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This is a culmination of my HTPC XBox and one I did for my friend's birthday present. When I get my XBox done, I'll reformat this thread into a more step-by-step How-To log. Updates aplenty will ensue.

Moderators rest assured, TOS will not be violated. I will not discuss illegal programs, acquiring these programs/BIOS and whatnot. I will only be posting cosmetic and performance modifications.

Sorry the format for this build is so sloppy. The first section will consist of a few mods that I did on my friend's HTPC XBox. The second section will contain more mods done on my personal XBox (Including lapped heatsinks, UV cathodes, UV drawing, USB ports, more milling, fan controller....

H4XBox - HTPC XBox
Mods include:
Lapped CPU/GPU heatsinks w/ AS5
Added heatsinks to video encoder & NB chips
80mm Fan mod
Cut out fan grills
80pin IDE Cable
120GB Seagate Barracuda

General XBox Dissassembly
**Warranty will be voided**

The Procedure
1: Flip over your XBox
2: Pry up the rubber feet. Unscrew with the T15 bit.
3: Poke the stickers in the circled locations and unscrew the 2 middle screws.



4: Set your XBox upright and pull the top off.
5: Grab your Torx 10 bit and remove the circled screw. Keep it in a safe place.
**Note: all of the internal screws in the XBox are Torx10 heads.**



6: Unplug the IDE cable and molex connector from the HDD.
7: Pull the HDD tray out of the console.
8: Remove the two screws on the front left, right of the DVD drive. Set these in a safe place.



9: Unplug the IDE cable & yellow power connector from the back of the DVD drive.
8: Remove the DVD drive, the IDE cable, and DVD power connector from the console.
9: Unplug the mainboard power connector. Much like a 24-pin connector on your PSU, push down the latch and rock the connector, pulling upwards.



10: Remove the two PSU screws. The location of these screws is the same for all XBox versions.



11: Pull the PSU away from the back of the case to free the connector, and then pull it up & out.



12: Set the PSU someplace where it won't be shocked, stepped on, blown up, spilled upon...

13: Remove all 11 motherboard screws. The location of these screws is the same for all XBox versions.



12: Remove the motherboard from the console. Same as the PSU, pull away from the back of the case, and up & out.

Congratulations! You have just gutted your XBox! Think you can put it back together?

80mm Fan Mod
Pros: better airflow, no more heat-lag
Cons: more noise if you run 12v, somewhat time intensive

What you'll need:
-Torx 15, 10 screwdriver
-Dremel or some heavy-duty snips
-sandpaper (not required but cleans up the HDD tray nicely)
-80mm fan *Note - you can use either 3pin or 4pin molex. If you have a modded XBox, you can control the speed of the 3pin via your dashboard.

1: Gut your XBox.
2: Grab a knife or a flathead screwdriver to snap open the fan clips. Once you have both sides unlatched, pull that fan out!



3: Get your Dremel or preferred cutting tool and cut off the fan clips. Sand em down smooth if you want.

Always wear eye protection!!



4: Clean the plastic dust and crap out of your XBox and reinstall the motherboard & PSU.
5: Grab your 80mm fan and figure out which part you want to be the bottom. We're going to hack off these corners to make it fit proper & snug.
6: Dremel off the bottom corners on the front and back of the fan. I like to clean my edges with a routing bit and some course sandpaper.



7: Ensure proper fit... looking good!



8: Onto the PITA of this mod, cutting your HDD tray. You don't have to cut your tray down to size like mine, I just like having that extra bit of airflow to cool the HD.
9: Remove the HDD from the tray. There's 4 Torx10 screws holding this bad-boy in.
10: Dremel, cut, sand, dremel, cut sand until you're satisfied. Keep in mind that the more material you remove, the weaker the tray will become in its stress points.



After some cleaning up, but still needs more trimmed.



11: Make sure to keep the arm nubbin for the body screw to go through. Check my picture below as a reference for how much to cut down.



12: Once your fan & HDD tray sit comfortably, its time to wipe down your tray & fan. We don't want that nasty plastic dust floating around in there...
13: REASSEMBLE SUCKAS!
14: On my HTPC, I use a 3pin fan connector attached to the motherboard, but in my friends build I used a Molex. Just stuff the extra wiring wherever you can. Just make sure your wires won't get eaten up by the fan.



15: Finish reassembling and enjoy!

Moar to come soon!
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Hard DriveCooling
OCZ RD400 256GB NVME lol 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4690k - 4.6GHz @ 1.250V ASRock Z97M OC Formula Sapphire R9 290 G.SKILL TridentX (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 
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OCZ RD400 256GB NVME lol 
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i5-4690k - 4.6GHz @ 1.250V ASRock Z97M OC Formula Sapphire R9 290 G.SKILL TridentX (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 
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