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Thanks guys. That's some very high praise there. I'm glad you like it!

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That case reminds me a lot of the Akasa Eclipse - in fact, I think it must be the same chassis...
You nailed it prosser13. It is identical for all intents and purposes. They both share a common heritage with an older server chassis, but I cant remember the manufacturer at the moment.

The only differences I know of between this and the Akasa are the power bar thing, the vented-up windowed sidepanel, and (I think?) the PCI slot-style front IO panel. Some of the older motherboard trays on the Akasa had holes pre-cut in them to help with wire management, but I don't think they do anymore. (I wish mine had the holes. I'm struggling as we speak with where to drill next as I sort some of the wire routing for my fans).

It really is a tough little (or maybe not-so-little) midtower. I've been very pleased. Even the finish is sturdy. Despite a veritable blizzard of metal shavings, I haven't managed to scratch it anywhere that I have noticed... yet.
post #42 of 194
Are you going to replace the knobs on that fan controller BTW? Something polished and chunky would look awesome against the anodized aluminium
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post #43 of 194
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Are you going to replace the knobs on that fan controller BTW?
Probably not.

These little jobs are billet aluminum with a set-screw design. I kinda like em. I did plan to polish them up. If I wanted to do anything different now, it would probably have to fit over these half inch knobs, due to the way I countersunk them into the shroud.

I did toy around with the idea of slapping another diamond plate trim panel on that side and painting them black. That's still doable.
post #44 of 194
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I modded a grommet!

Needed a hole:


But my grommet was too chubby for the PSU to sit well, so I got out the exacto knife:


And presto:


Yeah. I'm bored.
post #45 of 194
Lmao, wow. Modded a grommet, thats almost worth a +rep





























almost
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post #46 of 194
haha that's cruel, ill give you a +rep. Some great ideas. I absolutely love the diamond plating. Very creative. I'll keep an eye on this one keep it up!.
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Thanks. The diamond plate is really easy to work with. I just wandered past it in the hardware store and snagged it on a whim. I'm glad I did.

I think I'm bout done for the weekend, but I did get it all wired up well enough for a test spin. I'd say I'm moving some air.



EDIT:

I probably should explain what I'm trying to demonstrate in that video little better.

What I'm doing is playing with the different potentiometers for each of the two top blowholes. The airflow "pattern" for lack of a better word, seems very sensitive to the RPM's of the fans, moreso than I expected. If you watch closely in the video, you can see the tissue's back, then front, then back (again, briefly) corner being blown up more than the other. That's the difference of just a hair turn on the controller dials -- altering the flow in even that tiny confined space within the shroud and out the slot-vent on the side.

It should be a bit of a balancing act, but since I'm basically mirroring the blowhole configuration at the bottom of the case with an intake, I'm hoping that I end up with a very configurable set-up as far as the air patterns inside the case. I had hoped for an effect along these lines when I decided to go with the individual control for each case fan, but I didn't expect it to be as responsive at its appearing to be so far. That all might be just due to the small volume of the shroud, too. I'll know more when I get the whole system up and running properly.

I need to rework my wiring scheme -- as it sits now that shroud is a bear to get on and off, just due to all the wiring basically tying it down. Once I get that sorted and get the rear controller on-line for the bottom intake, I should be able to do some pretty interesting things with the case sides on and the whole system "sealed" up.

The end result will be a fan control knob for each individual fan. The four on the shroud control the two blowhole fans and the front and rear intake. The two in the rear will control the two bottom intake fans. (That configuration was mostly chosen for wiring ease -- I don't expect to be fiddling much when I have the system up and running, except when I swap/add some hardware and need to do a tweak).
post #48 of 194
Come on man I am getting anxious!! Bump!!
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post #49 of 194
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Come on man I am getting anxious!! Bump!!
I appreciate the enthusiasm, but unfortunately I'm afraid I'm mostly a weekend warrior. Settling into a new job here, and when I come home to this:

I have trouble getting myself motivated knowing I need to get up for work again in about 8 hours.

Never fear though, four day weekend coming up. Expect good progress in a couple days.
post #50 of 194
I know the feeling of the weekend warrior,lol. Stay focused mate, get the gameplan ready for the weekend!!!
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