36. LIGHTS, CAMERA...
Let's see what this baby looks like with some fans and lights in it! First the fan grommets.
Installing the fans. On the upper front fan, I could actually "drop in" from the 5.25" drive bay. Pretty convenient.
Had to use pliers to get the grommets to snap through. Had the [expletive deleted] pliers slip and nick my brand new paintjob,
so I put tape on the case edges to prevent that happening again for the rest of this.
And here's the front fans installed:
And the back fan:
Now let's have a look at some lighting. The fans have LEDs, so I'm set there. But I also bought this nifty red LED strip from Performance PCs:
Remember the mobo brace that had that nifty channel in it? Well have a look at this:
It fit in there like it was made for that spot. Just awesome. I have plans for that, beyond just shoving the LED strip in there, I promise. Now let's drop an old motherboard (MSI K8T NEO
) in there and check that still fits properly. This isn't the mobo that will end up in this box, but with the number of times I'll be putting it in and taking it out, I figure an old 2004 motherboard is something I don't mind accidentally frying.
And the PSU. I slipped some paper under the back end of it, to keep from scratching the paint.
The observant viewer will notice that the PSU cables are on the far side of the PSU from the mobo tray. An unfortunate side-effect of flipping the mobo tray. I'll have to do something about that later. (Moar plans, boiling and bubbling in le cranium.)
Lets fire this baby up!
Holy cow those things are bright! Well part of the plan is to insert a semi-opaque acrylic in that slot, to diffuse the light a bit. But for now, let's fold over some paper and slip that in there:
But wait... I feel I'm missing something.
Oh yeah! The front bezel!
Now you may have noticed something sticking out of one of the 5.25 drive bays. That, my friends, is an NZXT fan controller. I've got it hooked up to the front fans and the LED. A real frankenstein job there. I hooked the LED molex to the fan molex so turning down the LED also slows down one of the front fans (not what I'm going for). The plan is to make an adapter so I can plug the LEDs directly into that controller and control the case lighting independently using one or two of those sliders (I'm also going to paint the sliders red instead of white.)
And you may also have noticed a small little red eye peeking out of the top 5.25 bay. That's my new power switch, which I managed to connect correctly. Go me! *cough* Sorry, I get a little excited. That, along with the reset switch, are going to be mounted in one of those 5.25 bay covers already stuck in there.
[Expletive deleted] this thing is starting to look nice...
Hmm.... what would happen if I shoved an old optical drive in there? And yeah, those were IDE sockets you saw on that mobo. Oh and I'll need a video card too. No integrated video. And yes, that's an AGP slot.
Muuaaaahhhahahahahahaaa!!! It LIVES!!!!
Sorry. Carried away a bit there...
Gawd this is fun...
Now don't get nervous, folks. I've still got a metric tonne of work to do here. Front power and IO panel to make. Side panels to cut, mod, and paint. Some internal acrylic work to do. Cable management mounting points. Custom wiring extensions. Oh yeah, and a new mobo to install. I wish Gigabyte made RED
Anyway, hope you enjoyed our newest installment of the Unearthing of the Relic