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    Post Help me mod a Mini-ITX case to have a crazy powerful rig?

    So... I'm kinda insane. Here's my rig:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.4 GHz & 1.18V
    MB: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X @ 1600 w/7/8/8/24
    GPU: GeForce GTX 670 2GB FTW edition, @ 1246 MHz
    PSU: Corsair HX750 [Gold certified model]
    SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 on a 6GB/s line
    HHD: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black

    Now then. I want to shove this into a mini-ITX case. This one, to be exact:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811345016

    And I want to water cool it.

    For those of you who are still here, and haven't abandoned me to my idiocy, help me plan some mods here, would you?

    Here's what I'm looking at.

    1) Removing the front panel of the motherboard stand / PSU cage. My power supply is too long for it and cables to fit in there. Any advice on how to support the structure?
    I don't think leaving just the corners would do the trick.

    2) Removing everything in the front so I can fit a 200mm square radiator and a reservoir, as well as a 240mm radiator up at the top. That shouldn't be a problem, as it only takes a screwdriver, but it makes the next couple things interesting.

    3) Mounting a slim DVD-RW drive vertically along one side of the case. I have no idea how to go about doing this, and would love the advice. I was thinking to mount it on the side panel.

    4) Finding somewhere to throw my 3.5" drive after removing all hard drive bays. I was thinking possibly lashing it down on the floor of the case with the reservoir on top of it. Wouldn't be too bad unless the reservoir broke...

    5) Trying to fit watercooling for the graphics AND an intake fan between the PCIe slot and the side panel. (Because of the reservoir, my intakes will be at the back and side, both filtered.)

    6) Doing something with the space above the motherboard; possibly a disco ball.

    7) Removing the bottom handles and putting on rubber feet. Still not sure if I want to do this one or not - it'd make the case more portable, but slightly ruin the aesthetics.

    8) This is the hardest... Moving the front I/O panel to the 5.5" bay slot. If there's a way to do this, I'd be ecstatic, but it's the hardest to do as far as I can see.

    Any suggestions for other things to do to this case? Any way you can see of accomplishing the mods I'm worried about?

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    Erm... bump? (Sorry, don't know if it's allowed or not, but I'd really like some help.)

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    The link to the case does not work for me. After that we should be able to give you some ideas.

    Is this your first mod? And you have the basic tools right? :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Americanfreak View Post
    The link to the case does not work for me. After that we should be able to give you some ideas.

    Is this your first mod? And you have the basic tools right? :-)
    Erm, sorry about that. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811345016

    It's my first mod on a case that's more than basic, yes. I'll be picking up everything needed for sleeving cables, a dremel, a soldering iron and accessories, and a drill. Anything else I'm overlooking?

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    pick your power supply in person so you can view inside it thru the vents. Alot of power supplies can lose almost exactly 1 inch in length with a little modding prowess. The grounding screw and switch are spaced intentionally to prevent arcing but that hardly calls for gapping the whole 5x2.5" space by 1"

    In regards to #8, what's hard about it? Which part specifically bothers you? The hardest part I can see is filling the holes where it used to be. I'm sure someone here can recommend a good putty, then it's just sandpaper and paint.
    Last edited by Spiked; 11-26-2012 at 10:26 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiked View Post
    pick your power supply in person so you can view inside it thru the vents. Alot of power supplies can lose almost exactly 1 inch in length with a little modding prowess. The grounding screw and switch are spaced intentionally to prevent arcing but that hardly calls for gapping the whole 5x2.5" space by 1"

    In regards to #8, what's hard about it? Which part specifically bothers you? The hardest part I can see is filling the holes where it used to be. I'm sure someone here can recommend a good putty, then it's just sandpaper and paint.
    Hmm, that's very tempting, but I think I'll be good with my 160mm modular supply. I know it's safe, but I'd rather not mod a power supply if I can just mod the case.

    The part that bothers me is, well... Making it look decent. I'm probably going to find a different power supply button I can use, but that's no worry. Is putty going to do the trick on a side panel coated in rubber? (Or whatever that soft touch material is?)

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    ah, is it rubber coated? I couldn't tell from the picture. You'll have to sand down the whole panel, putty fill, sand it again and re-spray the rubberized coating. You can get it in aeresol cans just like spray paint from your local hardware or craft store. Matching it with the OEM might be tough though, so keep in mind you might be doing all panels if you want that look.

    As for the buttons themselves, why not mod the 5.25" place holder to take the buttons that are already on the side panel? I would just use that guy since it's already there and drill the same holes into it that exist on the side, pop the original button and led panel into it and have a nice clean, intentional look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiked View Post
    ah, is it rubber coated? I couldn't tell from the picture. You'll have to sand down the whole panel, putty fill, sand it again and re-spray the rubberized coating. You can get it in aeresol cans just like spray paint from your local hardware or craft store. Matching it with the OEM might be tough though, so keep in mind you might be doing all panels if you want that look.

    As for the buttons themselves, why not mod the 5.25" place holder to take the buttons that are already on the side panel? I would just use that guy since it's already there and drill the same holes into it that exist on the side, pop the original button and led panel into it and have a nice clean, intentional look.
    Yes it is, unfortunately. Sounds like a bloody pain to re-coat everything. I might look into another option - a fan grill there or something.

    That's actually one of two places I was going to do it - either there or above it, depending on how the radiator ends up fitting.

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