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    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.
    Is it just me or are mid-tower cases shrinking? OK well I'll tell you it is put together well although very compact.
    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.
    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!
    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.

  • #2
    Nice work WZ Sounds like your son is into PC's and hard work like his dad


    • #3
      Looking good. Love the cherry red.

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      • #4
        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.


        • #5
          Looking good weldzilla.. . . . .


          • #6
            That is just awesome. You and your son can share in the same glory!! Keep the photos coming Weld!!


            • #7
              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


              • #8
                Very nice, it looks like a fast red sports car!
                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.


                • #9
                  Awesome father-son project! I gotta do something like that with my daugter - except it'll probably be pink not red.


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sodface
                      Awesome father-son project! I gotta do something like that with my daugter - except it'll probably be pink not red.
                      why not let the daughter decide instead of using your favorite color.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rukee
                        why not let the daughter decide instead of using your favorite color.
                        I owe you one for that...


                        • #13
                          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.

                          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!!


                          • #14
                            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?


                            • #15
                              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.