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Farctal Design Core 1.5K

Finaliy decided to go with built case and lay on hands on trying to get mine designed case done. Finding case was a bit a pain, because i wanted and SLE's Compact splash ( oh man i wish for one on christmas), i wanted and caselabs itx case they decided to produce ( that was funny because shipping plus case costs was like lower by 100-140 usd than whole my pc parts i had
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). So after some numerous rewievs on various cases, on planning my budget and lots of other stuff i decided to get Fractal Design core 1000. Found two really good threads here about them and how guys modded this case ( also they kinda inspired me).
My plans actualy is to make it usable for air cooling and also for water cooling. I want to fit in front a 240mm rad and other things like cylindric res, maybe sleeved cables( put a hell of time and work on this case? ). Also i have in mind to use that nasty looking hdd mount bar but put in near motherboard tray because it fits there and actualy you can make some more nicier cable management ( lol imagine this case has almost no space on that side where is a front i/o ports for even slight cable routing), im planning add some more holes also for a sata ports and other things. Also lightning of whole case. Yeah that is the thing i still cant decide, i have some cable pieces from fiber optic cables ( yeah managed to get a nice plan on fibre optical internet and get some wires and stuff
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) to have something like hidden led strip behind modo and some light in res using a small piece of that cable
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Also im open to suggestions on mods and maybe some help or tips
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So thank you for your attention and ill try to mod it as soon as i get some spare time ( weekend hurry up). Also was playing a bit so here;s the first pics of it. Oh also a hardware im gonna use:
CPU: AMD A8 5600k
MOBO: MSI FM2 A75IA E53
RAM: Kingston hyperx predator
HDD's SSD's: i have now pair of 2.5" hdd's and a 32 gig ssd, gonna try to get an ssd but with a bigger capacity
VGA CARD: still not decided on what to get, kinda want a something like gtx 670 but its not for me as my paycheck is small, leaning now on 7777 ghz edition maybe.
COOLONG:
I have a EK HF Supreme acetal ( wanna get a clear acrylic top but cant find any)
Swiftech (MCP 350)
XSPC acrylic reservoir top for ddc/mcp pump
Barbed fittings for a 1/2 inch tubing but they gonna be replaced with 3/8 ID 1/2 OD compression ones
Coolant i am using is a distilled water plus mayhems biocide
Oh and almost forgot radiator. Im using EK 240mm 48mm thick rad

Pics time? ( yeah they was done with phone so no high res artistic stuff cuz my camera ran off from me)




And how it looks now on my acrylic scratch build testbench
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Started on marking places where to cut. Did a marking on front for a 240mm rad, also for hdd plate on new spot, some small tweaks on motherboard pannel for small cables to route them and maybe going to do a window
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Pics coming as soon as i do first cuts
 

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Pics time as i cut the front pannel for a fans, also did a hdd bracket mounting on the other side of case and it seems like thats all for this day because my 9 hour day on feet is really sucking my all energy
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So today took from the jog a metal cutting scissors ( for sheet metal) and did some cuts for a 5.25 bay and also on rad spot, needs sanding and a lot of it but gonna use my dremel step brother. Also as i took too much plastic from front pannel im going to add a acrylic pannel behind mesh and paint it in black to match all things
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Pics:) ( yeah they was done with phone camera)






 

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Last weekend had a small trip and also found time to sit on this and do some more jobs done. So what i did to this:
Cut out a window
Added a cold cathode lamp
Mounted drives
Also mounted modded a bit scythe fan controller
and i have it up and running till i could get some u channel molding and other stuff like new fan controller ssd and another hdd
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Oh and also a see trough cat
 

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More cute cat pics please
no more
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that flufy thing ate my hands and didnt wanted go to smoke with me like he did few past times
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Oh i totaly forgot about update ( also i see no interest in this thread
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) so maybe tomorow will bring up some updates because everything is now lighted up with some cold cathode lights and i thought that im going to redo front because how it is now it not fits at all
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I love the HDD mount relocation, but how is the lower portion of the bracket connected?
same mounting as it was in original place
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So no updates till weekend, got a some acrylic for a custom front and also gonna look for some more things to improve
 

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So no updates till weekend, got a some acrylic for a custom front and also gonna look for some more things to improve
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Interested to see how the front comes out.
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same mounting as it was in original place
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So youve got the thumbscrew and cut slots for the two other connections? Seems simple enough. I definitely want to do that.

Ill end up doing something similar with the front, although I doubt Ill be playing with water anytime soon.

How are you planning on hiding cables in this thing? I guess i thought that there was more space behind the motherboard tray. Might have to see how much i can hide between the mobo and the tray.
 

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Interested to see how the front comes out.
So youve got the thumbscrew and cut slots for the two other connections? Seems simple enough. I definitely want to do that.

Ill end up doing something similar with the front, although I doubt Ill be playing with water anytime soon.

How are you planning on hiding cables in this thing? I guess i thought that there was more space behind the motherboard tray. Might have to see how much i can hide between the mobo and the tray.
Yeah i drilled 3 holes, two on the 5.25 bays as is in original spot and one on the floor, also you gonna then need some sata cables ( and power) with angled connection
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Hiding cables is kinda hard to do on this, there are some space between tray and side panel but not so much, also a psu cover gonna help with some hiding in this case ( i have it made i need only to get a matching colour paint).
 

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Yeah i drilled 3 holes, two on the 5.25 bays as is in original spot and one on the floor, also you gonna then need some sata cables ( and power) with angled connection
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Hiding cables is kinda hard to do on this, there are some space between tray and side panel but not so much, also a psu cover gonna help with some hiding in this case ( i have it made i need only to get a matching colour paint).
PSU cover is in the cards for me too.
 

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PSU cover is in the cards for me too.
Also forgot to mention that if you going to do same hdd mounting bracket replacement then you only can fit a 2.5 drives if you going to water cool that thing
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So thinking about this front to make with laser cutter
 

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I like the look.will the spacing impede airflow though?

the lettering is great!
Yewah thoose are for some airflow and also for the looks, had a chance to play today with laser cutter and i failed ( actually everything went good and really good with this front) with measurements, did instead of 150mm width 180mm and i think that im not gonna get this kinda matte/clear acrylic. Also i saw this when i came back from work and tried to put it in place. what a failure day
 

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Hey, I have the 1000 also:) it's a pretty sweet case:) very subtle:) was just wondering... are there any windowed panels or universal panels that fit this case? I'm wanting a windowed panel but my DIY skills a very limited, also interested in spraying the front mesh green, I'm going for a green/black look:), any tips on spraying the mesh?? am i able to just spray straight onto the mesh or is there some preparation to be had?.
let me know guys:).
 
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