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post #451 of 512 (permalink) Old 12-16-2014, 10:25 AM - Thread Starter
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I was just looking at the first few pics of how this case looked before you sunk your teeth into it and it's amazing. Truly great work buddy.

Thank you sir. Much obliged.
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65. Testing Out Front Panel Config

Alright, kinda on the home stretch here.

First the front bay covers.

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You can see on the one for the power and reset switches the markes at the top and bottom where the cover flipped before completely dry.

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Power switch in.



Both switches installed.

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And wired up. I had to mess with the clips a bit to ensure they would stay on. But otherwise no issues. Just realized how dusty the front bezel was. Need to clean that up before final photos.

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And the cover installed. I'm still debating the order of the components. I'm not sure having the power and reset switches at the top works best. The only real limitation I have is that the fan controller and the IO box can not go in the bottom bay, because it interferes with the bottom fans.

Basically my thoughts are to put the power and reset either in the top bay or the bottom bay. Any thoughts?

Next I decided to re-use the sleeving from the PSU on the IO box:

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It actually looked like it was perfect for the job.

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Slipped it on..

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Perfect. May cut some length off later because I doubt I want all those wires crammed together their entire length.

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A bit of screwdriver work later and...

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All the components are in.

And I don't like it. Is it the order that doesn't seem to work? I need some guidance here guys.

What about:

TOP to BOTTOM:

  • Fan Controller
  • IO Box
  • Blank
  • Power/Reset

OR MAYBE:
  • IO Box
  • Fan Controller
  • Blank
  • Power/Reset

I think that is the way to go maybe. Having the two "busier" components at the top will balance out the fans at the bottom I think. Or something else entirely? Halp?!
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Hmm that is pretty tough. I kind of like this configuration:



I've always been a fan of the top right power button configuration since I always put my tower on my left side on the floor, ontop of risers to give some airflow to the bottom fans.



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Hmm that is pretty tough. I kind of like this configuration:



I've always been a fan of the top right power button configuration since I always put my tower on my left side on the floor, ontop of risers to give some airflow to the bottom fans.

That does look significantly better. I think having the fan controller not be next to the IO box is the key.

Only one curveball...

I neglected to mention that the bottom bay is impinged on by the top fan mounting plate. So I can only put a blank or the power/reset in the bottom bay. :-(
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Hmm doesn't look too bad with a bit of a shift.



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Hmm doesn't look too bad with a bit of a shift.

You're right. That's still an improvement over the original layout.

What about hiding the IO box under a blank panel that could be removed easily? Do you think that would be a better choice?
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I prefer the original layout, but with the button on the right side. Or you could go OEM and put the power button at the bottom right and the Card Readers at the top tongue.gif

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I almost wonder if you could figure out a swing plate for the front bays and form it with the bottom to keep the front looking uniform.... but just an idea. =)

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I almost wonder if you could figure out a swing plate for the front bays and form it with the bottom to keep the front looking uniform.... but just an idea. =)

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If not maybe relocate the power/reset buttons to the top or possibly some other spot leaving only 2 5.25 bays to fill. Then I would put the fan controller up top.

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I prefer the original layout, but with the button on the right side. Or you could go OEM and put the power button at the bottom right and the Card Readers at the top tongue.gif

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Thanks for the feedback Bruce. The nice thing about this modular approach is I don't have to make up my mind immediately. ;-)

Both you ans PurdueBoy suggested making the buttons on the right. That's an easy fix and I'm doing that. Gonna play around with order and see if anything jumps out at me.

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I almost wonder if you could figure out a swing plate for the front bays and form it with the bottom to keep the front looking uniform.... but just an idea. =)

That is a great idea but a matching form is beyond my current abilities I think. I'd have to make a curved face and I expect it would take some work whether I used metal or plastic to get the curve matching. Not saying I won't attempt it, but I doubt I'll start it this month. rolleyes.gif
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If not maybe relocate the power/reset buttons to the top or possibly some other spot leaving only 2 5.25 bays to fill. Then I would put the fan controller up top.

That's... Not a crazy idea. I'd have to put it on the top, would be a PITA to remove that and cut the holes at this point. Have to be quarter-way back to miss the top of the drive cage. *pondering*

I may not have time to do it before MOTM but I think that's a great idea...
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