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post #21 of 133
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Originally Posted by G33K;13205510 
Lol, looking at it now, it looks tiny lachen.gif especially with the fan inside it

What about like an all black with green or red peeking out from underneath some things and in the trim? I always like black/red or black/green color schemes tongue.gif
Hmm... So, you're thinking paint the case black and paint some of the plastic red/green, and with matching sleeved cables? Sounds good, but I'm not sold on either red or green. Thanks for the input. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Roweyi7;13205941 
what size rad is going in there? do you know how big the floor is?
I believe I will have enough room for a 240 on the bottom and a 120 in the front. That's the plan for now, at least. I have a couple aluminum radiators around here that I should use for a mockup...
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Originally Posted by Domino;13205989 
LOL WOW!

I used to have the same case and slabbed my 9600GT SLI 3800+X2 setup in it a long time ago. Getting the cooler in there must have been the worse thing I've ever experienced for my back.
I imagine I'll run into my fair share of problems during this project as well. tongue.gif
That might work... What color do you think the case should be with that sleeving?

Also, I plan on getting the main metal part of the case powder-coated and then spray paint the front panel myself. So ideally the powder-coat, spray paint, and sleeving would match, not to mention the motherboard.

Thanks for the input everyone. smile.gif
post #22 of 133
I think you should go all out, give the outside a very nice pure white gloss/shiny finish with light blue accent and paint the whole interior white. with blue accent s inside the case too! also get those rads in take some pictures for mockups
post #23 of 133
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I think you should go all out, give the outside a very nice pure white gloss/shiny finish with light blue accent and paint the whole interior white. with blue accent s inside the case too! also get those rads in take some pictures for mockups
That would look great. One thing I haven't decided is whether to have the case coated before or after re-assembly. It would be nice to be able to have a dual-tone inside/outside paint scheme. If I leave it together I might get the side panels done a different color anyway... decisions, decisions.

I pulled out those radiators and the stock 5870 cooler, and... well, it's going to be close. The actual video card is a bit shorter than the cooler, and this 120mm radiator is a bit weird, so I should have just enough space:



One thing I'm worried about are the front panel switch/LED connections. I really don't want to re-wire them, but it might be worth it...

In case anybody noticed, there's no practical way I'll be able to fit a 3.5" HDD in this case, so the idea is to mount/tape a SSD somewhere.

Also, has anybody seen 92mm Gentle Typhoons available lately? I plan on getting three 120mm GTs for the radiators and would like a matching one for the rear fan.

...and my wallpaper is now a macro shot of the 3000's original 2.8Ghz P4.
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That would look great. One thing I haven't decided is whether to have the case coated before or after re-assembly. It would be nice to be able to have a dual-tone inside/outside paint scheme. If I leave it together I might get the side panels done a different color anyway... decisions, decisions.

I pulled out those radiators and the stock 5870 cooler, and... well, it's going to be close. The actual video card is a bit shorter than the cooler, and this 120mm radiator is a bit weird, so I should have just enough space:



One thing I'm worried about are the front panel switch/LED connections. I really don't want to re-wire them, but it might be worth it...

In case anybody noticed, there's no practical way I'll be able to fit a 3.5" HDD in this case, so the idea is to mount/tape a SSD somewhere.

Also, has anybody seen 92mm Gentle Typhoons available lately? I plan on getting three 120mm GTs for the radiators and would like a matching one for the rear fan.

...and my wallpaper is now a macro shot of the 3000's original 2.8Ghz P4.
God that looks damn tight, is that the card that will be going in there? If your using an SSD in it, just felcrow it to something looks beast. heres those 92mm gt's http://www.mediacenter-tv.co.uk/gent...oling-fan.html

EDIT: also try and get everything sleeved! ~Rowey
post #25 of 133
I've just been partial to the jet black and bright trim thing lol that's why I suggested it, it would go nicely with the 5870 if you kept the stock cooler on

That is a VERY tight fit I laughed when I saw just how close it all is. Is there any way you could mount those rads externally? That might grant you some legroom for putting it all together and get you better airflow.
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post #26 of 133
Mounting them outside the case is a great idea,dont get me wrong. But it would look naff mate
post #27 of 133
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There isn't actually a video card in that picture, just the cooler/shroud. The card itself is ~1/2" shorter, so hopefully it will squeeze in fine. We shall see.

Also, I'd rather not mount either radiator externally. At this point I still want to cram as much into the case as I can. And I think it might indeed look a bit naff, after looking up what the word means.

Regarding the SSD, I was thinking about double-sided taping it to the PSU, which seems like the easiest solution. There aren't really a whole lot of options... maybe I could even hide it on the front behind the panel.

Anyway, some real modding should commence tomorrow. Thanks for the input.
post #28 of 133
Looking good so far.

It looks tight but go for it! I'm not a fan of the exterior rad mounts anyway. Especially on an old case like this.
post #29 of 133
Can't wait to start see'ing some real modding. The ssd idea is great, are you putting the pump or res in the optical bays? if so make it like the xspc kit where you can see the ress from the front of the case

post #30 of 133
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Looking good so far.

It looks tight but go for it! I'm not a fan of the exterior rad mounts anyway. Especially on an old case like this.
Thanks. I'm not sure how I'd do an external mount on a 92mm hole, anyway...

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Originally Posted by Roweyi7 View Post
Can't wait to start see'ing some real modding. The ssd idea is great, are you putting the pump or res in the optical bays? if so make it like the xspc kit where you can see the ress from the front of the case
That's what I'm thinking too. I haven't decided whether to use my MCP355 with a custom loop or grab a Rasa kit and go from there. I also wish I had the radiators on hand now so there would be less guesswork when cutting the fan holes...

On another note, the Corsair Obsidian 800D occupies three times the space as this Dell:

(H x W x L)
Dell: 14.5" x 7.25" x 16.75"
Corsair: 24.00" x 9.00" x 24.00"
Edited by t-ramp - 4/21/11 at 9:25am
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