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Yea, the motherboard and teh bottom ones are bent downward, but yes, they don't touch

Okay...Now that I've fixed all the images, take a look, the guts of the MAZE4 weren't exposed

All in all, it was a huge undertaking that, in my opinion, had a great payoff. This is a sweet case, it turned out to be everything I wanted and more. Overall, I think it was a great learning process of what to buy and how.

As far as time goes, I think that, having the time period of 630-930 every night, it can be accomplished in ~10 days, providing you have ALL the materials that you need. I'll throw up a parts list in a second. One thing I've learned painfully is that you really need to measure thrice, cut once. I screwed up a piece of the angle aluminum because I didn't measure how far out the 1/2" drill bit was going to come for my switches, and I really screwed it up....

Another think I've learned is that it, in reality, is possible to drill a square hole with a round drill bit...Don't ask me how, but High Speed Steel (HSS) bits like a super-high speed to cut in their shape, and if you go lower, it starts to bite off more than it chews.

Now, on to the parts list:

#6-32 tap with appropriate drill bit
#8-32 tap with appropriate drill bit
#10-32 tap with appropriate drill bit
Clearance drills for the #8-32 and #10-32 taps

A lot of angle aluminum....
12' EXACTLY for the side posts....Each is a foot long.
4' for the top plate supports
5' for the sliding tray supports that mounts the plates to the sliders
That's it, I rounded up to the nearest foot to allow for screw-ups.

Jigsaw with a bi-metal bit, >14 Teeth Per Inch (TPI)
Standard cordless drill, high output is best

Drill press- Optional. Great if you can find/have one, these things are godsends for projects like this where you need absolute precision. I used one for a lot of the holes.

Hole Saws:
1" for the grommets that pass watercooling tubing through

1 1/4" for the holes that take cables and such near the motherboard and hard drives

Hardware:

#10-32 cap screw sockets...Buy as many as they have, you'll use a majority and whatever you don't use you can return.

#8-32 cap screw sockets...Again, same thing. You'll need more than you think..Trust me, I learned the hard way.

#10-32 bolts...Again, buy a bunch. These things are $0.79 a bag, so nab 3.

#8-32 bolts...Same thing.

#6-32 bolts- Get at least 10, you need these for the motherboard standoffs, the threads are weak in the plate, so the addition of these helps to hold it down.

Washers:

I really like using washers, these clean the appearance up of the holes that were otherwise really ugly. I used these on just about every hole I could find that would accept one, with the exception of the tray mounts to the sliders, as the bolts I cut wouldn't reach with a bolt through them. I may buy another few #8-32 cap socket bolts and re-do it, but for the time being, these don't have any. Everything else has them. I love their appearance and it cleans up the look of the station very well.

#10- Buy 3 bags
#8-Buy 2 bags

Switches:
I got 2 PULSE EX "Racing Style" Switches, rated for 20 amps. I got these at AutoZone, for $9.99 each..Yeah, these are expensive, but I wanted them real badly. You can get a less-flashy SPST Momentary switch at Home Depot, but I liked these, they add a flair....PN#84815.
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That's pretty sweet. Are you going to paint or anything? Personally, I think you should do something like black powder coat on the metal bits.
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that is looking very very nice!!

Great Job!
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That's pretty sweet. Are you going to paint or anything? Personally, I think you should do something like black powder coat on the metal bits.
Thanks a bunch guys

Eventually, I'll get some flat black and spraypaint the plates where everything sits on, I don't really know what I'm going to do with the angle aluminum pieces- I can do just about anything with them.
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Thanks a bunch guys

Eventually, I'll get some flat black and spraypaint the plates where everything sits on, I don't really know what I'm going to do with the angle aluminum pieces- I can do just about anything with them.

Been observing and waiting for the finale--then I missed it while I was so busy with my project and baby and all--Burn that looks just right--exactly as you orginally described. I like how the white really sets off the components--As far as powder coat or spray that would be okay--but how about polishing all the aluminum with a little buffing wheel on a drill or dremel and some Flitz or Simichrome polish--all that aluminum gleaming like chrome would be something to see and would look sharp with the other parts--nothing fancy just the usual extreme attention to detail you have applied throughout.

I am thinking about making something similar just because yours looks so right!

Good Job!
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Been observing and waiting for the finale--then I missed it while I was so busy with my project and baby and all--Burn that looks just right--exactly as you orginally described. I like how the white really sets off the components--As far as powder coat or spray that would be okay--but how about polishing all the aluminum with a little buffing wheel on a drill or dremel and some Flitz or Simichrome polish--all that aluminum gleaming like chrome would be something to see and would look sharp with the other parts--nothing fancy just the usual extreme attention to detail you have applied throughout.

I am thinking about making something similar just because yours looks so right!

Good Job!
Thanks! I'm pleased too with the outcome. Although I can feel my hard drives spinning as I type this
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You could probably adapt those hard drive dampening-kits for this.
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Yea, I could, I'll end up using a foam mat to dampen it down.
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