Hi & Welcome. Quick intro, I'm new here. My name is Michael this is my first build log, case mod & watercooling venture. May seem small to you guys but this is just the beginning for me. So the idea of this case mod is just something i missed from the core p3 by thermaltake, after using it for a few months with an overclocked haswell; It missed airflow. So the plan was to orientate a 360 radiator or 420 on a 90 degree to direct airflow to motherboard, Graphics card, VRM heatsink & chipset etc. The main goal for this project is to give me confidence towards my future goal, to say I can mod & I can watercool, what better case to use than an open air P3. Part picking was easy, as the parts will be used in a rebuild of the same system once i moddify the case. (it was started but then put on hold). I wont spoil anything but there will be a clue in this build. So i knew i needed a MATX motherboard, i Decided on the z370 by asus the Gaming G wifi model. 16gb of ram, which had to match a Grey theme, i went for the team group Vulcan. Graphics card i already had was the Asus GTX 1070. (big bump from my 960 2gb). Power supply i was spoiled for choice, as i am no stranger to custom cables, making for clients, friends and SI's. Decided on the shortest one i had, with adequate wattage, the Corsair AX760. Then drop in the 8700k. So lets have a quick look at the layout i had in mind. IMG_1230 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Idea is to use the standard layout / orientation but rotate the radiator. I needed some form of bracket which wasn't too much trouble off the shelf. Also the chassis was never inteded for an ATX PSU mounted verticaly with an MATX motherboard along with the vertical graphics card. So some challenges were up ahead. So after mounting the board, i knew i wanted the cables to come out of individual holes from the chassis and soon to be acrylic sheet to hide all the cutout holes. I wanted the 24 pin 8 pin and not to sure yet PCIE power to be parallel with the board connector. I used a housing to mark this and used a comb to mark the centre holes. IMG_1239 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr IMG_1240 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr I had a hexgear comb that i planned to use for the 24, so i eyed up the connector to the underside of the board and sketched around the comb to mark the holes. Used the convenient tapped hole as my starter for Pin 1 IMG_1242 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr IMG_1245 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr IMG_1246 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr With the cable points marked in, time to assemble the radiator, fans and brackets. IMG_1294 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Once they were together i offered them to the chassis and tried to use the original case cutouts to use a threaded screw and nut. I planned on using the case cutouts to thread the fan cables through also. I marked the locations with some sticky dots. IMG_1301 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Now the PSU. I didnt want to be drilling some 50 + holes by hand to thread the PSU cables through the chassis. so decided to make "to scale" a mirror of the PSU face to mark out what i would need to cut out of the chassis. Then i would use the same mirror scale measurement to drill the holes only through the acrylic. IMG_1250 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr IMG_1303 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr So with that marked up, I applied the factory acrylic window making sure it was square at all edges. Decided to drill through the acrylic with a 4mm wood bit and step up with the radiator bracket. IMG_1304 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Stepped up to a sharp 5mm bit to better fit the hardware I had, quick test fit and i was happy so far. IMG_1306 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr IMG_1307 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Next was the fan cable locations after mounting the radiator fans. I turned to the rear of the case and marked where the cables come out from the fan corner. IMG_1308 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr This next bit i found hard but came out good with some patient filing. Started at the top of the round cutout on the chassis and drilled several holes to the bottom. IMG_1310 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Looked hideous but, some filing later; came up great. IMG_1312 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr EPS 8 Pin power. IMG_1316 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr I thought only 8 holes, i would start of easy; picked up the 4mm wood bit and used a cut out of a to scale diagram. Plunged the bit into the centre of the marking stopped once i got to the metal. Swapped to a 2mm bit for a pilot hole, then upped to the 4mm metal bit once the 2mm came through. IMG_1318 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Metal was thick here, bits are hardly used and sharp took a little time. IMG_1323 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Was very happy with this 8 pin, came out perfectly. Dreading the 24 pin, I dove straight in; trying to use the same technique. Was going well until i ran into metal, then became tricky. Once i was done it looked so messy, some filing, much filing was needed. IMG_1325 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr IMG_1329 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Taking what i learned i moved over to the PSU side of things. IMG_1332 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Placed down the diagram of the face of the PSU, marked which connectors i didn't need, then drilled the rest with the 4mm wood bit. Done what i could and skipped the metal this time. Done some little tiding and decided to cut some metal away with the dremel and cutting tool. Took the chassis outside, cut out the large portion of the PSU area and the hideous metal catastrophe that was the 24 pin. Did a little grinding on the 8 Pin with a round grinding stone i had, perfect for the hole, was nice and smooth for a cable routed through. IMG_1338 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr 2 Cutting wheels later, the PSU side was out, took some cutting, very thick case & strong. IMG_1341 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Went back in and finished the hole drilling PSU side & filed to my hearts content to get this looking as good as i can. IMG_1347 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Once i was happy, next was mounting the motherboard to the acrylic. Friend recommended me the tap and drill bit style. I practiced on the tray behind the motherboard which would be getting cut out at some point. Did a straight tap no issues, also a 2mm pilot hole followed by a tap. I opted for the 2mm pilot then the M3 tap, for greater accuracy. Used a torque setting of 15 on my old XRP dewalt drill, some 20 years old, inherited of course and a little wd40 for lubricant. I found this was the best setting, it hit too much resistance at 13/14 setting. Speed 1 setting to have consistent speed of a tap, then simply pop in reverse after all the way in. IMG_1364 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Marked up which Standoffs i would need then got to work, tested the alignment with a dummy motherboard. Wasn't 100% perfect but enough to leave a little wiggle room to get it square. IMG_1358 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Last thing before i test fitted was the PSU brackets, using the factory holes with the tap i just cut out the acrylic, enough to pass a longer screw into the chassis. 4mm hole again after identifying the correct holes. IMG_1363 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr IMG_1365 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Next was the Vertical GPU Bracket. Lined up after mounting the dummy motherboard. IMG_1401 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr decided which holes were needed In the end, had to drill 3 fresh holes which i decided to nut & bolt to the chassis. IMG_1404 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Quick mounting i lined up the PCIE Cover bracket. marked the holes for tapping. Couldnt nut and bolt here as it was too close to the chassis edge. IMG_1405 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr IMG_1406 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr IMG_1407 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Quick trial fit & then move on to wrapping. Ordered some 750 x 750mm white matt vinyl wrap. Simply laid over and trimmed the edges with an hobby knife. Cutting the holes was easy, quick circle motion and the fine needle file took up any excess. IMG_1419 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr So next was to test fit all the hardware. So loaded the wrapped acrylic with the standoffs. IMG_1423 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Mounted the motherboard, next was radiator brackets and radiator. IMG_1425 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Then to the GPU Support bracket. As i never had the mobo on standoffs there was some clearance issues and some of the vertical bracket had to go. IMG_1427 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr IMG_1430 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr Then had to cut 4mm or so from the PSU Bracket to get the central bracket to fit on top of the vertical GPU bracket. Touch up with some nail varnish from the mrs. Perfect. Got the bracket installed, PSU Tied down along with the motherboard i would be using. IMG_1442 by Michael Sheppard, on Flickr So a little blip in planning with some extra holes being drilled as i new this case wasnt fit for MATX and vertical PSU. Got the Grapics Thanks for reading, will drop a new log soon.