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[Worklog] DELL XPS 710 Revival MOD [UPDATE 04/08/2016]

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Hello OCN community, welcome to my worklog.

I'm doing this mod 'cause I love the DELL XPS 7XX series cases. Although it is a great, solid (literally, 6mm aluminum made) and good looking case, it has a big disadvantage, it uses the BTX form factor which is terrible and not compatible with the ATX standard. As I like the original looks of the case i'll try to stick as much as i can to the stock style. biggrin.gif

The case I got was in veeeery poor condition, outer paint was all scratched, original feet was broken, it also had some bends inside, so I had to take it all apart to fix as much as I could.

Components:
  • Dell XPS 710 H2C (obviously tongue.gif)
  • i5 4590 @3.7GHz
  • MSI Z87 MPower
  • Crucial Ballistic Tactical 8GB (2x4) @1866MHz
  • PowerColor R9 280X TurboDuo
  • Prolimatech MK-26
  • Crucial M400 256Gb
  • WD Caviar Black 1Tb
  • OCZ ZT-750 750w
(My current system + the SSD biggrin.gif)

In terms of CPU cooling I'm still deciding what to do, I have enough watercooling gear to build a custom loop but I don't want to as the CPU isn't unlocked so it'll be nonsense, maybe I'll stick to air cooling. rolleyes.gif

This is a general idea of what I'm aiming for, although it could have some changes.

Front panel and original LEDs will be rewired since they use some old conectors which aren't compatible with todays standard.
Edited by luisxd - 8/2/16 at 11:42am
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I already did a lot of work so I'll post everything I have till now.

Checking the "new" back panel, I took it from another old case I had, it was originally mATX so I used two of them.



Here it is already bounded, I used epoxy (a lot tongue.gif)





Added metal filler (bondo) to cover the holes left on the panel and sanded it down.



Originally I was going to put a 120mm fan here but the panel I used had already a 92mm holes so I left them =)


Support bracket for 120mm fan/radiator





Trying the bracket and it works!, I was doubtful if it would work due to radiator weight may bend the bracket but it works very well thumb.gif






For the feets I took a 1 1/2" tube and cut it into 1" segments, filled up them with metal filler and sanded them. Made a hole on the middle so the screw would go through it and then into the case.
They're not finished yet, still need a lot of sanding to put some shine on them tongue.gif







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Did some work on the power switch:





My current diy benchtable thumb.gif



Some sleeving tongue.gif




Annnnd... it's alive!! biggrin.gif
(green led is HDD activity)

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Looks like a fun build, subbed! thumb.gif

I rebuilt an older dell (model T450) a while back, I have always disliked dells hardware and strange power supplies/form factors, but there is something cool about their cases that makes me want to re use them!
Great looking case you picked up there, just needs a bit of TLC wink.gif
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Harman/kardon soundsticks 
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