UPDATE 06/01/07: Well, it seems to be my luck... Some components in my server died over the long weekend so I needed to steal from this project to get my system partly functional (and it's still not 100%). As a result I'm stuck with an incomplete pile of parts. As such Ever-So-Tight-Li is on indefinite hiatus... When I get more time (and money for parts) I will be back... Until then... ------------------------------------ Hello all, I've been out of the mod game for a while now since my wife and I found out we were having a little boy. Now that he's here I've been dying to get a proper project going, complete with log. My last project, a dual loop Aqua Computer cooled Lian Li V2000 didnt have a project log because I was scrambling to get it finished. Now that my boy's here, I don't have a ton of time to work on mods, but at least that slow pace will allow me to take pictures, and actually post. So, in the spirit of getting back in the game, I'm starting not one, but two project logs, this one being the first. Here's the link to the other one so you can check it out when you're done here: Think Outside the (X)Box. Somehow I always start more than one project at a time... damn ADD!! So, with all that guff out of the way, the project I'll be chronicling here is based off a Lian Li V300. I haven't seen a lot of projects based on this case, and being a big fan of the V1000 and V2000, I liked the look and the small footprint. I wanted to transform my v2000 from my gaming machine to a server to store all my DVD ISOs. This is what it looked like before: Not really conducive to any LAN-ing (if I find the time to do that again soon). It was running an AMD 4400+ X2, 2GB Corsair XMS, BFG 7800GTX SLI, with a 74GB Raptor and 4 x 250GB Western Digitals in RAID-5. I mentioned there was a dual loop, so essentially I had double the watercooling parts. I removed one loop, the X2 4400, the RAM, and vid cards and replaced it with an Opteron 144, 2GB of generic **** RAM, and an eVGA GeForce 7300GT. These are the "after" pics. I replaced the Cuplex XT I had on my X2 with a Cuplex Pro. I swapped out the Aquabay from the front and replaced it with ventilated Lian Li drive bay covers. To the server I added 4 x 500GB hard drives, and a 160GB boot drive, for a total of 2.41TB (before formatting). Should be enough to tide me over until my DVD collection gets completely out of hand and requires more space. I ditched the windowed panel and put the stock one back on. With cover off: Closer: Ok, so with the stage set now, we're about up to speed. Having my entire desktop match is important to me, so with a silver Apple 20" Cinema Display, I needed to make everything go in the same color scheme. I bought a Logitech G7 recently because I couldnt stand the cord on my G5, and it's got that faux-carbon fiber finish to it. Great, I love carbon fiber too. If you recall back to the PC-65 days, Lian Li cases used to have that fake carbon fiber strip on top, so this will all fit in with the overall color scheme. I have a G15 keyboard that could be tied in closer with the scheme if the black areas were CF. I suppose if I find the time I'll get around to doing that with the CF vinyl. With the hardware and watercooling parts I yanked out of the V2000, I was almost set for the V300 case. Finally, I'm sure you're thinking. So here it is. I stripped the fans, power button, and USB ports out. Sorry about the dust, it's been sitting on my desk for a couple of months now. I'm not a huge fan of that black strip (it looks too plain) so I'm currently waiting for some carbon fiber strips (genuine) to arrive. I figured that by doing this it would give the case that "retro" vibe from the PC-65. I'm going to reuse one of my AquaTubes from the other case, so I went about mounting it in the top of the case. Not sanded/filed yet: Filed/sanded/drilled: Test fitted: Lookin' pretty nifty, if I do say so myself. Don't mind the mismatched socket cap and button head screws, they will all be button head in the end. Now, I know what many of you may be saying: 7800GTX's won't fit in the V300 because of that 3.5 drive cage. How right you are! Lian Li really screwed the pooch in this department. In an ordinary circumstance the video cards wouldn't fit; this isn't even taking into account the 2 7800GTX Aqua Computer blocks I've got on the cards.