I couldn't really think of a snazzy project name for my first mod so I figured something witty would get the job done just as well.
Overview: Like I said, this'll be my first mod. I don't have much of a paint theme decided, yet. I do know I want to keep a majority of the case black and I'll either paint the chassis black, also, or whatever secondary color I decide on. I plan on shortening most of the power wires and cabling all of them (black) but I'm not sure what to do about the bright orange sata cables.
Goal: A clean, simple case that'll run wireless internet and be a [email protected], HTPC, and basic usage PC. PC will be run 24/7, so airflow and low temps is important.
Motherboad: Zotac H55ITX
CPU: Intel i3-540 3.06GHz
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced (2x2gb) DDR3 1333'
Hard drive: Primary: Toshiba 160gb 2.5" (laptop hdd) Secondary: Samsung 1tb 3.5"
Optical drive: Samsung OEM Slimline DVD Writer
Case: Ark Mini-ITX case
Problems and solutions:
Cheap side window = replace it with 1/8" acrylic.
Extra power cables = cut in half and remove access, solder bare wire together and heat shrink.
PSU fan (mounted on bottom of PSU) blows directly onto motherboard with a majority hitting CPU's hot air from the fan = Unsure. Have a few ideas. Either a bit of aluminum to channel the PSU hot hair out the rear vent (above I/O in rear); flipping the PSU over along with the switch and power cable plug so everything on the outside is "right side up" and cutting a blow whole above it; mounting an appropriately sized fan blowing out, bringing the heat with it, mounting a bit of aluminum underneath it parallel with the bottom of the PSU (blocking the heat of the CPU) but still pulling in some air OR mounted fan blowing out with bottom blocked off (probably with acrylic and a few LEDs for effect) and some extra holes cut into it to help bring in more air.
Onto the picture of the case with hardware installed...
Left side of shell. That's a cheap plastic that, when I first got it, I nearly put my hand through it. That'll be replaced with 1/8" thick acrylic. Unsure of whether I want clear, smoked or what. But I will be tapping/threading the acrylic so that those holes and screws will be used again. Also will save me from having to sand and paint the shell.
Front of case. Two usb ports, audio out and headphone in jack, power and reset switch. The mesh (which is kind of hard to see) acts as a grill with a pattern similar to <<<O>>> cut out behind it with a blue 80mm fan attached to it.
Rear of case. Can see all the ports and the two antennas. You can also see how there's no fan mounted to blow hot air out of the case...something I want to remedy but still undecided on how, exactly, I want to do this.
You can see the extra length of wire for such a small case (I ranted about that...mostly to myself).
Right side, showing hardware and case...and the extra length of wire.
Left side, showing hardware and case...and a hair dryer.
I know it's quite a bit that's not settled and what not...but this'll help me clear up my thoughts and figure out what I want to do, exactly. Next update will be Sunday, since I'll get paid Friday, buy me a dremel, heat shrink and order some stuff online (also stopping by an acrylic place and asking for scrapes).
I'm open ears for suggestions and pointers.