



Also I was able to cut out the back plate to cover the gap n motherboard tray and started to do a rough plan for the ssd and some cutouts for the cable work. I was planning on having all the sleeved cable individual drilled into the back plate. But with this I'm gonna need to get the optical drive next so I know the cut out for the connectors I'll be able to plan on where the holes will be for the 24 pin cable.

    
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post #9 of 26
Sweet! Keep it up! thumb.gif
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post #10 of 26
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Came home from work tonight to find a parcel sitting in the carport. Oh what could it be.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I've also got the screws for the fans but just need to clean them up a bit and paint and then I'll be ready to put the fans on the face plate.
    
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