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psy^tx1050b - Project Worklog

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by psynapse, 29 Jun 2005.

  1. psynapse

    psynapse New Member

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    Hello, i'm new :hehe:

    This project has been going for about 2 months so far.
    It's getting a little too hardcore for the local forum i usually frequent, so i thought i'd bring it over to you guys here at bit-tech and see what you thought :dremel:

    So let me set the scene ..

    Previously i was proud to do as much as i could to my cases with the most ghetto of tools. Power drills, tin snips, hammers and chisels; you name it and i probably found a use for it.

    This time around, it's serious.
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    With these new tools I'm going for a pro finish, with the aim being a fully customized enclosure to last for years.

    Case should be arriving tomorrow - stay tuned :)
     
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  2. psynapse

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    - - Update: Day 2 - -



    The tx1050b is here, and what can i say .. it's even better than i expected :)

    Forgot to take a nice "before" shot in my eagerness to strip it down though, so here it is in all its naked, factory stock glory.
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    You wouldn't believe the amount of gear i stripped away to get it down to the bare chassis!
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    Now on with the modding :p

    First to drill out those rivets holding the HDD bays in place.
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    Mark out the holes to be cut in prep for the dual intakes.
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    Might need to re-measure those when the fans arrive. I'll leave the front for now and concentrate on losing that honeycomb crap on the back.
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    So far so good, now to smooth it off some.
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    And the case is off to a good start!
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    Not much more i can do to it until i pick up some ducts, fans, fan hole moulding, and other goodies.

    In the meantime, i might just sleeve this PSU that came with the tx1050b.
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    It's modular, so i'm thinking i'll re-wire one of the useless PCI-E plugs to make a dedicated molex line for my 6800 :)
     
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  3. psynapse

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    - - Update: Day 3 - -



    Just a small update, i need to grab some more heatshrink to finish off the PSU.
    It's coming along damn well though.
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    Before and after just doesn't compare, and check how the molex plugs glow in daylight!
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  4. psynapse

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    - - Update: Day 4 - -



    More metal work, this time prepping the front for the dual intakes.

    First one.
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    Then the other.
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    Using the aluminum shell off an Evercool 120mm fan as a guide, i've cut away more to get the holes a snug fit with the fans.
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    That's red texta on the fan casing btw, not blood :p

    A little sanding, and most of the metalwork is done.
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    Starting work on the front face now. This should give you some idea of what the finished product will look like.
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    Looks rough as guts because it is. Always better to cut out too little than too much i reckon.
     
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  5. psynapse

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    - - Update: Day 5 - -



    I really wish i had more time to do this mod. At this rate it's looking like if i actually had a solid week to work on the mod i could've got this done long ago :)


    I've tidied up the front panel some, to allow the tubing to slide through flush with (what's left of) the front grille. Also heat-glued in the two 3.5 inch bays, in prep for mounting my Aerogate2 behind them.
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    A few hours after the heat glue has dried, i'm onto the 3rd coat of bondo on the 3.5 bays. Just applied a thick coat above the top intake to secure it for cutting.
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    Last look at the tubing, next shot will be of it be cut, sanded, and covered with bondo to taper it into the front grille :)
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    As promised, the front of the case sans-PVC.
    All that remains is a few random off cuts and a LOT of dust. Glad i atleast wore a dust mask while doing this work, my pants are covered now :p

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    Voila!
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    Time to dust it down, bondo it up and sand it back :)
     
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  6. psynapse

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    It's getting to the point the phone camera just can't capture the detail of what i'm doing here :p

    Not sure if you can make it out but ..
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    The top port completes the upper rim of the grille area, and all the little grille pieces taper down smoothly to meet the tubing.
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    - - Update: Day 7 - -



    Back by popular demand, an update! :)

    Finished most of the shaping on that left-hand side there. Can you tell i don't like doors on cases?
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    One thing i knew wouldn't slot back into place was the HDD mounting points. I had to completely remove them to install the 120mm fans, but this case is big enough to practically mount them anywhere.

    Toying with the idea of a "rack mount" style, although i think the metal i have is too wide to fit.
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    Decided in the end to just make my own HDD caddies :p
    After a bit of cutting and bending, they're looking pretty functional.
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    I've found myself working on the smaller details lately though, such as lapping the base of my XP-120 heatsink.
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    Even my cat approvees! ;)

    And finally, the front intakes.
    Second bondo layer, before sanding.
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    And after :)
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    The bondo is smoothed down to the level where it's opaque in parts, keeping it all flush with the original trim.
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    Still need to fill the little dents and holes left from bubbles that formed as it set.
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    - - Update: Day 8 - -



    Head on down to Extreme LAN 8 this weekend for a while, and naturally i needed a case to transport my gear.

    So out goes a slice from the drive bays
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    And in goes my HDD rack!
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    Simple idea really, but it works so very well.
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    That heavily sleeved plug you see going into the 6800 is a custom dedicated cable, thanks to the modular nature of this Antec 500w SP2 PSU.
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    And that in the corner?
    Metallic silver sleeved +12 ATX line.
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    Finally, a shot of the whole layout so far.
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    Need to mount the 2nd cage on the floor of the case actually.
    As it is, my other HDD is baking on top of the DVDRW.
     
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    - - Update: Day 9 - -



    Phew, just finished a 7 hour stretch of modding! I should be getting paid for this ;)

    Started with the HDD cage on the floor.
    Drilling.
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    Threading screws with silicon washers.
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    And the Cage!
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    Finally finished sleeving the EL IDE cable i started the other week.
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    That blue sleeved SATA power cable you see tucked in the corner is almost 3 foot long!
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    Had to custom fabricate it to keep the cables all nice and stealthed :)
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    Up top, where the slack wiring from the EL IDE cable gets hidden.
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    And finally, i sliced away more of the top HDD cage to make it easier to remove drives and plug in cables.
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  10. shplade

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    mmmm... embedded images

    I cbf clicking on all the links on atomic, so it's good that you posted it here now :p

    Looks great so far, I really like the front bezel :D
     
  11. PrometheusCon

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    I like your modding. The wires are very clean. I don't know what's different about your modding, but it makes me seem like even I could start modding!
     
  12. Protius-X

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    Its a good mod but you havn't really done anything that a lot of modders havn't already done except I've never seen someone modify the racks like that I really like the top ones. Nice work though.
     
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    nice ideas and modding. so far. :dremel: :thumb: :idea:
     
  14. TMM

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    Looking good psy :p. The front is looking quite good :thumb:
     
  15. Red Valdez

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    That's awesome. I've especially liked what you've done with the HDDs - I've got a similar case (Antec 1080AMG) and have toyed around with the idea of relocating the HDD bays, but I could never work out a reliable way to do so.
     
  16. HellRazor

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    I must say, I like the front of the case, I'm personally not thrilled with the HDD, simply because I don't like mounting my drives that way (don't like the cables like that, and it henders the air flow. Not to say it isn't awesome, or that its not functional. I am rather impressed at how you mounted the top one!

    One thing I am curious about however, are you planning on adding a filter, screen, or Grill to the front? Keep cats out of spinning Fans sorta thing?

    Eitherway, Subscribed!
     
  17. Gnemelf

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    looking awesome :)
     
  18. Ryszvaldo

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    Looking really good! The front of that case is looking great!
     
  19. maeterlinck

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    looking good - quite a nice clean look so far! Good idea with the hard drive bays - though as someone else mentioned airflow over them might be an issue... Is the top one removable?
    any plans for lighting and colour??
     
  20. psynapse

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    Wow, thanks for the feedback guys!
    Great to see a bit of interest in my project :dremel:

    HellRazor
    I've had some grilles on order from a local store for nearly 2 months now.
    As you can see in the latest update though, i got sick of waiting :p

    maeterlinck
    The top bay is easily removable if you just undo a few screws, although i'm toying with the idea of a tool-less sliding tray system :)

    As for lighting and colour, i've got some pretty crazy ideas planned :idea:
    UV paint should be arriving early next week, among other things :thumb:
     

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