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Welcome!<br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1528739/ocn-mod-of-the-month-dec-2014-amateur-class-nominations">MOTM VOTING RESULTS HERE!</a></span><br><br>
This mod Came in second place in <b>Mod of the Month's December Amateur class!</b> it was a close thing, too. I'd like to give a shoutout to <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1499452/cranberry-cm-690-ii-mod">Janac's third-place finish for Cranberry</a> for Cranberry as well. <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif"><br><br>
As you may have noticed, this is my first attempt at case modding, I've put in a lot of hours on taking a 10+ year old beige case I had and attempting to turn it into a great looking case with many modern features.<br><br>
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.<br><br><b>Here's the case I started with.</b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012783/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012783" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012783/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012785/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012785" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012785/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Isn't she a beauty? One little tidbit in the above photos. Notice there are two 80mm vent holes at the bottom of the front frame? Notice how there are no vents in the plastic bezel that snaps over it? Isn't that just amazing? [/sarcasm] Now I know why that case didn't come with front fans...<br><br>
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:<br><ul class="bbcode_list"><li>GPU Galaxy GTX480 modded with an Antec Kuhler AIO from <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/u/220421/coachmark2">coachmark2</a></li>
<li>Motherboard GA78LMT-USB3 from <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/u/168673/lapengu">lapengu</a></li>
<li>CPU AMD FX6400 from <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/u/168673/lapengu">lapengu</a></li>
<li>RAM Crucial Ballistic Sport 2x4 GB from <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/u/323327/irush">irush</a></li>
<li>PSU Corsair HX520 Semi-Modular from <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/u/67705/slider46">slider46</a></li>
<li>Corsair SP120 Quiet Series Fan, Fan Extensions, and 4 LED Puck from <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/u/67705/slider46">slider46</a></li>
<li>SSD Samsung SSD 830 128gb from <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/u/261639/crazyg0od33">crazyg0od33</a></li>
<li>Fan Controller NZXT Sentry Mesh from <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/u/17982/whodie">whodie</a></li>
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So, OCN, I truly could not have done this without you. <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
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.<br><br><br><b>Front View:</b><br><br>
Original:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288437/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288437" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288437/width/700/height/500/flags/LL" style="; width: 375px; height: 500px"></a></div>
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Modded:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288451/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288451" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288451/width/1000/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 654px"></a></div>
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Highlights: I drilled two 120mm holes for front fans through the front frame and front bezel, heavily modified the shape with PVC pipe, expanding foam, and body filler, added a fan controller and IO box, and mounted new power and reset buttons in the front bays. You may also notice that bumpout on the left there. More about that below.<br><br><b>Frontside Exterior View:</b><br><br>
Original:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288438/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288438" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288438/width/700/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 525px; height: 700px"></a></div>
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Modded:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288457/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288457" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288457/width/1000/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 651px"></a></div>
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Highlights: Cut a window in the side panel using hole saw and jigsaw, lined it with molding, and installed clear acrylic. You may also notice the new feet and the paint job. More on those below.<br><br><b>Backside Exterior View:</b><br><br>
Original:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288462/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288462" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288462/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 667px"></a></div>
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Modded:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288463/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288463" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288463/width/700/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 595px; height: 700px"></a></div>
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Highlights: Added a bumpout to provide room behind the motherboard and drive cages for wire management. This involved cutting a window, epoxying a trimmed cookie pan over the hole, and a lot of body filler and sanding to get the profile right. The original case had less than 0.5 cm clearance, this expanded the room to more like 4 cm of room.<br><br><b>Rear View:</b><br><br>
Original:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288439/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288439" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288439/width/700/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 525px; height: 700px"></a></div>
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Modded:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288465/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288465" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288465/width/500/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 394px; height: 700px"></a></div>
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Highlights: Flipped back panel (along with mobo inside) so PSU is on bottom and drilled out 120mm fan hole.<br><br><b>Top View:</b><br><br>
Sorry no original. Here's the modded view:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288693/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288693" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288693/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 599px"></a></div>
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Highlights: Drilled 120mm fan hole in top and added a grill using hand-painted thumbscrews for mounting the GPU radiator.<br><br><b>Frontside Interior View (Empty):</b><br><br>
Original:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288447/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288447" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288447/width/500/height/500/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 408px"></a></div>
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Modded:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288470/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288470" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288470/width/1000/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 563px"></a></div>
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Highlights: Rotated 3.5" Drive Cage 90 degrees for side-loading. Added front and rear fans. Flipped mobo and mobo brace to put PSU on bottom. Cut hole for CPU cooler bracket in mobo tray. Custom paint job requiring extensive masking on interior.<br><br><b>Backside Interior View (Empty):</b><br><br>
Original:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288440/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288440" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288440/width/700/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 525px; height: 700px"></a></div>
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Modded:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288474/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288474" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288474/width/1000/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 416px"></a></div>
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Highlights: Added wire management panels made of custom-cut foam board covered in vinyl to sections not covered by mobo tray to hide wiring. See more detail below.<br><br><b>Interior Wiring</b>:<br><br>
Original:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288436/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288436" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288436/width/700/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 700px; height: 524px"></a></div>
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Modded:<br><div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288476/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288476" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288476/width/1000/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 563px"></a></div>
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Highlights: Original case had zero space for wire management. Adding the bumpout to the back side panel, adding wire management panels, and rotating the 3.5" drive cage allowed most of the wiring to be hidden from view. Also cut a grommet hole in the side of the 5.25" drive cage.<br><br><b>3.5" Drive Bay:</b><br><br>
Original:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288658/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288658" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288658/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a></div>
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Modded:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288679/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288679" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288679/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 556px"></a></div>
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Highlights: In addition to the custom paint job and rotating the 3.5" drive cage 90 degrees, I also cut multiple windows in the side of the drive cage to allow improved air flow from the front fans.<br><br><b>PSU:</b><br><br>
Original:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288661/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288661" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288661/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a></div>
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Modded:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288662/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288662" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288662/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 589px"></a></div>
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Highlights: Sleeved the 24-pin and 8-pin harnesses with paracord and added cable combs. Coiled the old 4-pin harness inside the PSU since it was not needed.<br><br><b>Custom Stuff:</b><br><br>
PSU Cover Scratchbuilt:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288691/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288691" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288691/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 281px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288692/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288692" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288692/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 281px"></a></div>
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Highlights: Created a custom PSU cover out of foam board, covered with vinyl. Added a hand-carved, back-lit acrylic logo to the side. The cover directs front fan air flow toward the CPU cooler and hides most of the PSU wiring.<br><br>
Two-tone paint job, wrapping around the side and top panels:<br><div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288683/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288683" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288683/width/400/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 400px; height: 533px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288684/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288684" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288684/width/400/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 400px; height: 528px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288685/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288685" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288685/width/400/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 400px; height: 225px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288686/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288686" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288686/width/400/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 400px; height: 225px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288717/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288717" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288717/width/1000/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 563px"></a></div>
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Highlights: After extensive body filler work and cutting, sanded, primed, filled, and painted a merlot-red enamel. Hand-applied a latex liquid mask in a wraparound pattern, sprayed black satin enamel, and peeled the latex off for a glorious effect.<br><br>
Wiring Management Panels Scratchbuilt:<br><div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288688/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288688" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288688/width/400/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 400px; height: 533px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288690/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288690" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288690/width/400/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 400px; height: 533px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288689/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288689" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288689/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a></div>
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Highlights: Panels were custom-fit out of foam board with holes cut for wire access. Black flexible foam was used to make hole grommets and the entire thing covered in vinyl.<br><br>
And here's why I needed those panels.<br><div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288702/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288702" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288702/width/700/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 562px; height: 700px"></a></div>
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Highlights: This could still use some work, but was the best I could do under the time constraint. A combination of zip-tie mounts and clips ensures all the wiring actually fits. Reused the original PSU sleeving, cut a large amount of excess wiring out, and soldered in extensions for some of the fans.<br><br>
Detail Closeups:
<div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288700/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288700" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288700/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 281px"></a><br><br>
Spent a bit of time hand-painting accents on the IO Box and NZXT Sentry to match the theme.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288694/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288694" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288694/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 281px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288695/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288695" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288695/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 281px"></a><br><br>
The tubes for the fans are PVC pipe. Really makes the fans pop.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288696/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288696" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288696/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 281px"></a><br><br>
Example of the wraparound paint pattern.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288697/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288697" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288697/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 281px"></a><br><br>
Hand-painted thumbscrews for the top radiator exhaust.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288698/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288698" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288698/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 281px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288699/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288699" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288699/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 281px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288734/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288734" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288734/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 500px"></a><br><br>
Feet were special-bought but I added rubber washer spacers to give bit more height.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288701/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288701" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288701/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 889px"></a></div>
<br><b>A few more beauty shots:</b><br><br><div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288703/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288703" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288703/width/1000/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 709px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288475/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288475" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288475/width/1000/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 563px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288735/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2288735" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2288735/width/1000/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 540px"></a></div>
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Part of my goal here was to avoid, as much as possible, buying actual modding supplies that are specifically for computers, and instead use materials that are commonly available at local stores. If you want to see the details behind all that stuff above, here you go!<br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;">Table of Contents:</span></b><br><ul class="bbcode_list"><li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod#post_22267260">1. Drive Cage Rotation Part 1</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod#post_22272150">2. Drive Cage Rotation Part 2</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod#post_22272451">3. Full Disassembly and Taking Stock</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod#post_22274804">4. Flip Mobo/PSU/Back Panel and Check Fit</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/10#post_22285703">5. Fan Location Planning</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/10#post_22288880">6. Fan Planning Part 2: Devil in the Details</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/10#post_22289372">7. Rear Fan Mod: Cutting and Mounting</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/20#post_22294919">8. Front Panel Modding and Front Fan Mounting</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/20#post_22298560">9. Mod Front Plastic Bezel and Take Stock</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/20#post_22303363">10. Drive Cage Vents, Front Panel Foam, and Test Paint</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/30#post_22304817">11. Foam Substrate Complete</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/30#post_22307862">12. First Setback and Recovery</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/30#post_22309784">13. New Fans</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/40#post_22326009">14. Side WIndow Planning</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/40#post_22328825">15. Front Bezel Sculpting Part 1</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/40#post_22331769">16. Front Bezel Sculpting Part 2</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/40#post_22335819">17. So I Told My Wife I Was Going Out To Do Some Stripping...</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/50#post_22342043">18. More Front Bezel Prep</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/50#post_22345938">19. Optimus Etchimus Priming</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/60#post_22358672">20. Adventures in Spraypainting</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/60#post_22362753">21. Front Bezel Filler Part 1 - AKA This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/60#post_22369267">22. Front Bezel Filler Part 2 - AKA Persistence is Its Own Reward</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/70#post_22374602">23. Bezel Spot Filling - A Little Dab'll Do It</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/100#post_22387315">24. How *Not* to Drill An Array of Holes for PSU Intake</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/100#post_22400352">25. "Back in Black" and "Great Balls of Fire"</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/110#post_22410748">26. Better Late Than Never - Jhereg Figures Out How He Should Have Done It</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/110#post_22415225">27. Progress To Date Comparison</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/110#post_22420078">28. Mobo Tray Window That Almost Wasn't</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/140#post_22429193">29. First Accents Done</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/140#post_22433321">30. Buttons to Push and Feet to Stand On</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/140#post_22437225">31. Test Fit Feet and More Accent Painting</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/140#post_22445138">32. Rubber Washers, Cookie Sheets, and Logos</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/160#post_22453980">33. All Become Clear</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/160#post_22459913">34. Internal Painting Done and Assembly!</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/160#post_22462944">35. Beauty Shots and Progress to Date Comparisons</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/160#post_22467135">36. Lights, Camera...</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/190#post_22494415">37. Cable Management and Bumpout Cut Test</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/200#post_22502691">38. Nobody But Me and JB (Weld)</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/210#post_22514330">39. Tastes Horrible, More Filling</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/230#post_22617857">40. Back in the Saddle</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/240#post_22656964">41. Where Do I Cram the Radiator?</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/240#post_22664286">42. Testing Rear Radiator Mount Location</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/240#post_22986204">43. Sometimes a Reboot Is In Order - Cleaning, Priming, Adjusting</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/250#post_22988420">44. Top Rad Mount and Accent Painting</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/250#post_22997255">45. Window Modding - When You Just Can't Put It Off Any Longer</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/250#post_22998922">46. Fun with Foam Board - Playing Around with Panel Ideas</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/260#post_23006689">47. Side Panel Cleanup</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/270#post_23015544">48. More Goofing with Panels and Shields</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/270#post_23021537">49. All Your Base Coat Are Belong To Us</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/280#post_23028313">50. Holy Foam Board, Batman! - Wiring Hole Locations</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/300#post_23085422">51. Feeling Frisky - Using Artist's Latex Mask for Effects</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/310#post_23091086">52. When it Rains, You Put On An Overcoat - Spraying the Black Over-Coat and Peeling the Mask</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/340#post_23119604">53. It's In The Details - Cutting A Logo Out of Acrylic</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/340#post_23122339">54. Windows to the Soul - Finally Mounting the Acrylic Window</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/350#post_23132524">55. That's a Wrap - My first foray into carbon fiber vinyl</a></li>
<li>56. <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/360#post_23138387">Modvengers Assemble - Starting to Put It All Back Together</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/360#post_23140491">57. Test Fiddy - Test Fitting all the Panels and Such</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/370#post_23151961">58. When Patience Wears Thin - Transplanting the Computer to the Case</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/400#post_23178691">59. Finishing the PSU Cover</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/400#post_23185260">60. My First Attempts at Sleeving</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/420#post_23231409">61. Two Become One: Handling double wires for PSU sleeving</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/430#post_23273455">62. Halfway Home - Halfway done with the 24-pin connector</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/430#post_23273835">63. The Best Kind of Failure: When it breaks where you wanted it to...</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/440#post_23278469">64. Sleeved PSU Installed</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/450#post_23286295">65. Testing Out Front Panel Config</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/460#post_23295776">66. Front Panel Finishing Touches</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/460#post_23295844">67. Wire Management Woes</a></li>
<li><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1489627/case-mod-complete-motm-december-entry-relic-a-beigemod-first-case-mod/460#post_23300164">68. COMPLETE (For Now) Before and After Shots</a></li>
</ul><br><a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Lots more photos of stripped down case:</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012784/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012784" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012784/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br>
Front Side Off<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012785/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012785" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012785/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br>
Both Side Panels Off<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012786/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012786" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012786/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br>
Back Side View<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012787/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012787" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012787/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br>
Space Behind Mobo Tray<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012788/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012788" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012788/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br>
Rear Mobo Tray View<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012789/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012789" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012789/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br>
Top Panel Off<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012790/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012790" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012790/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br>
Mobo Tray Clearance<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012791/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012791" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012791/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br>
Mobo Tray Width and Height<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012792/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012792" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012792/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012793/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012793" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012793/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br>
Bare Frame<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012794/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012794" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012794/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br>
Lower Drive Bay Section<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012795/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2012795" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2012795/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a></div>
<br><b>Key Points of original case:</b><br><ul class="bbcode_list"><li>Mid-tower case. Interior dimensions 15x15x7.75 inches (38x38x19.7 cm)</li>
<li>All steel construction.</li>
<li>Less than 1/2" (1.2 cm) of space behind the mobo tray, but the mobo tray is removable. Mobo tray can't be shifted deeper into the case to give more room behind it (I don't think, could be wrong).</li>
<li>Drive bays were all front-to-back but are in two riveted sections.</li>
<li>Existing power button sticks and causes computer to restart.</li>
<li>Existing front panel plugs (USB 1.0, AC97 audio) are hard to reach and outdated.</li>
</ul><br><b>My plans were:</b>
<ul class="bbcode_list"><li>Rotate the lower internal bay section 90 degrees for better cable management and ability to insert/remove drives easier. May require some creativity since this is not a toolless cage (yet). Leave room between cage and front panel for fans. Cut ventilation holes through cage for airflow from fans.</li>
<li>Cut 120mm holes for 2 front fans. Cut 120mm holes for rear fan. Cut 140mm or 200mm blowholes in side panel and/or top.</li>
<li>I was at a loss on how to put the PSU on the bottom. But thanks to Bruce B:
<div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-my-first-case-mod#post_22268182" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>BruceB</strong> <a href="/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-my-first-case-mod#post_22268182"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br><b><i><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/798532/solo-bedroom-computer-flipped">Flipped MB</a></i></b></div>
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I now see how it can be done.</li>
<li>Cut access holds in Mobo tray for CPU cooler bracket and cable routing. Figure out some way of increasing space behind mobo tray for cable routing, by adding a bumpout on rear sidepanel</li>
<li>Cut a window in the front side panel and add acrylic.</li>
<li>Rework front with new buttons / indicator lights / and a DIY bay-based control panel. Cut vents for front air intake (Would you believe the current front panel has no air intake path?)</li>
<li>Filters on all air inlets</li>
<li>New paint job, inside and out. <b>NOT BEIGE.</b> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Possibly in blue with gray and black accent colors</span> Looks like it's mostly black with merlot-red accents. <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif"></li>
<li>Add lighting to show all this off.</li>
</ul><br>
I call this pretty much mission accomplished!
 
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So let's have a look at the first step of my mod:<br><br><b>1. DRIVE CAGE ROTATION - PART 1</b><br><br>
Drive cages that face front-to-back are great for access to mounting screws for the drives, but they suck for cable management and inserting/removing the actual drives from a full case. I'm rotating the lower drive bay for this purpose, and I'll have to figure out later what to do about mounting screw access (or converting somehow to toolless mounting).<br><br>
Let's take a closer look at the offending drive cage:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015252/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015252" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015252/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
As you can see, it's riveted in at the bottom and back. It's also clipped into the 5.25 bay above it, but that's no big deal. So lets start by freeing Willy from his bonds of servitude.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015246/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015246" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015246/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015247/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015247" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015247/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015248/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015248" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015248/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
And the drive cage is free. Free like the wind. Free like... something free. (Please ignore the bit of rust there, by the time this mod is done, it will be a distant memory.)<br><br>
So let's shove it back in, all twisted and turned right round:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015250/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015250" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015250/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
Looks good to me as a "hey will this work" kind of trial run. But what we really need to do is some measurin' and cypherin' to make sure it's straight and that we leave enough gap for some 120mm fans later. The first step is to make sure it's square, which I did by shoving an old 13GB HDD in there. Yeah, I kept a 13GB HDD. Bet it still works too...<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015253/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015253" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015253/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
And the measurin'. I left a little over 40mm between the front metal panel and the cage. That should be plenty of room for either 25mm or 38mm thick fans. Had to leave a little extra, so you can get them around the lip at the edge of the frame.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015254/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015254" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015254/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015255/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015255" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015255/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
And with that done, now we mark and drill our mounting holes at the bottom.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015256/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015256" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015256/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015251/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015251" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015251/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
And last of all, stick some temporary screws in the holes to hold it still while I work on the top alignment.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015257/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2015257" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2015257/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a>
 

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If you want to get the psu to the bottom without Messing around too mcuh then you can flip the MB tray upside down (it's quite a common mod, here's a good example of what I mean: <b><i><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/798532/solo-bedroom-computer-flipped">Flipped MB</a></i></b>)
 

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If you want to get the psu to the bottom without Messing around too mcuh then you can flip the MB tray upside down (it's quite a common mod, here's a good example of what I mean: <b><i><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/798532/solo-bedroom-computer-flipped">Flipped MB</a></i></b>)</div>
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That is just awesome. Thank you! I'm going to seriously consider that.<br><br>
EDIT: I did some quick test fitting, and I am *totally* doing this. It looks like all I need to do is:<br><br>
- flip back panel upside down with mobo tray and mobo support bar attached<br>
-drill new holes to mount top and bottom of back panel<br>
-drill new holes to mount mobo bar to front panel near bottom<br>
-flip lower drive cage 180 degrees so it faces the other side and re drill holes there.<br><br>
May have to drill new holes for side panels. Not sure yet.<br><br>
Thank you very much for the tip. I should have new photos up today.
 

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Alright. Before we dive into flipping the mobo, let's document finishing up the drive cage mod. :)<br><br><b>2. DRIVE CAGE ROTATION - PART 2</b><br><br>
As you saw last post, the bottom is lined up pretty nicely, but what about the top where the 3.5" cage meets the 5.25 cage? Originally, there were a set of four clips that matched up there. What about now?<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016696/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016696" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016696/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016697/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016697" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016697/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Well obviously that's not going to work. They don't fit together, and the extra thickness is pushing the 5.25" cage too high, warping the case. Looks like it's time for a bit of work there.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016698/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016698" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016698/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016699/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016699" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016699/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016700/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016700" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016700/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
So I drilled out the rivets there too, and took a dremel cutoff disk to those pesky tabs on the bottom of the 5.25" and the top of the 3.5" cages. Notice I didn't cut them off (might need them later), I just cut the sides so they can be...<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016701/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016701" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016701/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Flattened out flush with the rest of the cage! So how does it fit now?<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016702/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016702" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016702/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
Vertical height looks good.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016703/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016703" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016703/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
Vertical alignment looks good. For the final step, I drilled holes through both where they meet for a future rivet or screw point.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016707/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016707" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016707/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
What say you? Looking pretty good?
 

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<b>3. Full Disassembly and Taking Stock</b><br><br>
Okay, at this point, I decided I was comfortable drilling out the rest of the rivets to prepare for cutting some fan holes. After a bit of drilling, this was the final state of the case:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016735/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016735" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016735/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
So that's back panel and side panels on the left.<br>
Top Panel, Drive Cages, and Bottom in the middle, along with the PSU stabilizer bar.<br>
And Mobo Tray (with old mobo mounted), Front Panel, and Front plastic fascia on the right.<br><br>
Then this happened:<br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-my-first-case-mod#post_22268182" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
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If you want to get the psu to the bottom without Messing around too much then you can flip the MB tray upside down (it's quite a common mod, here's a good example of what I mean: <b><i><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/798532/solo-bedroom-computer-flipped">Flipped MB</a></i></b></div>
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And you know what, I think it might actually work with this case, too. But to really tell, I need to reassemble that sucker and play around with the orientation of the parts. So off to the hardware store to buy... machine screws!<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016752/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016752" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016752/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016754/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016754" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016754/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
After a bit of work, I had the case back in a semblance of completion in the new "Rotated Drive Bay" configuration.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016753/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016753" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016753/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Not exactly an earth-shattering change, but definitely an improvement, I think.<br><br>
Now... how exactly would we rotate this mother to get the PSU on the bottom, which would require getting the motherboard on the top. Which would require getting the backpanel so that the PCI openings were also at the top. Which would require moving the mobo support bar also.... hmmm... Let's visualize this.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016784/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016784" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016784/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
So what we're talking about isn't just moving the PSU to the bottom and the mobo to the top, but actually rotating that whole assembly, including the back panel. This means that not only has the PSU been shifted to the bottom, but the motherboard tray will be rotated to the other side of the case, like so:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016783/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016783" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016783/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
The only "uh oh" moment is that to do it right, I'll also have to take the 3.25" drive cage, that I just finished rotating 90 degrees one way, and rotate it 180 degrees to face the other side. *shrugs* So be it, I think it's doable.
 

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That is just awesome. Thank you! I'm going to seriously consider that.<br><br>
EDIT: I did some quick test fitting, and I am *totally* doing this. It looks like all I need to do is:<br><br>
- flip back panel upside down with Mobo tray and PSU bar attached<br>
-drill new holes to mount top and bottom of back panel<br>
-drill new holes to mount PSU bar to front panel near bottom<br>
-flip lower drive cage 180 degrees so it faces the other side and re drill holes there.<br><br>
May have to drill new holes for side panels. Not sure yet.<br><br>
Thank you very much for the tip. I should have new photos up today.</div>
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A word of warning before you rivet everything together: Check that the side panel that will become the door can be taken on & off <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"></div>
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And you weren't joking either...<br><br>
Thanks to those nifty machine screws, I was able to do a full test run on fit. Here's how it went:<br><br><b>4. FLIP MOBO/PSU/BACK PANEL AND CHECK FIT</b><br><br>
The first step was to mark and drill new holes for the flipped components. I shoehorned them in, marked with pencil, and drilled 1/8" holes:<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017256/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017256" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017256/width/200/height/300/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017257/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017257" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017257/width/200/height/300/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017258/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017258" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017258/width/200/height/300/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 267px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017259/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017259" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017259/width/200/height/300/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br>
After doing a test reassembly, I checked that issue I predicted earlier. The 3.5" drive cage was now facing the wrong side panel, so I had to remove it and flip it to the other side, which involved drilling another set of holes.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017260/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017260" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017260/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017262/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017262" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017262/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
And then another test fit for the side panels. At which point, I discovered that I had taken a shortcut that wasn't going to work. BruceB predicted this possibility...<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017263/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017263" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017263/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
The lower tabs near the back panel aren't "low enough". Why? Because of this:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017265/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017265" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017265/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
I took a shortcut there. Instead of lapping the back panel <b><i>under</i></b> the bottom, I nested the back panel <b><i>inside</i></b> the bottom. That added about a 16th of an inch. That was a 16th of an inch too much, apparently. So disassemble and do a bit of metalwork.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017266/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017266" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017266/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017267/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017267" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017267/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
As you can see, I had to grind out the corners of the bottom just a hair so the back panel would lap under properly. And I had to cut a couple of notches in the lip. Not a big deal. Test fit again, and now the door panels fit.<br><br>
But of course, the thumbscrew holes are in the wrong place now, because I flipped the back panel. I don't want to retap holes in the frame, so I opted to use those to mark where the holes on the side panel should be and drill that instead.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017268/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017268" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017268/width/200/height/300/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017269/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017269" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017269/width/200/height/300/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017270/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017270" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017270/width/200/height/300/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017271/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017271" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017271/width/200/height/300/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 267px"></a><br><br>
And on to the final test fit!<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017272/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017272" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017272/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017274/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017274" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017274/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017275/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017275" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017275/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Everything appears to fit! I had to use the step-bit to widen one of the thumbscrew holes, but that was about it. So let's cram an ancient IDE mobo, a crap PSU, and a couple of old IDE drives in there and test out the layout:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017278/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017278" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017278/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Mobo fit looks good. Something odd going on with that PSU bar, though.<br><br>
Adding in the drives and PSU:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017280/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017280" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017280/width/700/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 700px; height: 525px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017281/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017281" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017281/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017282/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017282" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017282/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
Notice that even with the uber-bulky IDE ribbon cables, the inside still looks pretty clean with this layout. The biggest problem is that the PSU is crap, and its wires are far too short for good wire management. But that's an easy fix by either splicing them, buying extensions, or (duh) using a better PSU.<br><br>
And on a side note, these are NOT the final components going into this case. I'm just using them because I don't care if I bang them up in the process. Once done, I'm putting in an old (but slightly newer) set of components.<br><br>
And I figured out what was wrong with the PSU bar.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017279/"><img alt="AppleMark" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017279" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017279/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
I had it too high on the front because of lapping the back wrong earlier. So I took the screw out, and it "sprang into place". I'll have to mark and redrill a rivet hole for that. No biggie.<br><br>
So here again is the before and after:<br><br><b>BEFORE:</b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016755/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2016755" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2016755/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br><b>AFTER:</b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017275/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2017275" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2017275/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
All in all, I'm very pleased with how this is going so far. Next step, take everything back out (again) and disassemble (again) and start marking hole locations for fans. <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif">
 

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Looking good! Where are you planning to drill fan holes?<br><br>
Can't wait for the next update! Keep it up! <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif">
 

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Looking good! <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif"><br><br>
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Looking good! Where are you planning to drill fan holes?<br><br>
Can't wait for the next update! Keep it up! <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></div>
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Thank you both. And here's where I ask for some feedback.<br><br><b>5. FAN LOCATION PLANNING</b><br><br>
Here are a couple of ugly markups:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2020713/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2020713" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2020713/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 806px"></a><br><br>
This ^^ markup is pretty straightforward. Please ignore the markups for the control panel. Right now I'm still focused only on fan locations.<br><br>
I think (still measuring) that I can fit two 120mm fans stacked in this location. My plan is to go with a couple of red, orange, or amber LED fans (more on that later). This will involve cutting through the metal front plate and the plastic front bezel. I'm still looking at whether to cut first then smooth out the front, or smooth out the front then cut the fan holes. Fan holes will have a filter on them between the plastic and metal.<br><br>
I have a 4.5" hole saw and a metal cutting blade for my bandsaw. So I am in good shape there. Need to get my sharpener and resharpen my drill bits too.<br><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2020714/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2020714" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2020714/width/1000/height/500/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 454px"></a><br><br>
This one I'm a little more tentative on.<br><br>
Obvious move is to expand the rear exhaust (just back of the CPU) to 120mm, which I think I can manage easily.<br><br>
I also will be cutting a vent in the bottom for a PSU fresh air intake. Again an easy decision.<br><br>
Now comes the hard part. Whether or not to add a side-vent fan or not. I really want to add a window to the side-panel. While it's possible to add a fan to a clear side-window, it's much harder to make it look good.<br><br>
If I isolate the PSU (separate intake and exhaust) that leaves me with 2 fans in and 1 fan out, which gives a good positive air pressure in the case and air intake filtered. The CPU should be in good shape because it's in the line of air flow front to back with the exhaust close by it. However an air-cooled GPU might have a harder time keeping cool.<br><br>
I could add an exhaust fan at the top of the case, which would draw some cooler air across the GPU. But that would also put 2 fans in and 2 fans out, which puts me closer to neutral air pressure. I'd like to have slightly positive, so that brings back the idea of a side panel fan again.<br><br>
According to this article:<br><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/02/10/the-big-cooling-investigation/10" target="_blank">http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/02/10/the-big-cooling-investigation/10</a><br><br>
One of the best combinations for 5 fans is two 2x Front (In), Side (in), Top (Out), and Rear (Out). So I think I'm going to have to do a fan in the window whether I like it or not. In that case, my first move is to plan out the window and then decide where in it I want the fan (probably over the closest PCI slot to the CPU to cool a future GPU.<br><br>
I may have to put the top fan on the outside of the case, or risk blocking a PCI slot since the mobo is right there at the top.<br><br>
So what do you think?
 

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Looks pretty sound to me.<br>
Personally I wouldn't put a fan in the door, at least not to start with, just because it spoils the aesthetic. You could go no door fan and then if the GPU temps are a bit high you cculd add a door fan later since it's the easiest of all the fans to do (no taking out the MB and stuff).<br><br>
I think the top fan is a good idea, to balance intake/outtake of air flow. Do you <i>need</i> the PCI slot there? If you don't have a card in it put the fan on the inside and all's good! <img alt="biggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Good link btw, made good reading. <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif"><br>
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<b>6. FAN PLANNING PART 2: DEVIL IN THE DETAILS</b><br><br>
Alright, I have some more detailed measurements made, and it's going to be a close shave in several places.<br><br>
Let's start with the rear panel.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021562/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021562" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021562/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021564/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021564" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021564/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
No issue here at all. There's plenty of room between the IO Ports and near side-panel. Let's move on to the front panel and bezel.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021568/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021568" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021568/width/200/height/300/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021569/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021569" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021569/width/200/height/300/flags/LL" style="; width: 200px; height: 150px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021571/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021571" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021571/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
^^ Unfortunately, it's not quite a fit. There's about a 1/8" overlap.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021572/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021572" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021572/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><br>
^^ I can handle that by cutting a notch from the bottom 5.25" Drive Bay, which I was going to end up using as a control panel location anyway, so no big loss.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021573/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021573" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021573/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
^^ That would put the top fan jutting into the 5.25" bay slightly, which reveals a second problem. There isn't any metal to screw the two top holes of that fan to. So I'm going to have to add some sheet steel to that location, preferably before I cut the hole.<br><br>
Looks like it's going to be an adventure getting that part done. I should still be able to cut the bottom hole immediately.<br><br>
So let's take a look at the top fan placement:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021558/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021558" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021558/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021559/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021559" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021559/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
The issue here is clear. Any fan placed here has the potential to interfere with the board-edge cable connections, including front panel connectors and the bottom IDE slot. The bottom IDE slot I can probably lose, and the connectors tend to be small.<br><br>
I could mitigate this by shifting the fan closer to the near side, but that would ruin the aesthetics.<br><br>
So the verdict is:<br><br>
Bottom vent: No problem at all.<br>
Rear Exhaust: No problem at all.<br>
Top Exhaust: Probably not, but may be a problem.<br>
Front Lower Intake: No problem at all.<br>
Front Upper Intake: More complicated.<br><br>
And just for a bit of a mockup, here's a few ugly markups of what I think the finished front might look like:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021575/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021575" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021575/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a> <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021576/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021576" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021576/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 467px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021577/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021577" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021577/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 649px"></a><br><br>
Maybe I should draw it up in Google Sketchup instead... lol.
 

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Nah, MS Paint still rocks. Just make sure you use the tools for the shapes and you'll be A-OK. <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Very interesting, subbed!
 

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Nah, MS Paint still rocks. Just make sure you use the tools for the shapes and you'll be A-OK. <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif"></div>
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;-) Thanks. I'll keep that in mind. I may switch to using Visio for some of that, since I'm used to it.<br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1489627/case-mod-relic-my-first-case-mod/10#post_22289332" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
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Thanks!<br><br><b>7. REAR FAN MOD CUTTING AND MOUNTING</b><br><br>
And my first fan test mounted!<br><br>
Step 1: Trace outside and inside to verify placement:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021663/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021663" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021663/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021662/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021662" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021662/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021664/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021664" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021664/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Then off to the drill press with the hole saw.<br><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Lesson Learned:</span></b> Sandwich the metal between two boards, not just a backer board. I couldn't get the hole perfectly centered because the pilot bit was at the edge of an existing grill hole. It was close enough. Also I'm glad I clamped it down, because it jammed at one point and otherwise probably would have taken off a finger. :-(. Number one rule, wear safety glasses and clamp your work. Number two let the drill do the work. Don't force it.<br><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021665/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021665" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021665/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021666/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021666" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021666/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Also Lesson Learned:</span></b> I'm moving the drill press to the floor and spacing cardboard around it. Even at low speed it slings metal splinters a couple feet.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021680/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021680" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021680/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Such a nice clean hole. Now to clean it up a bit with the grinding wheel.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021667/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021667" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021667/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021668/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021668" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021668/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
And then to mark and drill the screw holes. I used a tiny screwdriver to scratch the metal, and a 1/8" bit to drill out the holes. This allowed the fan screws to self-tap.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021669/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021669" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021669/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021671/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021671" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021671/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
The finished product. I missed one hole by about 1/64 inch, but since I'll be using silicone mounts it won't matter too much. The hole edges are not sharp, but I need some mesh or grill to keep stuff out of the blades.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021672/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021672" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021672/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021673/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021673" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021673/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a>
 

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Replaced the screws with Antec silicone grommets. I had to enlarge the 1/8" screw holes I had made to 5/32" to get the grommets in.<br><br>
Hooked it up to another case in a darkened room to see how it's going to look.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021894/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021894" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021894/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021895/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021895" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021895/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021898/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021898" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021898/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021899/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2021899" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2021899/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 263px"></a><br><br>
Can't imagine how it's going to look with the final <span style="text-decoration:underline;">red/orange</span> LED fans and the custom paint job. :)
 

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Noice! <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif">
 
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