Well, 2 years ago I finished my first scratch build, CryoCore. Since then, i've graduated from university and took a 2-month backpacking trip in Asia. man, that was fun. and then I arrived home to find that my dear Cryocore was... damaged, to put it lightly. Apparently, in my absence, my parents decided to rearrange the furniture, and slammed into it with... something. details are slim. Also, the motherboard burst into flames when i re-powered it, despite no leaks or dust present and a relatively thorough check after the furniture-induced damage. Just my luck. Well, this summer, i decided to put those parts back to good use (and hopefully in time for starcraft 2!). I already took back the hard drives to make my mini-server, as well as the power supply. CCD is pretty much short for CryoCore Desk. Yes, i'm turning it into a desk-computer. Yes, i'm also accepting suggestions for better names. So, first things first: Salvage time! Reclaiming the non-conductive fluid: Cooling rods, drive bay, and pretty much everything else removed: Now, beginning some actual modding. My father, being a contractor, happened to know some guys who worked with aluminum. And they had some scrap parts i found great use for. Drilling aluminum is easy... it just takes a while with a regular power drill, though. AND IT'S TURNING ME INTO COLOSSUS. Painted, drilled, and ready to take on some cooling rods. yeehaw. In no particular order: Motherboard tray support, Table leg reinforcement, Power supply support, more table reinforcement, multifunction panel. And here we go: cooling rods got cleaned and fitted with new tubing, and the support bracket thingy attached. Table got reinforced and power supply and drive tray got fitted. At this point i'd like to mention that, while particle board is much more resilient than i had originally thought, it's not nearly as strong as plywood. so, lots of reinforcing going on here. The above applies doubly to the motherboard tray. If it were plywood, i probably could have gotten away with a much sleeker look and used 1/3 the number of screws to hold it down. Not taking chances here. well, not much of a problem anyways since it'll all be upside down and invisible. I also discovered the perfect place to put the reservoir! At this point i'd like to say that yes, i DO have a plan for the general outline of how the thing's going to come together, but i only like to plan the general layout and play it by ear as i build. Originally i was thinking of putting the reservoir on top of the desk, but that had a few of its own problems. Sometimes things only come to me as i'm working. lol. Installing the pump resulted in the first drawing of blood during this build. well, it had to happen sometime! here's a bad shot of the hard drive, pump, and a little peek at the motherboard tray sitting in its new home. you can see some of the burn marks from where the last motherboard exploded for completely unknown reasons. i might update this with a better picture later, if i remember. that's where i'm sitting at for the moment. I've noticed there's a serious dearth of LGA775 mATX boards with 4 RAM slots. sure, everyone's moved on to LGA1366 or 1156... but i still have a Q9450 and 4 sticks of DDR2 RAM i want to use, damnit! when i first built Cryocore there were a dozen to choose from! there's only one in stock at NCIX at the moment, and by "in stock" they mean "in a warehouse somewhere and will eventually ship a week after i order it." Planning on using a 5850 for this build, and i'll be able to re-use all my waterblocks and most of the gear i have left over. Have to wait until i actually purchase everything so i can fit the WBs and stuff before i flip it over and finish off the build. Also, i'm still trying to figure out a good place to stick the power switch. hm... decisions, decisions.