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This is a rebuild of the Workstation rig in my sig. New case and slightly different setup.

I have a shelf where I wanted the system to sit on it's side like an old desktop case... but the Antec 280 it was in was way to large to go there. I did a lot of research looking for cases that met these specs"

Full ATX mobo compatible
Usable either upright or on its side
Max width: (when on its side) 440mm
Max Height" (on its side) 212mm
Max Depth : 500mm
Good airflow capability… preferably 140mm fan capable
Ability to mount a single AIO 240
Aluminum preferable… but not absolutely necessary.
Cost not really a factor, but doesn't have to be pretty.. just functional

I quickly found out there are not many small full ATX cases out there… The main killer was the tower height (or what would be width when on it side, and the width.). Most towers are over 440mm… and that was the one HARD measurement it had to fit.

I ended up ordering a Corsair Carbide 200R
Width / height: 430mm
Height / width: 211mm
Depth: 498mm

Which is almost exactly perfect. Go figure!

I ordered the case… and got it in… and pulled it apart to assess it. From the factory it is setup with two 120mm fans… one in front, and one in the rear exhaust position.







The first thing I didn't like was how obstructive the front lower third of the case was, and it also does not have a good way to mount a fan. Especially not the 140s I prefer:



Another thing I didn't like was the plastic drive case… plastic is an insulator, and it would not assist drives in dumping heat… and it would not promote good airflow either.



So I pulled the drive cage out… ordered a steel drive case that I found from Silverstone, so I could mount it the way I wanted to. http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=249



I started measuring the front of the case.. and decided to remove a large chunk of the front, and replace it with some aluminum sheet I have.





I would mod the aluminum to hold two 140mm Rosewill Hyperborea Fans… which I also have from another build. 1400 RPM, 87CFM, 2.76 Static Pressure, and very quiet.



Roughed up for painting.



Threw some matte black paint on it from a spray can



Measured, drilled some holes and then riveted it to the case:



Mounted fans



Mounted filters on the fans



Cut holes in the bezel, and mounted a Primochill 280 Rad grill that I had on hand from another build. It was tight getting it mounted... but it all went together with some work:

 

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I was going to use some Corsair SP120s on the AIO, and some Corsair AF120's in the rear, bottom and two in the side panel. I decided to use a Fan Controller to control the fans… since I have a Lamptron FC8 laying around, I used that.



I mounted the new drive cage in the front bottom area. The cage has some M3 threaded holes on the bottom and top… so I made a template for drilling, and drilled the case, and mounted the cage. I used some 12mm M3 button head screws, and used some thick rubber O-Rings under the drive cage to help prevent vibration issues.

Initial fitting of drive cage:



Then it was time to yank everything out of the Antec 280 case, and relocate it in it's new home.











Ran cables, and cleaned up as much as possible… not trying to make it a showcase… just functional.



Took just a couple of hours to do this.. and I am happy with how it turned out.





Up and running now… and Idles around 30C… and is very quiet at low fan speeds.



Cranked up the fans and ran WPrime…

4.2 OC



4.4 OC



Pretty happy with those temps…

Comments welcome!
 

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Nice work
 

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not too bad. i thought the temps were bad until i saw its a 4770k. not bad for an h100 no delid. very functional and clean.
Thanks! Definitely increased the airflow. I feel confident I could run SLI in this small case if I wanted to. I have considered delidding my Haswell... just not convinced I need to for what I use this system for (primarily VMware break / fix / testing / practice). Even having it overclocked is probably silly, but hey.. this is OCN, right?
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Nice work
Thanks... I appreciate it. Sometimes it is a challenge to make things work like you want them too.. but that is part of the fun, also.
 

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Thanks! Definitely increased the airflow. I feel confident I could run SLI in this small case if I wanted to. I have considered delidding my Haswell... just not convinced I need to for what I use this system for (primarily VMware break / fix / testing / practice). Even having it overclocked is probably silly, but hey.. this is OCN, right?
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Thanks... I appreciate it. Sometimes it is a challenge to make things work like you want them too.. but that is part of the fun, also.
I am getting one myself, however I am putting in a 360 radiator in the front. SLI 780 Ti's in there and a 4770K.
 

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I am getting one myself, however I am putting in a 360 radiator in the front. SLI 780 Ti's in there and a 4770K.
Cool! Are you going to run the CPU or the GPU's off the rad? I am not sure if a single 360 would cool all three....

Look forward to your build log! It will be interesting to see what you come up with.
 

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Cool! Are you going to run the CPU or the GPU's off the rad? I am not sure if a single 360 would cool all three....

Look forward to your build log! It will be interesting to see what you come up with.
I will run both, but it will also feature a 240 in the top. At least when it's at LAN parties. At home I will connect a Phobya Xtreme NOVA 1080 or 1260.
 

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I will run both, but it will also feature a 240 in the top. At least when it's at LAN parties. At home I will connect a Phobya Xtreme NOVA 1080 or 1260.
Cool!
 
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