Originally Posted by Epic Century
Very nice! Parts look nice!
That will be nice to be able to do SLI on a mATX form factor. What did that board run you? You made me tear apart some of my G4 QS systems last night for a project.
Seems I don't have any case panels that aren't scratched/scuffed either so I'm going to try to polish them and see what I can get. If it works out, I'll let you know in case you decide to do another conversion in the future (think you had mentioned wanting to do another one at some point earlier in the thread).
Looking forward to more photos!
Thanks and good luck with the polishing as that could be a lot of work, getting the scratches out is easy but making the plastic perfectly clear again is the big pain. As for the board it cost me $145 Canadian, that is about $137-138 US.
I have run into a few interesting snags on the project in the last couple of days that I will share.
The first little issue I found was that the Cooler Master 212s backplate is too tall to fit under the motherboard with the door latch panel installed, that and the 212 has been shown not to be able to keep highly overclocked i7s cool at 4.0 Ghz. So after a bit of research as to what would work with my choice of motherboard, cool very well and have a lower profile backplate I ordered a Thermalright Venomous X. Then I started to test the door/cooler clearance with another board using a OCZ Vendetta 2 and was a little worried when the Vendetta got in the way not allowing the door to close. I thought I might be in trouble but it turns out the socket on the 775 board I was testing with is much closer to the top of the door latch (edge of the board) than my socket 1156 board. I remeasured and everything looks OK now...heart attack adverted.
And because the socket is closer to the center of the board my revised hard drive rack will have to be revised again as I would likely be forcing the drives to colide with the CPU cooler fan if I went ahead and built.
So that little issue led me to the conclusion that I am going to have to build a new rack because I am out of material to properly connect to on the existing rack's HD mounting area. The good news is that the PSU section can be reused on it's own but the HDs need a fresh start and that's what I am building today. I will also be cutting a little more material out of the inside of the case as the PSU rack is just touching the interior of the case enough to prevent closure of the door when the PSU rack is in place.
This project is like playing 3D Tetris with pieces of metal and expensive components, it's tough but the end results still look to be worth it.
So I have a little more planning and fabricating to take care of before I can really call the metal work complete.
As for painting; It is almost complete, the panels just need a few more coats of clear gloss acrylic lacquer over the black components that should happen tomorrow after I get home (on the road for work right now so no pictures today, sorry).