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Project: Cosmos Sv2 my dream build
Hey all I'm working on my personal rig and well you've probably seen in on my website or on another forum so some posts may seem very copy and paste. I used to be quite active here and well real life happened and lost the email I had for here etc so now I'm back and I would like to share what I've been working on recently.
Hi I'm NotSoEpicMods you can also call me Josh. Long time ago back in 2008 I made one of my largest(literally) most expensive PC purchases and that was the $300 Cooler Master Cosmos S case. To this day I still see it as one of the most beautiful off the shelf cases out there hence the build/project. While I still see it as an amazing case it does lack in a lot of areas that modern cases strive in and almost make it easy to build a nice looking average pc in(no offence but it's true with all the cable management stuff built into higher end cases). Where this case really falls short in is: Low amount of cable management, restrictive meshes, unpainted interior, no side window, I'm sure there's more.
So here I am today 6 years later trying to make the Cosmos S relevant again, or at least make my system look better, hoping that CM will come out with a Cosmos S v2 or a Cosmos T or something.
This build is not sponsored by anyone so I have no due dates for anything however I have set personal goals but some upgrades may be a long way off due to budgeting.
Here's some of the earliest pictures I could find of what the system used to look like in chronological order.(warning some of these may make you cringe)
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The Current Setup:
Currently this is my main rig and what it houses isn't amazing and only contains these parts:
-CM Cosmos S
-Phenom II x6 1090T @ 4Ghz
-Corsair H100 push pull
-Asus Sabertooth 990FX
-16GB Patriot Memory
-XFX R7950 DD @ 1Ghz core, 1.35Ghz memory
-D-Link Wireless pci-e card
-AVerMedia TV pci card
-TP-Link Gigabit LAN pci-e card
-1x DVD RW, 1x Blu-Ray reader/DVD RW
-1x 300GB WD Caviar Black (main OS drive), 1x 1.5TB WD Caviar Green(game capture storage/scratch disk), 2x 2TB WD Red drives(main storage in raid 1 for redundancy)
CPU-Z Validator 4.0
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What has been done before the log:
-cut out the restrictive plastic supports from the top cover(can be seen in above pictures)
-removed internal optical drives and changed to external usb drive
-had plexiglass side panel insert made(story on this below)
- replaced some of the fans with cougar fans
So like I said I am terrible at doing in progress shots of doing stuff because I get so deeply focused on doing the build itself. So I am trying to catch this bad habit early and start doing it now rather than when it's all done(which isn't really a build log and would be more of a showcase).
It wasn't much I did to it but unfortunately I don't have before, during and after pics.
Here's a pic of the top which is now more open and only has the mesh.
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Those cougar fans:
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My most recent endeavor has been to replace the mesh of my side panel with a glass insert. Well not being able to find a place that does custom flat sheet glass that was in my area I decided to settle with plexiglass (eww I know). So I took my side panel and headed down to my hardware store and bought a piece of plexi. Since I just needed a simple square piece cut I asked them if they would cut it and they said sure but the guy who knows how to operate their fancy saw wasn't in yet. So they said if you leave the side panel and your number with us we can cut a piece of plexi to fit and call me when it's done so I said sure since the cuts were free. As some of you who may have owned a Cosmos S in the past there are stand offs on the inside of the side panel to screw a plastic insert that held a 200mm fan and the modders mesh.
Well when they put the plexi panel in(which wasn't even cut square) they decided to use the screws also even though there are clips that hold the plexi. So what happened is that the screws pushed against the aluminum of the side panel and caused a raised bump to show on the exterior of the side panel *facepalm*.
I talked with the manager to replace my side panel since they damaged it and they refused to since they can't order via their in store system or something. So I asked to at least get a full sheet of plexi for free so I can do it properly myself, which I got.
It's been about a week and I still haven't replaced that badly cut piece of plexi since it is serving its purpose and won't be seen once the case is closed. I added extra washers onto the screws so they no longer press against the aluminum.
The problem is that I still had those horrid bumps visible on the beautiful brushed aluminum. I found some matt black screws and cut the heads off with a hacksaw and contoured them with a dremel.
It turned out not too bad.
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The screw heads are just held on with some very very thin "permanent" scotch double sided tape. Also the Cosmos S logo that was on the mesh was just too nice to not have on the side panel. Getting the logo off was a breeze since you can soak it in alcohol and just push on it through the mesh.
For the logo I used some reusable scotch double sided strips so that I could more easily relocate the badge somewhere if I needed.
All in all it turned out alright considering the mess ups. The screw heads match the raised badge and don't look as out of place.
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Well that's all I got done for now I get off work early Wednesday so we'll see what I can do then.
Edit fo my bad spelling.
So got a bit of an update. After work I stopped by my local Canada Computers and picked up a new 24-pin extension. As some of you may know the Cosmos S has a touch sensitive power button which mine surprisingly(knock on wood) still works perfectly. However as you can see in my previous pics that the 24-pin extension looks horrid. Well here's what I picked up:
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So I'll be splicing in the case power connector into this extension tomorrow.
Also since I work with cars for my job I have easy access to Plasti Dip which is amazing. So I pulled my D-Link PCI wireless card to test out painting the back of it because I don't really care if I kill it since I rarely use it. Plasti Dip says to let it dry for 4 hours before use so I'm gonna let it dry overnight.
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So I'll be painting this card tonight and if the Plasti Dip doesn't kill it somehow which it shouldn't I'll be doing the same to my other green backed cards.
Alright so I managed to get a bit of work done today on this and I'm pretty happy with what I was able to get done.
So I picked these up at work and I'm gonna try and use them for mounting my hard drives differently in the system. If you don't know what they are they're plastic concrete anchors which these are #14x1-1/2" which work great as spacers/anchors for stuff in computers. Here I cut them down to the approx size I wanted to avoid the drive's board shorting out on something. Also I got these really nice looking black 6-32 screws for mounting the hard drives, they use a hex head instead of the usual philips you see.
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I slapped together that wireless card and tested it to make sure I didn't mess it up and it works and looks way better than before. Oh also as note to anyone using plasti dip and masking areas off always have a super sharp knife with you. I tried to peel the tape off but it was pulling the plasti dip off the card too so I had to cut the plasti dip as I pulled the tape off.
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Turned out pretty darn good looking for an experiment:
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Since I was on a roll for painting with plsati dip let's find some more victims! Front panel connectors, a few more pci cards and a power supply should do.
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So I planned on flipping my PSU back to bottom intake style and well found it a bit scratched up. <_< So I decided to add that to the plasti dip victim list.
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I managed to source some vented PCI slot covers and well I'm not sure about them in the end the case is going to be neutral/slightly negative air pressure so I may have to find another solution for slot covers maybe plain Jane black non vented ones? idk thoughts?
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Also remember that 24 pin extension that looked horrid? Here's a close up of it:
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So if you ever wondered what Bitfenix alchemy cables look like underneath all that sleeving well it's just plain black wire.
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Splicing the case button power connector to the new extension was easy and taped down with lots of electrical tape to avoid the soldered splice from being damaged in any way and to hold the sleeving that I cut in place(that stuff frays like crazy after being cut and even after melting with a lighter) . Besides no one is ever gonna see this part of the extension in the finished build.
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So for the final bit of this update is a roadblock I've hit in my plans. Originally I was going to mount the Hard drives vertically on the inside of the 5.25" bays. Here's a pic with a test fit drive to show how I was going to orient them but on the inside instead of where I'm holing it.
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So a few problems with this: the cable management will still be horrible if you look through the side of the case from the rear. Also it seems less space efficient because I have to use spacers to avoid the tabs that usually hold the 5.25" devices up. Also the holes that are already in the case for the 5.25" bays don't line up at all with the HDD holes and I wasn't in the mood for drilling holes at the time. So those screws and plastic risers in my first pic will have their uses found somewhere else. I have an idea already for a new way of mounting the drives but that's going to have to wait until at least the weekend because it requires a little more work than just slapping spacers on some screws. Also see if you can tell what other change is going to be included in the next update from that picture just above I know some of you have eagle eyes out there. ;)
Edit: Maybe I should start doing this more often.
Next steps for the build:
-find a new way to mount HDDs
-work on cable management options
-start prepping for water cooling!(this means taking measurements and shopping)
-get those parts plasti dipped
-work on a logo
-try not to spoil too much
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