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#1 Crazy_Nate

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 12:29 PM

It's time for me to upgrade my hardware. I will be doing so in the form of a case that is much smaller than my current case (TT Armor), and perhaps, quieter as well. To start, here's the proposed hardware:

Intel i5 650 dual core processor
Thermalright AXP-140 heatsink (passive if it will fit)
ASUS Gene III P55 / mATX motherboard
Mushkin Blackline 2x2GB 1.35V DDR3
WD Black 1TB
PCP&C Silencer 610 (or...pending size issues and to keep it clean Corsair HX-650)
8800GTS 512MB
Blu-ray drive

and...most importantly, the case:
Silverstone Grandia GD04B (curious? check out this review)


Here's some pictures of the case. One of the main reasons for selecting this case is the three 120mm fans, filters, and general case layout. But...it'll need a little modification before I give it the OK!


Top / Front:
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Left side / front input & output ports:
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Right side / front - power, reset, LEDs and the drive bay:
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Right side - dual intake fans (with filters behind them - going to fix that shortly!):
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Back, right side:
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Back, left side:
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 12:38 PM

Inside pictures:

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 12:47 PM

Disassembling the front

Notice the machined lip on the front plate. There are a couple extra screws to remove.
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Behind the input / output ports...
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With the connectors for the switches removed...
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The empty skeleton:
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 12:54 PM

Planned mods!
  • Replace power and reset switches with anti-vandal switches. The stock ones are a little flimsy and have a history of not surviving in the long run. I plan on using one 22mm and one 16mm switch, both black / white ring. I'll have the slots milled at work :)
  • Remove unnecessary grills, relocate filters before fans
  • Black out everything. I'll have it either wet painted / fine textured or fine texture powder coat. I have yet to decide, but it might be easier to just have it painted.
  • Add cable routing and wire management features
  • Debadge the front. Some of the silkscreen is not properly centered, and it'll just be cleaner afterward. Shouldn't be hard with a little lacquer thinner or similar type product!

If I end up going with the Corsair power supply...I might decide to fabricate custom wires - exactly what I need and the exact lengths I need!

Stay tuned!


PS: I game at 1080p, so this build should be oriented in that fashion as well :)

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 12:59 PM

Not sure if this is a good blu-ray drive, but it's pretty cheap. About $10 cheaper than the lowest one on Newegg.

$50 ASUS 4x Blu-ray drive:
http://slickdeals.ne...l-blu-ray-drive

Here is the actual drive on Newegg:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135205

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 01:04 PM

Not sure if this is a good blu-ray drive, but it's pretty cheap. About $10 cheaper than the lowest one on Newegg.

$50 ASUS 4x Blu-ray drive:
http://slickdeals.ne...l-blu-ray-drive

Here is the actual drive on Newegg:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135205


Thanks for the recommendation, but I have one already. It's a cheap lite-on reader that I got for about $45 on one of those wonderful deals :)

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 01:46 PM

Looks to be a promising build!
Processor Intel Core I7 920 @ 3.6
Memory Mushkin 998995 Blackline 12GB 9-9-9-24
Motherboard MSI X58 Big Bang
Graphics ASUS GTX 580
Power Corsair AX 1200,
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 02:10 PM

Here's the current hole sizes for the square buttons...


Reset
0.525" across, ~0.693" on the diagonal, chamfered roughly 0.070". Overall diagonal = 0.830" = 21.082mm

Power
0.660" across, ~0.889" on the diagonal, chamfered roughly 0.070". Overall diagonal = 1.018" = 25.857mm


Sooo...I think I'm going to be stuck with two 22mm vandal-resistant switches. What I'll probably do is have the slots opened to 0.750", and then have them counterbored at 1.000", then very slightly countersunk to remove the little material that would be barely noticeable on the power button. I'll probably have them counterbored down .030-.050.

Unfortunately there will be a minor gap between the counterbore (1" diameter) and the outside ring of the switch (22mm = 0.866"), meaning a 0.067" gap. I'll make it nice and clean so it'll be aesthetically pleasing :lol:

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 03:13 PM

this should be an interesting build :)

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 03:33 PM

may i recommend a modular psu? because the chassis is so small, a modular psu will make ur life lots eaiser
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 05:16 PM

Here's the current hole sizes for the square buttons...


Reset
21.082mm

Power
25.857mm


Sooo...I think I'm going to be stuck with two 22mm vandal-resistant switches.


(blah blah blah counterbore blah blah)

Lamptron do 25mm hole switches: http://www.lamptron....ant_Illuminated

they're Delrin (polymer) rather than metal body

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 05:59 PM

Lamptron do 25mm hole switches: http://www.lamptron....ant_Illuminated

they're Delrin (polymer) rather than metal body


Awesome! I'll find a supplier tomorrow :)

It's much simpler if I don't have to add extra features to compensate. Ya, we make a bit of parts at work out of delrin. I'd rather have an anodized aluminum switch, but delrin will be fine.

And, yes, I'll probably go modular. I'm sure I can find another use for this wonderful PSU that I'm running. It's just a hair too long...

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