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post #51 of 143 (permalink) Old 12-29-2016, 07:27 AM - Thread Starter
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Only had an hour to work on the case last night, so I figured I would work on one of the simpler mods.




Since I have opted to go for the ceiling mounted PSU, I can actually install real exhaust on this case - something that this case desperately needs.
As depicted above, the plan is to install the two 60mm fans where the SFX PSU would traditionally mount. However, it is not a simple as I initially thought.

When I initially took my measurements, I measured 60mm between the holes. When I did my test fit, it didn't line up exactly the way I was expecting.
Turns out, the real measurement is 62mm. Life is never as simple as it seems rolleyes.gif

Anyway, the dremel with a cylindrical grinding bit would be perfect for this.
I ground about 2mm towards the center on each hole, allowing the fans to maintain a center position in the cutout.




And it worked perfectly!

Something else that worked out better than expected were the grills.
Initially, I was planning on installing the grills to prevent fingers entering the blades. I noticed, however, that not only are they acting as a safety feature, they are also providing extra structural integrity for the fans.

Because of the tight clearances, the portion of the grills that the screws go in actually partially cover they outside of the PSU cutout. This means that I won't have to provide any further structural integrity to the fans. biggrin.gif

There is still a slight gap between them, and I want to come up with a way to block it, but I will approach that hurdle later.



No more updates for this morning redface.gif
I am not sure how much work I will be able to get finished tonight, so please bear with me. As always, stay tuned for more! thumb.gif

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post #52 of 143 (permalink) Old 12-29-2016, 07:36 AM
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That is going to be a lot of fan wires and a lot of cable management. Dont know if I noticed it anywhere, but are you keeping the front usb+audio panel after you put everything back togheter?
I like that idea with fans covering the PSU hole biggrin.gif After all you are not going to need it so why not make a good use of it and here it is thumb.gif
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That is going to be a lot of fan wires and a lot of cable management. Dont know if I noticed it anywhere, but are you keeping the front usb+audio panel after you put everything back togheter?
I like that idea with fans covering the PSU hole biggrin.gif After all you are not going to need it so why not make a good use of it and here it is thumb.gif

Yes, and I am not looking forward to all the cable management... Welp, I knew what I was getting in to with this project. rolleyes.gif

Yes, I do intend to keep the front panel header. After all, why waste the I/O? wink.gif

And yes, that was exactly my thought. I could have just blocked the hole... Orrr... I could put the hole to good use, like you said smile.gif

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Ah, my old nemesis , cable management ... I don not envy you in that field biggrin.gif

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No update for tomorrow unfortunately. However, I get off work early tomorrow, so I should be able to get a bit done before the end of the night.

Sorry about that folks, but please stay tuned for more! redface.gif

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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:
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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. tongue.gif


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Going to try to get more work done this afternoon, so as always, stay tuned! thumb.gif

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Happy new year to you too smile.gif Looking very good. Getting those cables shorter and sleeved will make it epic thumb.gif I am sure that this kind of solution you did is pioneer, never seen before or never done.
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I remember seeing that a while back! (At least a year or so ago IIRC) I think that was embedded in my subconscious, which lead to the inspiration for my exhaust fans.

If anybody can find the artist of the song in that video, I'd really appreciate it. biggrin.gif



Looks like I have 3 updates for tomorrow morning, so stay tuned! thumb.gif

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This song?

I mean, yes that is the right song, but I am not sure who the cover artist is in that Mod Video.. redface.gif

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