Modding Log - markkleb's "Project Crossflo"
Published: 8th March 2007 | Source: Overclock3D forums |The top half
Now to make the top shell. This one is a little harder as it needs to match the width of the bottom . I measured and bent the perforated metal over the edge of my desk.
The sides need to be longer so there can be tabs that fit into the bottom piece of the case to lock them together.
Now I just need to figure where the I/O plate is and the exhaust for the video card will be. Out comes the Dremel and Voila..
Cut the holes small and then trim/file to fit.
For painting I used a self etching primer (sticks better) than a few coats of Dupli-Color Metalcast Red Anodized. After drying a few coats of clear should help out.
Now to install the GPU and chipset cooler. It seems to me that if I mount the Thermalright hr-05 chipset cooler like this I can use a 80mm fan in the back side of the case to supply cool fresh air to cool it off and than on to the 8800GTS to act as a intake for it as well
Now on to the iMON. It's a 2 line VFD (vacuum fluorescent display) that can show you info from the internet as well as be a spectrum analyzer. It allows all the computers functions (including ON/Off) to be remote control. To mount the iMON I cut a piece of threaded rod and attached it to one of the unused holes in the Apogee CPU block.
Making the fan
I am trying to clean up the case as much as possible so the elimination of screws is important. I have always felt 4 screws to hold the fan and grill was just too much. Here is what I started with, typical 120 and 80mm fans.
I get out my trusty dremel and cut away everything that's not round.
Than on to the belt sander to smooth it out.
Throw on a little Bondo (body filler) and sand it down spray a little primer and VOILA no more mounts.
To mount its so easy just cut a hole in the metal, add a little rubber moulding and push it in.
Now I have a frame I line the edges of the metal with a rubber strip. I cut a piece of Smoke plastic to fit tightly. Than its just a matter of cutting the hole for the fan, Voltage controls and a slot for the DVD to pass through.
The rear panel is the same as the front except for the 80mm SilenX fan and on/off button.
To finish this off I had to have a matching keyboard!
Thanks to Mark for writing the article.
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