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Case Mod - In Progress Level Twelve

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by slipperyskip, 4 Nov 2010.

  1. slipperyskip

    slipperyskip Member

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    I know. Pretty lame name. I do however like how both words have so many letters in common just like Level Eleven. There won't be a Level Thirteen, I promise you.

    Anyway, this is a case mod. The case is a very small mini tower case that has the optical drive mounted vertically. It has space for a single 3.5" hard drive and two low-profile expansion slots.

    The goal for this project is to replace everything with much higher-end components, improve the cooling system and enclose it in something special...hopefully. It has to be finished by December 15th so this is going to happen fast.

    I was cornered to quickly come up with a design idea so I quickly copped-out and traced a photo of Level Eleven.

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    I exactly doubled L11's dimensions which makes this a 2/3 scale version of Thermaltake's Level 10. The idea is to make a slide-in "cartridge" style enclosure-type system like my Mission and Mid-Century Madness projects.

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    Gutted, looking at it from behind. PSU in top hole and expansion slots on the bottom.

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    Interior space. Fairly well made with no sharp edges. Made from steel so the Dremel will be working hard on this project.

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    The stock motherboard (left) is being replaced with a Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 mini-ITX motherboard. The stock board is non-standard sized that is wider than a mini-ITX and appears to be the same length as a microATX board. Using the Gigabyte board allows me to use a double-slot video card instead of a single slot. It also gives me USB 3.0 which will be important later.

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    The stock power supply (gutted on the right) is rated at 180W and incorporates the original system's only case fan. It is a non-standard size. I did a lot of research to find another non-standard PSU that comes close in size. What I got is a 350W Antec MT-352 that came out of an Antec HTPC case. A little modding and it should fit perfect.

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    1/4" Baltic Birch plywood being cut with my handle-less X-Acto razor saw. Some things never change.

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    Thanks for looking. I welcome any and all feedback. Standard rules apply. :D
     
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  2. Gtek

    Gtek Doesn't raise the bar; he IS the bar.

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    nice start, the same mobo as mine. any ideas about the cpu cooling yet?
     
  3. slipperyskip

    slipperyskip Member

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    Thanks. I was originally going to use a Corsair H50 but there is no room for the inflexible hoses. I've decided to go with a Scythe Shuriken instead. There was some good feedback on Newegg where a guy used the same board and had no RAM/Vid card clearance issues. How is that Akasa working for you or have you tested it yet?
     
  4. Gtek

    Gtek Doesn't raise the bar; he IS the bar.

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    Sound like a plan :thumb: Yeah Akasa works, gave me stable overclock of 4.2Ghz today, just not that quiet
     
  5. voigts

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    cool. another neat slipperyskip build to watch. I'll be tuning in to this one.
     
  6. Kumo

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    Looks like a nice project. Good luck.
     
  7. slipperyskip

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    Not much Akasa on this side of the pond. I had to smuggle some Akasa TIM Cleaner across the border several years ago. :D

    Thanks! Wood rules, plastic drools. :hehe:

    Hopefully. Thanks. :thumb:

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    To free up some space I'm relocating the optical drive and 3.5" HDD(s) to the support box. In their place I'll be using this Crucial C300 256GB SSD as a system drive.

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    Oops. Wrong CPU. I'll have to send this one back.

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    8" wide quarter-matched Bird's Eye Maple.

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    Back to the saw mill after having a little fun.

    Thanks for looking.
     
  8. BigBazz

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    Wrong CPU pfft yeah right as if any one would give that back ;) a future project in sight hmmm :) look forward to see what you do with this project.
     
  9. ./^\.Ace./^\.

    ./^\.Ace./^\. New Member

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    If you don't need that i7 980x I will gladly have it. :hehe:
     
  10. its

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    Wrong CPU? C'mon.. You didn't notice it and simply put it in the computer :D I would never send that little neat piece back haha.
     
  11. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Skip, I'm sending you my address. You know where to send that CPU :hehe:
     
  12. slipperyskip

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    Wrong mainly because it is the wrong socket. :wallbash: Even Intel gets confused now and then with all the different sockets.

    No! :hehe:

    I was hoping to have Intel as a sponsor for more than just one project. :thumb: I find that companies that make these kind of mistakes tend to not want the "error" back.

    No. I'm going to turn it into a paperweight. :hehe:

    After talking to Intel it has been decided that I get to keep the 980X for my next project. Honesty pays once again.

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    Today's UPS haul. A Scythe Shuriken, Powercolor 5750 and a Vantec USB 3.0 Hub. USB Hub? WTF?

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    New knowledge. USB 3.0 ports are coded in blue.

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    It's not modding unless you are voiding warranties. The plastic case will go in the trash.

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    Cute little video card. Smaller than I pictured in my head. (Did I just say cute? Damn.)

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    6-pin PCIE power plug means there is a little heat under the tiny hood.

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    Nice match size-wise for a mini-ITX board. A single stick of memory to help check for clearance issues.

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    The cooling fans face downward. I'll be cutting out a huge portion of bottom of this case to help these fans get direct fresh air.

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    I love Scythe products. This low-profile cooler has six heat-pipes and a 100mm x 12mm fan.

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    Back to sawing. Thanks for looking. :thumb:
     
  13. Wicked_Sludge

    Wicked_Sludge My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

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    im liking this collection of parts. sub'd :D
     
  14. Dot_Kappa

    Dot_Kappa 100% Puppet

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    Interesting this vga low profile :)


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    Slipper , no watermarks for your pictures....? :D
     
  15. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    Another 'level' mod. You've got my attention. :D Gotta love those small boards, I
    can see a couple of those in my future.
     
  16. Tangster

    Tangster Butt-kicking for goodness!

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    There's another modder out there wondering why Intel have sent them a 1156 CPU instead of a 980X. :p Nice going so far.
     
  17. murraynt

    murraynt Well-Known Member

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    You jammy devil, lovely little build you have going.
    Any plans for the case yet?
     
  18. bobisgod

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    Can't wait to see what you're gonna do with it! Are you going to use any wood?
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    seriously? trying to get attention in someone else's buildlog? There's a rule about that iirc
     
  19. BLUEHORSESTUDIOS

    BLUEHORSESTUDIOS I haven't lost a finger yet!

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    oh man , this is gonna be insane.Cant wait to see more of this.
     
  20. its

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    @Chiller1: C'mon :) That's pathetic.
     

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