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I seen a suggestion made in a post here on OCN where a guy suggested a complete flip of the chassis (psu on bottom and pci facing right w/ cpu under the pci). Are there any drawbacks to this. I have a matching pair of Antec SLK cases from about 2001 that I am more than willing to chop up.

If anyone has did a mod like this let me in on any tricky spots.
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There are quite a few cases that come standard with that layout, my last prebuilt being one of them. Although the ones I've seen have the PSU up top.
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I am actually in the process of doing this to an old Compaq case.
My build thread: http://www.overclock.net/intel-build...ct-qapmoc.html

I will be working on it today, should have more pics up tonight.
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I've always thought that video cards would look better upside down.. So we can actually see the cover, and not just a PCB..
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post #5 of 12
The layout you're referring to is Inverted ATX, and it's actually gaining popularity, and exists in quite a number of cases that are sold today.

I actually like it just wish that they made a HAF 932 Black Edition with Inverted-ATX.
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post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by metallicamaster3 View Post
The layout you're referring to is Inverted ATX, and it's actually gaining popularity, and exists in quite a number of cases that are sold today.

I actually like it just wish that they made a HAF 932 Black Edition with Inverted-ATX.
why not make one

and yeah more people doing it.. theirs a lian li that has a inverted atx board tray.. just needs more airflow at the top

problem with doing this? not that i know of.. u can see the pretty side of ur gpu?
just need to make sure got some airflow.. but hey gotta do that in all cases :]
    
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why not make one

and yeah more people doing it.. theirs a lian li that has a inverted atx board tray.. just needs more airflow at the top

problem with doing this? not that i know of.. u can see the pretty side of ur gpu?
just need to make sure got some airflow.. but hey gotta do that in all cases :]
Heh... I guess I could, but I'm nowhere near skilled enough to pull a feat like that off, nor can I afford someone to do it for me.

Inverted-ATX is actually beneficial, since the hottest part of your system (the GPUs) are on top - since heat rises, if you're air cooled, then your CPU cooler won't be getting radiated heat from your GPUs.

My server's case - the CM Stacker 832 - has a removable motherboard tray with the case being completely symmetrical, you can just slide the motherboard tray out and slide it in on the other side - 30 seconds to switch orientations.
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Originally Posted by metallicamaster3 View Post
Heh... I guess I could, but I'm nowhere near skilled enough to pull a feat like that off, nor can I afford someone to do it for me.

Inverted-ATX is actually beneficial, since the hottest part of your system (the GPUs) are on top - since heat rises, if you're air cooled, then your CPU cooler won't be getting radiated heat from your GPUs.

My server's case - the CM Stacker 832 - has a removable motherboard tray with the case being completely symmetrical, you can just slide the motherboard tray out and slide it in on the other side - 30 seconds to switch orientations.
if the side panel fits on the other side.
it wouldnt take that much bit of alu. a dremel.. :]

hey OP u shuld try it on 1 of ya cases :]
    
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I am going to start on this within a week. Two weeks at most. I have to get my new rig ordered and assembled before starting on this project. My current sig rig will be in the modded case or perhaps a P4. Thanks for the replies.
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I have mine flipped now and did run into a small snag. Now that the mobo is on the top, my ide odd will not go all the way in. I have yet to measure a sata odd, but know that my ide unit is 19cm long (for anyone that wants to measure a sata one for me ). If that wont fit, I might just have to mod a laptop drive into the top or just go external....whichever is cheaper.

Other than that, I like that the opposite panel opens to the mobo and I will be able to see the top of my 7950 gt.

You can see the odd sticking out, but is touching the mobo.
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