Well, as everyone knows, the 360 has issues. RRODs. It's gotten better, only to get it's ass kicked some more with the NXE update. Anyways, I'm working on getting rid of the issue and keeping it from coming back again. For me at least.
Anyways, I have 2 360s that have gotten the RROD. They will be used for this project. I have a small little parts list, which will change as time goes on. Mod ideas change as you mod. Can't help it.
Lian Li PC-V800B case
PC Power and Cooling 370w PSU
2 x Scythe Karma Angle heatsinks
2 x Japanese 360 Cores
PS3 power connector
24 pin to 20 pin ATX converter
Because I move cities, countries, etc every 2-3 years, I can't get any good tools. My tools are a dremel, various bits, jeweler's screw set, and a gerber multi-tool. Gonna be rough. I bought a 15w soldering iron. Wish I bought a higher wattage one now, since 15w just isn't enough for what I wanted to do, so had to adjust. Also got a heatgun to fix the RROD issue. I'm gonna try overheating it and maybe a better fit heatsink will solve the issue. Kind of lazy to heatgun it.
The heatsinks sitting on the mobo. They aren't properly mounted. Just done for the pic. I have to make some custom brackets, as the mount holes are way close. I also have to cut up the heatsinks to make them fit in the case. It looks like the heatsinks contain no liquid. Wasn't a wick in it either. Maybe further down, maybe not. Who knows. Anyways, I'll test it out after the mod before giving the okay. If it doesn't work, I'll have to get some new heatsinks or go watercooling. It's a bish trying to get heatsinks that'll fit in on the 360.
If I go watercooling, it won't require much. Just a new pump, radiator, and resevoir. I still have the waterblocks from the last time I watercooled.
How it'll end up looking in the case. Will of course get a bunch of other mods to make the hdd and dvd-rom drive to fit.
I drilled out the rivets for the PCI/mobo backing a couple days ago. Yesterday I also found some mesh to fill the void at a local hardware store.
I was going to solder wires directly to the mobo, but 15w soldering iron simply isn't enough and I don't feel like buying a new one. So, cut up the 360's PSU. Soldered on some connectors and they're going up to a euro terminal block. I'll be connecting a molex and 24 pin ATX up to the other side. I don't want to tear apart the PSU, not to mention when I get a better soldering iron, it'll be easy to remod it.
As the PSU is all internal, it uses a cable to extend the plug to the back of the case. Since the PSU will be in an "always on" state, I'm swapping the end to one with a power switch. When I turn off the 360, I want it to be completely off.
This mod will take a while, as I don't have time to work on it during the weekdays. I work Swings I have an odd sleep schedule. So not much hours during the weekends to work on it either. Not to mention, quiet hours on Sunday. Anything that doesn't require a dremel can be done whenever though, since it makes no noise.