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Hello Mod Zoo! I plan on modding this case from my old HP Slimline to create a compact media center with some gaming capability. I got this back in 2006 when I started college, its small size was excellent for frequent traveling and moves. let's open it up. Definitely close quarters in here. The ITX mainboard (recycled years ago) was located under the fan shroud. The optical and hard drives (still in use on my main rig) attach to the cage in front. The original 100W PSU is still installed it is a Flex ATX form factor. Now to clear it all out. Still not a lot of room but now we will have some space to work with. I did a little looking into Flex ATX PSUs but didn't find any I was thrilled about. So Instead I am going to put in a SFX where the hard drive cage was. I picked up a used Silverstone ST45SF 450W SFX on ebay to play around with. It should arrive before next week. I am planning on shortening the leads to help with cable management. If anyone knows of a helpful tutorial for this please point me in the direction. I also would like to figure out some way to route the power cord out the back. For the hard drives I plan on using 2x 2.5 drives and mounting them where the old PSU went. One cool idea I have is to gut the old PSU and turn it into a HDD caddy but might cause problems space wise. Will have to wait and see where the SFX will sit. Might try to squeeze in a laptop Blu-ray player too. A big concern of mine will be airflow, I will need to add some fans maybe a cutout for mesh on the side panel. I will most likely scrap the stock front panel and fabricate something smooth and sexy with switches, USB3, etc. My first instincts are to paint case black with possibly some subtle graphics and minimal LEDs but I am open to theme suggestions. I am still looking into my options for the ITX motherboard and CPU. Also debating on getting a half height video card. That's all for today! Thanks for reading. Questions, Comments, Ideas, Concerns? All feedback appreciated.
Sooo, my entry for the LOSIAS.net $30 challenge.. Started with a large 1st aid kit, industrial grade? :P/> Some drill and dremel action later, I have an epic LAN case Consists of: ASRock N68-S2 FX motherboard Athlon 240 Dual 2.8GHz 2x DDR3 2gb DIMMs 300w SFX PSU XFX HD4550 60gb 2.5" HDD Bitfenix 140mm fan Took me 6 hours to complete this.. got a few things to tidy up though