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 03/29/2009 12:40 AM
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I've no coffee in the house however I got most everything done today then my wife finally had an energy burst in the afternoon and go almost everything else done except for getting her clothes put away. My wife being a teacher has her planning to do and her mom is hemming some curtains tomorrow for her. And I said how I am going to do my case swap while she is gone and she said it was cool..


So finally I can get it all finished and seeing the cooling advantages the 900 gives me.

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 03/29/2009 05:16 PM
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Everything is done its all swapped over and I just need to upload my pictures which I will do later tonight



the old case



everything in the new case



the interior with the mess of wires which I will have to clean up when I'm off wednesday.

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 03/29/2009 07:04 PM
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Oh I'll have to wait until tomorrow now then, I'm about to call it a night...it's just turned midnight here...!! I'll check it out tomorrow first thing though, maybe even later on depending on how well I sleep tonight..!!!

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 03/30/2009 07:47 AM
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Well here are some pics

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 03/30/2009 07:48 AM
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I think the cabling is rather simple, I hooked in mt data cables first and the power last and thats probably why I have such a mess. I will take the time and reroute them and it will be much cleaner.

All in all my case is 4 degrees cooler.

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 03/30/2009 01:58 PM
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Looks great Z! Once you get the time to get your wiring cleaned up you should see even better cooling results!

I must say though I do not agree with the whole PSU on the bottom issue. I have a COSMOS 1000 case, PSU on the bottom, and ultimately, I feel that it is better this way. It allows me to have 2 x 120mm fans on top and one on the rear with no cramped feeling and I can still use the top 5.25 bay. The PSU draws air in from the bottom of the case and blows it out of the back so I am getting cool air coming into it and immediately being forced out the back. This means the PSU gets cooler air consistantly which means the case stays cooler as well.

The case comes with a 4-pin (or 6 pin) connector extension so there are no worries there and since gravity is always the issue with the wires hanging down due to the PUS being on top....the wires stay nicely at the bottom completely out of the way of the air flow. Check out my rig on the Show your Setup-Again thread. I am going to re-do all my wiring (purchased a cable management kit from the egg) next week when I am on "home-cation" so I will post updated pics then. My wife is taking our 5 y/o boy to FL to visit her girlfriend so I will have the house to myself!!!!!! YEAYYYYYYYY....I am sooooo stoked I could burst! Anyway, I may even wind up taking everything out of it an painting the interior gloss black....any thoughts/advise from anyone on this??

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 03/30/2009 02:04 PM
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Originally posted by: BuckShot3280

Looks great Z! Once you get the time to get your wiring cleaned up you should see even better cooling results!



I must say though I do not agree with the whole PSU on the bottom issue. I have a COSMOS 1000 case, PSU on the bottom, and ultimately, I feel that it is better this way. It allows me to have 2 x 120mm fans on top and one on the rear with no cramped feeling and I can still use the top 5.25 bay. The PSU draws air in from the bottom of the case and blows it out of the back so I am getting cool air coming into it and immediately being forced out the back. This means the PSU gets cooler air consistantly which means the case stays cooler as well.



The case comes with a 4-pin (or 6 pin) connector extension so there are no worries there and since gravity is always the issue with the wires hanging down due to the PUS being on top....the wires stay nicely at the bottom completely out of the way of the air flow. Check out my rig on the Show your Setup-Again thread. I am going to re-do all my wiring (purchased a cable management kit from the egg) next week when I am on "home-cation" so I will post updated pics then. My wife is taking our 5 y/o boy to FL to visit her girlfriend so I will have the house to myself!!!!!! YEAYYYYYYYY....I am sooooo stoked I could burst! Anyway, I may even wind up taking everything out of it an painting the interior gloss black....any thoughts/advise from anyone on this??



I am considering painting my interior black as well, Friday my wife is gone with our 2 year old girl so I may do the cabeling then. If I have anyone over Wednesday or thursday when I'm off I can possibly do it then.

The only place my case feels cramped is with the wires but if I had done power first then my data cables it would have turned out better.

I had a loose power connection and the damned thing wouldn't power up and it scared the crap out of me. Silly me though because it happened a second time after I reconnected some stuff.

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 03/30/2009 02:21 PM
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Hey Z!? Did you wind up doing any mods to the case and if so, what did you do?

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 03/30/2009 02:30 PM
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Originally posted by: BuckShot3280

Hey Z!? Did you wind up doing any mods to the case and if so, what did you do?


Other than some clips and ties for wires none, the actual mods will happen soon enough

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 03/30/2009 02:34 PM
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I bet your glad to get it all installed at last.. I can imagine your heart skipping a beat when you had that power connector problem.. and it didn't start up... the sudden sense of panic and frantic checking things over.... I know that feeling...

Good to see it got you the temp reduction you were looking for as well, and it should only get better with a bit of a cable tidy...!!

I've seen loads of people with painted interiors, I've always like the thought of trying it, but I'm a little daunted about using a spray can of paint or getting a messy finish to it and ending up with a ruined case... I'd love to give it a try though...!!

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 03/30/2009 02:52 PM
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Originally posted by: kazgirl

I bet your glad to get it all installed at last.. I can imagine your heart skipping a beat when you had that power connector problem.. and it didn't start up... the sudden sense of panic and frantic checking things over.... I know that feeling...



Good to see it got you the temp reduction you were looking for as well, and it should only get better with a bit of a cable tidy...!!



I've seen loads of people with painted interiors, I've always like the thought of trying it, but I'm a little daunted about using a spray can of paint or getting a messy finish to it and ending up with a ruined case... I'd love to give it a try though...!!


That sense of dread is never good, but I feel totally elated now that it's finally done.
My old antec cases interior is painted and it looks great

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 03/31/2009 08:54 AM
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Did you have to do anything special when paiting it? I'm sure you have to mask it off and all, but what kind of spray paint did you use?

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 03/31/2009 08:58 AM
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Originally posted by: BuckShot3280

Did you have to do anything special when paiting it? I'm sure you have to mask it off and all, but what kind of spray paint did you use?



I removed the parts of the case I didn't want painted. I had to mask the top though as it was riveted on.

I used automotive quality spray paint and with some minor flaking over the years it has stood the test of time and at least one component swap.

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 03/31/2009 10:11 AM
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Surprisingly I do have the IDE as well as some of the case cables tucked through the port in the case around the back. I just need to route more through there.

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 03/31/2009 02:20 PM
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I mistakingly put the side fan on so it draws air out but its seems to work fine though.
I am going to switch it around though.

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 04/02/2009 10:15 AM
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Don't you hate it when you miss something small like that!?

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Originally posted by: BuckShot3280

Don't you hate it when you miss something small like that!?



It really is a dread inducing pain in the butt.

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I know its a little late, but for others coming here to check out your work, I would HIGHLY recommend the NZXT Tempest:

http://www.nzxt.com/products/tempest

Costs a bit over $100, but comes with ALL 6 of the case fans. I did do some modding to it (like removing a redundant grille on the front 2 intake fans - theres a filter AND a grille and that was restricting movement, so got rid of em - looks even better now that the 2 front LCD fans actually shine through). Ridiculus cooling capabilties. Great spacing. Bottom mounted CPU. 2x140mm exhaust up top. Very clean and professional in looks. Only really ahve one complaint against it and that is that they should have made the hard-drive cage face the side instead of front. As it is, it is next to impossible to install any drives in the back-end of the rack without removing the cage or at least unhooking and getting all the cabling out of the way. Doesn't really matter if you only have a few drives, but if you're up to 4 like I am, then its a bit of a pain, but nothing outlandish. Other then that, excellent cable managment. You can even install several types of water-cooled radiators in place of the 2x140 exhaust fans up top without any modifications at all. All in all, I love this case and I have yet to see a better alternative, Antec and CoolerMaster included.

In fact, gonna post a few pics of my build up here soon... was going to wait for RD890, but now thats not coming till Q4 and I wanna show off!

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Originally posted by: gnesterenko

I know its a little late, but for others coming here to check out your work, I would HIGHLY recommend the NZXT Tempest:



http://www.nzxt.com/products/tempest



Costs a bit over $100, but comes with ALL 6 of the case fans. I did do some modding to it (like removing a redundant grille on the front 2 intake fans - theres a filter AND a grille and that was restricting movement, so got rid of em - looks even better now that the 2 front LCD fans actually shine through). Ridiculus cooling capabilties. Great spacing. Bottom mounted CPU. 2x140mm exhaust up top. Very clean and professional in looks. Only really ahve one complaint against it and that is that they should have made the hard-drive cage face the side instead of front. As it is, it is next to impossible to install any drives in the back-end of the rack without removing the cage or at least unhooking and getting all the cabling out of the way. Doesn't really matter if you only have a few drives, but if you're up to 4 like I am, then its a bit of a pain, but nothing outlandish. Other then that, excellent cable managment. You can even install several types of water-cooled radiators in place of the 2x140 exhaust fans up top without any modifications at all. All in all, I love this case and I have yet to see a better alternative, Antec and CoolerMaster included.



In fact, gonna post a few pics of my build up here soon... was going to wait for RD890, but now thats not coming till Q4 and I wanna show off!



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Nice case! I really like the ease of use with mine though over the issues you expressed in your post as I do not have them at all. If there was one real inconvience that I have with this case it would be that there needs to be just a tad bit more space on the right side of the case for cable management. As it is now, if you don't spread the cables out and the bunch together it makes it hard to get that side of the case to close properly. Not a major issue though.

Please do post your rig's pics in this thread.

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