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Decided to try my hand at my first real case modding.

I picked this up for $10. This isn't my actual case, but the only pics I could find of one online. I pick up the actual case tomorrow. The case is a Sun Enterprise E250 server, it includes the server as well, which was operational when they took it out of service, but I have no specs on those components, and don't plan on using any of them.

I'm considering a pretty aggressive mod, imo, for my first time modding. I'd like to have built in watercooling, the catch being I've never used watercooling either. I'll have to do a custom backpanel I'm sure. I'm hoping I can leave in the partition between the psu's and the rest of the case but I'll see when the time comes. If so hopefully I can stick a pump and a radiator back there. Or would that be too sharp of bends for the tubing?

I'm also aware I'll probably have to mod the motherboard tray to fit an atx. I'll of course be painting it. Also picking up as big a fan as I can for the front, probably a 200mm I'm guessing. Then of course a side panel as well to show it all off. Probably paint it black, inside and out. Then put in some lighting. I want to get away from the all so common blue, but haven't chosen a color yet.

Once it's all done, I'll be moving my sig rig to it, with a new motherboard that supports overclocking a little better. I'll have 8800 gt's in SLI by then, or perhaps upgrade to 4870(s) depending on how much this modding costs me.

I've been inspired by a lot of the builds on this site so I thought I'd start this build log now, and force myself to keep it up and take pictures once I get the case tomorrow.

Also, I suppose I'll have to name this thing, open to suggestions if anyone has one. Right now I'm drawing a blank.
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post #2 of 10
Looks like that case has quite a bit of potential! Good luck with the mod and keep the pictures coming!
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post #3 of 10
interesting case, curious to see what you do with it. Good luck


ps - you might want to have the thread moved to the worklogs forum, or start a worklog there when you actually start building.
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looks like you could turn it into a mini refrigerator
    
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where are you from?
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post #6 of 10
Looks like that case would be fun to mod. Keep us posted!
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Originally Posted by CattleRustler View Post
interesting case, curious to see what you do with it. Good luck


ps - you might want to have the thread moved to the worklogs forum, or start a worklog there when you actually start building.
Totally missed that forum, god knows I've looked there enough too. I'll start an actual build log when I get the case and come up with a name I suppose.

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post #8 of 10
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Got the case this morning, unassembled it, the server in it did actually run.

The thing weighed in at exactly 100 lbs on my scale.

I'll start a build log soon, took lots of pictures, gotta say I'm already feeling like I may be in way over my head, but it does have lots of room for sure.
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post #9 of 10
no worries, holesaws, jigsaws, and dremels are your friends in the battle
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post #10 of 10
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Posted a build log with some pictures:

http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...ml#post4125765

Let's just let this thread die.
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