ok. I got some sleep and finished the stalker this morning. I think i'm feeling up to the task of writing this all up. So let's get to it.
From the very first moment i saw the lian-li pci-01 tooless pci lock in their cases i felt that was the greatest single advancement in case technology i had seen since i got into this game about five years ago. When i bought the scout my first choice was the lancool pc-k62. I even had on my wish list. Now i love newegg; they helped me out when i bricked my 3850 with an rma (though i didn't tell them i bricked it) and for the most part they have the best overall pricing and availability on the market bar none. So i have great love for a great company, however, they do play musical chairs with pricing and shipping costs. So if they have a good deal on something you want get on it while the gettin' is good.
Back to the lancool. Awesome case with great features (except those hideous blue leds, no offense bri:d) with a price to die for. At that time, a couple of weeks before x-mas, it was $79.99 w/free shipping. I know, totally kick ass! Swap out those blue leds for red ones and i would have been ready for my current build. Then tragedy struck. Newegg bumped up the price to $99.99 and almost $20 for shipping. Well boys and girls that was a deal breaker, for another case had also caught my eye and it was the (warning! The author of this post is about to shamelessly plug a product. You have been warned) cooler master storm scout. Red leds , great looks, just the right size and oh...
It was perfect; except the tooless pci locks left something to be desired, but at $89.99 w/free shipping the deal was struck when my daughter asked what i wanted for x-mas. So here i am with my beloved scout in the company of all of you fine folks here at ocn and the storm scout club thanks to newegg's pricing policy and a lovely loving daughter.
After purchasing the scout i was ogling the lancool pc-k62 again and i went to the lian-li website to do more research on the lancool (a guy can never have too many cases...right?!) i saw that they had the pci-01 listed in the case parts section! Rapture! I had to find where to buy it for i must have one for the scout. Again tragedy struck. It was too new and there was nowhere for it too be found, except in south africa. I know. Go figure. So in my desperate search i searched this site in my futile attempt to locate one closer to home because shipping from south africa was completely cost prohibitive. Any way i found a thread about the little sucker and everyone was in the same boat as me (thread located here http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-g...i-bracket.html
) and it was andygoyap who discovered it was available at performance pcs. Finally! Now we're gettin' somewhere! I made up my mind right then and there that it would be mine, oh yes, it would be mine. When the time came to order my parts list from newegg i made a little side trip over to performance pc's and placed my order.
Now on to the build....
I know you guys want to know about the pci bracket but you'll just have to wait. I'm saving it for last.
First order of business was to sleeve all the case cables and the power supply.
i didn't need nor did i like the separate 4pin atx power cable to have to hide, so when i was in the power supply (warranty already voided whoops!
) i cut it off.