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EnergyFX's Thermaltake Soprano RS build

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by EnergyFX, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. EnergyFX

    EnergyFX New Member

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    If your not familiar with the Thermaltake Soprano you aren't really missing much. It's one of Thermaltake's numerous mid tower cases loosely geared towards gaming rigs. The RS version falls into the cheaper bracket of the Soprano models, but even so it isn't exactly cheap when compared to most other 'budget' cases out there.

    In any case (pun! :rolleyes:)... I can't make up my mind on what the permanent case is going to be for n.audBl 2.0 and I would really like to get these new guts installed into a real case instead of the DIY setup I've got sitting next to me right now.

    Enter the Soprano RS. I picked it up overpriced from Best Buy... but it was a small price for an instant mod project. Here is what we are starting with:

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    I would like to see what you are going to do with the case.
    And on that DIY setup, what kinda of video card is that?
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    STEP 1: Cat Mod

    Remove shell from frame and insert cat:

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    Its an 8800 GTX. It's not the final video solution... it's just what I had available to get the new MB/RAM/CPU and HDDs up and running. The video card and power supply are leftovers from previous setups.
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    BEST MOD EVAR!!! Subscribed :D
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    Unacceptable!!!

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    More gooder:

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    Looking good,, I'll be watching.
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    This has got to be one of the ugliest side windows I have ever seen. Nice job Thermaltake :shadedshu

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    Cool all your life??? WTF!!!!!! :wtf:

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    I mean... the fan mounts, GPU ventilation slots, and CPU shroud are all useful features... but DAMN! They made it look like straight up crap!!

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    New window in the works

    Believe it or not, this will be my first time working Plexiglas.

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    Here is the result of the first attempt. I may end up doing this over again. My plan is to also cover the entire window with a sheet of Hexx Meshx. If it turns out how I am hoping then this cut will do fine. If I end up not liking the way it looks with the Meshx then I will likely do this cut over again with a thicker piece of plexi.

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    Plexi is fun to work with,, if your drilling a hole in plexi, try to have another scrap plexi under the one you cutting,, but it looks like your kicking ass with it.
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    Thanks for the tip. I'm guessing it helps keep the exit side of the holes clean when the bit punches through?
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    Looking good so far! You have convinced me to do something with my soprano!

    Although i've allready modded my ugly side window with my fist!

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    you 100% right,, did you use that rubber coating on the whole case,, it looks great.
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    If it wasn't already black then it is now or will be soon.
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    Cat Mod 90% installed

    Moose is displeased with the floor of the case.

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    I'll be carving out a massive opening in the bottom to allow the bottom GPU to breathe easy and allow for more air to flow through the case.

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    Cutting the second segment was a real PIA! The center bit of the hole saw fell out and the whole damn drill wobbled and shot off into my leg. God bless denim jeans!
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    Let the filing begin. Lot of clean up work to do here.
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    Much gooder!
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    That's all for now. Next is to vacuum the hell out of the whole case to get all the shavings and cat hair off of it so I can hit it with a couple more coats of rubber paint. Then I can line the edge with molding and when my Hexx MeshX gets here I'll make the grill for it.
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    Looking good so far!
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    Clean modding, I have to try some of that rubber spray.
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    Nice mod! Gooder.... lol
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    Something that helps me out so I don't get those little dremel nicks when cutting a circle is to use Painters Tape. I just put on a couple layers of it were I'm cutting, draw what I'm going to do, and cut away.

    Anyways, your case is looking sweet:toast:
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    Crunching for Team TPU
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    Wow that does look awesome. Ya'll make it look easier than it probably is. Good work so far EFX.
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    Those scratches are from when I lost control of the hole saw. The center bit fell out while cutting. I'm good with tools, but damn... the drill and saw took off right into my leg.
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