Happy New Years Eve everyone!
The next part of this project was prepping the case to mount the Flex-ATX PSU.
The first simple, but necessary task was to prepare the power pass-through cable. Since I am blocking the the "normal" power supply hole with fans, I needed to come up with a different solution for powering the PSU. More on that later.
Anyways, I needed to do this part first, so I could properly fit the PSU in the case. Once this little extension was fit in the case, I marked a couple points where a couple of the screws would line up.
I was intending to mark all 4 screw holes and drill from the inside of the case, but I was having difficulties successfully marking 3 of the holes with proper spacing.
So instead of struggling with the case, and risking damaging the finish any more than has already been done, I opted to make this super high tech template!
I made the first hole through the inside of the case, and using the template, I marked and drilled the holes on the outside of the case.
It worked a great!
These are the nylon spacers and rubber washers that I discussed before, and how they are going to fit over the 3M screws.
It's a bit of a pain to get the PSU screwed in, but once it's in, it fits perfectly! And it feels very sturdy.
Now at this point, I feel that I should make a disclaimer. When working through the planning phase for this project (back in early November), I was doing a bit of research into what kind of screws to use for the PSU mounting.
I reached out to Athena's customer support, and they gave me the following information:
Those 4 nuts are the PCB standoffs, they are not for mounting purpose.
If anyone else is going to be performing a similar mod, be warned, that if you are using an Athena PSU, those stand-offs are not intended for permanent mounting. Please be wary of this, as at some point, the built in nuts may fail.
As for me, I am way to giddy with modding hype to back down at this point.
Going to try to get more work done this afternoon, so as always, stay tuned!