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post #1 of 11
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UPDATED!! New case and mods... all the old stuff is pushed to the bottom of this post.

I recently purchased the NZXT Alpha with intentions of modding the case to suit my needs and give my rig a classier look. I then used my newly purchased Dremel to create a hole for a fan in the top of the case and to ready it for a rear-mounted radiator. Here is the case, off:



Here is a picture of the Solverstone FM121 that is pulling air through the radiator inside. I removed the grill in the rear and cut away some of the side panel to make room for the fan and rad as well as increase airflow.



Here is the internal business. Cable management to the max- might need some more blue lighting.



After everything is said and done, the Overclock.net applique is applied.



Final notes: I need to purchase more blue lighting to increase visibility inside the case. Also, I need to purchase two Thermaltake Thunderblade fans (or comparable blue 120mm fan) to replace the stock case fans. They are quiet but barely move any air.

END NEW MODIFICATIONS


Until recently, I have had the radiator and hoses for my Thermaltake Bigwater system bolted to the outside of the case. Then, myself and blade19 decided to make a blowhole in my case and mount the radiator there. I am a little late in posting images of my work, but here goes:

My case without panels ready to be cut (nibbled in my case)


This is about halfway nibbled- took about 45 minutes to this point.


Finally finished cutting the hole in the top of my computer!


Had to make a cut in the drive bays to fit the radiator.


The radiator was screwed in with the fan on top of and outside the case. Everything has a nice snug fit!


Here is how everything looked when I finished! Keep going for part 2....

Edited by ted - 6/22/08 at 8:30pm
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post #2 of 11
Nice.. but you need to learn how to manage your wires other tht good job
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post #3 of 11
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PART II of Project: Maelstrom

Here we return after I have assembled all my parts. However, after attempting a boot, it was discovered that my motherboard was fried (Northbridge, shorted out??) Anyhow, I decided to purchase these:



That solved the problem!

I put everything back into its place and did some more cable management. Here are two shots that describe my cable management before and then after the new mobo. NOTE: I removed the northbridge block out of my loop because the new eVGA board comes with NB and SB cooling.

BEFORE (old motherboard- ECS Core2 Ready SLI)


AFTER (new eVGA 680i SLI)


That's pretty much it. I plan to do some more cable managing and lapping soon! Will post the results of the lap!
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post #4 of 11
What tool did you use for the hole?

Nice WC setup
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post #5 of 11
Put a fan grill on the fan.
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I used a nibbler, which you can find here: http://www.xoxide.com/nibbler.html

It takes a while, but is precise and much cheaper than a Dremel.

Just drill a starter hole and then nibble outwards and away from the hole.
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yeah I have to get longer screws for the fan grill, but thanks for the reminder. It's a must for the next trip to home depot!
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by ted View Post
I used a nibbler, which you can find here: http://www.xoxide.com/nibbler.html

It takes a while, but is precise and much cheaper than a Dremel.

Just drill a starter hole and then nibble outwards and away from the hole.
I figured you did, the hole is all jagged-edged, but you did a damn good job with the tools you have! Good job!!!
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post #9 of 11
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Here is a link to the lapping I did last night. Took me about five hours to get the job done on the waterblock and cpu.
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I like the UV around the CPU block....nice touch!
    
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