Hi Guys, long time no see! Thought you might like to see the latest case mod I'm underway with, it's pretty reserved in terms of specs, but I'm really pleased with how it's coming together.
As an effort to move my friends from console gaming to PC gaming, I've offered to build a PC for one of them based on my 'spare parts' and a few purchases to get the most from the system.
It's going to be as much hardware as I can fit in the very modest budget, which translates to building it around an LGA775 platform (mostly because I already had the motherboard and RAM available).
So I present to you.... Project Overdrive
The case I'll be using for this build is a Silverstone SG01. It originally had a Pentium D system in it, so has been around just a little bit longer than the hardware I'm about to put in it.
Stripping it down brings us to the inside. There was a HDD rack at the front I forgot to photograph that had an intake fan on the side too. The case fits a mATX board and full sized PSU, so there are plenty of options for expandability.
However, I'm not happy with the CPU clearance the PSU location provides (above the motherboard/CPU). You're pretty much limited to having the stock CPU cooler, so something will have to be done about that...
A few rivets later and were down to the bare chassis.
I figure there's enough room at the front of the case to mount the PSU, and I can work out where to put the displaced hardware as I go. >_<
First up is to trim the dual bay ODD cage to fit above where the PSU will be mounted:
Then I need a way to secure the PSU in place in its new home. Using some offcuts from before, I can make a bracket that the PSU can screw into.
By chance, I found that I could fit the HDD sideways in the ODD cage. It's a perfect fit, so I cut out a bracket from the original HDD cage to hold it in place there:
And then all that riveted back into the case:
Made a slight mis-calculation with not leaving a gap to plug the HDD SATA cables in, but back to the dremel and a couple of quick cuts later:
I'm ready to start putting hardware in this now, but I've still got a few things I want to finish up first, so I'm going to have to leave you hanging a bit before I do the big reveal. So stay tuned!