Project Oroborous: The Cycle Continues - Case Mod Log
So, here is what the mod will eventually look like from the outside.
The main feature is a mirrored triangle with (possibly) some modders mesh on it, I haven't quite decided yet. I didn't want a side panel because it lets a lot more sound out and I like the simplicity of the design.
The interior will be (surprise) black and white. I like black and white designs because they are easy on the eyes yet still very high contrast. Bright green or blue lights are an eyesore.
As previously stated, this mod will be built around silence to my relatively low standards, yet I still want to maintain enough airflow for a hot CPU and a GPU that can fold 24/7. It doesn't help that this case has terrible cooling - there is only one 120mm fan for the entire top "compartment". The end plan in to add anywhere inbetween 2 and 4 120mm fans. These will be Yate Loon D12SL-12's and Gelid 120mm 1000RPM fans.
Now, what is powering this rig you may ask?
XFX 680i LT (looking for a sponsorship for a P45 or similar)
4GB Patriot DDR2-800
Corsair TX650 (yep, not a modular PSU. I can make this work! [maybe])
Seagate 7200.12 500GB
Asus Xonar DX sound card
LG DVD drive
So, it won't be top of the line exactly. I'm fine with that because I like personality - not many people have E6850's. Potential upgrades would be a new motherboard with a predominately a black colour scheme. I'm looking for some potential sponsorships.
Oh, and finally a bit about me. I'm a high school student from Ontario, Canada with experience with computers and machinery (to some degree). Modding is a perfect match between my love for PCs and tools. I don't have much available to me at home - files, a dremel, sandpaper, pliers etc. but at school I have access to a milling machine and a small CNC milling machine (only good for acrylic really) as well as drill presses and bandsaws. My primary goal for this PC is silence for folding - I want to be able to fold 24/7 without much noise.
So, with that out of the way, let's take a look at the case.
Sadly, thanks to buying used, it does have a bit of cosmetic damage. There is a scratch on the front and on the left side panel. Nothing a bit of bondo and paint can't fix.
I lost most of the pictures from the start of the project due to a hard drive lighting on fire and my failure to back up anything :blarg: so what you missed out on was the case being disassembled, some of it being painted, the rear fan grills being removed, a 120mm fan mounting in the midplate, and a hole for the 8-pin CPU connector. I also sleeved the 8-pin and 24-pin connectors, of which I only have the finished pictures of.
I decided on a black and white alternating checkerboard scheme because I haven't seen it done before yet it still looks great. Sadly, I cheaped out and went for Techflex so lots of colour shows through. The budget simply could not stretch for MDPC sleeving.
I removed the rear grills because any resistance, no matter how small, creates extra noise and turbulence. They will be edged with some self-adhesive grommet after painting. More on that switch plate later.
Next order of business, a 120mm fan in the divider plate.
This midplate will be covered in PAX.mate acoustic foam (along with most of the rest of the case). I cut the fan hole large on purpose so the foam will make the opening that you see, as it's easier to make a clean hole on the foam.
I removed the HDD rack and one of the 2 "pods" - I only will be using 2 hard drives at most. The front bays block airflow enormously.
(sorry, no pic ATM - will get it done tomorrow)
The other pod simply was in the way of the mid plate fan. The sole pod got a black paint job and the tray got white. This won't be a black with white accents build - it's black and white in equal measure.
Now, the rear 80mm fans. I will be keeping the stock ones as they are pretty quiet and will be absolutely silent (to me, slight hearing loss lol) once at 7v or 5v. I was considering sealing off the PSU partition so those 80mm fans just feed the PSU but I decided against it.
More as soon as I can write the log. Which isn't too fast :sad:
Nice start to this build.
Can I suggest hard drive suspension or a custom enclosure for those hard drives? I find that the hard drive noise is the loudest and usually the hardest to silence. Even my WD10EADS with AAM isn't quiet enough for me haha.
Oh and if you're up for some warranty voiding, switch out your power supply fan for a Scythe S-Flex 1600rpm one, it should work quite well in it and remove any remaining noise.
I think your design is great, I love the whole black and white designs; so elegant. Why didn't you get MDPC-X sleeving? It's only about $1 a meter with shipping and the dollar conversion. To sleeve a 12" 24-pin extenders, or just 24 wires at 12" each is about 6 meters :thumb:
I myself used techflex, but no matter what angle I look at it, how
much light, and however good my macros are I CAN NOT see any wires through it.
Good luck on this, it's goingto be fine.
MM... sleeving.. mmmmm.... :p
Nice sleeving there Sushi, looks to be a promising mod.. :)
This looks very cool. Awesome work so far. I can't wait to see more. :thumb:
I disassembled my keyboard (OCZ Alchemy Elixir) today for painting. I washed each key individually, as it was pretty dirty. I hate membrane keyboards - 250+ little parts on my floor thanks to the little dome every key needs. It will be getting a coat of white (or 4).
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