After recently re-wiring and water cooling our home server in a sad attemp to achieve "quietness" i relised that poor case design was more to blame for heat and noise than the parts i was using to cool.
In the case of our home server the 5xHDD's are what generate the most heat....ther-for need a harder louder working fans to to over come poor case design cool them.... and with plans to add 2 more HDD's somehow things wern't looking good.
As seen on a lot of home case mods, fans can be installed into the top drive bays to help with upper case and HDD cooling.
Not many case's offer a solution to "upper case cooling" if your one who installs HDD's high up in your server or pc mid sized towers. Most cooling solutions are applied to the lower front of the case.
With HP SERVER i have decided to design (well a few ideas in my head) and build another HP-8000 series case into a custom purpose built solution for our home server needs.
The main Feature of the mod will be it's grafted UPPER and LOWER 120mm Turbine style custom blow holes!
To work in with this design, i have thought out a MID MOUNTED Cdrom mod! and will graft in a sexy "flipdown" type STEALHED cdrom door
These 2 mods will allow for the addition of HDD Bay setup wich will inturn also allow me to now add upto a WHOPPING 12xHDDS! and have them quietly and efficiently cooled buy the dual 120 front upper and lower fans.
Extra features so far include possible DUAL 380mm Top Mounted Res's! of course some custom internals, watercooling and some side mounted info guages!
Let the MOD begin!
The front panel.
I'll be using left over panels from all the other mods! some are already modded so this should helps things move along a lil quicker.
Of course the holes need to be marked.
The top section of the front panel has its cdrom area plated and hole cut as well
Some good old stormwater 110mm pipe is cut and sat into the holes.
A floppy is no good to me! so in it's place is where the CDROM flip down front mod will be.
a bit more prep work