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

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  • 28% of voters (15)
    Leave as is
  • 46% of voters (24)
    Cut large window (maybe logo)
  • 25% of voters (13)
    Cut indents to form X (+maybe logo)
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post #141 of 167
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So finally got just about all the paint off 2 of the case pieces, the 5.25" drive rack and the MB plate. Mainly as i have a heap of work I want to do to these pieces so I want to tackle them first.

Here is what they look like naked.

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post #142 of 167
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Have decided that the first piece of case that i assault will be the drive cage.

These are my plans:



Inside the red oval , the metal has been pressed out. I want to drill holes in this area later to secure a mesh plate over the back of the cage, so I'll have a go at straightening and flattening this out. I'll leave the large vertical area in the middle pressed out as this will allow me to run cables up and down the inside of it.

I'm seriously considering filling all the gaps (including the hole I cut) so that I have a nice, smooth side. I would then cut a slot at the top, approximately where the blue rectangle is, for all the cables to pass through. This way the hole will be hidden from view by the lip at the top of the case. I would then drill holes on the left hand side of this side (the front if thinking of placement in case) in line with the screw holes on the other side.



I need to flatten the other indent on the bottom, as I want to run some perspex underneath it to mount my pumps, and the indent will just get in teh way.



This is the side that usually houses the tool-less drive covers/holders. I've been giving it some thought and I really don't use/need tooless holders. Considering I have to take the whole 4-bay HDD rack out to change HDDs anyways, there is no point having them. so pretty sure I'm gonna flatten all the bits out and fill all the gaps. Should look sexy

If anyone thinks my ideas are a bit crazy or just plain suck, please feel free to let me know. I definitely like a second opinion before I make drastic changes to the case.
Edited by MIH - 7/10/10 at 12:27am
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post #143 of 167
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Managed to beat most of the 5.25 rack i to submission, so most of it is now looking relatively flat

Here is the bottom of it:



Now, while you can still clearly see the outline of the where the indentations where, as you can see from the next 2 photos, it is actually quite flat:




I also got managed to get the long ridge from the R/H side fairly flat too:



Again, while there is an outline there, it is nice and flat.

I'm also going to use my trusty Dremel to grind the outlines a bit so that i can put filler in there and you shouldn't see anything once its been painted.

The only issue I've had is that with all the hammering it took to get rid of the long ridge, I think I thinned the steel a little, and now it looks a little bit warped. Hoping (with some confidence) that when its riveted into place, had drives inserted and secured with screws, and has the mesh on the back, it will look really straight again.

Next step, straighten all the spring bits on the R/H side, and flatten all the pressed metal on the L/H side that are used for holding the tool-less cover things. Get rid of last remaining bits of paint. Fill all superfluous (love the sound of that word for some reason) holes/gaps/ spaces etc...
Edited by MIH - 7/10/10 at 4:00am
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post #144 of 167
wow!! A HAF has never had so much attention to detail! Keep it coming.
post #145 of 167
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wow!! A HAF has never had so much attention to detail! Keep it coming.
Thanks FoB...though i don't think I've taken the crown just yet, still nothing to compare to Paralyses work, and even if i did, it would shortly go to Colossus or Ceaderman with what they have planned, if they can ever get them finished (just a gentle poke Ceader if you read this ... I know your plans are reliant on funding from Uni etc... cant wait till you do get your triple/quad case monster finished.)
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post #146 of 167
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For once I have been productive in my case.

Took the plaster-wall (dry wall) patch



Peeled of the sticky fiber patch stuff and traced the hole in the R/H side on it



Cut it out (tried side cutters, found good scissors worked best)



Then fitted and cemented into place.



I used liquid metal filler by permatex as it's a no-mix/use straight from tube type paste, and can be sanded, drilled and filled. Just used a little to hold patch in place as I will fill properly later with a 2-part filler.

Also finished flattening the sides.

This is part way though, with only the top bay bits done.



And here is the side complete




Next step is to sand, making sure i get rid of all the last vestments of paint etc... and fill.
Edited by MIH - 7/10/10 at 8:18pm
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post #147 of 167
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Well I think my build might take longer than the 3 weeks I was hoping for. Partly because its probably gonna take me longer than I thought to get the case ready, and also because of a change of heart...parts wise.

I was going to order and re-sleeve the glorious Enermax Revolution85+ SLI 1250W PSU,



with some dead sexy sleeve from MDPC-x....until I caught wiff of this bad boy



Anybody disagree that I should wait for the corsair. I've had 2 corsairs now and both have worked flawlessly, and to have a completely modular PSU, at 1200W, that has achieved the gold standard of efficiency .

It's a bit annoying now...this is the 2nd part that I'm contemplating swapping from my original mental lust list...hmmmm what to do
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post #148 of 167
I read through this entire build log on my iPhone last night at 4am. Awesome work. I love the switch panel. +Rep

edit: Oh, and your cable management is INSANE. I saved that picture for future reference for myself.
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post #149 of 167
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Well I think my build might take longer than the 3 weeks I was hoping for. Partly because its probably gonna take me longer than I thought to get the case ready, and also because of a change of heart...parts wise.

I was going to order and re-sleeve the glorious Enermax Revolution85+ SLI 1250W PSU,



with some dead sexy sleeve from MDPC-x....until I caught wiff of this bad boy



Anybody disagree that I should wait for the corsair. I've had 2 corsairs now and both have worked flawlessly, and to have a completely modular PSU, at 1200W, that has achieved the gold standard of efficiency .

It's a bit annoying now...this is the 2nd part that I'm contemplating swapping from my original mental lust list...hmmmm what to do

The Corsair is probably the best PSU you're going to be able to get right now...well, until SeaSonic releases the rest of their X-series line-up.

The Corsair would perform better than the Enermax, that's definite. However, the difference would only be marginally, as the Enermax is one heck of a PSU itself. That said, it is up to you whether you want to wait a bit longer for the Corsair, and most possibly spend more money.

Awesome mod you got going on.
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post #150 of 167
Good build ya got there, and yea I'm also planning for the ax1200W, there just taking forever to release it lol.
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