View Full Version : My son's new case mod and build

10-07-2005, 04:04 PM
Well my son sold his old system. The "FireBird" And was shopping for cases online. He found one at Anamax he really liked. It was only $39US delivered. It was pre-modded. Which I don't like but, it is his case, bought with his money. I decided to not judge til it showed up. Well it showed up.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/WeldZilla/amamax_1865_157533670.jpg Is it just me or are mid-tower cases shrinking? OK well I'll tell you it is put together well although very compact.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/WeldZilla/IMG_1000Ab.jpg Mat and I dropped in the mobo and hdd's just to get an idea of how they would fit together As you can see with the fron fans installed it shoved those 2 hdd's so far back into the case that they overlapped the motherboard
when we pulled out the fans it was still tight. Even with short IDE cables. We decided the only thing to do was change the arrangement!
So we took an air cut off tool (larger air powered dremel) and cut the HDD rack loose. Left the top 2 slots for floppy drive and stability. Then turned the rack sideways and pushed it as far forward in the case as possible. This gave a lot more room between the mobo and the drives.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/WeldZilla/IMG_1004Ab.jpg It also put all the hookups off to the backside meaning there would be ho IDE or molex wires hanging out into the case when it was all hooked up!!
Then Mat pulled everything out of the case so we could poke a few holes in it!! Top, bottom and side.
We put a 90mm hole in the top for a fan and we put 2 38mm holes in the top also. More on those later. Then it was time to prime and paint.
NO BLUE paint here!!
Now without flash, the Paint is cherry red!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/WeldZilla/IMG_1007Ab.jpg You know there is just so little room above the mobo to the psu and he has a Zalman Heatsink/Fan for it. Hmmmm? Stay tuned.

Should be an interesting conclusion to this one . Here is a pic to ponder it is an old axel off a toy truck mat got for Christmas about 6 years ago. Life was hard for the truck and it died a slow death. I noticed one time when Mat was playing with it and my best flashlight. (yes he killed it too) That light passed through the plastic chromed wheel hubs and it was kinda cool how it looked doing it. Here is a pic of the hubs. The one we have left and the one we cut off.

10-07-2005, 04:20 PM
Nice work WZ :thumb: Sounds like your son is into PC's and hard work like his dad :wpleased:

10-07-2005, 04:29 PM
Looking good. Love the cherry red. :thumb:

10-07-2005, 04:42 PM
Thanks guys ,I am proud to say he is a geek and a hard worker too!! He pours himself into whatever he is doing..

Well Mat decided that there just was not room enough inside the case for the PSU. So we pulled the clear plexi cover off. Placed it over the top back of case and drilled 4 holes through plexi and case. Mat then mounted the plexi to the case While I did a little sleeving to the psu. Unfortunately we were short of sleeving. For some reason we thought we had more. So we worked with what we had!! One of the 2 38mm holes is to accomodate the psu wiring passing through and into the case. I used a sleeve from an electrical box to protect the wires from sharp edges. After we fed the wires into the case we screwed the psu back together
Yeah I know but save it til you see it at the end. I think you are going to like it!!
Part of Mat's reasoning for this was also the fact that the psu has blue lights and he hates the way blue lights and red lights look together in a case!! We are putting it to gether slow so as to keep the witing neat. The sata cable and everything that does not apply is getting tie strapped to back ot mobo try abe the height of mobo
this is not a race.

10-07-2005, 05:24 PM
Looking good weldzilla.. . . . . :yup:

10-07-2005, 05:36 PM
That is just awesome. You and your son can share in the same glory!! Keep the photos coming Weld!!

10-07-2005, 06:05 PM
Thanks, Mat and I love doing this stuff together. It is cool now as he can do so much of the work. He is 9 but he will be 10 in early December.You know this has been quite a process. build a little snap some shots. Download them, the make tham smaller with photo resizer. Hey that is a handy little tool that is completely free. then I do a little post and get back at it. Mat does most of the work but,he wants me right there!!
I did not like to see the top of the top hard drive there sticking out and clashing but, I did not want to paint it so I used a piece of wood panel to make a hdd cover. And painted it!! then placed it on the rackl over the drive. Much better have a look......

Well I was doing that Mat got the DVD-Rom and the DVD-RW painted. He took some spray paint and shot it into the paint lid and then used a brush to touch up where some of it got scratched off while sliding them in. By the way he wanted you all to know that I installed the Zalman. He thought about it but decided against it. His little fingers did get involved in the process tho'.

WZ and Mat

10-08-2005, 05:32 AM
Very nice, it looks like a fast red sports car! :D
I was going to comment on the fans being right in the bottom of the case, but then I saw your case leg extentions to lift it off the floor. If possable you should try to put some sort of filter on those fans to help keep the dust down inside the case.

10-08-2005, 06:11 AM
Awesome father-son project! I gotta do something like that with my daugter - except it'll probably be pink not red. :lol:

10-08-2005, 06:14 AM
Nice! :thumbs:

10-08-2005, 06:26 AM
Awesome father-son project! I gotta do something like that with my daugter - except it'll probably be pink not red. :lol:
why not let the daughter decide instead of using your favorite color. ;)

10-08-2005, 07:10 AM
why not let the daughter decide instead of using your favorite color. ;)

:lol: :thumb: I owe you one for that...

10-08-2005, 08:15 AM
Rukee you are quick! Thanks and now back to the show. Only the isides and top are red. We left the design in the window intact. We did stick in another 92mm fan to put more air in the case for the Zalman to use.
And now the time is near, this build is about ready to spring to life!!
You will see that we did the right thing putting that psu on the outside. Not mixing the light colors in the case. The effect of the blue mingled with the red outside on top of the case. As it makes for some blue chrome on top of the red. WE hope!!

Here we go. Ready to light the fire!!!
No mixing of colors!! let's open it up and take a look.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v253/WeldZilla/IMG_1034Ab.jpg Mat is ecstatic with it!! Heloves the way all the red makes the Zalman look red!
See how nice it looks with no blanding of colors. Now lets take a look at the top!
Now here is a daylight type shot

Well there you have it. This baby took about 7 hours to assemble together.
Mod time was 2 nights after work. Do this with your kids and you will be glad you did!!

10-08-2005, 08:51 AM
what`s the purpose of the toy truck hubs on top?? Do I see the wire harness passing though one?? what`s the other one for, or is it just decoration?

10-08-2005, 09:01 AM
The one with the harness was made just for that purpose Comes It is to protect wires from getting cut by sharp edges. They in virtually every electrical box. The hup was put there for 2 reasons. The first was it was a piece of his first big truck when he was little. you know a sentimental momento. the second reason is well look at it and the the effect when light passes thruough it. Very Cool!! Hey it's modding. there is no set rule to what you can and can't use.


10-08-2005, 09:32 AM
Ah-I see....Bravo!! :thumbs:

10-08-2005, 10:09 AM
Way to go WeldZilla!......and Son of WeldZilla! :thumb:

Power supply on the out side :scratch: .......I like it, it's different :thumbs:

:beer: :beer:

10-08-2005, 10:33 AM
Holy moly...that is sooo righteous. Great job.

10-08-2005, 11:46 AM
Thanks to everyone!! He is really ecstatic with the outcome. When he sold his old puter and realized it would be awhile before all the pices would come together for his new one. Well he was kinda sick about it. My wife and I let him use ours but,he really was anxious to get his own again. I am amazed by how it all turned out. Also surprised by the speed at which we accomplished this. There was no second guessing, he had this thing planned in his mind!! Not sure how much putting the psu on the outside changed the thermal dynamics on the inside. Would really need 2 identicaL systems to compare. Could get close on paper. Well I will tell you that we evidently hit the right combination of inflow and outflow of air. Enough in to give the Zalman plenty to work with and to flood the case with cool air and enough exiting the case to prevent heat build up. After it had run over night I got up and set the fsb to 250 with the mem running 1:1 with PAT enabled. It was really clipping along at a nice pace. Before Mat went to school he called me and informed me he OC'd it to where he wanted it!! and that the system temp was 22C and the processor was 30C When he ran PCmark04 the cpu only rose to 42C so he was going to leave it there for now. Here is where he is running it at the current time.

Epox 4PDA2+Ver.2 Motherboard 3.0C processor, 2 x 256 megs G.Skill 4400LE.
PNY 6800GT Vid card, Sound Blaster Audigy 2 audio, 2 x120 gig maxtor HDD's in Raid0 array. Zalman HS/Fan. Logysis 500 watt psu. NEC DVD-rom, Pioneer AO5 DVD-Writer.
4x 80mm case fans, 2 x 92mm case fans.

10-08-2005, 09:39 PM
great work as usual Weld........Great job, and gotta love the father&son build...great stuff :bow: :beer:

10-08-2005, 09:54 PM
Seriously, outstanding - yes, the father/son thing is top shelf man. Way to go.

We live in such a crappy world these days, it's so refreshing to see this kind of thing going on...thanks wz.

Killer Munkey
10-09-2005, 12:43 PM
Awsome case mod. kudos to you both, and its amazing that he thought up that entire design at age 9. Pretty intelligent kid you got there heh

10-09-2005, 03:16 PM
I got to tell you he surprises me too sometimes. When doing some planning on
"WEldZilla 3" he was right in there with me. He had virtually the same basic design plan.
We hope to get going on that sometime this winter.


10-09-2005, 04:57 PM
Hey WZ, great work. I guess one day I will break down and Paint my case. I was going to have a freind paint it. He own a paint shop, and it was suppose to happen when I received my case. But it was my first O.Cing rig and once parts started coming me and malinois started putting it together, I just could wait a couple more days, I had to have it right a way ( hard head me) lol :hide:. So all in all it never got done. But with the great work ya'll did, it's picks up the standard now lol. Keep up the good work. :rock: :thumbs:

10-10-2005, 03:07 PM
Well it was not too bad for him to wait as there are 2 other systems online and one not online that he can use. but, he really don't like anyone to use his computer and he really doesn't like to use mine or his mom's. So he stayed patient and just hit his X-box hard while we waited for a few things to come in. He sees the merits of being patient now.