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post #51 of 167
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Sorry for not relying sooner all...have been on holiday back to good old New Zealand....its a beautiful place. Since being back i have made a few changes and finalized cable management...lots of pics shortly. As for now.... a few replies...

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Originally Posted by HAFenvy View Post
I used the Feser compression fittings as well and I love how the 45's have the smaller base - very important on blocks where the fittings are really close together.

As for your drain question you asked about earlier, I implemented a drain in my build using the EK Multioption Reservoir... it has the 3 ports in the bottom (so for me in/out/drain) and one in the top (fill). All I did was put a fitting on the bottom, run a length of hose that hides in the bottom of the case with a Danger Den Fillport fitting on the end of it. When I want to drain, I hang the drain hose out the side of the case and open the fitting... once the reservoir is empty and liquid stops flowing... I attach a longer leftover chunk of hose that has a barb on it and screw that into the Fillport (same size threads yay!). That way, I can lift, tilt and rotate the case around to get the rest of the coolant out without making a mess by putting the end of the long drain hose into a bottle on the floor.

No matter what... you'll probably have to lift and tilt your case to get all your fluid out so thinking of a drain solution ahead of time can make this a little easier.

EDIT: Here is a picture I just took to show you exactly what it looks like from the other side of my case... and yes... I did use compression fittings on that too (had some extras hehe)

The drain line normally just rests in the bottom of the case hiding behind the pump where you don't see it from the window side

Thanks heaps for the advice and pics. Looks like I will add something to make it easier to drain...not sure if i will go for a full hose yet....more practical i'm sure but like when i SCUBA, i hate having extra hoses/cables dangling places if i can avoid it. +rep for you.

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Originally Posted by wirehog View Post
Fantastic thread and awesome build with excellent tips. Sub and Rep+1 for you!

Sweet, thanks.

I just ordered my HAF932 today but used one for my son's rig that I just completed and shipped to him. I haven't decided on the paint scheme I want to do yet but feel the case interior really warrants it. I love clean builds and yours is coming along as one of the best. Going to go WC too. Looking forward to your continued posts.
Thanks to you also... I agree that a clean build looks so much better...just wish it didn't take so long to achieve...

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Originally Posted by MrDowntempo View Post
I'm currently painting the insinde of my HAF922 black. I want to do some blue accents and that color of blue you're using is perfect! What color and brand is it so I can get some?
Its Dupli-color auto spray and the color was Cyan blue. Hopefully you can get it where you are as im not sure if the can i have is exclusive to Aust/NZ market. Either way its a standard new car color so you should be able to find it.

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Originally Posted by Malus View Post
Excellent job m8 +rep from me too. I'm in the process of modding my HAF too, just finished the paintjob for now and got all the components, hopefully will finish the side panel during this weekend. Where did you get those LEDs btw? I've been looking for some yellow/amber ones to replace the ones og the front fan but no luck...
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Cheers. I got those from Jaycar in Australia. I have since replaced those (pics to follow shortly, as soon as i replace the batteries in my camera) and are now using ones i got from ebay. 50 LEDs for $11.00 delivered vs. ~$2.50/LED from Jaycar.....hmmm thats a hard one...only problem is that it takes a couple of weeks for the delivery.
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Originally Posted by MIH View Post
Cheers. I got those from Jaycar in Australia. I have since replaced those (pics to follow shortly, as soon as i replace the batteries in my camera) and are now using ones i got from ebay. 50 LEDs for $11.00 delivered vs. ~$2.50/LED from Jaycar.....hmmm thats a hard one...only problem is that it takes a couple of weeks for the delivery.
Cool m8, I'll check Jaycar since I just need 4 only for the front fan. Might get 2x3mm ones too to replace the power and HDD ones too if I find in yellow... Thanks a lot.

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post #53 of 167
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Finally got around to putting new batteries into camera, so i can now update a little of what i have been up to since getting back.

First job was to finish my cable management...i had it looking neat before but then i went and removed the HDD cage, replacing it with a cooler master 4 HDD into three 5.25" bays.



I also replaced the ordinary blue led fan on the front of the unit with a flashier one....but ill get to that another day.

So, back to the cable management... this meant that i had to redo the SATA cables and the SATA power cable. I must say that i'm quite pleased with how it turned out.



You may notice that i have put a res in there and routed the cables around it...this is because i will be water cooling this rig in the near future as i have mentioned previously, and am really not keen to have to redo cable management again.

Also, the pics i had taken of cable management before Christmas didn't have any of the cables secured behind the MB tray, they were just sort of hanging there and i didn't put the R/H panel on. So i also had to put this right....its fair to say that i'm also fairly pleased with my behind the scenes cable management....



And finally here is a pic of the case now with HDD cage removed.



It looks a little messy as i don't have the back panel on...but it is plain to see that i now have a heap more space in the case to fill up at a later stage. You may also see in this pic that i have replaced the 230mm fan at the top with 3 120s, again in prep for water cooling... I have promised my self that i'm not aloud to go any further with water until i have finished all the other little jobs i need to do to the case.....the waiting is almost unbearable...

Well thats it for now... hopefully will be able to post again shortly with my fan controller and HDD cage mods.
Edited by MIH - 1/17/10 at 4:56am
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post #54 of 167
Dude that is some of the best cable management on the back i have ever seen!
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Dude that is some of the best cable management on the back i have ever seen!
this
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Dude that is some of the best cable management on the back i have ever seen!
I agree as well.
Holy mackeral lulz..
like Heaven..!!
good job..
was it easy putting in that HDD rack thing. lulz...
I've been looking into putting that in my HAF..
Again Looks Superb..
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post #57 of 167
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I agree as well.
Holy mackeral lulz..
like Heaven..!!
good job..
was it easy putting in that HDD rack thing. lulz...
I've been looking into putting that in my HAF..
Again Looks Superb..
Thanks. Yep really easy, although i took the front panel off the Coolermaster and replaced the fan, which effectively made it like the iCage rack, which is a little cheaper. In saying that, i have kept the front panel and can alway use it later for something.... The cage just slips into 3 of the 5.25 slots and you use screws to hold it in. You could probably get away with just using the tooless locks, but i like my HDDs a bit more secure to reduce any chance of vibration.

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this
This???? not sure what you meant....

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Dude that is some of the best cable management on the back i have ever seen!
Sweet, thanks...i do like my cables tidy even when they aren't normally seen
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Ok...so i may have mentioned (or may not) that i got a fan controller to, of coarse control fans, and remove the need for wires to be plugged into my MB.

I decided on the Lamptron FC-2 as it allows me to control 6 fans, which is exactly how many i plan on eventually having and will supply up to 45 Watts per channel, so i can control: Water pump (18W), up to 6 fans in parallel for CPU rad (~6 - 24W), 2 fans in parallel for GPU rad (sometime in distant future), HDD fan, front fan, side fan.



The only problems are that i really want the front of my case to look fairly standard and while a big chunk of aluminium can be dead sexy, i'm not sure it fitted in with the front of the HAF. Also, as there is alot of light bleeding from each rheo...which makes it a bit hard to tell which fan is off. Moreover, given that the LEDs are supposed to brighten and dim to indicate fan speed...it becomes a bit hard to distiguish.


(Please ignore uncovered optical drive....future stealth project, hence why faceplate is removed)

So... what to do...... but modify.

Firstly, I got the HAF slot cover and pulled it to bits, and cut a piece of perspex that would fit behind the mesh.



Calculated the spacing of the 6 rheostat shafts and the diameter of the holes they needed (this is actually 2nd attempt at making insert....if anyone is interested... big holes with drill in thin perspex = broken perspex ) so i could use a router bit in my dremel to cut holes to the right size later.



I then used the pictured divider (had to think hard what it was called....damn its been awhile since i used them at school) to cut larger circles in the protective paper for a mask.



This meant that i could have reasonably symmetrical and evenly sized circles for the LEDs to eventually shine through.



Next i spray painted the perspex black...for stealthyness.... and while waiting for the paint to dry, i attacked the plastic shroud so that it would fit in front of the fan controller in place of the original one.

I used a combination square to get the depth of the internal sides and scored a corresponding line for a guild on the outside of shroud.



Dremel time....cut it all off.



Paint now dry



Remove masks...



Put it all together and cut mesh away from holes...


(As before i just used a pair of flat sided side cutters. What you can't see is that i also scuffed the back of the plate with 600 grit sand paper to try and diffuse the light from the LEDs some)

And wire controller into case. I decided to do away with the provided power cable as i thought 3 molex connectors were a bit excessive, given that i would only use one cable from the PSU, and in all it would look crap...



So i used one cable and put auto terminals on the ends, i also ran a short length from the terminals to power my lights via my switches above.

.

The result is much more in line with the original look of the case, IMHO, and looks pretty damn hot, also IMHO...



and in the dark...

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Only problem is there is still a lot of bleeding between rheos....more modding needed.

I cut some groves in the back of the perspex plate and cut some light "baffles" from some old plastic food cartons, which i also painted black.


(you can kinda see the scuffing of the perspex in this pic, not as much as i had hoped, but better than nothing)

Then glued them in...



The result....



A slight improvement (in my opinion) but still too much light bleeding (Rheo 1 and 3 from left are off)

...So...a little more work to be done....but a good effort so far me thinks.
Edited by MIH - 1/20/10 at 3:00am
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post #59 of 167
Looks nice. I modded my FC2 aswell but nothing like yours. Good job well worth rep.
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This???? not sure what you meant....
it means I'm agreeing with "this" meaning the quote that I had in my post.

Also, great job on your last update.
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