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Old December 26, 2013, 08:47 AM
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That was was the Toshiba-based PCB which has no PWM. It is definiutely a better PCB. I still have one more Toshiba boards and still a bunch of dead DDC3s. I at some point in the near future I will do the mod and this time install the potentiometer so I can control speed.
Good to know!


Awesome job on the case modding. I really like the idea of cutting one half of the 5.25 bays brackets!
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Old December 27, 2013, 10:56 AM
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Good to know!


Awesome job on the case modding. I really like the idea of cutting one half of the 5.25 bays brackets!
I got a response back from DIYINHK. They claim their PWM boards are superior . They won't be selling the Toshiba ones anymore unless someone buys 50 of them .

Here are a few pics w/ better lighting of how the case was yesterday.







My modding koozie .


Working on the cable management floor plan. I don't want to be drilling a million holes this time around. Planning out every single cable before I do any cutting.

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Old December 27, 2013, 05:21 PM
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Nice pix!! Are you gonna fabricate a PSU cover or paint the PSU sticker?
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Old December 27, 2013, 05:39 PM
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Nice pix!! Are you gonna fabricate a PSU cover or paint the PSU sticker?
That isn't actually the PSU I am using. That was pulled from my ESXi WIP just so I could see where the PSU would fit. The PSU for this machine is currently being used on my Z9PE-D8 WS while it folds. It has already had all the stickers removed from it.

Definitely won't be using a cover or a mid plate or anything. The sleeving and cable management at the PSU is going to be one of the areas I spend the most time. There will also be a false floor to cover up all the nasty holes that there currently is. Also there will be no wires running on the floor this time around. Everything will be behind the motherboard tray.

I attempted to counter sink the rivet holes on the back of the case. Carefully used a 1/4" drill bit to sink them. The grade on them isn't perfect but I wasn't able to find counter-sinking tools that were designed to under 1mm drill depth.


Also finished cutting out the center of the backplate. Have a few small mistakes but I am happy w/ the outcome. Especially for a first time and doing it by hand. If only I had a CNC.







Got some new nibblers today. Bessey again. They work so much better than my older ones. Except they mouth on them doesn't open as wide so they cannot be used w/ anything larger than 1.5mm. Also got a new pair of Bessey snips.







I started work on drilling out the holes on the motherboard tray for cable management. I thought that flush mounting the bolts so they couldn't be visible from the front side would look good. Since I don't have the tools to drill precisely 1.5mm in to the aluminum I ordered some aluminum epoxy filler, which should be powder coatable according to their website. Pricey stuff unfortunately.

Epoxy Filler, Aluminum Epoxy, Epoxy Putty, high temperature epoxy - Alvin Products - Metal Restoration and Repair
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Old December 27, 2013, 11:36 PM
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That isn't actually the PSU I am using. That was pulled from my ESXi WIP just so I could see where the PSU would fit. The PSU for this machine is currently being used on my Z9PE-D8 WS while it folds. It has already had all the stickers removed from it.

Definitely won't be using a cover or a mid plate or anything. The sleeving and cable management at the PSU is going to be one of the areas I spend the most time. There will also be a false floor to cover up all the nasty holes that there currently is. Also there will be no wires running on the floor this time around. Everything will be behind the motherboard tray.
Nice

I also totally agree on the fact of not using a cover plate it was just about the PSU question .....you should never cover your sleeving art
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Old December 28, 2013, 12:44 PM
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About 90% done w/ the holes on the motherboard tray. Still need to do the 4-pin connector cables for the pump/fans. But I don't exactly know where it will go yet so it will stay uncut. I won't be using spacers/standoffs for the cable management clamps this time. There will be two plates that go on each set of screws. One between the two layers of sleeving and one on top. Held in place w/ a pair of nuts. The screws will then be cut down to length. Doing it this way will allow for better tension. Plus being able to comb the sleeving since both layers of the sleeving will be separated at each clamp. Didn't realize some of the screws weren't in all the way and were leaning when I was taking the pics. The battery light on the camera was flashing I was in a hurry to get the pics taken. The plan is to cut off all the heads of the screws on the front side of the motherboard tray and use some metal epoxy to flush them. I have ordered some stuff that claims to be powder coatable.

I have also cut all the holes required for the cable pass-throughs. I tried to keep them as small as possible. Each one will definitely require the connectors to be removed for the cables to get through.












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Old December 29, 2013, 12:32 PM
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Motherboard tray back in place.




The lowfatŠ V2 cable clamps.



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Old December 29, 2013, 03:27 PM
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My sleeving combs that I now use to clean and straighten out the sleeving when putting it the case. A good 10x better than those cheap 3 and 4 mod smart ones I was using in the past. Way easier to install and remove and significantly easier to work w/.



And the outcome. Only took me about an hour to feel the 24-pin one cable at a time through the hole and straighten them out.







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that is beautiful!
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