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Before/After:

Complete, overclocked and entered in Mod Of The Month June 2014, got 2nd place! thumb.gif

Remaining budget: 3,43€




Index:
01 - Cutting the Panels (and myself)
02 - More cutting & test fit
03 - Messing up the front bezel
04 - Fixing things I broke and making the door panel
05 - Making a new power button cable
06 - Borrowing a soldering iron and a quick Change of plan
07 - I made some LED lighting! wheee.gif
08 - Ridiculous luck - the day I found an E8400
09 - Prepping for paint
10 - Package from Hanse12 & testing the E8400
11 - White paint done
12 - Prepping for black paint & 1st coat of black
13 - Door finished and looking good thumb.gif
14 - Paint finished, new CPU arrived
15 - A very busy day, AKA: how to kill your GPU eek.gif
16 - Back to stock frown.gif
17 - An offer I couldn't refuse (Richie2010's GPU cooler)
18 - GPU backplate, front mesh & case feet
19 - Front Panel done
20 - Carbon Fiber Vinyl
21 - Nominating myself for MOTM
22 - A package from Richie_2010
23 - Testing the (new) new GPU cooler
24 - Installing Windows (Boring)
25 - Assembly I - PSU
26 - Assembly II - MB
27 - Assembly III - HDD, GPU, LEDs and tidying up
28 - FINAL PICTURES
29 - Overclocking I
30 - Overclocking II
31 - Overclocking III
32 - Gaming Performance - AoE2, CS:GO and BF4
33 - Gaming Performance - Dirt3, Skyrim and Crysis 2
34 - MOTM Results and Thanks






The 20€ LAN PC


Hello OCN!

I decided to cobble together a second/LAN PC out of all the old parts I had laying around, then, stupidly, I donated most of those parts to my brother so he could build a PC for our parents (damn generosity biggrin.gif ).

I was on ebay the other day bidding for things and being immediately out-bid for about an hour, until I was placing bids on things I didn't really want. I somehow won one of These items. Now I've got a MB, CPU and RAM on the way by post, I thought I'd mod a case together.

Here's what I bought on ebay for 14€(+6€ P&P):
Asus mATX MoBo Acer 946GZT-AM mATX MB
Pentium D @3GHz Core 2 Duo E8400 Core 2 Duo E6400 for 2,51€ (+3,80€ P&P)
1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM 2x1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM

Other stuff I bought:
Carbon fiber vynil from ebay 52x152cm for 3,75€(+2,50€P&P)

And what I've got collecting dust:
Kiss quiet 560W PSU
2.5" 80GB HDD Awaiting new HDD from the friend who broke my last one Turns out my friend didn't break it, it's being used now: 2.5" 80GB 5400RPM HDD
Inno3D 9800GT Green Edition


I'm not looking to run BF4 at 120FPS at 1440p, but rather CS:GO at 720p and AoE2 at 1080p, where anything above 30FPS would be a Bonus! biggrin.gif


The only Thing left to get was a case. However I didn't want to waste Money on something that:
a) might not work and
b) might be rubbish even if it does work
Luckly my uni is throwing out a load of electro-junk, under about a ton of it was an old beige case. I grabbed it up and brought it home:

Someone's artwork on the side Panel


And another shot


Better shot of the front, the right side Panel was in suprisingly good shape


It's got a floppy drive and a DVD drive, weather either of them work is unknown for now. All the stuff for the front USB & headphone/mic Jacks is there, again, unknow if it works or not.
The power button, however, is missing its cables mad.gif but I think I can just knock up a new one... maybe.

It was full of water and dirt when I got it home and it made a total mess of the floor, but I got it cleaned up and stripped down and it Looks quite respectable now.


Chassis


Front Panel and left side Panel (notice the artwork is gone)


Some of the more useful bits I stipped out of the case

There was also an 80mm fan and a bunch of screws and MB risers and other Fittings and such which will probably be reused.


OK, now it's mod-o'clock:
The case is far too big. I don't Need any disk drives (just the 2.5"HDD but I can sit that ontop of the PSU) so I'd like to do a cut-and-shut job on this one, un-riveting the front, cutting the case down to size and then putting the front Panel back on.

Here's some pics to give you the idea:

This is the area I want to remove


Showing off my mad MS Paint SKILZZZ

I also want to flip the MB tray to get the PSU at the bottom. I'll have to wait for the parts to arrive before I can do anything else rolleyes.gif The only Thing I really want is this case to remain beige! biggrin.gif

What do you think? Any ideas for (low-cost) mods? Post a reply!
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Thinking about it further, as it's an mATX MB, which (I think) only has 1 PCI Slot, I might be able to remove some from the height too and make it even smaller!
I'm not sure what I'd do about the front Panel if I did that though, gotta think about this some more... headscratch.gif
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The MB didn't come today, which is typical because no-one's in tomorrow so I'll have to go the 5KM to the post Office on my bike, probably in the rain mad.gif

Still, I did find out that the MB isn't an Asus, but an Acer!!!! rolleyes.gif
It's an Acer 946GZT-AM to be more exact. I've been told the RAM is DDR2 but we don't know what Speed yet.... ....667 I hope!

This board 1 PCI-E Slot (x16) 2 PCI Slots and a PCI-express Slot (the Little ones), that's 4 total. Shame I can't just cut off the ones I don't Need! That is, however, less Slots than the case has, so shortening the case is still on the Cards, it just won't be as extreme as I thought.

Here's what I've been thinking:

Cut these bits out


Hopefully it'll look something like this, but with 4 PCI Slots (where did I learn to Count?!), that'll make it a Little bit taller.


I've been honing my MS paint skills so now I can bring you a fully-realistic computer-generated Image of what it may look like... tongue.gif


For the front Panel, I decided I wanted to take the height out of the 5.25" bays, I'd like to replace them with modder's mesh but I'm on a Budget so that may have to go by the side.

That's all for now Folks, I'll update again as soon as the MB Comes in.
Thanks for looking! thumb.gif
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Package came today! wheee.gif


What is that?!?! That says 'the super-stylish brand' in german, not sure what the seller was getting at with this one...


The board Looks ok, bigger than I'd expected though. Time to get testing.


It boots to BIOS! IT'S ALIVE!! biggrin.gif


Best way to check if something works: Linux live CD. Shame no games run on Linux sad-smiley-002.gif


Running Linux mint (my fav.) from a USB CD drive, man are those USB1.1 ports slow mad.gif


Running lubuntu (for a Change) with GPU and the DVD drive that came with the case. Now I know that DVD drive works, I couldn't test the FDD though as I don't have a floppy disk cable and buying one would mean spending Money!
I also tested the 80mm fan that came in the case, that works too! smile.gif


A quick mock-up to Show how much extra space is in the case.

Time to take the Panels apart by Drilling out the rivets and see what we have!


Of course, this wouldn't be a PC case mod if I didn't slice my fingers open on something... ...my fingers and the Corner which did it.


Family shot of all the Panels taken apart. The Panel at the back is the top and right side, the Panel on the left is the front and bottom, on the right side is the back Panel and at the bottom is the Motherboard tray.The case has multiple Panels made from one bit of metal, this is bad because it means it's hard to put them back together again if I cut them up. I'll do some planning today and see what I want to do next. Post your ideas for this mod!

Thanks for looking! thumb.gif
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Thanks, glad you're still following! thumb.gif
I did a load of work today and it's really coming together now! I'll post an update tomorrow!
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Glad to see someone making use of NOT NEW hardware and actually putting it to good use. + rep to you dear sir!
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I wish you well on cutting that to shorten the case, if that is what you are doing at least.


I always cringe when I have to cut things straight (jigsaw)
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