I built a computer for my older brother, it started last year and it's almost finished. All that is left is a video capture card and a good sound card that will hook up to his home stereo system. He's not into gaming and he doesn't have internet. He's wanting this for photo editing and music editing then also for keeping tabs of his 1000 or more movies and then the music collection is 5 times bigger at least. He's been collecting music since the early 50's. We have been piecing this together as the money comes available. He's wanting the capture card to transfer his movies from VHS to DVD and also his Laser Disc collection to DVD. When he came for a visit last week end he asked me if I could turn his case into a unit that would fit in his stereo rack. I told him no but I had just been given a pc while I was in Minnesota that would do just what he wanted. He told me that he would trade cases with me and I accepted his offer. So the first 2 photos are of his case and then the case I will trade him.
Now Will has asked that I make this Compaq case to blend in with the rest of his stereo equipment which is black. So now I'm going to show you what this Compaq case is like on the inside and how it looks changed over to rest on its side.
Now I bet you are wondering what that green piece is. That is a spring loaded lever to release the drives that are in the drive bays.
Now that I have the case empty I can now turn things around.
You can see in 4th photo you can see that this case has no fans other than the one in the 200 watt PS. There is 1 place for a fan and that is in the rear for a 92mm fan. The front has nothing for a fan. Will's Dragonfire case has 3 areas for 120mm fans. The way the rear of the Compaq is setup there is no way a 120mm fan is going to fit. So a 92mm fan will be put into the rear and I'll have to mod the front to hold a 120mm fan. Will lives in a mobile home that has no AC to keep him cool on these hot summer days. He likes it this way. When he comes to visit he can be seen wearing a sweater and I'm in a T-shirt and being very comfortable while he is freezing. He tells me that when he gets home after work his house is 98 Degrees F. So this computer has to be able to with stand hot ambient temps of the 90's, so I have to make this computer with a very good air flow. Now I'll show you a photo of the HDD bay and you will see as I have that if I put a HDD into the bay it's not going to last long because it has no air to keep it cool.
This HDD cage has only the rear open to any air and the front is covered by the cases bezel. So I did a little work on it today while sitting in the garage watching the my dog and just talking with my mother. Here is a photo showing the tools that I used today to remove the HDD cage.
Now you will see that there is a pair of safety glasses and you can bet your last dollar that they were in use. There was enough sparks flying that a scorch mark was left on the stool seat that I was using to bring the case up to a comfort height to where I was sitting. Here is the next photo showing what the area looks like with the HDD cage gone.
To remove the HDD cage I had to use a cutting disc to cut the length of the drive bays just below a row of rivets. Then the angle drill was used to drill out all of the rivets. After the rivets where out I was able to remove the HDD cage. I then replaced the cutting disc with a grinding wheel and smoothed out the edge that was cut. I almost forgot to tell you that to make it a little easier to do the job I removed all of the outside skin. I say skin because other than the one panel the rest is a one piece setup. When it was removed the mobo tray was quite open and made it easier to work in. Here are some photos showing you the pieces once everything was removed.
To give you a idea of what the case may look like, I made a template of the bezel and did a little drawing on it to get a general idea. It will have a 120mm fan in the front and I'm thinking about putting a 120mm fan on the left side to blow over the mobo towards the PS. I'm also thinking about putting a 250mm fan in the top panel to act as a blow hole. Here is the template that I made.
So there you have it. A simple and easy design to blend in with the rest of the crowd. Any and all ideas and comments are welcomed and Happy Modding to ya.