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Poll Results: What option should i take for my R/H panel

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post #131 of 167
Really nice build!
As for the radiator, you could try to RMA or just leave it as it is. The cooling fins being shoddy are okay, as long as they aren't bashed in on one angle, its alright.
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Where you measured is not 8 fpi, but one more inch down is.

EDIT: I missed the picture one up. Disregard.
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Originally Posted by Volvo View Post
Really nice build!
As for the radiator, you could try to RMA or just leave it as it is. The cooling fins being shoddy are okay, as long as they aren't bashed in on one angle, its alright.
Its not too bad actually, I did manage to convince them to take it back under warranty, think its the principle of the matter that got me.

The store did tell me that the cooling performance wouldn't be affected, but I would always know that it was damaged, and it would just niggle at me the whole time.

Thanks Volvo, I'm hoping it will be even better with some of the stuff i have planned
Edited by MIH - 7/2/10 at 9:19pm
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post #133 of 167
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I'm about to start the next lot of case modification, and thought I'd post some pic's of the tools I'll be using over the next few weeks, in order to get the case looking like I want.

Of course there will be lots of work using my Dremel (don't know what I'd do with out it) to remove, what I believe to be superfluous steel and plastic



You may even notice that the drill bit in the dremel is still loaded with lots of drilled out rivets from case disassembly.

I've also purchased this:



In order to beat parts of the case into submission...or at least a flatter profile than they have.

I'm planning on adding bits and pieces as well as removing them, so thought a tap and die set might some in handy (much cheaper than buying just the taps by themselves...~$56 for set vs ~ $30 for 1 tap.



And to fill in all the rough bits, and some of the larger holes and ventilation perforation, some metal filler and a sheet of mesh. Although the photo shows a wall patch for repairing drywall, it was the only thing I could find in the local hardware store that had thin, perforated, what looks to be, aluminium that i can use as a base to fill the larger holes with the metal filler, and give the filler some structural strength.



I'm also planning on buying a drill press, so that i can have a lot more control over hole placement and depth, as I want to add some screws to places and LEDs inside the side of some perspex, with the latter requiring a high level of accuracy, both in placement and depth, far more than my skills with a standard electric drill would allow.

So, the first case part that I intend to savage will be the 5.25" bays. This way it can also be the first part to get repainted and will give the paint the maximum amount of time to harden to try and avoid the chips and scratches it received last time I assembled the case, mainly from reattaching the toolless latches.



The plan is to remove the lip of steel you can see on the left of the rack (excluding the tab at the top that allows the rack to be attached to the top of the case). I think the main purpose of the lip would have been to hide the toolless latches from view with the L/H panel on and in its original condition. With my L/H panel now being quite different to the original it is therefore redundant and in the way, as I plan on drilling holes close the the back of the rack to attach a screen. More about that later when I get to it.
Edited by MIH - 7/4/10 at 6:06pm
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post #134 of 167
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Started work on the 5.25 drive rack today.

here is what it looked like after the rough cuts


And these are after some intensive filing



I also took the lip off the other side so both sides looked the same thickness. (Note that the edge is actually the bare steel and not the flacked paint...i did a double take when i looked at the photo, but its actually quite straight in reality)


And i made a start at getting rid of the ridges/indents at the bottom of the rack that are used to make it easier to correctly locate the HDD rack in a standard HAF.





At the moment the rack is covered in paint stripper so that when i have a go at flattening the other indent, it'll be easier to see how I'm doing without all the paint chipping/cracking and making it harder.
Edited by MIH - 7/5/10 at 3:51am
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Pure sex. Subbed and looking forward to the next update!
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Thanks man...but not sure I'd quite go that far, lol.

Just went out to check how paint stripper was working...Nuns would be proud of the crap job the aerosol stripper did, i.e. very little of anything came off. Needless to say, I'll be attacking it with a heat gun tomorrow.
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Love the level of detail here! Keep it up mate!
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Love the level of detail here! Keep it up mate!
Hehe, thanks FoB. IHas to be done, what with everyone now having to walk in the shadow of some really sweet HAF mods, like your April.

At the moment I'm having fun, finding it interesting, completly over stripping the paint from my first/last paint effort on the case.

Why is it that when you want the paint to have a pristine appearance, it chips/cracks, scratches at the drop of a hat. but when you want to remove the bloody stuff, its like getting the sh** off a sheep's woolly a**? (a reasonable analogy i think, as both are hard to remove, and I've been told the sheep thing is not a pleasant job either.)

Great job on your mid-sized case btw. I guess that was the project that you've been keeping busy with over the last few months. Makes it hard to find your other projects though, now that you've removed them from your sig.
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Hehe, thanks FoB. IHas to be done, what with everyone now having to walk in the shadow of some really sweet HAF mods, like your April.

At the moment I'm having fun, finding it interesting, completly over stripping the paint from my first/last paint effort on the case.

Why is it that when you want the paint to have a pristine appearance, it chips/cracks, scratches at the drop of a hat. but when you want to remove the bloody stuff, its like getting the sh** off a sheep's woolly a**? (a reasonable analogy i think, as both are hard to remove, and I've been told the sheep thing is not a pleasant job either.)

Great job on your mid-sized case btw. I guess that was the project that you've been keeping busy with over the last few months. Makes it hard to find your other projects though, now that you've removed them from your sig.
Yeah there is a number of fantastic looking HAFs out there now. Yours will be one of them soon (I hope soon)! I remember stripping my HAFs first paint job and I hope I never have to do that again! What are you using to strip it with anyway? You better not say sandpaper and elbow grease...

Also too right about the sheep thing. At least your case isn't gonna try to get up and run away kicking you in the nut sack in the process. And if it does... you have one epic HAF!

Thanks and yeah, that mid-tower was the project I was working on. Got the TJ07 to mod now. I'll add the other links back to my sig in a few days aswell.
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Yeah there is a number of fantastic looking HAFs out there now. Yours will be one of them soon (I hope soon)! I remember stripping my HAFs first paint job and I hope I never have to do that again! What are you using to strip it with anyway? You better not say sandpaper and elbow grease...
I'm hoping for soon too. The plan is to have the case finished in about 3 weeks, which sounds a long time, but isn't with how much work I want to do to it, then another week or so fitting new parts and managing cables etc... there is just so much I want to do. And if the case looks anything like what I'm picturing in my head (sometimes it seems as if that's all that is occupying it) it might even be some competition for you...lol.

Sand paper and elbow grease...not likely, if it ever got to that stage I would be forking out for sand blasting. I started with a rapid aerosol chemical stripper, but it was useless. Tried heat gun and scraper, but on the 5.25" rack, which wasn't great 'cos of all the indents and catches etc... then got some Citrusstrip or something, which is supposed to be good as you can leave on for up to 24 hrs, which is working ok. Decided to give the first aerosol stripper another go...turned out initial problem was operator error....in that I was leaving it on for longer, mistakenly thinking it would give it longer to work and give better results. Spray on then hose off after about 7min...works a treat. Only problem is that Bunnings doesn't have any more of it in stock.../sigh

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Also too right about the sheep thing. At least your case isn't gonna try to get up and run away kicking you in the nut sack in the process. And if it does... you have one epic HAF!
Ohhh, yeah., didn't even think about that potential consequence

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Thanks and yeah, that mid-tower was the project I was working on. Got the TJ07 to mod now. I'll add the other links back to my sig in a few days aswell.
Sweet...I keep checking back on April every now and then to help visualise spacing etc... just noticed what looked like switches mounted under your 5.25" rack..if thats what they were??? and if so...great idea. Also look to see what you're doing with the TJ07. that is such a beautiful case, I would love one, but a bit pricey at the moment, plus for my next build I'm hoping for a scratch case or to retrofit some classic/retro piece of furniture, something like a really old TV or radio...or an antiquey type box...cos it'll be a remake of my HTPC so I'd like it to look like something you'd have in a living room.
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