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Hi my modding friends,
I'm working almost 2 weeks now on a nice little project
And would like to share this with you. A kind of MCE / NAS for in the living room
(actually the only place without a PC) My wife was always against this, so I had to promise that it has to be a winner
And (almost) without sponsorship :)

This year's Cebit, I bought a kind of prototype NAS thing , made of some Acrylic and aluminum.
Real ugly, but this is gonna change....I hope ;)





I have a few last remaining pieces of UV green acrylic so this I'm gonna use for this build, with black ;)

Hardware:
2x HDD, Western Digital Greenpower 1.5TB
1x Intel 160 GB SSD
Een Asus E45M1-1 Deluxe
Een 220 Watt Coolermaster PSU
4x 60mm Coolermaster fans

The "thing" disassembled







And everything pulled apart



The Asus mobo









Enough Sata's and a PCI-e



DDR3



It fits :)





Already cut 2 green pieces of acrylic

Top



Bottom



And placed the 2 HDD's





Fits next to the motherboard



For both sides I have cut a piece of UV green acrylic



Cut the shapes for the air-outlet



Same form as the original, still need to cut the fanholes for the 60mm fans



Also cut a piece acrylic for the front. And another piece slightly curved with 60mm fanholes.



I changed the fanholes and made square holes ​​with the dimensions of the fans





And sawn an aluminum plate with fanholes, this will be black acrylic which is looking better, I think









In the upper layers of black and green acrylic (in the middle) I cut a rectangle with the dimensions of an SSD





The cut rectangular green acrylic on the SSD.





Made the aluminum bars black.





And a little teaser for the next update ;)

 

Aquinus

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Very cool, can't wait to see it completed!
 
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Ok you guys, this is becoming a high speed build;) The small tubes/ spacers that I showed in previous update is to create distances between the green and black acrylic

Step by step



Green acrylic on top





placed the bars



Placed the original sides with 60mm fans mounted



Cut a horizontal plate and placed it



Against this comes the bent piece of acrylic with the 60mm fans



Here I slide the existing piece and clamp the curved piece



Also cut the fanholes in the side plates



Placed the spacers also to the side panels. (bolts are going to be replaced ;) )





Both sides



And on top placed spacers again with a piece of black acrylic









Most acrylic is finished, Next job placing the hardware ;)
 
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Update !!!

Coolermaster has given me a nice little PSU. The flex ATX 220w







Sad but true ... has to open for the sleeve job



First series of cables sleeved black.



Molex etc. also black



Used my Lamptron for the first time and must say it is a very useful kit.



Made the 24pins green.



And some black (had no more green)





To fit everything I have placed the mobo, HDDs and rams.





Placed the HDDs with some spacers



Now I can anticipate the little space I have left, so i've made ​​an aluminum tray for the PSU







Made it black







And attached it to the green acrylic.



Also made the rear from a piece of aluminium and cut the recesses for the IO shield and the PSU



Made the IO shield black



Fortunaly I had still some black Dominators



And now the challenge to get everything in the case ... but will certainly succeed ;)

 
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Little change of plans but I've got the solution!!!
My wife wanted something for her Iphone, smartphone, Ipad, Tablet, MCE and NAS











Hopefully this will keep her quiet :D
 
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Having started a mini-itx project of my own, I will be following this one closely!

As always awesome work!
 
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Hmm, forgotten to update this one...sorry ;)


Final Update!!!

Where were we. The SSD I think
I have a nice 60GB SSD, this is more than enough for her.





Some extra storage



On the pictures you can also see that I have removed the sleeve... With it there was no room left.



Made some LEDs and a switch in ​​it







Power on









Made a cover for the front



Must find some nicer bolts lol



The cover for supporting her.....







And installed W8, time for her to find out how it works and where everything is;)



That's it!!!
 
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That is cool it looks so professional.

I might try and put a ipad dock on my router build.