Hello Im new to this forum but I joined mainly from the amazement of some of the other projects on this forum and well it inspired me to start a mod granted it wont be nearly as impressive as his and ad to the fact that Im new to this world but I will give it a shot. ^^
I have been thinking of building my own case and a new system, well after thinking, designing, drawing, and budgeting I have decided to get started.
Now after I got done with all my designed and budget the case cost I found that it would cost me around $400.00us, my case design is very similar to Mountain Mods U2-UFO Optimax, so similar that I decided to contact them and see if they would be able to alter their design a little to fit what I wanted and they replied stating yes with some extra cost involved and after figuring out the cost for them to build the case and to ship would be around the same as if I was to build the case.
So I figured might as well let an experience group of people build me my case to my specs them for me to possibly screw it up.
The main changes to the U2-UFO Optimax that will take place is that the motherboard will be on the right side of the case in what is called upside-down or reverse ATX standard where the cpu is towards the bottom of the case, the psu will be located at the bottom of the case as well on that side of the system however will be mounted on the top left side of the case instead.
The only thing that will be on the right side of the case will be the motherboard, the 3 DD D-5 Pumps, 3 custom built res, and the 2 fan controller and lcd readout screen, everything else related to the computer will be mounted on the left side of the case.
This Project thread will be the construction and modification of the case itself and the water cooling system that will be installed, as far as the computer parts that will be installed will come at a much later time after Vista comes out.
What I plan to put in this case before I get the computer parts is:
1 - Aquaero and Multiswitch
1 - LCD Readout display for Temps
3 - 12v DD D-5 pumps
2 - Swiftech MCR-220 Radiator
1 - Swiftech MCR-120 Radiator
3 - Custom Reservoirs
30ft - 1/2" or 7/16" Tubing (yes Im sure I will have extra but better safe then sorry)
6 - 120mm Fans
4 - Red Cold Cathodes or LED Tube
2 - 700watt PSU
I plan on running three water cooling systems in this case, one for the two graphics cards and one for the CPU and one for the North-bridge, HDDs and ram. On the graphics cards I plan to run EK Full coverage blocks and for the cpu and north-bridge I am still researching what block I will get once I decide on which AMD cpu I will go with.
Here is a picture of what the case looks like when I got it.
Product Link: http://www.mountainmods.com/product_info.php?cPath=21_60&products_id=82
My Review on the case: http://www.3dgameman.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43687
Here are some video clips shot of the case for use as a before referance, there will be follow up clips as I begin to mod the case.
Here is Part 1 of a 3 part shoot.
Part one shows the case with the side panels on.
Here is Part 2 of 3 part shoot.
Part two shows the case with the side panels removed.
Here is Part 3 of 3 part shoot.
Part three shows the case stripped down to its frame and all the parts that are removable.
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