Basically the idea was to use my old xbox 360 elite (made redundant by new pc and 360 slim) into a pc. The main limitation is space as the internal metal cage of the 360 is 275mm x 215mm x 65mm (roughly).
I have now purchased all the parts and they are:
CPU: amd a10 5800k
RAM: 2x4gb crucial ballistix tactical tracer 1866mhz* replaced by samsung greens
SSD: 240gb sandisk extreme ssd (mounted in xbox hdd mount)
HDD: 500gb laptop hard drive* no room
PSU: Be Quiet 350w tfx psu (external to the xbox due to space)
Cooling: H100i with 2x scythe slim slipstream
2x 92mm noctua a9x14 slim fans* replaced by noiseblocker 80x20mm fans
The uses for this pc will be as a portable hybrid between laptop and desktop, the size I originally had in mind was to fit in my messenger bag and the xbox does perfectly.
I chose the h100i as although it is £90 of cooling on a £90 processor, it will keep it cool while gaming and hopefully give me an opportunity to overclock both the cpu and gpu on the apu.
Anyway, so far I have bought all the tools required as this is my first mod (dremel, soldering iron and the essentials)
Step 1. Gut the xbox case (completed 23rd Jan)
Step 2. Drill motherboard screw holes and fit standoffs (completed 26th Jan)
Step 3. Drill blowholes for the h100i and perforate the xbox case for the 92mm intakes (in progress)
Step 4. Solder the motherboard power wire to the xbox power button pcb
Step 5. Create cutouts for the io panel, power wires to come in and holes for ssd mounting (in progress)
Step 6. Mount everything and test it works.
Step 7. Overclock
It isn't the biggest mod in the world but it is a good starting point for me.
First of all I gutted the xbox:
Then removed the motherboard:
and now have to put all of this:
I will be borrowing a proper camera for most of the following updates, currently using my phone. It is just the prep work I have done so far and I hope to do most of the modding over the next weekend or two.