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[Project] SLI Antec (renamed from SLI Sleeper)

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Original assembly:

* Athlon64 X2 5200+
* Asus M4N72-E motherboard (nForce 750a SLI)
* Enermax PRO82+ 525W power supply
* Floppy disk drive
* Lite-On DVD writer
* Seagate 500 gigabyte hard drive
* 4 gigs OCZ DDR2-800 (not shown in pictures presently)
* 2 x 8800GT video cards (also not shown)
* Generic $25ish case

What doesn't fit, you wonder? The case!

My project is to assemble all this expensive equipment into the cheapest case I currently own. It's a castoff from my roommate's old computer which at one point held an AthlonXP 2100+.

Thus the name "SLI Sleeper". One would not expect a gaming rig to be in a case normally seen housing a Celeron. (in car enthusiast terminology, a 'sleeper' is a car not normally perceived as being powerful, being purpose-built with performance parts such as a crate motor, etc)

Since cooling will be an issue, I plan to leave the case covers off, so when operational, there will be no fancy extra fans or the like.

Revised Build:

* All parts as above minus floppy drive, X2 5200+, 2 x 8800GT
* CPU replaced by an Athlon II X2 250
* GPUs replaced by 2 x 9800GTX+
* $25 cheapo case from ~3 years ago junked in favor of an Antec Three Hundred case

Pictures of the original build are described below:

The first is a comprehensive general shot; the second is a close-up of the motherboard box, and the third is a shot of the inside of the case just after I opened the motherboard box, and then realized I should probably open this project log.



Edited by Quantum Reality - 7/1/09 at 2:54pm
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this will be interesting
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lol......that's like a 91 CRX with a B16
    
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Originally Posted by Quantum Reality View Post
Since cooling will be an issue, I plan to leave the case covers off, so when operational, there will be no fancy extra fans or the like.
I'm surprised the case looks this well laid-out, despite being generic.. It has enough spots for 80mm fans that you just might be able to keep decent temps with a lid on the case.. If you're worried about heat buildup from the GPUs, add a side port exhaust! It's not a sleeper anymore if you can see what's inside it! Since noise is less of an issue with the cover on, you could get some high CFM 80mm fans on a fan controller with a subtle dial to turn this sleeping dragon into a rip-roaring snorter

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Originally Posted by Vlasov_581 View Post
lol......that's like a 91 CRX with a B16
Ah yes, the old pocket-rocket! you never know with those little boxes.. if the engine is any larger than 1.8L they usually stick out of the hood
    
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this will be interesting
ya....good luck man. My experiences with tiny cases and SLI.......D:

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Update: Memory is on the mobo, and the motherboard and PSU now in the case. Follow along as I install these components.

In these pictures you can see the stages of getting the PSU in. The screw holes didn't line up exactly so it was a bit of an adventure figuring out which screw hole aligned the best, and then securing it from there.

I wiggled the PSU afterwards to check and it didn't move, so I'll leave 'er as is for the time being.




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In this set of pictures you see the memory going on the mobo and the mobo into the case, and yes, it was a tight fit but it DID go in.



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lol......that's like a 91 CRX with a B16
oh man he said it!

id prefer a hyundai with a 4G63
    
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In this set of pictures you see the memory going on the mobo and the mobo into the case, and yes, it was a tight fit but it DID go in.
Lookin good so far.
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