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Ex-Box 360

Hello all, here is my first build log; I've built many systems inside a wide array of cases, Define R4, H440, Air 540, PC-K62, P100, DS380, Prodigy, etc etc... but none of them were ever documented fully except for pictures on my Facebook account. Looking at hopefully drumming up some interest in this design however.

The goal is to have a full gaming PC inside of an xbox 360, eventually running SteamOS - with full functionality of the xbox 360 case and a PC all in one. IE: Front RF receiver still in place, and lights up when keyboard, mouse, and other USB peripherals are attached.

Anyway, enough of the boring stuff - let's get down to the (eventual) specs and the pictures. (Most of these parts were sourced second hand on group buy pages, local facebook groups, craigslist, etc etc; this is my 6th PC that I personally own currently, so it doesn't need to be new or fancy)

EDIT: Had a new name suggested, will be going with "Ex-Box 360" from now on.

The main goodies:
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-I R3
Processor: Intel i7-2600
PSU: HDPLEX Hi-Fi DC-ATX 250W
Graphics: MSI GTX 760 ITX
Storage: Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1600MHz
Fans: 1x Scythe Mini KAZE ULTRA 40mm, 4x Noctua NF-A6x25

The main goodies:
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+
Processor: AMD A10-7850K
Cooler: Noctua NH-L9a
PSU: HDPLEX Hi-Fi DC-ATX 250W
Storage: 128GB mSATA
RAM: AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series - 8GB, 2133MHz
Fans: 1x Scythe Mini KAZE ULTRA 40mm, 2x Rexus DF126010PH

EDIT EDIT:
The main goodies:
Motherboard: ASRock AB350 ITX
Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 2400G
Cooler: Dynatron A18
PSU: HDPLEX Hi-Fi DC-ATX 250W
Storage: Samsung PM961 NVMe 250GB SSD
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz 16GB Kit
Fans: 1x Scythe Mini KAZE ULTRA 40mm, 2x Rexus DF126010PH

Final image, and link to gallery:



https://imgur.com/a/92r3Qky

EDIT: Here is a shot of the final product.



And here is where the project started out as...

Here it is after just getting the motherboard set in and test fitting. The motherboard tray is adopted from a Lian-Li Q25.



Did a quick firing up of the processor and fan to verify everything worked (with craigslist you can never be too careful) The front panel connectors were used from my test bench PC.



Aftermath of work 1



Aftermath of work 2



Got the temporary OS up and running



The next update will hopefully have better pictures and a better explanation of what work has been done since. This is just the "oh **** I should have a build log" post.

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Got a few more of the parts today. A test 60mm fan to make sure it fit properly (which it did), a fan hub, and my PCI riser.



6 fan hub, considering I'm planning on running 5 in the whole machine, I should be safe.



Test fitment.



Fits great. The plan is to hollow out the gray HDD enclosure for a 360, and then drill inconspicuous holes in the enclosure; and use that to mask their presence.



Expect a much bigger update soon; just waiting on more parts, and a new angle grinder to cut up a donor Lian Li PC-65 case for some parts that I need to fabricate without any fabrication tools.

The new stuff is supposed to arrive Thursday, so hopefully this weekend I will have the I/O shield installed, as well as all of the fans in place as well.
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Got some more tools in today, my angle grinder and some new drill bits.

Still waiting on some ABS plastic, rubber grommets, self adhesive velcro straps and dots, my low profile noctua cooler, and 2 more 60mm noctua fans.



While I was snagging that picture I decided to grab a picture of my 'works in progress' shelf. Has my LAN rig up top in the Prodigy, hookups for an xbox to test what's wrong with it, an open air mining rig, parts for builds, parts for sale, old xbox 360's leftover to repair, etc etc...

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Broke out the new angle grinder (this is my first time ever using one; I know for a fact I will need to go back over these surfaces and get them all smooth and round the edges out, I just have to get back to work; there might be another update later tonight later on.

First up is the motherboard panel out of the Lian Li PC-65, I want that I/O panel surround. I want it bad. I shall retrieve it.



I got it. It is mine. All mine! Muahahahahahaha *cough*



Next up was cutting apart the original exhaust area of the 360, and getting rid of that grill for the I/O shield. Success!



Lastly here it is. Very rough with the angle grinder, but once again - first time using one, and aside from a drill - first power tool ever in fact. I now know what Tim Taylor was talking about. ^.-



The plan when all is said and done is to fill in any gaps, and get it all as one piece - and then to powder coat the entire case a nice black, or possibly a white. I'm not sure yet what I want to do.
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