[Staff Project] NZXSPC, Strip down and Planning

Stage 2: Strip down and Planning

[Staff Project] NZXSPC Stage 2

 

Strip down

Those of you who frequent the Forum area of the OC3D site will already know what a thriving modding community we have, if you have not why not?! There are pages and page of forum members sharing their builds and looking for advice from fellow modder's, its an awesome place to not only lean but share your knowledge. 

So moving on to the NZXPC project we opened up the batting by showing off the kit we have it's now time to get down to business and get started with the serious art of modding.  As there's far to much going on to cram into this article, do make sure you head over to the Project logs section for the more detail and of course more pictures.

Breaking the case down into it's component parts is a very simple job with the Phantom 410.  A few tugs on plastic clips and you're down to the bare chassis

[Staff Project] NZXSPC Stage 2     [Staff Project] NZXSPC Stage 2

 

Should you wish to dismantle further, the main roof assembly is attached by means of screws rather than rivets.  On this occasion we aren't taking the case any further apart than this so they can stay firmly in place. 

Heading over to the top/front of the case we can now see in more detail that the switch and front I/O units are easily removed. The power and reset switch unit simply unclips, whilst the I/O unit is secured by a couple of screws. It's then just a matter of pulling the cabling through the central hole. It really couldn't be easier.

[Staff Project] NZXSPC Stage 2     [Staff Project] NZXSPC Stage 2


 

Planning and test fitting

The aim of this build is to watercool both the i5 2500K CPU and NVidia GTX570 GPU, and to do this using a bay reservoir and not one but two of the rather fantastic XSPC EX-240 radiators.  We know the case will take one of these in the roof, and we'd hoped it would be a relatively easy task to fit the other in the front of the case.

On test fitting the roof rad above the roof panel as intended we discovered that even at just 35mm thick it's still a fraction too big to go under the plastic roof section.  Not a problem, just a simple matter of relocating the rad under the metal roof section and locating the fans above, as per the image blow left.  Finding a home for the front rad was going to prove more troublesome however as measurements revealed that the 275mm long rad was not going to fit into the 272mm gap between the floor of the case and the bottom of the 5.25" drive bays (below right).  Not only that, but the lower section of the 3.5" drive bays was going to need to come out.

[Staff Project] NZXSPC, Strip down and Planning     [Staff Project] NZXSPC, Strip down and Planning

 

The Fans

Although the Phantom 410 comes with some very able fans we're going to be removing them all and replacing with Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850s.  2 will be exterior to the front rad, 2 will be external to the top rad, 1 will be at the rear on extract duty.  The fans will be having a visit to the spray shop though so they'll look less like they're made from recycled wheelie bins.  If we can rustle up another 1850 we might even go push/pull on the front rad.

 

The window.

Having established that the mesh grill area on the side had to go we chose to go with extending the simple lines of the existing window.  As the mesh area is also slightly raised, removing it will give us a much smoother side panel.  The image below right shows the window masked off ready for cutting.  Please note that the line of the tape does not determine the line of the cut.

[Staff Project] NZXSPC, Strip down and Planning     [Staff Project] NZXSPC, Strip down and Planning

 

So guys, you now know the grand plan for the case.  If you want to see more of how this project and others are progressing, head on over to the thread here or just take a look through all of the builds in the Project Logs section of the forums.  

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Most Recent Comments

10-05-2012, 18:46:32

Josh Weston
Just how needed is it?
I have two Mushkin Chronos 120GBs, and for me to update the firmware means to phone my uncle up tomorrow and ask whether I can use his PC. The only windows running computer in my house is my laptop - no SATA connections available, and it seems I can't update the firmware using a USB adaptor, either (i've tried).
So...what are the chances that the SSDs bought two weeks ago don't have the most up to date firmware?

10-05-2012, 18:56:41

S_I_N
you dont update firmware in windows its done by making a bootable cd and booting to that with the firmware on it. Chance are good you already have the latest on there though. If you look on the back it should show the revision. My Crucials do.

10-05-2012, 19:51:40

Josh Weston


you dont update firmware in windows its done by making a bootable cd and booting to that with the firmware on it. Chance are good you already have the latest on there though. If you look on the back it should show the revision. My Crucials do.



Just checked the SSDs and, annoyingly, they don't have any mention of the firmware revision. That would just be far too easy, I guess.
The files that I downloaded from Mushkin had a README file:

Before upgrading the firmware, be sure to back up important data
to a separate storage medium. Complete data loss may occur as a
result of the firmware update process!

1. After downloading the firmware installation package, extract
the zip file. If you are running Windows OS, browse to the
extracted folder and launch Mushkin_FieldUpdater.exe with admin-
istrative privileges. If SF_FieldUpdater is not launched with
administrative privileges, the Chronos SSD(s) will not be dis-
covered by the updater. If running Linux, launch
SF_FieldUpdater_v1.2_FC14-32Bit.

2. Once the updater application is launched, the Chronos SSD(s)
should be discovered in the window. Check the box beside the
drive you want to update. Select the button "Update Firmware" on
the bottom left and browse for the “MKN_FW_5-0-2.ffp” file.

3. The updater should find the fw file, click the fw file to
highlight it then click "Open" at the bottom right of the window.
You will then received a warning message. Click "Proceed" to
continue flashing the firmware.

4. The system may automatically reboot after the firmware update
is complete. If it does not reboot after 5 minutes. Shut the
machine down and restart.

Congratulations, your Chronos SSD is now updated!



That's how I thought it was supposed to be done?

10-05-2012, 19:53:22

S_I_N
guess Mushy does it differently than Crucial does then. Look about their site and see if there is a cd/usb option?

10-05-2012, 20:06:53

Josh Weston


guess Mushy does it differently than Crucial does then. Look about their site and see if there is a cd/usb option?



Yeah, I shall do.
Thankyou for your help :)
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