I like my Antec Solo. The main drawback is that the PSU is situated at the top of the case, so hot air from a (hot passive graphics card like mine
) rises into the PSU causing it to ramp up. I'm a silent computer enthusiast and this PC sits in my bedroom, so I grumble anytime a fan ramps up
So I flipped it
Removed the pesky PSU bar by drilling through these rivets,
Strip down the case,
The mobo tray and back panel were removed by simply drilling through the rivets on the bottom (not shown), back and front of the case (shown in green),
The back panel and motherboard tray was then removed,
Next, the motherboard tray and back plate are flipped upsided down and installed for a test fit. This took quite some force. The left side rivet holding the 5.25 bays had to be removed. Then I marked off where holes are to be drilled for future riveting. The case was lightly sanded with 120 grit sanding sponge before being painted.
Interior pieces painted gloss black,
To rerivet the case back together, I used simple 1/8 pop rivets and a manual riveting tool like this
. The front left edge of the case required the drilling (green) and riveting (red) of these holes,
Holes were also drilled and riveted along the top edge of the case,
At the back, no new holes had to be drilled, as the three holes on the top and bottom panels align nicely despite the back plate being turned upsided down,
Once riveted, the case, assembled, making sure no metal shards were left over,
Here are some holes that I cut in the motherboard tray for the front panel wires to be routed under the mobo,
Two consecutive drilled holes make a good anchor for twist ties for cable management behind the mobo,
Next, I cut a piece of the motherboard tray so the PSU wires can pass behind the mobo. They are then lined with some 3/16" tubing, slit down the middle,
The computer, almost built,
Had a bit of issue with the CPU's heat going into the PSU causing it to ramp on idle, and my HD temps were a bit higher, so I ducted the PSU to the hard drive,
Duct made from cardboard lined with bristol board, ugly I know.
I even tried bending some sheet metal to use as hard drive heat sinks but that didn't help much,
My Simple Fan Controller
: I used a 3 position toggle switch and some 1N4002 diodes in series to reduce the fan's voltage. An RPM header allows me to route the yellow wire back to the motherboard for speed monitoring.
Toggle switch mounted out back
(The second toggle switch controls diode 6 (CPU Fan); optional)
I would appreciate your feedback, comments and questions.
PS: Go easy on me, I'm new to this forum