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Taking a reg case and making it ROCK!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by MKmods, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. MKmods Case Mod Guru

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    thanks DD.
    OK now on to the FUN part... WIRING.
    THIS IS THE KIDS DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME PART!
    even unplugged the capacitors can hold a charge and zap you. (thanks DD)
    (not to mention there goes the whole RMA possibility)

    I am using a NorthQ 400 fanless PS (LOL, liars, there is a 70 mm fan on the inside)
    (I would MUCH rather be using a Corsair 620 but this is the only PS I have)

    First problem is where the wires exit the case, no grommet. They have rolled the edge but I just feel better knowing there is an extra layer of protection around the wires.
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    I cut a piece of the molding from MNPCtech (thinner than the Petras moulding)
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    One thing I notice about this PS is inside its BEAUTIFUL. I basically mod all my PSs and when I saw inside my Ultra (back before I knew better) there were multiple wires soldered to a single wire and parts looked messy, just junk compared to the NorthQ(nice job NorthQ :rockout:)

    I think I will sleeve the wires a bit more (looks cheap not going all the way to the inside)
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2008
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    i had to take my enermax galaxy 1kw apart to retrieve a lost screw. it's INSANE in there. SO many wires!:eek:
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    Should look good sleeved. IMO PSUs look cleaner if you can sleeve far back enough to ziptie and/or heatshrink inside the PSU, so there's nothing but sleeving coming out. That is a good looking PSU!

    Note to other members: BE CAREFUL when opening your PSU. If you've used it within the last few MONTHS, you can KILL YOURSELF by touching a capacitor. Safest thing to do is only open PSUs that haven't been used in a LONG time, or to just NOT TOUCH ANYTHING inside other than screws and wires that you are messing with. If you want to open one for fun and poke around, make sure it hasn't been used in a year or so.
  4. MKmods Case Mod Guru

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    I just have to show the difference between Quality and NOT
    Here is the wiring of the NorthQ
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    Here is the Ultra Xfinity 500
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    That Ultra Xfinity 500 PSU, I just wonder how the people who built it knows "what wire does what".

    Very cool mod I have to say, and where to get fans like that? Looks like turbines from a jet engine (also very cool).
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    Thanks, got to make em..

    Ok on to measuring lengths, I hate all the extra wire wrapped up and stuffed inside all the corners, so I make all the wires the length needed.
    usually I solder the wires to the back of the mobo
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    but this time I wanted the mod to represent more a "Normal" style of wire management.

    So to now to separate the wires I need
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    Now install the PS in the case and cut all the wiring to length
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    Im running the 24 pin and extra molex for SLI under the front of the cooler and under as they wont block the air to the mosfets.

    Looks like this time the back of the case is gonna be pretty clean
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    The Famous MK Wiring .. are u going to be sodering the power connection to the Mother board this time?
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    I want this mod to represent more of a normal mod so no, and besides I have been going nutts not being able to play CSS and TF2...Tonight!, sweet, no more waiting.
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    Wow. Soldering wires to the back of the mobo...never thought about that before. Perfect if you're not going to upgrade anything and want a super-clean look. Better be careful with the solder though, if you bridge one of the connections on the back, you're fried! :D

    Please feel free to show off some direct soldering another time though! I'm going to be doing a normal sleeve like this myself, so maybe I'll learn a few tricks from you before I do it :toast:
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    :roll: the WELL used hands atest to that
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    stupid camera, when I want it to take clear close ups of my comps its blurry but get my hand in the way and clear as a bell :laugh:
    But AWESOME for superior airflow...
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    Nice guide on the acrylic.
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    I get busy on modding (I suck on guides) but one day I want to make a proper one. One that shows cutting , drilling, polishing and bending.

    Plastic is really easy to work with.
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    mk, just set up a camera and record you doing your work.. thats the best type of guide you can make for stuff like this
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    Have you seen Tribal OverKill's work at Apex? The bar keeps being raised...the Art is growing.

    Love this build man...embodies the spirit of Mod.
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    this stuff is really sweet :)
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    not ended, Im soldering...:laugh: Il post some wiring picts in a couple hours.
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    you guys make me smile. Thanks
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    C'mon MK, post some pics, my DSL is down right now at home so I can only check your thread while at work!
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    LOL here is one
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    Im just finishing up the 24 pin cable
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    It think you need to set up a live feed ModFather
    MKmods says thanks.
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    than I would have to brush my teeth and comb my hair:eek:

    Before
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    here is the after shot of the shortened wires and sleeving carried into the PS
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    Did you end up trimming the wires and re-soldering or not? And how long did that take you? I honestly haven't sleeved an entire PSU in less than like 4 hours, but then again I've only done 2 or 3.

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