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post #21 of 125
coming along nicely prosser13.

New question, why screws and not rtivets for the whole frame? The frame I'm working on at this very moment has many rivets where I replaced screws, in the long run to make it a bit lighter. Just a question, not jocking ya or anything.

btw, nice deal on the paper!
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If I had used rivets then it wouldn't have been possible to take the frame apart at all, meaning removing anything would have been a nightmare, and I want to attach sidepanels still. I just prefer the extra flexibility bolts give me
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If I had used rivets then it wouldn't have been possible to take the frame apart at all, meaning removing anything would have been a nightmare, and I want to attach sidepanels still. I just prefer the extra flexibility bolts give me
agreed, when I was recently building my Lian li SFF, i liked that the majority of the case used screws instead of rivets, i personally hate rivets in their inflexibility. Plus I personally like the industrial look of screws and bolts, adds distinctions to the outside of the case.
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If I had used rivets then it wouldn't have been possible to take the frame apart at all, meaning removing anything would have been a nightmare, and I want to attach sidepanels still. I just prefer the extra flexibility bolts give me
agreed, when I was recently building my Lian li SFF, i liked that the majority of the case used screws instead of rivets, i personally hate rivets in their inflexibility. Plus I personally like the industrial look of screws and bolts, adds distinctions to the outside of the case.
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Not sure where I left off...anyhow, needed a trip down the shop. So I picked up some electrical tape:



And some longer bolts:



Meh, a 10 minute walk in the rain for those?! Pfft.

Anyhow, got back to it, took off all the crap, and it looked like this:



Obviously, its slightly wonky, but I sorted that out later...

Motherboard tray bolted in place:



As the motherboard comes very close to the angle, this is what I used the electrical tape for:



And another strip, trimmed down with the knife:



Looks pretty cool too, and should stop the board shorting.

Talking of the board shorting - that was going to be a problem, as it was sitting on the screws for the motherboard tray and touching the bolts for the motherboard tray supports. So I found some rubber washers from the tin and decided that two on each bolt would be good enough:



*Slightly* blurry picture, but it shows the motherboard mounting holes drilled - I used my pillar-whatsit drill after marking them out:



Also see all my washers in the background

And the motherboard mounted:





From the back (with bad lighting):



If you look on the left hand side you can see the small groove I filed out to allow the parallel port screw-on-whatsit to pass through. The mouse port is actually mostly hidden behind the angle, but rather than mess about with filing I'm just going to use a USB -> PS2 convertor

Next was the PSU mounting. Some blue metal stuff:



The PSU section from Hellcat which I cut off, along with a hacksaw + vice:



Then take a hammer to the flanges on the sides:



And finish cutting:



There's the back done

PSU mounted:



I cut the blue metal stuff to size, and drilled the holes in - it is secured by the bolts for the base. The PSU sits on it which allows it to clear the angle...

All bolted up:



The bottom right bolt on the PSU mounting backplate was a hex one:



The rest of these will be used for mounting the fibreglass frontpanel...they look pretty cool M2.5 I think.

Hard drive support next. Holes (bit wonky but they'll do!):



BTW, don't copy me and drill holes with the motherboard in place LOL. I had just spent about 10 minutes securing it all though and wasn't in the mood to take it all out again.

My random strip of metal/hard drive holder. Note the dodgy holes - the way I drilled it first meant the hard drive would knock into the bolts holding on the hard drive holder, but the second set of holes to the right sorted that out:



Up close:



Ouch But not to fear, Automotive Bodyfiller (TM) is here!



Filled in the holes, its just drying now - will sand it down tomorrow and spray it black.

For anyone interested, the temporary hard drive I was using to measure up:



I think its 4GB! Wooo!

Laptop DVD drive - need to buy a convertor for it:



Shelves and shelves - nails, screws and bolts mainly.



And, to listen to the golf, I found that this baby still works:



Kept getting interference every time I used the drill though, so lots of switching it on and off!

Meh, that's it til next time
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post #26 of 125
Great Job prosser13!

This is coming along nicely.

And thanks for the personal tour!

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post #27 of 125
Whooo another great project. I've always wanted to take a stab at my own tech station as well. Good luck with it all, talk to me on AIM if you ever need any help yeah?

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Last update for a week or so.

Bracket has been sprayed (quickly) and clear coated (even more quickly).

So I put it all together, and installed Windows. My laptop DVD-ROM to IDE adapter which I bought for $6 off eBay isn't here yet, so I had to hook up my old CD-RW drive (the same one I used for testing paint with Hellcat). The PC is pretty much silent, I can barely hear it - although to start with it was bloody loud (Akasa Amber 80mm on the CPU HSF going full pelt) but I controlled that with a Zalman FanMate 2, which will need to be integrated into the side/front panel somehow...

This is what it was looking like:





Sorry for the dodgy pictures, camera phone + 2am = bad You can't see the CD-RW drive sitting on the floor in the bottom corner either.

After installing Windows, I found the temps weren't *too* healthy Hard drive was 41C idle, and graphics card was 67C idle, reaching 77C when scanning for artifacts and then still climbing.

With a bit of help from DuckieHo (cheers) and racking my brains overnight, I used the short black cable ties I picked up when I got the bolts to mount my Xilence Red Wing temporarily:





Its hard to describe how I mounted it, here it is in steps:

1. Cable ties are too short, so connect two together to make a long length.
2. Loop it round the angle.
3. Take another cable tie and loop it through the big one, at a 90 degree angle.
4. Take another two cable ties and connect them together to one big length
5. Put this through the top left fan hole
6. Connect up, through the bottom loop
7. Repeat for top right

Bit confusing but it works really well for a temporary measure - the fan may hang a bit dodgy but meh, it works. End of next week the fibreglass front panel should hopefully be finished, and I plan to have ordered some acrylic for the sides - the fan will be in much the same position but bolted to the fibreglass.

Overall picture:



If you look at the bottom, you can see I found a PCI bracket with 2 x USB, 1 x firewire, and 1 x mini-firewire or something, which came with my Abit board. I had already ripped off the PCI backplate, so that'll be integrated into the front panel too, so there will be front access to the USB ports

I'll get some better pictures tomorrow, need to do some cable tidying later, but its looking O-K.

Just to add:

Temperatures - hard drive temperature is now 30C (even when installing games), and graphics card temperature doesn't go higher than 69C after 25 minutes of ATiTool artifact scanning Core is around 38C with the 80mm fan on the CPU heatsink at lowest...

Plenty of room for watercooling In the future, I could see myself building another one of these, either larger with a full ATX board or with a good overclocking micro-ATX board (if theres such thing) and then having a watercooling radiator at the front, or top right, and then the pump on the bottom layer...I think it would work really well, perfect mini-LAN rig.

The laptop DVD drive I was talking about:



Nice and thin, still need to work out where to put it though...

As for an on switch, there isn't one yet Going to steal my CMOS switch out my PC (can't see my dad being happy with a screwdriver!) and just tell him to flick it on then back off...

Next update will be front/side panels

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Updated the last post with things I forgot
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cool work so far
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