Originally Posted by Enigma8750
This is a GREAT Idea. I have a few threads in the first page that I put other stuff on so I could make changes later. I think this Idea deserves merit and I hope to have it up soon. Please post a few ideas of how you would like to see it and I will work on it. Thank you.
I was thinking that it would be cool to have a little section of links at the very end of the first post, labeled "Mods" or something...then link all the walk-throughs that people have written about in regards to modding their Storm Scouts. This way new Storm Scout owners can read everything they need to know in the first post, rather than have to search around to learn how to do something simple like the 5.25" bay fan install.
I will hopefully have some of my own tips and tricks to offer everyone else once I get more familiar with this case, gotta empty it out and install the new CPU/MB/PSU once I get around to ordering them...right now I'm just taking it for a test-drive with my current system. I didn't do a full wire tuck or anything spectacular, tried to re-route what wires I could in a short period of time, and then did the 5.25" bay fan install...just mounted the fan to the back of the pop-out plates. It's good for temporary use but it cuts down on the airflow, I may remove the middle plate since the fan doesn't actually mount to that one. I could have installed the 140mm that came with the case that I replaced, but I believe the 120mm pushes more are and is quieter in the process.
Here's some pics I took earlier, nothing fancy but it'll hold me over until I order the rest of my components and finish my new build-
As you can see I haven't done a full wire tuck or the false floor yet, saving the bigger mods for when my new system is complete...this is still pretty much my old system, just in the new case with new fans and a new CPU cooler. The PSU, CPU, motherboard and video card will be getting replaced eventually.
There was actually a fitment issue that I would like to make known to others just in case they want to go with the same setup I went with. After removing all the fans in the case and replacing with the Cooler Master 120mm black w/ red LED fans, I installed the motherboard and then the Cooler Master Gemini II dual-120mm CPU cooler. The cooler pushes up against the top fan's frame, not the fanblade itself. I had to kind of muscle the cooler in to place in order to tighten the bolts on the back of the MB that hold it on. After inspecting it several times, and running the system several times I found that there is a 2-3 sheet of paper gap between the cooler and the top fan's blade center, so the fan doesn't lock up or hit the CPU cooler. The cooler is only up against that fan's frame, pushing it up maybe 1/16 of an inch.
I updated the system specs in my sig to reflect what I am currently running.
EDIT: I'd like to point out two things about this case that I did not like.
First, all the fans are mounted with those fat coarse-thread screws and they are a HUGE pain to fasten. The palm of my hand is red/purple/sore from the screwdriver after installing 5 case fans and 2 CPU cooler fans...I don't ever want to do that again so I am hoping these fans last a long time. Make sure you have a good screwdriver that fits those screws like a glove, anything smaller and you'll strip the screws...I learned this the hard way, luckily I had the screws that came with the case and 4 extra screws per fan I purchased.
Second is the quick-locks for the PCI slots. I broke one the first time playing with them, luckily the case comes with one spare. I highly recommend against using these as a primary locking device...use one of the hex-shaped-head screws included with the case and then use the quick-lock only if it easily clicks in to place, otherwise it will break. When they do lock properly, without a screw holding the card in place the card will move around quite a bit, those quick-locks are not sturdy at all and are very fragile. You may even be better off removing them, I will probably remove mine.Edited by johnny.dot.exe - 9/8/09 at 8:24pm