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post #461 of 512 (permalink) Old 12-18-2014, 11:12 AM - Thread Starter
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66. Front Panel Finishing Touches

After considering the excellent advice here, I took into account the time available and decided to flip the power switch to the right, and to address the clashing IO box color scheme. I hope you agree that it was the right choice, considering my time constraints.

Here's where I started:

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I decided that my first task would be to pop off that front panel from the IO box and paint it to match the finish of the other components.

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It came off pretty easy. Little clips along the perimeter, and one connector for the power switch. Couldn't easily remove the power switch.

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So I just masked it off.

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And a couple coats of Krylon Fusion, same stuff I used on the bay covers.

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And I think the final product on the plate looks much better.

While I had it off, I painted some of the visible metal and plastic bits on the IO Box with a small brush, so when I replaced the plate, the red accents would show through and match the existing paint scheme.

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And here is the finished product. I think it's a big improvement over the before shot. I really appreciate the advice you guys gave me. I may still go forward with a flip-out cover at some point.
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67. Wire Management Woes

Well I'm really crunched for time at this point, and I'm having serious issues with wire management. It really comes down to the fact that all the components have far too many excess wires, or in some cases the wires are too short. As a result, even with the bumpout I added, there's just no way I can cram it all in back there, much less make it as neat as I want.

Here's what I have to deal with:

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Ugly as sin. You may notice I removed the cold cathode inverter from its case. Also if you are wondering about the blue tape, that's to remind me of where the boundaries of my bumpout are so I don't try to leave wiring sticking up outside that area.

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The case was simply too tall. The other issue is that the cold cathode wire from the inverter to the tube is too short to get it where I want it. It leaves it right at the edge of the bumpout (now I wish I'd made that slightly bigger and deeper, lol)

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I also need to do something about the annoying blue LED.

And some closeups of rats-nest wiring.

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After some work, I managed to make some improvement, but it's still too bulky to get the back cover on:

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I think I'm going to be spending tonight cutting, splicing, and soldering wires to get them all arranged nicely. I may also have to widen the hole for the PSU wires coming into the back side of the case. mad.gif

Of all the things that are going wrong, I think these are looking pretty nice:

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Wire management is always fun with extras in the case.

If the LED bugs you, you may be able to swap the resistor or just remove the led all together.

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Depending on how the circuit is built it might be something as simple as unsoldering the led and tossing it out, I'm not electronic expert so I'd usually shy away from that unless things are really simple. I've had good luck on slapping a little bit of black acrylic paint on external LEDs that I want to hide. Makes it look really clean and is alot nicer than slapping electrical tape over them. LEDs don't get too hot, but there is a certain amount of heat involved.

I mean when you think about it removing the LED shouldn't do anything, if it did that means if the bulb burnt out the entire circuit wouldn't work? Seems like circuits wouldn't be designed like that.



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Ironically I'm working on cable management designs right now as well. It's an almost never ending endeavor. For me it works best if I start at one end and work my way to the other. Keep up the good work buddy.


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Wire management is always fun with extras in the case.

If the LED bugs you, you may be able to swap the resistor or just remove the led all together.

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Depending on how the circuit is built it might be something as simple as unsoldering the led and tossing it out, I'm not electronic expert so I'd usually shy away from that unless things are really simple. I've had good luck on slapping a little bit of black acrylic paint on external LEDs that I want to hide. Makes it look really clean and is alot nicer than slapping electrical tape over them. LEDs don't get too hot, but there is a certain amount of heat involved.

I mean when you think about it removing the LED shouldn't do anything, if it did that means if the bulb burnt out the entire circuit wouldn't work? Seems like circuits wouldn't be designed like that.

Thanks guys. Since it wasn't exactly an overly expensive inverter, I'm going to go ahead and desolder the LED and see what happens. Won't be able to get to it before the competition though. With the holidays and all, I think the family will not appreciate me barricaded in the workshop muttering to myself. wink.gif
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Ironically I'm working on cable management designs right now as well. It's an almost never ending endeavor. For me it works best if I start at one end and work my way to the other. Keep up the good work buddy.

Thanks Reap. I just finished what I would call a "hack and slash" cable management session. Basically all I did was cut out any unneeded wiring, splice in a few extensions, and try to neaten everything up as best I could. It's nowhere near where I want it, but it's miles ahead of where I started. Any further modifications will have to wait until after the holidays and after MOTM competition.

I just got through taking photos of the finished (for now) product. I'll be posting them side-by-side with some "here's where I started" photos tomorrow. But here's a few teaser photos.


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Love it, great job, when is your next one wink.gif

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68. COMPLETE (For Now) Before and After Shots

This log, in many ways, has been about resurrecting the castoffs of days gone by. And in many ways, I owe it all to Overclock.net. I discovered this site after buying my first set of components in years to replace an old store-bought PC and was inspired and blown away by the mods here.

Many of the techniques I used (often imperfectly) I learned from seeing what others here had done. And in a real way, this mod is due directly to OCN. Most of the internal components in the mod were purchased directly though the OCN marketplace to build this, my son's first PC, including:
  • GPU Galaxy GTX480 moded with an Antec Kuhler AIO from coachmark2
  • Motherboard GA78LMT-USB3 from lapengu
  • CPU AMD FX6400 from lapengu
  • RAM Crucial Ballistic Sport 2x4 GB from irush
  • PSU Corsair HX520 Semi-Modular from slider46
  • Corsair SP120 Quiet Series Fan, Fan Extensions, and 4 LED Puck from slider46
  • SSD Samsung SSD 830 128gb from crazyg0od33
  • Fan Controller NZXT Sentry Mesh from whodie

So, OCN, I truly could not have done this without you. wink.gif

So let's get to it. What the heck did I do? I resurrected the dead, that's what I did. The following photos are highlights from this log showing what I did to the decade+ year old case. It was a wild ride, and I hope you enjoy it.

Front View:

Original:

Modded:
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Frontside Exterior View:

Original:

Modded:
AppleMark

Backside Exterior View:

Original:

Modded:
AppleMark

Rear View:

Original:
AppleMark

Modded:
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Top View:

Sorry no original. Here's the modded view:
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Frontside Interior View (Empty):

Original:

Modded:
AppleMark

Backside Interior View (Empty):

Original:
AppleMark

Modded:
AppleMark


Interior Wiring:

Original:
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Modded:
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3.5" Drive Bay:

Original:
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Modded:
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PSU:

Original:

Modded:
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Custom Stuff:

PSU Cover Scratchbuilt:
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Two-tone paint job, wrapping around the side and top panels:
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Wiring Management Panels Scratchbuilt:
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And here's why I needed those panels.
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Detail Closeups:
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A few more beauty shots:

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68. COMPLETE (For Now) Before and After Shots
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This log, in many ways, has been about resurrecting the castoffs of days gone by. And in many ways, I owe it all to Overclock.net. I discovered this site after buying my first set of components in years to replace an old store-bought PC and was inspired and blown away by the mods here.

Many of the techniques I used (often imperfectly) I learned from seeing what others here had done. And in a real way, this mod is due directly to OCN. Most of the internal components in the mod were purchased directly though the OCN marketplace to build this, my son's first PC, including:
  • GPU Galaxy GTX480 moded with an Antec Kuhler AIO from coachmark2
  • Motherboard GA78LMT-USB3 from lapengu
  • CPU AMD FX6400 from lapengu
  • RAM Crucial Ballistic Sport 2x4 GB from irush
  • PSU Corsair HX520 Semi-Modular from slider46
  • Corsair SP120 Quiet Series Fan, Fan Extensions, and 4 LED Puck from slider46
  • SSD Samsung SSD 830 128gb from crazyg0od33
  • Fan Controller NZXT Sentry Mesh from whodie

So, OCN, I truly could not have done this without you. wink.gif

So let's get to it. What the heck did I do? I resurrected the dead, that's what I did. The following photos are highlights from this log showing what I did to the decade+ year old case. It was a wild ride, and I hope you enjoy it.

Front View:

Original:

Modded:
AppleMark

Frontside Exterior View:

Original:

Modded:
AppleMark

Backside Exterior View:

Original:

Modded:
AppleMark

Rear View:

Original:
AppleMark

Modded:
AppleMark

Top View:

Sorry no original. Here's the modded view:
AppleMark


Frontside Interior View (Empty):

Original:

Modded:
AppleMark

Backside Interior View (Empty):

Original:
AppleMark

Modded:
AppleMark


Interior Wiring:

Original:
AppleMark

Modded:
AppleMark

3.5" Drive Bay:

Original:
AppleMark

Modded:
AppleMark


PSU:

Original:

Modded:
AppleMark

Custom Stuff:

PSU Cover Scratchbuilt:
AppleMark

Two-tone paint job, wrapping around the side and top panels:
AppleMarkAppleMark
AppleMark
AppleMark

Wiring Management Panels Scratchbuilt:
AppleMarkAppleMark
AppleMark

And here's why I needed those panels.
AppleMark

Detail Closeups:
AppleMark
AppleMark
AppleMark
AppleMark
AppleMark
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AppleMark
AppleMark
AppleMark

A few more beauty shots:

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What an awesome transformation bro! thumb.gif

Best of luck in MOTM wink.gif
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