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Old 21st July, 2002, 03:03 AM
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AT to ATX cube mod

As I mentioned in the case mods thread, my current financial situation has limited me to chopping up ONLY stuff I have on hand. No ordering parts and such.

Well, I had this crappy InWin A-500 minitower lying around, and I also had this AT cube CD server with a 233MMX in it.

I stripped it friday night. I was afraid I would really screw it up, so I gave it some though, and figured it all out before I started cutting. (I don't usually do this...)

Here we have the Mobo drawer from the A-500 mounted in a heavily clearanced AT cube. I still have to mount the PSU, but that should be no problem.

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Old 21st July, 2002, 03:07 AM
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This is the cube assembled.

It's getting painted Hammermetal black, and the window will be replaced with a blue tint. Power switch will go under the door.

Oh, and it's getting my XP 1800+ GA-7DX SCSI rig dumped into it.

There's plenty of room for a pump and radiator behind the CD drives too!
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Old 21st July, 2002, 04:57 AM
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120mm added to cover remains of old PSU hole. This thing had one of those giant AT PSU's. I am going to put the ATX psu on the bottom of the CD drive side, and run the ATX power connector through the center wall. I may also add a relay switched AT PSU on top of the ATX to power the CD drives. This would leave the 400watt ATX PSU to power the board and two UW SCSI drives.

Please excuse the dremel dust and finger prints... I ain't cleanin this beast till she's done, which will probably be Sunday afternoon.
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Old 22nd July, 2002, 02:02 AM
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damn.......... i juat got an msi master scsi board from the doc- U160 and 2x18gig IBM drives, a 4u server case- 20gig scsi hp backup[ and 40x scsi cd rom (antec 303xp PS- 512 crucial ecc pc2100-) :-D for under $380 total :-P- Whad ya think? :-)
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Old 22nd July, 2002, 02:37 AM
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This is the cube assembled.

It's getting painted Hammermetal black, and the window will be replaced with a blue tint. Power switch will go under the door.

Oh, and it's getting my XP 1800+ GA-7DX SCSI rig dumped into it.

There's plenty of room for a pump and radiator behind the CD drives too!
 

That is down right frightening....

 

 
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Old 22nd July, 2002, 03:02 AM
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No... but this is (frightening... )

It's alive!

I particularly like the way the 120mm fan draws air right off the my Thermalright SK-6.

This baby needs a window.

EDIT:
I'm suprised that nobody has teased me. There's something really ignorrant in this picture. I figured it out only yesterday, and corrected it.

It's sooo obvious that you will never see it if you are looking for it.
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Old 22nd July, 2002, 03:34 AM
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and the back.

I still need to give it a power switch. I am using a paperclip to start it.

Next weekend, I'm adding an AT PSU to power the CD drives. Hopefully with a relay so I don't have to turn it on seperately.

That 92mm hole is getting opened up to 120mm also. I didn't have another 120mm fan, so I didn't bother doing the cutting yet.

The cards?
TNT AGP
Advansys 50-pin SCSI card for the CD drives
Adaptec 2940U2-B for external non-raid drives
Mylex DAC960PDU-3 Raid controller for the three separate raids on this machine
Cnet 10/100 for broadband
Cnet 10/100 for routing to network

It's full.

Currently, the only IDE drive in the machine is the top CD drive as loading an OS from SCSI just plain sucks. I'm going to add a 16.8 gig IBM, and a 4 gig Seagate this weekend. They will go in the second HDD mounting bracket, that goes right above the one you can see now.
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Old 22nd July, 2002, 04:01 AM
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That is one massive beast...But I like it .
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that kicks arse dood
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Old 26th July, 2002, 02:17 AM
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I ran out of paint halfway through painting the case, so it's gonna be a couple days before ya get to see it in hammermetal.

In case it has not become apparent lately... this is the only computer I am keeping. I've sold almost everything else, and my KVM just went today. I needed to refresh my stuff anyway. Things will improve, as they always seem to do, and I'll be able to afford all those toys again. For now, though, I'm just fine with one machine on the desk. (one machine with two 20" trinitrons, 8 CD drives, and 16 HDD's that is. )
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You are so deprived. That thing is like 10 computers in one....
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Old 26th July, 2002, 04:55 AM
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I know it's not a convincing sob story... but I gotta gripe..
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Also... I forgot to mention that the PIII Mac Classic isn't going ANYWHERE. I'lll take that one to my grave.
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