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Alienware Aurora R4 Full ATX form factor mod





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Description


The Aurora is a chassis made by Dell / Alienware by wrapping plastic bodykits around a generic chassis. Originally launched with the X79 (R4) platform, the Aurora is the flagship of Alienware's desktop that replaced the Area 51 R1 (X58).

The motherboard was an MSI X79MA, but branded Alienware. Form factor is micro ATX. It has three 5.25, four bottom harddrive bays and four PCI expansion slots. The airflow of the HDD area is separated from the upper motherboard section. Original airflow configuration included one AFB0912SH 92mm fan for the HDD bays, and one Nidec 92mm fan as the PCI/upper portion intake fan. The exhaust doubles as the 120mm radiator mod.






Mod details

The objective is to fit an ATX motherboard into the mATX size constraint chassis of the Aurora. It is definitely possible but not without modifying the chassis first.

After modding the case, I would have to connect the AlienFX card so that it works properly and we can get fan control and RGB color ability.

The case will be retaining most of it's original appearance after the mod. (hopefully)





Components


  • 5820K
  • X99 Deluxe ATX
  • 16GB DDR4 Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz (4x4)
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 G1
  • EVGA 750G2 PSU
  • Alienware Asetek 869 Gen 2 "premium" CPU cooler
  • 2x Gentle Typhoon AP15 OEM (radiator)
  • 1x Noctua NF-A9 PWM (exhaust top, mounted to case CPU fan header)
  • Original Nidec PCI fan (if can be mounted)
  • Original Delta HDD fan (if can be mounted)
  • 1x Dell memory fan (?)
  • Dell CH03N BD-Read ODD
  • 4TB WD Black
  • 250GB SeaGate?
  • 500GB Momentus XT

Edited by TK421 - 5/14/15 at 8:29pm
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Case dis-assembly

This case was bought for 105usd off ebay liquidator sts-parts.





You can see the internals here.

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There is a PCI cover door to help direct airflow from the PCI / front intake fan to the GPUs.

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Disassembled parts shown.

PSU face plate
PCI bay door
PSU cable cover
PCI / HDD fan and the bracket
Original power cable
HDD bay (1x)
Separator / space divider

The old power supply and radiator/CPU cooler is not a part of the build.

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More when I figure out how the mod will go.
Edited by TK421 - 5/14/15 at 8:26pm
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Used a dremel to drill out the rivets today.

The PSU cage is removed and to be trimmed later on to fit the motherboard. The bottom separator piece also needs a trim in the back to clear the motherboard.





Removed the side panel(s) and the rear faceplate, seems I damaged one of the little hooks in the process. Hope that the case stays flush on assembly later on when the radiator and top locking plate is installed.

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Motherboard tray needs to be trimmed, the lips are blocking an ATX motherboard to be mounted.

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This little fan is meant to blow on the memory, not sure if it will actually help much

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Dremel time!

I collected as much of the rivet remains while dremeling outside. You can see below.

Rough area to be trimmed later on.

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PSU cage drilled out.

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Attempt of little cut on the bottom separator piece.

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Used mounting tape to attach this motherboard (ATX) - seems to fit but the 2nd HDD cage cannot be mounted.

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Stay tuned!
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Trimmed the bottom panel and PSU cage today

The ATX motherboard fits with some cutting on the motherboard tray

I will have to get rid of the rough spots before installing a new motherboard

img_233757spu.jpg

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Used a file and 2000 sandpaper to smooth the rough edges.

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I'm still researching on how to connect the wiring in this thing, more to come.
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Its been a while, do you have any updates on this?
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Hey, wondering did you finish with your mod? I am in the process of installing a Rampage V black edition on my R4 ALX. I was inspired by this thread and this ebay listing: Processed By eBay with ImageMagick, z1.1.0. ||B2

So far i just mounted all the hardware and it works, now need to make the permanent mounting and appearance modifications.
Let me know how it went.
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