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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)
52 Total Votes  
post #61 of 167
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Originally Posted by FalloutBoy View Post
Looks nice. I modded my FC2 aswell but nothing like yours. Good job well worth rep.
Thanks fallout. I had seen what you did...im quite glad the LEDs are blue as standard as i dont envy you having to replace them.

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it means I'm agreeing with "this" meaning the quote that I had in my post.

Also, great job on your last update.
Ah, cool thanks. Had never seen that reply before is all.. and thanks again.
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post #62 of 167
Honestly this is one of the nicest mods I have ever seen. Amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail MIH. That cable sleeving looks so much nicer than the stock cables. +Rep
    
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post #63 of 167
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Honestly this is one of the nicest mods I have ever seen. Amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail MIH. That cable sleeving looks so much nicer than the stock cables. +Rep
Sweet, thanks so much, i really appreciate your support. I agree about the cable managment....there is only so much you can do with stock cables, and as neat as you can make them, there always seems to be something lacking ....

The problemI have is that I am struggling to find the time to finish stage 1, which will end with the stealthing of the optical drive...as soon as that happens i can start with stage 2...water cooling....hmmmmmmm water cooling.....

I see that you have a HAF 922.... ever thought of joining the HAF official club???
Edited by MIH - 1/29/10 at 2:58am
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post #64 of 167
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Ok...so i mentioned earlier that i had removed my HAF HDD cage and added a Coolermaster 5.25" HDD bay device, i thought i would share the little mods i did to it and the completion of my fan controller mod.

The CM HDD cage comes with a cover that would normally sit flush with the front of a bezel....



but im really keen to keep the front of the HAF as close to original as possible..So i removed the front cover and also the standard fan. I removed the standard fan as, even though it came with blue LEDs as standard....



i felt i want more, so i got an Enermax Apollish fan that had a few more LEDs





A side by side comparison...



The only problems with the Enermax is that it comes with a short switch to turn LEDs on/off and a thermistor to control fan speed.



Now the switch would normally be a great idea, however as i have a switch in my front panel set aside for controlling fan lighting i didn't really want to use the stock switch, so ascertained the supply voltage (12v if you are interested) determined if the switch controlled + or - (its positive) and desoldered the switch, running longer wires to my own switch.



The thermistor would be great if i was using the fan as an exhaust fan, but as i have a fan controller for that job...it would create more problems than good for me. So i cut the thermistor off, twisted the wires together, soldered them and heat shrinked the end.



I then mounted the cage in the HAF



Replaced the front bay covers...



and it was done...



and with the lights on...

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Not too shabby IMHO.

Now onto the fan controller...i wasn't happy with the LED bleeding between rheos, so i decided to make some more baffles, this time using foam.

I started out by making a gasket



and glueing it to the front panel



I then used small blocks of foam to block the holes behind the LEDs



Then cut some more baffles, this time to fit between the LEDs



and glued them in place



Put it all together and....



YAY...no more light bleeding between rheos.

Now all i have left to do in stage 1 of my HAF mod is to stealth the optical drive (hence why there is a gap in front bezels)
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post #65 of 167
Very nice finish to the fan controller. Great job.
post #66 of 167
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Very nice finish to the fan controller. Great job.
Thanks fallout...the only issue i have now is that with the foam gasket i had to use different screws as the bezel sat quite a bit further away from the controller than it used to, and with the added distance the knobs are only just pushed on....i might even glue them in place when im completely sure im happy with the finished job.
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post #67 of 167
Can't you just squeeze it toghter tighter? Or perhaps cut the foam in half so that its thiner?
post #68 of 167
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i probably could....but it fits now and looks flush with front so don't want to muck around with it too much... as saying goes...if it not broken don't fix (i suppose modding is another matter entirely though... lol)
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post #69 of 167
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Ok...so i'm a little p***ed off at the moment... did a heap of work last night and took my normal amount of photos to document the progress (way too many as always) and then when i was transferring them tonight the comp froze, so i reset (as normal cntr, alt del had no effect) and now all my pics are corrupt. the transfer had reached 0% remaining and there was no HDD activity....so thought i was safe...so wrong.

So instead i can only post the brief version (anyone following this thread may erupt in cheers here).

At the moment i have got the drive prepped for painting (drive is a pioneer)



To get to this point i removed the existing front cover, as you can see, used my dremel and a file to remove the excess plastic on the disk tray (hidden behind tape) (had a pic of this), and as you may see in this pic...removed the lip of metal from around the outside of the drive on three sides so that my modded cover plate will sit flush (had pics of this)



As for the front plate, i prepared it like i did for my stealthed fan controller, used blue tac stuff on the installed drive tray to work out how much gap i had between tray front and my cover (had a pic of this), applied copious amounts of 3M tape to appropriate area of new cover, drilled small hole in corner. Finally I cut down and filed a piece of a rivet and then glued it into said hole in order to be able to press eject button.



So now i just need to start and finish painting drive then i can install it all and then..i will have finished phase 1....yay onto water cooling soon....
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post #70 of 167
An amazing job there, just amazing. Well done so far.
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