Imho this project has been somewhat of a failure.
The case will work for a LAN box, or for a system that is not overclocked (much). It is simply not large enough to accommodate an interior water cooling setup, nor any large format cooler.
The reason is the height.
12” of vertical space is not enough. That is essentially the bare minimum height that will accommodate 2 x 120mm fans vertically, and allow enough space for all other hardware. There is a possibility that a Freezer Pro (or similar) cooler might fit, but no full Tower Coolers will fit….period.
In the end I have decided to keep this case. Not because I like it, but because I do not like it. The case will simply not accommodate the users’ needs. Specifically, a single 120mm radiator will not mount inside of the case.
I will start Cube 2 in a few weeks based around my colossal mess-ups…. erm… I mean as points to avoid.
That being said…..
Before I get any farther ahead of myself I should show the self-adhesive felt that I used in some areas. This material was cut into strips and applied along the top surfaces of the four Motherboard rails. It was also used on the PSU rails. The felt works fairly well as a low-profile anti-vibration medium under low vibration conditions. Additionally it protects the surface of the object that is resting on it.
Here are the PSU rails:
And the motley crew of fans that I had kicking around doing nothing.
All of those guys are heavy hitters that make an unholy din... good thing I have something to tame the unruly helions with.
Since I will be keeping this and using it as a Linux Folder I now have a use for a Zalman fan controller that has been sitting around. I used one just like this in the Prometheus project and was fairly (note: fairly
) pleased with its performance. I tried to sell the controller, but no one wanted it…. poor controller.
Here are the plastic pulls that I used as feet.
In order to mount the PSU and Drive Cage rails I needed to have a “set-screw” application. This was to allow the removal of the cages from the top without having to secure the nut on the underside. This is a pretty straightforward technique: Drill a hole that is 1/32” smaller than the nut; tap nut into hole with a ball-peen hammer.
Here is an image of the PSU and the HDD cage mounted. Note the ghetto Velcro strap that secures the PSU in place.
In order to mount the Zalman fan controller, I needed to make some changes to the drive cage panels. After drilling the holes I mounted the optical drive and the fan controller.
Here are a series of images with the hardware installed, but without the cover.
…and lookee what I have here:
…and applied to the cover:
(I cracked one of the edges… repairs later)
I wanted to put it on the interior of the front panel, but at this juncture I am not dismantling anything…perhaps another day.
And some shots of the finished case:
All in all this was a fun project that was broken up be brief intervals of frustration and confusion. In hindsight I realise that it was doomed from the beginning: The inital cuts were too short.
If nothing else, I have a LAN case…now I need some decent hardware to put in it.
I made several mistakes that I will now be able to avoid in the future. In retrospect this was a great learning experience and my antique P4 Folder loves it new home…
Thanks for looking; I appreciate all of the input and interaction.
Up next is a double-header: Gemini and Cube2