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Project Stiletto

So, when I originally built my rig last August (2009) it was housed in an Extreme Black Raidmax Smilodon case. Being a beginner back then, it didn't turn out very well, due to my inexperience and the fact that the case wasn't very easy to work with. Since then, I've bought an Antec 902, and have switched between the cases a couple of times, but have never been satisfied with either.

So, having upgraded to watercooling over the past few months, I decided that my best option now is to make my Smilodon water-cooling friendly.

Here are some modifications I will be attempting toward this end:

1) Flip the case. This way I've got a blank surface on the top to work with.

2) Cut three 120mm fan holes on the top (original bottom) of the case to support a 360mm radiator.

3) Redo part of front panel to support 2x 120mm fans and, depending on the configuration, a 240mm radiator.

4) Cut a 120mm fan hole between the PSU and drive bay.

5) Paint case.

6) Install wooden panels on top and front

*Before mod* pictures (Click to show)
Here are a couple pictures of how the case looks now, after being painted rather pathetically by me a while ago:





So, lots of room for improvement.
Here are a couple of images to clarify my goals.







The following image shows the HDD bay I plan on using. It's the stock one from the Smilodon, but I plan on cutting the top and front off and mounting it inside the 5.25" bay. This way I can use 2 (3 maybe without a bottom fan) 3.5" drives and 2 5.25" devices.



Current status:
Bottom fan hole cut. And I also think I broke my dad's nice corded drill. Progress should move along fairly quickly once I get that figured out.

I'm also looking for suggestions on the paint color for the case. I've got some red tubing and a mostly blue motherboard. I also ordered some hex-head black-oxide screws for everything. I really like the idea of a dark glossy blue color, but at this point nothing is decided.

EDIT: I should add to the above - I won't be using that power supply. I've got another one that will probably be sleeved in red. Also, the 3.5" drive bay that is currently riveted into the case will be going goodbye too.

Thanks for reading.

EDIT: So, I came up with a title. Stiletto. Cool, yes? I'm thinking about getting some Assassin's Creed decals and going with a red/black theme.

Edited by t-ramp - 11/9/10 at 10:51am
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UPDATE:

So, I've cut the three holes in the top and cleaned up the back fan hole a bit. I also *finished* the hard drive cage and drilled holes for the case feet. As you can see in the following pictures, I cut and mounted the front panel temporarily with screws, and will be cutting the 2 120mm holes in it sometime today or this weekend. My power button will also be mounted in this metal panel. I also plan on mounting a similar panel over the bottom of the 5.25" bay in front of the HDD cage.






Edited by t-ramp - 9/24/10 at 8:16am
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nice. looks like you got a nice blank slate to work with. good luck
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Originally Posted by kaseyfleming View Post
nice. looks like you got a nice blank slate to work with. good luck
Yeah, I love the fact that the whole bottom of the original case is just a plain metal space to work with. That's a main reason I don't like my Antec 902, even though it's a better out-of-the-box case.
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Looks like you have a pretty good plan going for this build trampton. Hope it goes well for you

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Hey, thanks for stopping by.

Anyway, I haven't done a whole lot the last couple of days except some cleaning up of the fan holes. I decided not to use the HDD cage I modded, and plan on just using the 5.25" adapter from my 902. Hopefully I can get everything sanded and ready to be painted this week. I'm thinking satin red...

As far as sleeving goes, I gave up on the idea of doing the PSU. Way too much work. So I'll just try to get some sleeve ordered to do the fan extensions and power button cable, and whatever odds and ends I end up with.
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Update time. I decided that the removable motherboard tray/panel was more trouble than it's worth, so I removed the tray from the side panel and did some drilling so I can eventually rivet it to the frame. I've been thinking about just using a sheet of acrylic on both sides, but we'll see what I decide to do.





Here's a shot of the new fan holes. I haven't decided whether I want to try and use my RX240 and my RX360 or just the 360 on top. One of these days I'll do some test fitting to see how practical using both would be.





EDIT: I've also started (barely) sanding off the paint. It's going to take forever, but then I'll finally be able to rivet the whole thing back together and figure out how I want to repaint it.
Edited by t-ramp - 10/4/10 at 8:21am
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how far apart did you space the fans? i'm doing a simillar thing with acrylic to my case, but i messed up the spacing on the first and second mounts.
    
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So they're just touching when they're mounted. By no means did I do a perfect job of drilling and cutting, but I'm pretty certain I'll be able to mount my radiators without any issues.
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could you measure by any chance? or even better could you mount the 360 rad and take a picture with the measurements? i did mine by eye and everything is straight butthey aren't spaced very well. sorry for asking so much but if you had the time to it's be really great
    
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